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vitaliy101

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JUst want some feed back on my rig and wat kind of video card would be good if i just play like COD2, CS 1.6, NFSMW, AOE3?


ASUS A8N-SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131524

AMD Athlon 64 3500
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103533

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145440

Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB (x2)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148065

Thermaltake TR2 W0070 430W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817153023

NEC Black IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827152058

Diablo ATX Mid-Tower Case
http://www.tigerdire...75&Sku=D15-1010


would appreciate if someone helped thanks
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alex0170

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well... im not 100% sure, :tazz: but a 7800 GTX might be able to play those games :)
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Anything from the top of the last generation of cards, or anything from the middle of the current generation so X1800XL or 7800GT. You might want to get a bit more on the PSU though most cards now need a 480W PSU mimimum to run with a safe margin.
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a nVidia 6800 GS would do the job nicely and they only run for around $200 If money is no concern the 7800 GTX runs around $400 but you dont need that much power for those games.
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Yeah 6800GS is the only nvidia card im reccomending at the moment for upgrading and building most of the time. Its a very nice card and for a change from nvidia its very cheap.
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i was just looking at that on newegg only 199$ right now...but im kinda on a budget roght now so once i get the money i might get that....how about my computer is it nice overall though? everything compatible?
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Everything is compatible, the lack of 120mm fans on the case kinda sucks so it gonna be a noisy PC, new cases have at least one 120mm fan and an option for a second or it has both allready. PSU as i said could do with being a bit more powerful, the PSU wont handle a high end GFX card and with two it would die, ram its like 10 bucks more for the proper corsair xms stuff its definately worth the extra money.
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well i dont think i will need a bigger PSU not a hard core gamer...i always could return the ram thnx for the advice...ohh and should i overclock my processor? and i was wondering what exactley is RAid 0 or watever i heard u can like make two hard drives work together?

Edited by vitaliy101, 14 December 2005 - 07:36 PM.

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Raid 0 or a striped array makes two drives essentially into one giving a boost in performance but it really isnt worth it, its tricky to set up and if one drive goes the whole array collapses and all the data is gone.

Bigger PSU even if you arent a gamer i would say is needed component are drawing more and more power so any major upgrade may neccesitate a new PSU. And the further away you are from drawing the maximum from the PSU the better for the system.
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