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Old 09-13-2006, 08:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a friend who would like to build a new computer. I haven't been on here in a while and would like a little bit of assistance in building this. He said he is going to be doing a lot of gaming on it, so I told him that he should probably go with AMD and stay away from DDR2 RAM.

He said there is not much of a limit to spending, but try to keep this reasonable will you?

Processor: Probably going with AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+. Not sure if there is really a better one out there right now that is still reasonably affordable.

Video Card: Mobo will have to be pci-express to futureproof it, so probably 7800 or 7900 in there somewhere? Also, should we go with GTX?

Motherboard: No idea what would be good here, open to any suggestions.

Ram: I was thinking two 1 gig sticks in dual channel. Not sure what kind of ram though, any suggestions?

Hard Drive: He said he'll need a lot of memory. I was thinking about RAIDing two 160 gig hard drives, but would it be better to RAID four 80 gig hard drives?

DVD rom: Need one for writing and reading that is top end, and one that is quiet and speedy for playing games, I'm open to suggestions here as well.

That's a good start, thanks for all of the help in advance everyone.
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Well, since you havent been on here in a while i suppose you do not know about conroe then. It seems Intel has made a huge step past AMD with the core 2 duo's. These bad boys are really putting a hurt on AMD. Anyway, 2 gigs of memory will be fine. a 7900gt would prolly be a good choice, save the money that you would have speny on a gtx and use it on a second gen dx10 card possibly r600 core from ati.
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Yeah, if there isn't much limit to spending most people will tell you to go with the Conroe's.
Why stay away from DDR2?
Good motherboards are Asus/DFI
X1900XT's seem to be one of the best video cards out atm or overclock a 7900GT.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115005

Is this the Intel processor you were talking about? Also, you sure it is better now?

Any mobo suggestions, Intel is out of my home field man.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115003

This is the one you were talking about I believe... but the same goes. Is this really better for the money? And I still have no idea about a good mobo.
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http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/06/...-62/page5.html

here are some results if you want to see how the new conroes compare to amd. I mean the fx-62 is very expensive(over 1000 i believe) the e6700 is right on par with it for a fraction of the price. I mean, just type "conroe vs Amd" into google, you will see.
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Heres a full out review of the core 2 duo lineup against the AMD line up. Keep in mind that the overclocked e6300 and 6400's are modestly overclocked. Some people are breaking 3 ghz with the 6400s pretty good, and i hope to reach between 2.9-3.0 with my e6300, we'll see how that works out.

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets...spx?i=2802&p=3
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