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Building a gaming computer.

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I'm putting together a list of components to get a computer assembled, how ever I don't know that much about specific parts, so I'm hoping to get some help here.

Basically I'm looking for it to run World of Warcraft flawlessly, and to be able to play other games like Command and Conquer 3 and the like at 30 fps.

I would like it to have a bit of staying power regarding the future, i.e. hopefully able to play new games that come out in a years time with great quality.

The idea is to hand in a list of parts to a friend at a store I know well, and they'd acquire the parts and assemble the computer.

I know a few details so far:

An Intel Quad Core Processor, however I do not know the technical part of the name, so a good suggestion would be appreciated.

4 gig of RAM, again I do not know specific component names, or what I should be looking for.

I'm guessing Vista 64-bit to go with the 4 gig of RAM would be the right idea.

I would like to use the GeForce GTX 260 graphics card, if there are any particular specs I should be after please help me with this.

As for regards to motherboards I honestly don't know, any suggestions would be greatly welcomed.

The integrated sound from the motherboard should be good enough for me, unless anyone has any ideas regarding that.

With the hard drive and cd drive do the brands and type matter? I don't know much about these or if I should request anything specific.

I don't need a monitor, keyboard or mouse as I have those already covered.

I've tried to be as thorough as I can with what I know, but if anyone can help out with ideas or suggestions or pointers as to what I should be listing please let me know, and I shall reply to any questions you may ask.
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Alright, the 64-bit is good for 4GB but i have heard that a lot of drivers havent been released in 64-bit form, so some of your stuff might not work (programs, maybe even like a keyboard or mouse). As for a board, im guessing you are gonna want to be able to upgrade in the future if you want to so if you are willing to spend some money, then this is an awesome motherboard. It supports DDR3 memory which is a new type of memory, it will work beautifully with the GTX 260 that u picked out. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813188025. The 790i Ultra chip that this board uses will take full advantage of the GTX 260 and unleash its full power. It also supports Triple SLI so if you want to in the future, u can buy another GTX 260 and SLI the two cards. You should check newegg.com for your parts. They have the some of the lowest prices and their shipping is awesome. A lot of people on geekstogo use newegg.com for their parts. I ordered all of mine from newegg and all of them work perfectly and the shipping time was awesome.

For the processor: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115018

Graphcis card: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130400

Motherboard: 1. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813188025
2. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131299

Memory: If you go with motherboard number 1. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820220278
If you go with motherboard number 2. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820227289

Hard Drive: Seagate is my preferred brand. It is reliable and the performance is high.

Sound Card: Not unless you are willing to throw away money for something that will affect the sound very little. You have to have really good speakers to notice a difference and even then the difference will be small. The onboard sound should be fine.

CD Drive: Samsung is a good brand that I use. I have not had a problem with any of there drives.

Concerning the Graphics card, the ATI 4850 is also a very good card to consider and it is close in performance to the GTX 260 for a significantly lower price. I like nVidia but you have to consider all the options :)

So good luck and I hope I helped you out a little.

Cheers :)

Edited by X IBLaCK0uT X, 23 September 2008 - 02:58 PM.

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Alright, the 64-bit is good for 4GB but i have heard that a lot of drivers havent been released in 64-bit form, so some of your stuff might not work (programs, maybe even like a keyboard or mouse).

Just a quick note - this is not true. Ever since Vista 64-bit was released, a lot of software and hardware manufacturers have "played ball" much better than with XP Professional x64.

There are hardly any programs that won't work with x64 Vista - if Vista can't run it in native 64-bit, it will emulate 32-bit. If you are only using recent/new programs, you should have no problems at all.

If you're unsure about hardware compatibility, just look up the manufacturers website, you'll find the model's support page will list drivers available for your device. As long as Vista x64 drivers are listed, you're definitely laughing - and sometimes the driver won't be listed, but the device just works anyway. :)

If ever you're wanting someone's "hands-on" opinion, I'm sure you could find one of the staff members here who are running Vista x64, and send them a PM to come and comment here in your thread. In particular, stettybet0 comes to mind - he seems rather happy to test programs to make sure they work happily.


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I stand corrected :)
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