I want to build a gaming PC. I have all the parts selected, but I just want to know everyone's opinion on any part that I chose and what they might replace it with. Lets just say my budget is $1200 and my current
wishlist is like $1500 so I'm just mainly looking for help on downgrading my wishlist a little bit
(and to make sure everything is compatible). I want to be able to play hl2 or bf2 with good quality settings. These are all from newegg.com. thank you for your help.
Ive heard building is cheaper, and if all parts are compatible i can build no problem, but I found this http://www.cyberpowe...tra7500.asp?v=d prebuilt pc and it seems to do what I want but its much cheaper. Why is this?
GIGABYTE 3D AURORA GZ-FSCA1-ANB Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
CHAINTECH SE6600G Geforce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
ASPIRE ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply - Retail
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4800CDBOX - Retail
CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model Twinx2048-3200c2 - Retail
SAMSUNG 740N-Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor - Retail
ASUS 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model DRW1608P2S - OEM
Well what I would change is the case.. You can get a nice case that looks better than that for $80-$100 or so.
The case isnt very attractive but look at coolermaster, aspire or antec cases and thermaltake makes some decent cases.
I wouldnt buy an asus motherboard me and a couple other techs on here dont like them so much anymore because awhile back they rushed them out and alot of them were dead on arrival or having problems..
If your gonna stay cheap like $70 for a motherboard then look at the gigabyte motherboards.
In my opinion I wouldnt buy socket 939 right now because socket am2 by amd is already out and why stay back a step below the current socket or stay back a generation behind?? Its in the same situation when socket 939 was first released and the socket 754 boards went out of style. Socket 939 is gonna be out of style very soon, especially when Intel releases the brand new Intel Conroe processors. Intel conroe is going to be released by the end of the month and is also called the intel core 2 duo. The intel conroe is going to change the gamers / pc market when it comes out.. Many of the amd guys that has been a fan of them since the beginning will turn to the intel conroe because of the price to performance ratio.. The intel conroe has benchmarks out on the net and the intel conroe e6700 2.67ghz dual core processor stomps all over amd fx-60 and fx-62. The intel conroe beats them both at every test/benchmark even gaming. The price is about 1/2 of the price of amd fx-60 and fx-62 also and that is whats so impressive. So 1/2th the price of the competition for the 2.67 ghz intel conroe chip, and it beats them at just about every test/benchmark. I just thought you might want to know about the new Intel conroe chip. I let everyone know about it so they have a decision to make if they want to wait or not for it.. The e6700 2.67 ghz is around $530 and the e6600 2.40ghz is going to be around $315. Even the 2.40 ghz intel conroe processor still beats amd fx-60 and fx-62 at almost every test so that is a great deal. The intel conroe 2.40 ghz chip is 1/4th the price of the competiton chips by amd.. Its a great deal and you cannot beat it for the 2.40 ghz conroe..
If you need a pc NOW get a socket am2 by amd they are fine. Atleast if you get the newer amd socket you will have the upgradability later on.
Its smart to get a cheap video card for now with good performance for the money because of the directx 10 and directx 10 video cards coming out by the end of the year. I would not get a nvidia geforce 6600gt though because its not great performance for the money. For the same price you can get an ati x1600pro which is alittle tad better but it also has newer technology because the 6600 series came out awhile back.. Even though I like nvidia better the x1600pro by ati is the better deal..
If I were in your situation I would get a x1600pro or either pay alittle more for an nvidia 7600gt and it could hold you off until directx10 video cards come out. If you didnt know, directx 10 will only work with a directx 10 compatable video card and you have to get the new operating system as well. SO, none of the Current video cards are compatable with Directx 10. As I said the new dx10 cards should be out by the end of the year. If you want directx10 you have to get the supported hardware which isnt even out and you have to get the new operating system which isnt out either.
Yes the current video cards will still be able to play games based on directx10 architecture, this means the "newer" games like crysis from crytek which arent even out yet. It just means if you have a directx 9 video card and directx 9 drivers and you try to play a NEW to come dx10 game it will force the game to run in the dx9 mode that is all..
So, its up to you what you want to decide on for a video card or ask yourself if you want to wait..
Alot of people are building an am2 system and getting a cheap video card to hold them off until the new dx10 cards and the new operating system come out which is smart and totally fine.
Others are waiting for the Intel conroe processors and will also go the route with the cheap video card to hold them off for awhile.
Anyways, I just wanted to tell you all about this new technology coming out and tell you my opinion.
Now its time for you to decide.