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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-26-2005, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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My current PC is has been great. I built it back in 98 and with a few upgrades over the years, its been a fantastic piece of work that i've more than got my money's worth out of. But she's old and won't play most of todays new games.

I'm starting from scratch again and I want to build a gaming machine that will handle games very smoothly and efficiently. I have not kept up with the changes over the years in hardware advancements since my IT support experience is and has always been business related. So hardware requirments in that industry are relatively small compared to those of the gaming world. Therefore, I'd rather who has more knowledge than me in this area.

So far the only thing I've picked out is a case. So:
What are your memory recommendations? Processor/motherboard combos? Video Card? other?

I'd like to keep it under 1000 but i'm flexable. I don't want to go too cheap and be unsatisfied. But at the same time, I don't need the lastest and greatest of every single piece of hardware.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-26-2005, 02:51 PM
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Well to start off.

I'd go with a 64 bit processor from AMD.
I'd go with an
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ or 3500+
Winchesters run a bit cooler then Newcastle's since they run on less voltage, and are 90nm rather then 130nm. Make sure you get a socket 939, as they make use of Dual Channel.

For the motherboard I'd go with an
MSI Neo2 Platinum
Great features, possibly the best 939 mobo out right now.

For the Ram, it all depends if you plan to overclock, if you don't then i'd recommend any of the "value series" from some of the top companies that make ram. Also be sure to get 1 gig of memory, as more and more games are starting to require more RAM, and you can use two sticks of 512MB and run them in dual channel. Any of these companies would be fine.
Corsair, Geil, OCZ, Kingston, or Mushkin.
Make sure they have good timings also, at least 2.5 3 3 7, anything lower like 2 2 2 5 would be even better.

For the video card, if you like nVidia then get a
6800GT
if you like ATi then get a
X800 pro or XT
I would recommend a 6800GT, as they have support for SM3.0, which will be used in some of the newer games, and can easily overclock to ultra speeds.

For hard drives
I don't know that much about hard drives, but i'd recommend a
SATA WD Raptorfor games. and a large capacity storage drive 160Gigs or so. for your OS and other needs.

SoundCard
You could easily use onboard sound, but if you want a "gaming" machine, then i'd suggest
Audigy 2 ZS
no question about it.

That's all I can think about right now, but if you have anymore questions post em up.

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i have an amd 64 3200+ on an asus k8n mobo, a gig stick of corsair ram, and an x800 pro. everything runs fine and dandy
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Well to start off.

I'd go with a 64 bit processor from AMD.
I'd go with an
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ or 3500+
Winchesters run a bit cooler then Newcastle's since they run on less voltage, and are 90nm rather then 130nm. Make sure you get a socket 939, as they make use of Dual Channel.

For the motherboard I'd go with an
MSI Neo2 Platinum
Great features, possibly the best 939 mobo out right now.

For the Ram, it all depends if you plan to overclock, if you don't then i'd recommend any of the "value series" from some of the top companies that make ram. Also be sure to get 1 gig of memory, as more and more games are starting to require more RAM, and you can use two sticks of 512MB and run them in dual channel. Any of these companies would be fine.
Corsair, Geil, OCZ, Kingston, or Mushkin.
Make sure they have good timings also, at least 2.5 3 3 7, anything lower like 2 2 2 5 would be even better.

For the video card, if you like nVidia then get a
6800GT
if you like ATi then get a
X800 pro or XT
I would recommend a 6800GT, as they have support for SM3.0, which will be used in some of the newer games, and can easily overclock to ultra speeds.

For hard drives
I don't know that much about hard drives, but i'd recommend a
SATA WD Raptorfor games. and a large capacity storage drive 160Gigs or so. for your OS and other needs.

SoundCard
You could easily use onboard sound, but if you want a "gaming" machine, then i'd suggest
Audigy 2 ZS
no question about it.

That's all I can think about right now, but if you have anymore questions post em up.

I highly suggest raptors. I love mine. I guess 160gigs can do for the space. Im looking more than 600gigz.

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i just built my computer with a amd athlon xp 3200+, 9800 pro radeon, 1 gig corsair xms ram. it works awsome, i run doom 3 at ultra settings with no problem at all
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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I'm surprised at people suggesting Athlon. I don't have much experience with the new ones but the old ones had issues. I've always been a Pentium guy.
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alright, i've got one last question. Monitors...will LCD monitors give me problems or should I play it safe and get a CRT?
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LCD is great. The "ghosting" problems are long gone, first gen LCD monitor issues. The new LCD's are fine for gaming.

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athlon has alway been great, and very eail overclockable. all you needed on the last generation was a no. 2 pencil
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LCD it is. Got her all mapped out, will probably start buying mid April. Thanks for the help guys.
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Whatcha got so far?

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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-29-2005, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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With the exception of processor and mobo, I went with your suggestions for the most part. Went with the sound card listed above and the x800 video. Went with 1 gig of corsair RAM and a raptor hdd.
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nice choice.
I'll let you know how my new cpu and mobo work out, and maybe that will help you decide

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not to hijack your thread, but i thought maybe i could get some help in here instead of starting a new one. this is what I planned on for my next gaming rig:

Super Lanboy Tower
Antec 350
P4 3.0c
FX 5950
1gig corsair 3200
Audigy 2 ZS
160gig WD

Im still undecided on the mobo, but I was thinking ASUS. what do you guys think?

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here is the mobo and processor I went with. The mobo has onboard audio but i'm not going to use it.

Intel 925X Chipset Motherboard For Intel LGA 775 CPU
Chipset: i925X + ICH6R
FSB: 800/533MHz
RAM: 4x DIMM for Dual Channel DDR2 400/533 (Intel PAT) Max 4GB
Slots: 1x PCI-Ex16, 2x PCI-Ex1, 4x PCI
Ports: 2x PS/2, 1xCOM, 1x LPT, 8x USB2.0(Rear 4), 3x 1394(Rear 1), 1x RJ45, 2x SPDIF Out, Audio Ports
IDE: 1x ATA 100 up to 2 Devices by ICH6R
SATA/RAID: 4x SATA by ICH6R with RAID 0/1
Onboard Audio: Intel High Definition Flexible 8-CH CODEC
Onboard LAN: Gigabit LAN
Onboard 1394: 3x 1394

Intel LGA 775 Pentium 4 520 2.8 GHz
, 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, Hyper Threading Technology
Model: Intel Pentium 4 520
Core: Prescott
Operating Frequency: 2.8 GHz
FSB: 800MHz
Cache: L1/12K+16K; L2/1MB
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