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Old 07-16-2006, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey everyone, im new to this forum so im not quite sure what im doing, but i have a quick question on some video cards.

i have a dell dimensions 2350 with integrated graphics, and i play aloooot of CS. 1.6 and condition zero work fine on it, but i just recently got HL2 and it wont run for crap on my computer. its a pentium 4, running at about 1.8 GHz, with 512 MB of ram, with 2 open PCI slots.

i was wondering, what video card should i go with? and/or if i should just spend the money on a whole new system (and if anyone has time to maybe send me the specs for a new system for playable cs:s, but not too expensive) i would really appreciate it.
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You only have PCI slots, so you'd be really restricted on cards.

Your best bet would be to build a new system if you want to game.
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if you have to stick with that machine... see if you can bump up to 1GB of RAM and look into getting a FX5500/ATI 9250 PCI card... that might help. What's your budget look like for a new build?
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well i was thinking about selling that computer to a friend, probably only like 1 or 2 hundred just cause its a friend, but im guessing on a budget of no more than about 700, maybe 800. but all ill need is the tower becuase i have a monitor and keyboard and a mouse. and i dont really want anything too over the top, just something that will run source well.
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you can build a pretty decent system for 7-800... go for it...
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thanks for the input nukem if you or anyone has the time, or sites that i can go to to build the system, id appreciate it
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gotta love http://newegg.com/ but where do you live?
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then look around... Newegg will do you very well.. but there are other places as well... just depends on what you want and and if you want all new parts, or can handle refurbished...
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Something like this maybe... 793.00 of course it can be tweaked...
All you need is the OS... (and maybe a floppy)

mobo - ASUS A8N5X - 79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131569

CPU - AMD 64 3800+ X2 (Around 170 when price drops)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562

CPU Fan - ZALMAN CNPS7000B-ALCU - 29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118112

RAM - OCZ Premier 1GB (2 x 512MB) - 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227069

VIDEO CARD - eVGA 256-P2-N554-AX Geforce 7600GT - 169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130017

PSU - Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 - 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103931

HARD DRIVE - Western Digital Caviar RE WD2500YD 250GB - 81.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136010

DVD BURNER - NEC Black 2M Cache IDE/ATAPI - 30.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152058

CASE - NZXT Apollo BLACK NP Black Secc Steel Chassis - 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146025
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