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help in choosing gaming rig

By hurtgen77
Jun 12, 2007
  1. This will be the first computer I have ever bought. I was always a console kinda guy, but have decided to switch over to PCs.

    Just wanted your guys opinion on the rig I am buying. Here are the specs.

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
    Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe nForce 590-SLI MCP Chipset
    2 Gigs RAM Corsair
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX
    320 GB HD 7200 RPM 16 mb cache
    2 sony Dual Format 18x DVD/CD drives
    Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooling Fan
    650 watt power supply

    if you guys have any advice that would be great. thanks
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Take a look at www.tomshardware.com and www.anandtec.com for starters. Read all you can there, as the information is very good. Then look at the relevant sites on this forum, which are also excellent. You can find the stuff you need with a search of the various links.
    You might want to pickup a copy of GamerPC and MaximumPC off your local grocery store magazine rack.
    Then do Google searches on video graphics cards. Most of what you need to know revolves around video graphics cards, power supplies, memory, and to a certain extent, hard drives.
    Now take a long hard look into that wallet and bank account... figger your car payment and the expensive person you date, and what clothes you will need this fall.
    When you really feel you know what you know and what you do not know, you are ready to start.
     
  3. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    I would go with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or better. I would ditch the ASUCKS (ASUS) and get an eVGA board. Also the video card should be made by eVGA as they are the best, and the HDD I would get a seagate.
     
  4. hurtgen77

    hurtgen77 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    for gaming shouldn't i stick with AMD 64 X2 6000+ rather than a Intel Core Duo E6600. won't the AMD run smoother in games?
     
  5. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    No the Intel's peformance whoops AMD's at the currect moment.

    This generation of AMD chips were a failure, to some extent. They're great if you only have $600 to spend on a PC.
     
  6. hurtgen77

    hurtgen77 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    won't a dual core @ 2.4 ghz still have trouble running games like oblivion since it is only designed to really use one processor?
     
  7. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    The Core 2 Duo's speed is so great that it doesn't matter.
     
  8. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    That X2 6000+ setup is good. Let's not have another Intel vs AMD flamewar.
     
  9. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,266   +42

    Not all games are designed to use both cores of a c2duo but nonetheless all cores are used, just not simultaneously.
     
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