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Old 12-18-2005, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi.. I want to get a new computer, and I want to make sure it will be good for gaming and it will be upgradable.
I don't know a ton about computers, but I know a decent amount. I don't really want to build a computer by myself.. but I definately don't want to get a Dell or anything. I looked into some barebones.. and I would like to find one that will require the least amount of building on my part. I'm hoping I won't have install hard drives and processors and stuff. Extra RAM and vid cards I can deal with.

Anyway I found the pinned topic very helpful, but I was hoping some of you could help me out or give me advice. Here's what I've been looking into, so you can get an idea of what I want.

- 939 Socket..
- AMD Athlon 64 X2-3800+ Dual Core Processor.. (maybe the 3500+ cuz its cheaper.. except is that Dual Core?)
- 2 512 ram sticks
- Chipset: I don't know much about this.. maybe the nvidia nforce4. Is the NVIDIA nForce3 250 GB good?
- 80GB+ hard drive
- Don't really need a monitor, mouse, or keyboard
- Not sure about Power Supply or cooling system.. Just want it to work.
- PCI-express is a MUST. But I'll probably go with an nvidia 6600 or something.. not gonna spend 300 dollars on a card.. but as long as its pci-e it should be ok

Here are some things I've found.. although each seems to be lacking in some area:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...638821&CatId=0

-that one has low power supply.. I dunno what that means though.. maybe that's okay? I also don't know if the Nvidia nforce 3 250 gb is good... other than that the system seems pretty good.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...p?Base=1501174

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...e=pricegrabber

http://www.cpusolutions.com/8004744C...ms.asp?CartId={BE9BFB54-C5C5-44B0EVEREST-B465-876C28C093F6}&Cc=AMDGAMBB&iTpStatus=0&Tp=&Bc=


Thanks in advance for any help.. As complete a system as possible is best for me I mainly play COD.. counter strike.. want to start playing aoe3. I don't play hundreds of games.. like 1-4.. So I don't know.. I probably don't need to spend a crap load of money.. but I definately want to be able to upgrade it..
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Welcome to TF!

Building a computer isnt really that hard. Im currently building my first one and i think its quite fun. Youd save some money by building it yourself and then using that saved money to upgrade some things later down the road.

The 3500+ is not a dual core processor. If you want to play games on highest, look into buying 2gb of RAM. Look into DFIs for motherboards, antecs or oczs for power supplies, seagates or western digital for hard drives and whatever case floats your boat. Hope this helps abit.
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Old 12-18-2005, 06:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's what people tell me.. but I would kind of prefer to just go to MonarchComputer or something.. and customize one.. except I'm not really sure if I need the DualCore and what type of RAM I need and stuff.. When I try to customize something there I find a list of about 10 different 1GB ram setups.. I dunno which to choose.. and the Dual Core is what costs the most.. that adds about 300 dollars.
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ok heres just about everything you need

Optical
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106992

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144076

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144178

Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130491

Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130258

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103937

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145579

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562

Total: $1044.47 No S&H, exlcuding rebates.
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Old 12-18-2005, 11:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well here's what I'm thinking.. I went to MonarchComputer because I don't really want to build the computer by myself.

Here's the link to the customization.. if you wanna check it out and give me some suggestions.

http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merch...uct_Code=80232

In addition to this I'll need to buy a PCI-e card and a HD from Newegg.com. Why do I need a huge HD? I guess I'll go with 120GB or 160GB.. I don't want to go over $100.

Do you have any suggestions or changes to the configuration?



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Hmm sorry.. the mobo in that screenshot is wrong.
It would either be:
http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merch...ct_Code=110314
http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merch...ct_Code=110257
http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merch...ct_Code=110480

Which of those 3 is best value? (Saving money is good)
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don't get either of the asus i got 1 and will regret it till i can replace it

people here do seem to be very happy with the msi k8n neo-f though
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