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A Good Gaming Computer?

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#1 kevin92


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Posted 06 December 2006 - 03:25 PM

I'm looking for a good gaming computer, this is what I'm thinking of getting http://pc.ncix.com/pcbuilder/index.php?act...platformid=1000 I want to try and keep it under 1800, anyone want to finish it off for me, add speakers, keyborad, anything neccesary, go right ahead. If not that, you can try building something else too, thanks a lot!

Edit: I live in Canada, so Canadian prices, and Canadian websites would be nice.

Edited by kevin92, 06 December 2006 - 03:26 PM.

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 06:08 PM

I just built a new computer about 2 months ago.

Motherboard 220$
Graphics Card 300$
RAM 263$
Hard Drive 100$
Processor 310$
Case 140$
Monitor 175$
aproxx total: 1508

If you want to spend up to 1800, I'd recomend either getting more ram, a better graphics card, or the processor above that one.

Edited by Archer-of-Death, 06 December 2006 - 06:38 PM.

#3 kevin92

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 10:17 PM

Alright, I changed some things I didn't need around, and updated the video card, what do you think?

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 11:00 PM

Looks good. I wish you could use newegg to canada, though. Because the E6600 isn't so overpriced.

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Posted 07 December 2006 - 08:47 AM

Just my two cents worth here...If I were to skimp on anything, it would be the processor.

For games, the graphics card does most of the work, so the cpu can kick back and relax quite a bit. I'd look into either the Core 2 Duo E6300, or the Core 2 Duo E6400. Quite a difference in price, and you'll still get great speed out of the processor, while saving a good amount of money.

Check this link HERE. It's to Toms Hardware guide. It's a compairison chart for different processors. Select the 2 processors you want to compair (should already be selected) then select a benchmark...the results will be marked in red. Check for yourself, and this way you can make your own educated decision :huh: .

Check the difference between the E6400 and the E6600. According to the compairisons, there's only a little difference in the speed from one to the other in all the benchmarks, certainly nothing "overwelming" making the faster (more expensive) processor stand out. IMHO, the difference in price isn't worth the difference in speed.

Hope this helps! :huh:

EDIT: FYI, I built my computer on a tight budget, and built it with gaming in mind (as I'm a gamer!), and can run F.E.A.R. in the max resolution/highest settings smoothly. I put it together for about $800. I kept an eye out for sales and rebates, then purchased stuff a little at a time. I'll post the specs below.

200gb hdd 7200rpm
Abit Motherboard with 2.93 Celeron cpu 533mhz (combo kit cost less than $100)
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Just goes to show that one doesn't need to spend an arm and a leg to have a decent computer to play games on! :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 11:55 PM

Made the neccesary changes, I think it's looking good, just a question about the OS, what do you think I should go for? Should I go for Vista, or wait for it to get out all the gltiches, then upgrade later?

Edit: I just realized that Windows Vista isn't even out yet, I thought it was, because I saw ads saying how you can upgrade to vista for free :S

Edited by kevin92, 09 December 2006 - 12:29 AM.

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 01:36 AM

my friend says he read in a computer magazine that windows vista has lots of errors and the experts say windows xp is better.

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 09:29 AM

The final version of Vista wasn't released to manufacturer's until November 7th, with the first copies released to others were released on November 17th.

I don't see how a magazine can do a decent review and get it printed in the time that it took to reach us here. I think that this would be reviews of the beta software - and that's why they're called betas, because they're still in development and aren't expected to function without problem.

Also, the same thing was being said about Windows XP when it came out.

I have been using Vista since the early beta builds and it has been my primary OS (the RTM version) for a couple of weeks now. I haven't had any problems with it (other than the darned UAC stuff). My biggest problems are with forcing it to accept and use programs designed for XP - but I've been successful on most attempts.

Once Vista's released we should see an immense flood of updates for applications/drivers to work in Vista. Until then it's not a good choice.

But, once it's released it'll make your life so much easier. Here's a story that I like to tell:

I installed Vista and it didn't recognize my TV card. Once the installation was done, it popped up and asked permission to figure out what my "Unknown Device" was. When I answered "Yes", it went out on the web, found out what the device was (a Hauppage PVR-250), downloaded the drivers for it, installed them and then told me that it was ready to use.

Pretty impressive to me - try getting XP to do that!

There are some vast improvements in the ways that Windows works in Vista. For example, that durned UAC (User Access Control) that will drive you crazy. It's actually a good idea - it prevents you from running with Administrative privileges - so that you don't accidentally get infected. IE7 offers Protected mode surfing, which further isolates you from threats. Good stuff!

So, I'd recommend it in the future, but not until you can get it to do what you want it to do (install apps without jumping through hoops). The graphics and DX10 will make it worth the wait.

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 09:31 AM

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 01:05 PM

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