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Old 06-25-2005, 08:25 PM   #1
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Hi, I am planning to spend around $800 to build a computer for gaming, what are the best processors, motherboards and graphic cards, etcs?
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Hehe for that price yearnforu , you can create an excellent system!

What do you prefer, AMD or Intel?

Or put another way, what do you prefer doing? Playing games? Or multitasking and/or editing movies/exporting movies/music exporting/3D Rendering?

AMD is better for games, while Intel is better for that kind of thing, though neither are bad at opposites in any way, though they just excel in different areas.

Plus do you know alot about graphics cards? Like the company you'd go for?

Nvidia Geforce, or ATi Radeon?

I hope I can help
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Hi, thanks for the quick reply, I am personally looking towards gaming which means I would get AMD processor? and I really don't care about the company for the graphic card.
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Yeah, AMD is probably your best bet.

Hehe, scary though you say you don't care about the company Though its true, they are more the same than getting a CPU is. My personal opinion would be Nvidia now really (Not for a biased opinion...i mean look at my signiture...I have a ATI at the moment )

Look at this first of all:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103537

That would be great for gaming, and is very overclockable too (can push it a bit more if you learn how, to make it run faster), plus its a rather cheap processor for such a great performer! (3000+ means it'd be as good as the 3.0Ghz Pentium 4)

The Venice core which this one is, is the newest core around, and runs with a 90nm process (the Winchester core before it did too) , and this is just the manufacturing process which is supposed to make it run cooler (always a good thing) and has a few more memory enhancements than the other cores (the order they came in: Clawhammer, Winchester, Venice),

The processor is also a 939 socket so you'll need to find a motherboard with this in mind (will have it clearly on a webpage)

As for the video card, what about this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150099

Its a great card and is a budget one which will play all new games at rather high settings (at standard res's, for example 1152x864)

Though if you wanted something better than taht which would last you longer:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130215

Then that is a great card, the 6800GT!

Cards come in standards by the way, GT being faster than Vanilla (standard), and Ultra being faster than GT.

Now these cards are both PCI-Express which is the newest format which means you'll be able to update video cards for much longer than if you had AGP on your motherboard.

I'm not that good at choosing motherboards though, but I'm sure someone can help you with that Liking the system so far?

I hope I've helped explain things you might not have known before so its up to you for example, which video card you choose, etc
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Thanks for your input. I forgot to mension hard drive and ram, can anyone help me out here?
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RAM...

Try to go for 1gb if you can, though get it in x2 512mb chips (and try and get Dual Channel RAM, if the motherboard support it, which will speed your system up a bit)

as for the hard drive, a good make is best, and speeds, well default is 7200RPM (fastest is 10,000, though these drives are expensive and come in small hard drive sizes usually). I'm sure someone can help you more with that

I hope this helps
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And with ram try to get the fastest speeds..that your mobo will handle.
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oh yea, forgot to mention that
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of course you did you always foget the little details like plugging it in! haha.
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yeah wel..I'm so crowded by all the less important stuff that I tend to forget the really important stuff in my posts...I mean look how big they are anyway without mentioning them too?! I'm joking by the way
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yearnforu, are you looking to upgrade your current tower with new stuff? Or are you looking to create a whole new tower (new case)?

They've given you some pretty good advice. While I can't vouch for the speed of AMD (I've always had intel), the Nvidia cards are amazing. I have a GeForce 4 4200ti, which I've had for roughly 4 years. It still runs strong in games like Half-Life 2 and Unreal 2K4. I went with it cause it was the fastest I could get, and, well, I can definately say it was more than worth the money.

For memory, get the 1GB. It's not the standard of gaming yet, but with prices so cheap, you might as well get it now.
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Yeah, thats basically what I think. 1gb is enough for a standard system at the moment, as I always have loads of resource free, and I run quite alot. I end up with about 500meg left out of my 1gig.
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512 does me well. But 1 gig will last you but 512 could save you a little cash not much but enough.
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One game I know of, BF2, pushes past 1GB if you put everything on high.. and thats the only reason I'm getting 2GB.
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This is my new computer; It was 817.20 alltogether (including shipping). It is very good, you can edit the list if you want, to suit what you really want and need.

LITE-ON BLACK DVD BURNER $53.99
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16827106988
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ABIT AV8-3RD EYE ATX AMD MOBO $119.00
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LITE-ON BLACK DVD/CD ROM $19.99
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I/O MAGIC BLACK 1.44MB 3.5" INTERNAL FLOPPY DRIVE $19.80
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MAXTOR ULTRA SERIES 80GB SERIAL ATA150 HD $86.00
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ASPIRE BLACK KEYBOARD & OPTICAL MOUSE $19.00
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16823165014
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ROSEWILL 2X512MB 184 PIN DDR SDRAM $74.99
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THERMALTAKE 420 WATT POWER SOURCE $36.99
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AMD ATHLON 64 3200+ VENICE $199.00
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CREATIVE SBS240 2.0 (OEM) $11.99
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SAPPHIRE ATLANTIS RADEON 9600 VID CARD (OEM) $80.00
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RAIDMAX ATX-268WB BLACK COMPUTER CASE $30.00
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ARCHTEK SMARTLIK 56K MODEM $9.50
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I'd go with this instead of seperate CDVD burners/readers:

LITE-ON Black 16X DVD+R 4X DVD+RW 4X DVD+R DL 12X DVD-R 4X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106984
$48.99

Same HDD size, and RPM, cheaper, and better brand:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148040
$60.00

The rest looks alright.
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you are right about the HDD Marx, but the advantages of having separate dvd burners and dvd rom, is that you dont have to take up HDD space by burning an image.
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