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Before I buy

By TimeParadoX
Nov 24, 2006
  1. Im making a computer for my brother and wanted to know if this would work as a good Gaming Computer for games like Oblivion / FEAR / BF series...

    Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

    Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813188009
    eVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

    RAM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145566
    CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) x2


    Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150150
    XFX PV-T71G-UCF7 GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail


    Hard Disk Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341002
    OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail

    DVD Burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152076
    NEC Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE / ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM

    Sound Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829111002
    DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71DDL 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

    Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133154
    Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Total: $1436 with shipping ( Good deal ;) )

    If you want you can give me a better mobo / ram but keep it a duo core CPU
     
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    That system looks great!

    But if he can stretch his budget a little, he can get a much better video card, like the Radeon X1950XT:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102067

    It would surely trash the 7900GT :)

    Also, if he's not going to use SLI or Crossfire, there's no need for that 700W PSU. A cheaper, Antec or FSP one would do the job very well :)
     
  3. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Yes it's for SLi that's why I got SLi ready stuff =P

    Also i'll look into that 1950 =)

    Thanks Wolfram, If this computer is really good playing Oblivion i'll keep it for myself ;)
     
  4. Cpt_Subtext

    Cpt_Subtext TS Rookie Posts: 257

    Personally id opt for getting a 8800 GTX card if he has the budget. Being the only Direct X10 card available at the moment it would be the best for future proofing.... Not sure what the score on SLI is for them at the moment though.... as some places have said get two and then wait for the driver update.

    Either way it still kicks the behind of everything else at the moment.... especially for playing Oblivion which has been used by several sites to test it
     
  5. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Yeah the 8800s still needs the SLi driver update because if you dont have that your comp would blow up if you dont have enough power =P
     
  6. Cpt_Subtext

    Cpt_Subtext TS Rookie Posts: 257

    Yeah there is that to it but is it really worth building a new computer with none direct x 10 graphics cards? Id tell him wait till Vista is released personally but each unto his own

    God help us when quad sli hits with those 8800 GTX cards, you wont need a PSU just your own Nuclear Power station to run it
     
  7. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    lol

    Well im ganna get 8800s and stick with duo core when really high-end games come out like crysis and all that but for now that system is pretty good with the stuff it has now
     
  8. Cpt_Subtext

    Cpt_Subtext TS Rookie Posts: 257

    Yeah they are good specs, with being in the market for a new machine myself ive just been reading up on anything and everything I can find about DX10, Vista and all the rest of the garbage so that I can get the best machine for my money....

    Also until Microsh**e actually release there new wonder products (wonder why we bought them) Nobody is going to know what the 8800's are going to be capable off.... as of yet they cant be fully tested!

    Crafty beggers!
     
  9. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Yeah, I actualy saw a picture of Vista's interface and it looks like a mac =P
     
  10. Cpt_Subtext

    Cpt_Subtext TS Rookie Posts: 257

    Knowing our favourite company thats probably the idea... :)
     
  11. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Lol yeah Windows is too lazy to make a new UI so they just take Mac and change the name to Vista :haha:
     
  12. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    Actually, it seems like most of the features were stolen from linux, and the widgets were stolen from mac. But yeah, as you said they just steal all the ideas from everyone else and call it unique.
     
  13. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Lol yeah :haha:
     
  14. Cpt_Subtext

    Cpt_Subtext TS Rookie Posts: 257


    It is unique.... cause it doesnt work....
     
  15. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    :haha: you were in the beta play for Vista? That had too many viruses to even work, I think Techspot had a thing on the front page about vista in beta and it said that it would Remotely control the user's computer xD
     
  16. Cpt_Subtext

    Cpt_Subtext TS Rookie Posts: 257

    Yeah ive read about the remote control thing...... one word springs to mind reallly, "Stupid"?
     
  17. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Yeah sortof like how Spyware in BF2142 :eek:
     
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