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Old 09-21-2008, 06:39 PM   #1
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I was going to buy a new PC for the holiday season to play all the latests games such as UT3, C&C3, and the like. But I ran into a problem: what PC company should I buy from? My price range is from $300 - $380 for a PC if the PC doesn't come with 2 gigs of RAM (I'll get http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...808&CatId=1554 if it comes with 1 gig), and no matter what, I'll also add http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...578&CatId=1558. If the PC already has 2 gigs of RAM, my price range is $300 - $400.

Here are a few PCs I'm suggesting:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1212192194316

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/ZT-El...oductDetail.do

If you have any other suggestions for PCs, please reply. Look in circuit city for more PCs (under or the same as $400 [$400 if it has 2 gigs of RAM])

So which company is better of the following? List them from best to least when you reply.

Acer
ZT
Compaq

Thank you for reading!

P.S. Sorry for the double-thread. It was an accident.
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Old 09-21-2008, 06:42 PM   #2
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That video card will not play all the latest games at anything other than super low. That ram you want to add will work in the compaq, which is the better of the two computers, but still not that good for gaming. And I'm not sure if you can add a pci-express16 video card into that machine.
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:34 PM   #3
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That video card will not play all the latest games at anything other than super low. That ram you want to add will work in the compaq, which is the better of the two computers, but still not that good for gaming. And I'm not sure if you can add a pci-express16 video card into that machine.
1. First of all, why can that video card only play the latests game on super low? It says 256mb video card? Tell me your reason why. And recommend a graphics card if you want.

2. Explain why the RAM is bad for gaming?

3. Finally, why is a PCI-e16 video card too much for the PC I selected? I need to know.
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That video card will not play all the latest games at anything other than super low. That ram you want to add will work in the compaq, which is the better of the two computers, but still not that good for gaming. And I'm not sure if you can add a pci-express16 video card into that machine.
Both of the computers support PCI-E x16.

@OP: I think what Rubber314Chicken meant by "not good for gaming" is that neither of the computers will perform top quality on gaming. The Compaq is probably your best choice. I would also downgrade to XP instead of Vista if you can. You will be able to run games at higher settings in DX9 than in DX10. As far as the video card goes don't get the 8400GS. Go for the 8600GT or better. Rubber314Chicken said that the video card might not work because he didn't know if the slots were PCI-E x16, but they are. Video cards aren't evaluated by memory, it goes deeper than that. You have to look at core clock, shader clock, and memory.
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:55 PM   #5
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Is this video card good? http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...aCjCVqHCjCdwwp

How about just go to ttp://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?Recs=30&Nav=|c:1558|&Sort=4 and recommend a video card $40 and under.
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:59 PM   #6
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that card might still be bad. I had an x1950 and its better than that card, but i still couldnt play UT3 on max settings, it was a mix of high and medium, most on medium and AA turned off.
what resolution do you plan on playing it on?

i think this car performs better than the x1300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814260075
but not as good as the X1950 IIRC
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:10 PM   #7
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Just a suggestion: is this one any good? https://usm.channelonline.com/rivert...?id=M003807815

P.S. Thanks ya'll for replying!

EDIT: another suggestion: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...465&CatId=1558
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from the benchmarks i saw online, the only ones that beats the x1950 in single cards are either the 8800, 9800, 2xx series for nvidia, or the HD 2900, HD 38xx, or the 48xx. The x1950 was an high end card, though it was outdated, it still performed better than most cards.
It think to run UT3 on max settings you might need to spend about $100 on a card.
the latest games requires a lot of greens, especially if you want to max them all out.
i would forget about the Pentium D, they do not make good gaming computers, and they run really hot.
might be cheaper if you are willing to build your own computer.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127384

If you could spend the extra money and get that it would be great.

I would get the Compaq and the above video card. If you wish to see some reviews on the card above:
http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,6...D_4650/?page=1

If you could spend a little more I would get one of these when they come in stock. Those are quite nice considering there quite low in price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...on%20HD%204670
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or if he is willing to pay $111, he can get an 8800GT which can max out most of the latest games.
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