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Old 12-29-2005, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there, I'm looking to buy a new computer for the sole purpose of gaming, and was wondering what you thought of this.

I'm an idiot when it comes to all this, so please excuse my ignorance.

All of this stuff is from iBUYPOWER




Raidmax Ninja-918 ATX Mid-tower Case w/450W Power Supply

[PCI-Express 16x] ATI Radeon X1800XT 512MB w/DVO + TV Out Video.

AMD® Athlon-64 3700+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology

Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe nForce4 SLI-x16 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Dual Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, Dual PCI-E MB

2048 MB [1024MB X2] DDR-400 PC3200 Memory Module Corsair-Value or Major Brand More Options

200 GB HARD DRIVE Maxtor 200 GB 7200 RPM Ultra ATA-133 8MB Cache Hard Drive More Options

16X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive

Creative Lab Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit 7.1

Sicuro RW350XL 2.1 Gaming Speaker System

ViewSonic 19" VA912B TFT LCD Monitor

MS Windows XP Home Edition w/Service Pack-2

Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps PCI Adapter

All of this comes out to $2,168.00

I have a few questions about all of this.

1. Will this run modern day games on the highest settings?

2. Is this a good deal? Or am I getting ripped off?

3. Should I upgrade the CPU because of the video card? I've heard the term "Bottlenecking" and I think that "Bottlenecking" has to do with video cards.

4. Do you guys have any suggestions as to anything I should add/take away?

Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-29-2005, 04:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Yes
2. Dunno, can't be bothered to work out the total price if you bought all the components off Newegg.
3. No
4. Get an X2 CPU and get a 7800GT video card (costs a lot less, will still run all games on max settings with that system and is very near to the performance of the x1800xt and 7800gtx)

Everything else looks fine.
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Old 12-29-2005, 05:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Cool, thanks for the info.

So I'd be better off with a [939-pin] AMD® Athlon-64 X2 3800+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology and a [PCI-Express 16x] Nvidia Geforce 7800gt 256MB w/DVI + TV Out Video, right?

If I were to go with this, would I have to upgrade anytime soon?

I also forgot to add, do I need a larger power supply?
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Old 12-29-2005, 05:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The X2 will definately allow you to keep your computer for a while longer than the 3700+ as software is only just starting to use both of the processor's cores so you're basically getting the latest technology.

The 7800GT will be able to max out all games for the next year or so and maybe longer. You may need a bigger power supply, I recommend at least 500W. The Antec Truepower II 550W is one of the best around.
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Old 12-29-2005, 07:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yep i like that setup you have planned, that will TRULY be great gaming system.
btw nice job getting 2gb ram straight up, an area that newbies tend to ignore
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