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Computer Specs (for gaming)

Discussion in 'Games' started by hchildz, Sep 8, 2006.

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  1. hchildz

    hchildz Thread Starter

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    Okay - I am needing some assistance from anyone that wants to help....:confused:


    I am about to start building a computer (yep I have experience doing this) but I realized that I would probably use this computer for mostly gaming since I really don't do much else when I have free time and this would be solely for keeping my sanity - which trust me - that is a good thing :cool:

    Now I play games like Law & Order, Fate, Diablo, Chainz, Mah Jong, Luxor, Zuma...etc. - what specs would you advise me - I don't need anything overly fancy - just it has been awhile since I have been out there and looking around at things.....so I am here throwing myself on your mercy!! - any help would be greatly appreciated! ;)
     
  2. Jones

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    Do you have a set budget? That will help immensly when choosing parts.
     
  3. hchildz

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    Well....overall I don't want to spend more than 2,500.00 - but that also will include the monitor.....
     
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    WOW! That's one heck of a budget for the games you described.

    Basically, I'd go to a site like NewEgg, and start from the ground up. Motherboard, PSU, processor, ram, vid card, etc.

    Look at the reviews, and choose good brands. With that budget, you can build a beast of a gaming rig.
     
  5. hchildz

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    Thanks! but part of the problem is that I don't know what would be better for gaming - and what processor brand would be better than another, etc.

    Those aren't the only games I play - just the ones I play most often - once I have beat Kingdom Hearts and Xenosaga I think I will have time to go back and play on the computer (my daughter got me addicted :) )
     
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    I see, well start with a good brand of Motherboard. ASUS, and DFI are two very popular brands. Here are a nice one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131025

    I prefer Intel processors, so that board is an Intel 775 socket. To choose a processor, basically get the fastest one that will fit. Same thing with RAM. Corsair, OCZ, and Crucial are really good brands. Get at least 1gb.

    As far as Power Supplies, I like Ultra PSU's, but other options with good reputations are Enermax, Antec, and PC Power and Cooling.

    Video cards: I like nVidia, so something like a 7900 GTX would be really nice.
    See one here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143062

    That should get you started.
     
  7. hchildz

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    Thanks - now about the power supply - I am going to need at least a 600W right? I really don't want to look at anything less than that do I?
     
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    For any type of gaming machine, 500watt is generally considered to be a good size. I'd agree with you though, that if you have the ability, more wattage would allow for more flexibility for future upgrades. Just make sure that you get a REALLY good quality one. Crappy PSU's are nothing but trouble.
     
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    Oh I know - for what you pay for the crappy ones and then to replace them - it is better to just buy a decent one or better than decent so you don't have to worry about it down the road
     
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    You have been great! Remind me - because it has been at least three years since I have bought pieces - if I buy a case - does it come with a fan - or do I need to look at fans?
     
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    Those games you listed are NOT intense at all! With a $2500 budget, you could get a $700 gaming machine, and a really nice monitor and/or speakers (or take it to the bank)
    If you wan't i'll configure you a really nice gaming computer on newegg under $750,
    (I just don't want to do the research if you don't want me to.)
     
  13. Seth13

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    Yeah Bongo's right, for what games you listed, $2,500 would be a rediculous waste of money. You could go out a buy an HP with a moderate GPU in it for $500, and it would play everything there perfectly.
     
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    Most higher-end cases will usually come with at least one fan. It's usually a good idea to invest in a couple more though to keep good airflow.
     
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    I have a dell latitude laptop and windows xp.. -I hope someone can answer-
    and i just got it, so ofcourse i want to install my sims 2 game... when I go to put it in my CD drive, my laptop doesnt read my disk, which is frustrating.. so i go under the program "my computer" and manually make the computer read/run the disk but it says that the disk is corrupted or it's format is not readable for windows which is bologna because i know that the disk isnt corrupted because it plays on my other computer which is an xp too. Can anyone tell me how to do this?? :( :confused:
     
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