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Gaming Pc Help!!!

By seemab123
Oct 21, 2006
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  1. I jus was about to buy a new gaming pc but thought why not ask for tips if its gud or not. This is whats in it:
    1 x NZXT Trinity ATX Tower Case 5X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT ATX2.0 400W W/ Blue LED Fan & Window
    1 x AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual Core Processor Socket AM2 Windsor 2.0GHZ 2X512KB 89W 90NM Retail Box
    1 x Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro S754 S939 S940 2200RPM 40CFM Heatsink Fan
    1 x MSI K9N NEO-F ATX Nforce 550 AM2 DDR2 PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA Sound GB LAN Motherbo *IR-$10.00*
    1 x Corsair Value Select PC2-4200 1GB 2X512MB DDR2-533 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory
    1 x Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200.10 8MB 8.5MS SATA2 NCQ Hard Drive
    1 x EVGA E-GEFORCE 7600 GT PCI-E 256MB VGA DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card
    1 x Chaintech AV-710 PCI Sound Card 7.1 24-BIT Optical Out Retail Box *IR-$0.02*
    1 x Samsung SH-S182 DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 DL-8X DVD Writer IDE Black OEM W/ Software

    All of this is $884 canadian currency money. If u have anything i should replace tell me but try to stay reletivley in same price range. Thanks.
  2. seemab123

    seemab123 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    This is also a system which is relitevley cheaper. I jus need a system with room for upgrades.
    Product Specifications

    CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual Core Processor
    Motherboard Socket AM2 Motherboard
    Memory 512MB DDR2-667
    Optical Drive 16X DVD-Writer
    Hard Drive 250GB Hard Drive
    Video ATI RADEON X800XL 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express
    Audio Integrated 5.1 Audio
    Network Integrated 10/100 LAN
    Case ATX Mid Tower w/ 400 Watt Power Supply (Black)
    Warranty 1-year in-store warranty
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,284   +24

    Get the first system, but replace the video card with the one from the second system if it works out cheaper that way. But otherwise, get the first system itself, since it has a lot more power. Both have room for upgrades, but in terms of raw power, the first system wins.
  4. seemab123

    seemab123 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Ya i would like something a lil bit cheaper because im only 13 years old... My dad refused to by me one so it took me to 3 years to save enough money. I have enough money for the first one but if i switch the graphics card to a x800 how many years will i be able to play high end games on it? thanks again.
  5. seemab123

    seemab123 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    nvm x800 is more expensive. For my first one, does the case come wit a power supply???
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Probably yes, but most PSUĀ“s that come with cases are garbage. Unless you get an Antec case, with an Antec PSU.
    You should better get a quality PSU, from Antec, Enermax, FSP Group (Fortron) and OCZ.

    Avoid cheap power supplies, because they can kill your other valuable components.

    Regards :wave:

    BTW, Welcome to Techspot! :)
  7. Rayss523

    Rayss523 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 121

    Umm obviously nobody else noticed that the first one had an Nforce mobo chipset...an NVIDIA chipset.. DONT put an ATI video card in a NVIDIA motherboard..please?

    Get the 7600GT, hell read review this web site did on them they really are great cards, I would like to see you get a motherboard thats SLI capable for future expansion, also you are going to find that 1GB of RAM will hold you back 2GB would be significantly better.

    Cliff notes
    1)Dont put ATI in Nvidia mobo
    2)Get SLI capable mobo
    3)More RAM, maybe future upgrade
  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    I have a Nvidia mobo, and I'm using an ATI card without any problems ;)
  9. Rayss523

    Rayss523 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 121

    thats like saying I have a nissan with chevy engine, sure it works, but it wasn't exactly designed to, ya know?
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,284   +24

    What a load of crap. An nForce chipset is not "designed" to work with NVIDIA cards. It's just a chipset that gives much better features such as HD sound compared to other chipsets like VIA. For the latest nForce 5 series chipsets though, if u use them with an NVIDIA 79xx card they give a 25% performance boost through NVIDIA's LinkBoost technology. So know ur material before giving out wrong info Rayss523.
    And Seema, I agree with wolfram the power supply that comes with that case is rubbish. U will need to get a new one. Good quality inexpensive supplies are made by Antec, Fortron FSP, Cooler Master, Enermax and Thermaltake. Check them out, since not getting a good one is endangering the life of ur PC, including that powerful 7600GT you probably will be getting.
  11. seemab123

    seemab123 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    thanks u guys. I will try to get more money to buy the power supply. Any ways wondering if someone could build me a cheaper gaming pc. My budget would be 800 dollars(canadaian). Thanks.
     
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,284   +24

    Hmm looks like you've built this from NCIX.com right? If so, then I suggest getting this RAM and this DVD burner, along with this hard disk drive and this casing, keeping all the other components the same as before. Also, get rid of the cooler, you won't need it. That would make it the same price as ur currently posted build but with a high-quality casing and power supply as well. Give it a go.
  13. seemab123

    seemab123 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    thanks very much appreciate it
  14. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,284   +24

    Budget's a major constraint for her Mirob, so I think it's a no-go. But that Core 2 Duo would sure beat the crap outta the X2.
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