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17RiCkE17

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I'm going to build a computer mostly for gaming and i want all the stuff i'm buying to be checked so i go buying something that i'm going to return heres what i'm going to have

LG Super Multi DVD Writer
Antec Performance TX1050B
Antec smart power 2.0 500w PSU
Sapphire Radeon X1300 512MB PCI-E
Asus A8N-E Motherboard
Maxtor 120GB DiamondMax Plus 9 S-ATA
AMD Athlon 64 3700+
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live!
Logitech X-530 5.1 Speaker System
1GB of PC400 DDR Ram
1 120mm tri cool fan
3 80mm fans
1 92mm fan

I think this is good for gaming but some people know more then me so i need your opinions if i should upgrade anything.
 
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Hmmm. It seems for a gaming machine that the graphics card is a little weak. I would go for at least a 6800GT from Nvidia(Nvidia owns ATI at the moment by the way). If you can afford a 7800GTX that would be ideal.

Good choices on the rest of the setup. What brand of ram are you thinking of buying? More and more games are using more then 1gb so if you can I would get 2x1GB modules.
 
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What sort of budget are you on? If you can go SLI for extreem gaming. 2GB of ram and a WD Raptor HDD.
 

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Also i was looking at some stats on the AMD 3500+ and the 3700+ and they look the same whats the better buy.
 

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I'm only 13 so i can't have a huge budget but i would say about $1500 Can
 

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This cost about $1200 Can right now

LG Super Multi DVD Writer
Antec Performance TX1050B
Antec smart power 2.0 500w PSU
Sapphire Radeon X1300 512MB PCI-E
Asus A8N-E Motherboard
Maxtor 120GB DiamondMax Plus 9 S-ATA
AMD Athlon 64 3700+
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live!
Logitech X-530 5.1 Speaker System
1GB of PC400 DDR Ram
1 120mm tri cool fan
3 80mm fans
1 92mm fan
 

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I'm an ATi lover for sure, but even I have to admit that nVIDIA's top offering is spanking ATi's top offering...
 
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Out of the 3500+ and 3700+ deffinately get the 3700+. Unlike the 3500, the 3700 has 1mb of l2 cache (better performance) - Although we are speaking about the socket 939 versions NOT the 754 which will not work in the Asus A8N-E, so make sure you get the socket 939 3700+.

Yeah, for graphics go for an Nvidia 6800GT/Ultra or base model 7800 if you can. The ATI cards are still catching up and are yet to offer a real compeditor to the 7800 card.
 
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Dual processors is VERY expensive and not within reach of MOST users. It does have some advantages over a dual core processor, but at the end of the day, I still think a dual core proc is much better than dual processor and is slightly cheaper. Dual procs will set you back around $1000USD, plus mobo. Whereas a dual core x2 AMD should be cheaper. As it is, games wouldn't run a huge ammount better with dual procs and are only just now starting to take advantage of dual core. Get a solid single or dual core proc, with nice ram and a great graphics card and you're set at half the cost.
 

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Dual core processor isn't worth it. Nothing much can really take advantage of it. Better to stick to a faster single core for now.
 

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Dual core is the way of the future. Games do take advantage of dual cores now and more games will come that will use it fully. Is it needed?? No, but if your only going to buy 1 CPU, why wouldn`t you want a dual core??? If your into multitasking, 2 cores are definitely better then one.
And this is better memory for gaming.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227210
 
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