Building a Desktop
Posted 18 June 2007 - 01:28 AM
Posted 18 June 2007 - 04:03 AM
, so does this mean you knew this information already, or that you are concerned that you want your computer to be able to play future games also?
future games are a concern of course
Anyway, can you give us some idea of a budget? Even if you say "cheap cheap", can you still give us some guidelines to an actual figure - are you thinking $500? $2000? It's a much easier task to help you get your best 'bang for buck' system components. Also, I really recommend that you have a look at some online retailers - I see you are in USA, so try looking at newegg.com - and choosing some parts that you think you might like. The more of an idea you can have about what parts you would prefer, then the more we can help you out.
Me, I would go Intel processor with ATI graphics, but that's my personal preference. Give us your preferences so we can get you what you want
Posted 18 June 2007 - 07:45 AM
I would prefer an AMD X2 processor. Budget is no more than $1200.
Edited by Malikorx, 18 June 2007 - 07:47 AM.
Posted 18 June 2007 - 02:11 PM
Just curious, why isn't Vista an option? Vista is much better now then it was just after its release. The best websites to check out are Newegg and Tiger Direct.
Posted 18 June 2007 - 02:15 PM
The advantage of having AM2+ is that it's future proof and will suport the new line of processors coming late in the year.
Posted 25 June 2007 - 02:23 AM
Forgive me that the list isn't longer but I haven't had much time and I couldn't find a compatible processor for that Shuttle barebone. I want that barebone, or one similar to it that supports either an Intel Core 2 Duo or Dual-Core AMD. Preferably one of those or one that will provide good processing power for multitasking. Also, DDR2 RAM is preferred. Any help with additional hardware?
Posted 25 June 2007 - 04:25 AM
If it's what you want and you're prepared to put up with the limitations, then go for it. Personally, I just look at barebones and think "Why bother?"
Just my thoughts on the issue. I might have a look at some other barebones another time and see if there's something a bit more to your liking. If you find any others, please post.
Posted 01 July 2007 - 03:06 PM
Posted 01 July 2007 - 05:39 PM
Posted 01 July 2007 - 08:04 PM
As for RAM, just go for a good brand (OCZ, Kingston, Corsair, Crucial, Geil, Mushkin etc... any others I missed - add them guys) and don't get the "Value Series", for example Corsair have the "ValueSelect", don't go that way, pay a couple of dollars extra and go with the better (XMS2 I think) stuff. You would want minimum 667MHz speed, preferably 800 or above. You would want minimum 2GB. Here's a Mushkin brand suggestion: link
Graphics cards, go for a DX10 card anyway, even though XP Home does not support DX10. That way you are future-proofing your build. This one looks nice.
Posted 02 July 2007 - 09:51 PM
Posted 02 July 2007 - 09:59 PM
Another thing to mention if your overclocking go Intel, the E4300 or E4400 has a higher mutliplier maaking it much easier to overclock. Though it comes at a price, there is half the cache, if you really want to push it and have a overclock 24/7 your going to need to invest into a aftermarket cooler and I recommend you don't adjust the voltages. If your build becomes unstable, back off, don't add more juice to it. The main elements that kill the lifespan of your components are heat and increaded volts, normally increased volts=more heat.
Edited by james_8970, 02 July 2007 - 10:02 PM.
Posted 03 July 2007 - 12:28 PM
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