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CompLost

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Since my email was used here and I couldn't retrieve my info, I posted on another computer help site for help.

Well, I got everything sorted out and now I'll like to post a link to my post.

http://www.maximumpc...pic.php?t=37601

That basically states what I want and such. I have a few suggestions already (found below) that seem like good choices.

Any disucssion/suggestions is welcome.

Some Hardware:

Case/PSU : http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811144076
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817103931

M Board : http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131524

CPU : http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103533

DVD : http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827106014

Of course, I need some new stuff. Thanks for any help.

Edited by CompLost, 02 April 2006 - 10:19 PM.

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Hi, and welcome to the Geeks to Go forums :blink:
(That said, I'm brand new myself! :whistling:)

Looking at your post on the MaximumPC forums, you seem to be very serious about gaming performance. If you intend on building a PC capable of handling the latest games at good resolutions and smooth frame rates, expect to shell out $1000 at the very minimum. At the time I built my system, it cost me around $1200 and it runs FarCry smoothly at 1280x1024 resolution and maximum graphic settings. I consider my system specs adequate for my personal gaming needs. You probably won't have to pay as much as I did, since you plan on reusing some parts. However, I'd still suggest you get another 512 MB of RAM to bring your total RAM up to 1 GB. (Make sure the speed of the RAM you buy is equal to that of what you currently have.) Also, I think an Athlon 3500+ is a little overkill for you -- anything above an Athlon 2600+ will suit your needs just fine. Get a video card with 256 MB of memory, and you should be pretty much all set for rock-solid gaming stability (as far as the hardware quality goes) and relatively high-end performance.

Your CPU link is pointing to a motherboard, and your video card link to a CPU, so I can't tell what video card you have in mind. Hope this helps.
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Have you also looked at www.TigerDirect.com? I buy nearly all my computer parts there, and personally I prefer it to NewEgg.

Edited by Waterchan, 02 April 2006 - 09:31 PM.

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Doh... sorry about the mislabelled links.

Actually, I'm not gonna just need a 256mb vid card. I have one now and it is worthless.

Yeah, vid card is still up in the air.

Edit: Basically, I would like to see some builds in that range. I know the basics... like I will need at least 1 gb ram, and the rest of the computer parts lol.

Specifics please. :whistling:

Edited by CompLost, 02 April 2006 - 10:06 PM.

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Hehe, so you want us to do the work, the way i work(not everyone here does it this way) is you do the donkey work and i tell you if youre headed in the right direction, i can easily put it together for you but you wouldnt learn anything and your understanding of what your computer is going to be and what to do would suffer.

Building a computer is a learning experience im not here to detract from it just to enhance it, its an enjoyable experience so enjoy it, youll also get the cheapest parts if you shop around yourself as someone else wont spend that time.

Basics to get you started you seem to know but ill cover them again.

Mobo: best choice is a standard Nforce4 ultra, if you intend to get a new high res monitor SLI or crossfire might be an option so you might want to spend more for that option(but only if you are going to get a high res montior in future before a new gfx card).

CPU: A gaming system the automatic choice is AMD, Athlon 64 3200+ minuimum is what i go for but a 3700+ san diego or dual core is a good choice now for the future a 3800+ X2 is a good choice on a budget.

Memory: a gig is the minimum for a gamer, a good brand is important, i like corsair but other brands like crucial are good as well.

Case: alot of this is personal choice as long as it has two 120mm fan mounts its whatever you want.

Drives: CD and DVD there isnt a huge difference in most drives, HD 16mb cache sata 2 is what you look for.

PSU: 450W minimum a good brand lots of choice.
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Actually, I found your basic outline very helpful.

Yeah, I guess it looks like I am trying to get others to do my work for me. Ok, yes I am! lol

Its only because my experiences with choosing parts recently hasn't gone well. I really don't want to waste my money.

I AM dong my own research as well though. Its just a lot of info to go through and I don't have any definite choices yet to post an outline.

Thanks.
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