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Old 04-10-2006, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am going to try to build a computer over the summer. I will use it for: 1) I am homeschooled and I record ,via sattilite video, classes. I have a wintv tuner card.
2) I am a mild gamer. I don't play first person games like doom 3 and half-life. I do play simulation,Flight Sim 2004, NFS Underground 2, NFS Most Wanted. Strategy, command and conquer generals, Rise of nations, AOE 3 Star Wars Empire At War.
3) I burn school on DVDs for my sis.
4) Internet.
5)I hook it up to sattilite tv and record movies



What I need to know is:1) Amd64 Or P4( I dont have enough $$$ to get a dual core)
2) How good of a Video Card( It will be nvidia)
3)How good of a mother board
4) what amount of ram.


I am upgrading from an Emachines T2692W/ 2.6 ghz celeron, 512 ram, 200gig HD, 80gig HD, intel extreme graphics 845gv(built into mother board), dvd r/rw, WinTV 150.

Will I notice an performance increase doing this? Thanks
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Will I notice an performance increase doing this? Thanks
building a new Comp? yea, any video card will beat that onboard, an amd over 3000+ much faster than a celeron,
i would say:
amd64, cheaper better performance,
at least 1 gig, go value ram unless overclocking
mobo, make sure its a pci-e for your video card

how much are you going to spend?
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Old 04-10-2006, 02:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I want to stay under 700$, I have a 200 gig Hd, DVD-R/Rw, monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers that I will not have to buy. I will not be overclocking unless it would be necessary. I have been thinking amd 3200+ and I will be using pci-e instead of agp.

I have heard that the P4 is better for multi-tasking. Is burning dvd's and recording tv considered multitasking? I won't be doing other stuff while I do it. thanks
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http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...Sku=E400-C6415

Just add this video card to the PC, and you'll be ready!

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...&Sku=E145-5148
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maybe you can keep the case (just the case not including the psu , if it have a standard form factor psu then its possible)
open the case and look on the psu sticker and report back with brand/model then ill know , if its standard then youll get a better bang for the $


talldude23 , hes from us.. , and he needs only few parts not a whole pc
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I am upgrading from an Emachines T2692W/ 2.6 ghz celeron, 512 ram, 200gig HD, 80gig HD, intel extreme graphics 845gv(built into mother board), dvd r/rw, WinTV 150.

Will I notice an performance increase doing this? Thanks
I think there is a misunderstanding. I am not putting new parts into the emachines, I will be building a new computer from the ground up.
1) I want to build a computer from scratch and I don't want to buy emachines.

2) I am wanting a good looking case w/ some style. I have found a place where i can get one at a pretty good price. Thanks though.

Heres another question. How good of a graphics card will i need for playing non first person games just AOE 3, star Wars empire at War, Rise of nations, NFS Most Wanted, FS2004?
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A 6800 GT would definitely be able to handle that and right now they are going for around 270.00. A 6600 GT probably would be able to handle it as well but I would try to get a 6800GT
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if you go the pentium D route you could probably afford a dual core but i wouldn't reccomend it. if you were to go with a pentium D the 920 is the minimum you would want, the 805 and 820 are pretty useless. i would not get the 6800gt, get the GS
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I don't really have a need for dual core, would be nice but I don't need it.
The GS is better?
How about like the 7300 or 7600. How do those compare to the 6600 and 6800. I noticed that the 7300 is like $80 on ebay and the 6800 gt is 200+
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the 7300 is crap and performs nowhere near as well as the 6800 series. the 7600gt is slightly better than the 6800gs. the gs's main advantage is that it is cheaper than the 6800gt but performs almost on par and overclocks very well. the 6800gt is almost extinct.
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