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Old 06-18-2005, 10:54 AM   #1
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Hello every one, im new to the forum and have a couple of questions.

First off, im buying a Brand new "Ibuypower" PC . and here are my specs

AMD Athlon-64 3800+ CPU w/ Hyper transport technology

Gigabyte GA K8N Yltra-SLI nVidia nForce4-SLI Chipset w/ lan, 7.1 Sound IEEE-1394, USB 2.0 Duel PCI-E motherboard

Windows XP home (I was told to wait on the x64 windows because its still scetchy)

[512MB X2] DDR-400 PC3200 Memory module corsair XMS PRO w/ LED

[PCI-Express 16x] ATI Radeon X800XL 256MB w/DVI + TV out video

250GB [S-ATA] western digital Harddrive with 8mb Cache

sony 16x dvd rom


Now my questions are ... am i going to be able to run, say Half life 2 FULL bore ?

DO i actually need a sound card to RUN games life Half life 2 ?

Howgood do you thing the 7.1 motherboard sound will be, acceptable?

After all i only have first generation Creative 5.1 speakers

Thanks for any help you guys can offer .
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Old 06-18-2005, 11:08 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum:

With that system you will be able to kill half life 2! your system is very nice. you will be able to run your audio off your MOBO. i run my logitech Z-5300e 5.1 speakers off my MOBO and i play that game fine, and your system is better so you won't have any porblems.
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The onboard sound should be fine.

You are getting an SLI motherboard but an ATI GPU? Why is that exactly? Either get an Nvidia GPU or skip the SLI motherboard.
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I was wondering that too.
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I've done some research and here is why i am getting the SLI mother board .

First off the graphics card im getting is not the BEST on the market but in comparison with the nVidia thats comperable and even the HIGHEST end nVidia it looks to be better . Plus i cant offord the best ..

Now i got the SLI motherboard because it was only a $40 upgrade and right now from what i hear, besides running at alot higher resolutions Duel cards are actually not as fast as single ATI's . But in the near future thats suppost to change ... so basicly i got the board so in 6 months when i wanna run .... who knows what i can go and spend 1k on 2 512MB nVida cards ... but for now i think the one ATI was the best bet for my dollor .
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Makes sence.
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Im glad ......

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... i was starting to loose myself ..
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Oh BTW its also a black case with a Mirrored front face and going to have a side cut out and internally lit Blue. With 2 "Silent" LED lit fans And the Corsair XMS pro ram has LED lights on it to .... so it should look neat to .... i got it all for 1,600$ US dollors
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And i Can't WAITTTT for Half life 2 ..... and some one is makeing a Cooperative MOD for it to .... me and my friend from scottland will be playing that ALL DAY LONG ! .
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Half life 2's been out ages...

I like the idea for your system, good luck with it
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I know half lifes been out a while but my PC right now is just a ramble of miss matched parts i put together 3 years ago and i cant run it and neither can any of my friends .......

But thanks alot for every ones help .... i was quite worried that i might actually NEED a sound card .... but as long as it runs im happy ... thanks again every body .
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I did that with warcraft 3. it sat on my shelf for 3 years before i could play it,lol.
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hehe terrible... by that time, it would have dropped in price too...and you didn't even get to play it yet!

Hows the computer building going then?
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Just another question ....

Do you think with those specs that all be able to run most/all high end games at full bore .... includeing games to come in the future .... i know technology advance's but dose it look like im pretty much set for a year or two ?.
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Yep, i'd say that system there would keep you going for at least a year,
though do note if the graphics do slip and suddenly your left with less frames per second than your happy with, and you don't want to lower settings in the latest games, just slot in a faster card and you'd be set again, as the rest of your system is top notch

Not that that graphics card is bad, as it'll run all new games and I'm sure alot of the future ones for a while. I mean I have a 9800 Pro, and I'm still playing new games at high settings, though at about 30fps (just about playable), but that card is much better, so expect more speed from them

I hope this helps. Good luck
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I've done some research and here is why i am getting the SLI mother board .

First off the graphics card im getting is not the BEST on the market but in comparison with the nVidia thats comperable and even the HIGHEST end nVidia it looks to be better . Plus i cant offord the best ..

Now i got the SLI motherboard because it was only a $40 upgrade and right now from what i hear, besides running at alot higher resolutions Duel cards are actually not as fast as single ATI's . But in the near future thats suppost to change ... so basicly i got the board so in 6 months when i wanna run .... who knows what i can go and spend 1k on 2 512MB nVida cards ... but for now i think the one ATI was the best bet for my dollor .
Makes sence but Nvidia has some pretty good GPUs out too. Toss in a 6600GT now, then add one later. Not many games out there now that you cant run at near max graphics with a 6600GT. Then if you like later you can just add another.
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i just can't wait to get it .... i bet that 1GB [2X 512MB} Corsair XMS Pro w/LED's is going to look sweet .... plus it should be really fast its probably my favorite feature in my new PC .
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