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Old 04-06-2005, 04:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help building a gaming PC!

Since people in my last thread seemed not to bother at looking at the link i gave them i started this thread. Can any of you build me a gaming pc (that is also upgradable so i dont have to buy a new one every year) that can run half-life 2 and some other games really well for 1500 i would appreciate it.

Also can you build one for 1500 better than this:

Processors & Chipset
Bullet Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology at 3.73GHz Extreme Edition (1066MHz FSB, 2MB cache).

Bullet Intel® 925XE Express chipset

Operating Systems
Bullet Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
Bullet Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Bullet Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition

Office Suites & Productivity
Bullet WordPerfect®

Bullet Microsoft Works Suite
Bullet WordPerfect Office 12
Bullet Microsoft Office 2003 Basic Edition
Bullet Microsoft Office 2003 Small Business Edition
Bullet Microsoft Office 2003 Professional Edition

Bullet 512 MB Dual channel DDR2-533MHz SDRAM standard, upgradable to 4 GB1.
Bullet 4 DIMM slots. Memory installed in pairs for dual channel.

Drive Bays
Externally accessible:
Bullet Three 5.25" for CD, CD-RW, DVD or combination drive
Bullet One floppy drive bay

Internally accessible:
Bullet Three 3.5-inch bays for hard drives

I/O Ports
Externally accessible:
Bullet Serial: One 9-pin serial port
Bullet Parallel: One parallel port
Bullet Video: One 15-hole connector
Bullet Keyboard: One 6-pin mini-DIN connector (or use USB connection)
Bullet Mouse: One 6-pin mini-DIN connector (or use USB connection)
Bullet IEEE 1394: Two IEEE 1394 ports - 1 front/1 back
Bullet USB: 8 USB 2.0 ports - 2 front/6 back
Bullet Headphone: 1 front headphone jack
Bullet Audio: 5.1 channel out (3 jacks), line in, and microphone
Bullet Network: Integrated Gigabit Ethernet

Internally accessible:
Bullet Single IDE Channel: 40-pin connector (two devices)

Bullet 4 PCI slots
Bullet 1 PCIe x 1 slot
Bullet 1 PCIe x16 (graphics) slot

Quiet yet robust thermal design. Chassis features:
Bullet NEW! Front bezel and badge lighting with 7 color options
Bullet 8 USB 2.0 ports (2 front, 6 back) and front headphone jack
Bullet Convenient front flip covers conceal front I/O ports and drive bays
Bullet 3 - 5 1/4" external bays
Bullet 3 - HDD bays
Bullet 460W power supply
Bullet 3 chassis fans for cooling. 2 more dedicated to the power supply.
Bullet Clam-shell design provides easy access. Opens with one latch while in upright position.
Bullet Color coded ports and internal cables simplify service and set up
Bullet Dimensions (H x W x D): 19.3" x 8.7" x 19.2"

Bullet Output Wattage: 460 Watts
Bullet Input Voltage (auto-sending): 90 - 135V at 50/60 Hz; or 180 - 265 V at 50/60 Hz
Bullet Heat Dissipation: 931.2 BTU/hour (fully loaded computer without monitor)
Bullet Backup Battery: 3.0 V CR2032 coin cell

Bullet 256mb PCI Express Nvidia Geforce 6800

That comp i just listed is also 1500 so im seeing if i can get a better deal by making one my self rather than buying the above dell gaming comp. It looks pretty impresive, DDR2, 3.6ghz on a 925Ex chipset.

P.S Why are AMD processors always slower than Intels, they are always like 2.2 ghz and 1.9 ghz where intel are like 3.2-3.6ghz.

Also how much better is DDR2 ram compared to DDR 400

Thanks alot guys.

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Old 04-06-2005, 08:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Intel and AMD processors have very different internal architectures, with Intel made to execute simpler instructions through deeper pipelines - hence why they are faster, the instructions can go through faster. AMD does larger chunks at a slower pace, but actually do the same amount of work in the same amount of time. It all depends on what kind of work you plan on doing. Intel is generally better for multitasking and video editing - AMD rules the roost for gaming.

The xxxx+ number on AMD's denotes how it equates to an Intel. Like an AMD XP 3200+ equates to a 3.2 Ghz P4. But is better for gaming.

You'd might like to check out the AMD Athlon64 3500+ and perhaps an Asus or DFI motherboard. Your video card is good, but get 1G of RAM - don't skimp on it!!!!

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Old 04-06-2005, 08:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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he is asking if you can top that prebuilt computer from dell. and for a simple answer yes you can. go with what ^^^^^ he said and get that video card the 6800 gt. pretty much the best one out right now. dont try to get the BEST video card because youll break your budget just for that.
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Old 04-06-2005, 04:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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you can always build something better than dell provides for the same price
Thermaltake Shark
OCZ 700W GameXStream
Asus M2N32 SLI
AM2 X2 5600
Corsair XMS 2x1GB
Western Digital Raptor 150 GB
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Old 04-06-2005, 05:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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heres sumthing for 1400 defiantly beat the dells behind

Case: RAIDMAX Black Aluminum Gaming Case with 420W Power Supply, Model "668WBP" -RETAIL

PSU: Fortron Blue Storm 500W ATX12V V2.0 Power Supply with 120mm Fan, P4 and AMD ready, Model "AX500-A" -RETAIL

Harddrive: Seagate 7200.8 250GB 7200RPM SATA NCQ Hard Drive, Model ST3250823AS, OEM

MOBO: DFI "LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D" NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL

RAM: OCZ Enhanced Latency Series Dual Channel Kits 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - Retail

CD/DVD CDRW: Lite-On Black 52X32X52X16 Combo Drive, Model SOHC-5236K BK RTL, Retail

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 512K, L2 Cache, Socket 939 Windows Compatible 64-bit Processor - Retail

Video card: eVGA nVIDIA GeForce 6800GT Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 256-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "256-A8-N344-AX" -RETAIL

Total without shipping: 1,364.97

plus 150 for windows XP pro or 100 for windows XP home

All from
AMD X2 555 unlocked to X4 B55 @3.5 | 8GB GSkill Sniper series | Asus M4A89GTD Pro/Usb3 | 2x XFX HD6850 | 600W OCZ ModXStream | Thermaltake V9 Black edition | Corsair H50 | 2x 1TB Samsung HD's
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He's Canadian he cannot order from newegg, i gave him my MSN and will suggest some stuff to him, after that we can make a thread for future idea's

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