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Gaming System Build-off

By lowman
Mar 10, 2004
  1. I posted this in error in the Audio and Video forum...so here it is, in the right place:


    OK everyone, I am finished building my digital audio workstation, and I'm ready to build my gaming station. I thought i would have some fun with this, and tap into the expertise of all of you out there. (This will be a dedicated gaming system) We can do this 2 ways:

    My budget is $2,000.00 - $2,500.00

    Who can spec out the sickest gaming system within that budget (no monitor or speakers - just the tower and all the components). My only mandatory component is an AMD processor.

    I have a very good idea of what I am going to get, but I'd like all of your input. So, let's throw this in the mix as well:

    The second side of the coin, would be the best video and sound card combination for $500.00...

    Have at it people...I am looking forward to seeing all of your takes on this...

    JB
     
  2. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    I'd get this CPU:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-415&depa=0

    This Mobo:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-128-210&depa=0

    This RAM [its reccomned for Athlon64FX]:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-144-130&depa=0.

    This Videocard [$460]
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-121-500&depa=0

    This sound card [$48], so $8 over your videocard+sound card limit:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=29-102-166&depa=0

    Not sure what all that adds up to, but I doubt more then 2K. Then just add in 6 80GB Raptors to be striped in RAID, a DVD Burner or two, and you should be set to go :D
     
  3. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 380

    Sweet

    That's actually the CPU and mobo I am looking at...the link to the RAM showed "Search did not show any results"...but definitely a beefy system to say the least...thanks for the reply Agissi...much appreciated...
     
  4. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    Ok now come on, just get an Athlon 64 3400+...not an FX..way overpriced, for the price difference you could pick up another GB of Ram....
     
  5. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

  6. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    I just wanna know if he's gonna let us play on it when it's done. :grinthumb
     
  7. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 380

    Open house

    As long as you bring something with you (beer or something along those lines?)...the door is always open...

    And I hear you on the FX processor vassil - definitely a big price difference...but it's still in the top 3 of my hit list...

    I've been thinking of going ahead and building it, and getting a higher end current vid card for now, and then buy one of the next gen cards when they come out, putting the one I buy for now in my older syste (been meaning ro replace it anyway). Some would say that's a waste of money, but of it allows me to play some kick@$$ games for now, and then I can still use it in my older system - I say why not?

    Thanks for the input people...and keep the crumbs out of my keyboard...this isn't a hotel ya know...
     
  8. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Socket-939 Athlon64 & Athlon64-FX are to be released at the end of April.

    Besides the new socket, they allow you to use the Athlon64-FX without expensive & slightly slower registered memory modules.

    On the socket-939 format, the only difference between the Athlon64 & the Athlon64-FX will be the cache size : 1024K of L2 for the FX & 512K for the non-FX. Both will have a DualChannel interated memory controller.

    I would wait for that one to come out myself, not to mention that nForce 3 250Gb is being shipped to mainboard manufacturors right now.
     
  9. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 380

    Waiting game

    I think I can wait until then...defiitely makes more sense...I'll just play with my DAW until then...:)

    Bring on DOOM 3!!!!!
     
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