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#1 TTC

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 11:06 PM

I had previously visited this board over a year ago pondering the same question. But seeing as I have: 1. not been able to obtain a fully functioning new computer (yet) , 2. still using the old one, I'd like to know about what the best parts are out there currently so when this one fails (which hopefully won't be for awhile :blink: ) I'd also like to know what sort of parts to just flat out avoid.

With that said, here's some of the things I'm looking for with a computer:

PC (not Mac)
Desktop not Laptop
Decent graphics card (does not need to be the best, but need to be durable for long gaming periods)
Decent Cooling (I want to be able to use my computer, not fry an egg on it)
Able to handle multiple programs at the same time (4-5 programs+ ; think maybe one or two video games, mozilla firefox, maybe some messenger programs...etc)
A Motherboard that does the "job" and doesn't fail
Sturdy Hard Drive (at least 250 GB, preferably more)
Intel 2 Core Duo Processor or better

[edit: Can be a custom or not; I'd prefer a custom I could customize online...Please nothing from HP.]

The tricky part is with the Operating System:
I've experienced a bit of Vista (both 32bit and 64bit) and I can't say I'm a fan of the operating system. I'm more of a XP 32bit sort of person, as its the OS I'm most familiar with and (within my own personal experience) has given me the least amount of problems. However, I wouldn't mind going Vista 32bit or 64bit if someone could verify the following for me:

1. I've heard that 64bit OSes can sometimes have problems with older games. Have you as a 64bit OS user experienced any problems with your older games? If so, which games were these?
2. I've heard time and time again that 64bit OSes are "worth it" and are "the future" for gamers. But in the present is it really worth getting that 64bit OS over the 32bit?

Thanks for the help!

Edited by TTC, 08 June 2009 - 11:10 PM.


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#2 fairjoeblue

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 01:22 PM

Unless you are planning to buy/build now giving hardware suggestions is a bit useless.
Even if you use only what is available at the moment that doesn't mean all will be available in the [even near] future.

If I were building a new gaming unit I would stick to the socket 775/ C2D or Qcore CPUs

If I were planing to run older games I would stick to a 32 bit OS as not everything works on 64 bit.
I would also stick with XP for a much higher compatibility rate
Vista is gar-bage & "7" is Vista with UAC tomed down & repackaged.
[Yes, I have used both, Vista home basic, home premimum, & ultimate, Windows 7 Beta & RC1 ]
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