Is This A Good Cpu At This Price?

By paul05
Oct 4, 2005
  1. Ok so far I've bought

    256 msi 6600 nvidia
    512 curcial 184 pin 2700
    athlon 64 3000+
    dvd burner
    ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Socket 939 ULi M1695 ATX AMD Motherboard
    40gb maxtor HD
    and mid tower case

    all so far for like $560
    is that good? :suspiciou
  2. paul05

    paul05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68


    oh and i forgot to mention a big 17 in. non-flatable
    and keyboard with mouse

    Is there other recommendation out there that I should buy/add on?
  3. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    i tihink thats prety good but if you w wnaa play some games id get 1gb of r ram and a little bigger hard drive
  4. paul05

    paul05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68


    does it work for doom3? will it run fine?
  5. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    i would check the doom 3 web site for that info
  6. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Yes it will run doom 3, but to make it alot smoother up the RAM to 1gb. Watch out for Asrock MBs (sorry howard) they are notorious for problems.
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    You didn't mention your power supply. What are you planning on popping in there to juice your system?

    Just asking because cheap power supplies are nothing but headaches. Not that you have to get the most expensive one of course, there are some good deals out there. Just be sure to get one from a known, reliable maker (antec, enermax etc).
  8. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    You should get pc3200 ram instead of pc2700, pc2700 will be a bottleneck.
    1gb would be better too.
    Nvidia 6 series are decent for doom3.
    Here's a doom3 benchmark with a 6600 in it.
    It looks like for 1024x768 and 1280x1024 w/o aa or af, it's a good card for the game.
    Be sure your 3000+ is a 939 pin model(not 754).
  9. paul05

    paul05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    rechecking my cpu

    Ive put everything together and recheck what Ive have...few things changes
    I got:
    -a crucial ddr 400 3200 512mb
    -the power supply I got is 425watt from USA PC or PC USA which come with the case
    -and the graphic card of msi geforce 6600 256mb ( i did not see it on the benchmark)
    -DEC 16x dvdrw (no cd installation, runs great so far...)
    -some hard drive thats 40 gb 5400rpm and a western digital 5gb dont know the rpm...
    -amd 64 3000+ athlon 939
    -mother board ASROCK

    Thats all i think... so far i got f-secure, micro antispyware, windvd 7, microsoft word 2003 pro, and graphic card install. Is there anything i left out to install on my SP2 PRo? i think i need a registry cleaner but i dont know any good one...

  10. paul05

    paul05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    btw...Ive read the benchmark for doom3 posted by vnf4ultra, and I'm thinking the better graphic card the better: the get the better the game run? the graphic is more smooth? or better frame?
    What does it mean anyway? for the graphic I'll be using for doom3? as the bar gets longer the graphic card is higher? Someone explain plz?
  11. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Those graphs linked by vnf4ultra are showing the frames per second on the varous cards, so the longer the bar, the smoother the gameplay. Also note that there are many different graphs for doom3. They are showing the different frame rates each card can put out at various game settings.

    Nowadays the 6600GT is a good starting point for a card. If you want a mid-high end card get a 6800GT, and if you want something insane get the 7800 series.
  12. lordxanthrax

    lordxanthrax TS Rookie Posts: 25

    :D i always think it's funny when friends of mine talk about cd burner drives, and are like, it didn't even need a cd to install! well, if it needed a cd to would they have installed it, seeing as how what they're trying to install is what they'd use to install the cd from?
  13. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Well, in the link I posted, the 6600 128mb gets 51.3 frames per second. I think somewhere about 30-40fps would be a starting point of a game running smoothly, so 51, would be pretty smooth.(If you have too slow of a card, the action in the game is more like a slide show, everything's jerky and like slow-motion). Also, doom3 is a game that uses a good bit of video memory so your card having 256mb would be of benefit in doom3.
  14. paul05

    paul05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    ram memory question

    can someone explain me what differences is between ddr, ddr2, ddr3, and ddr4 ram? Is it the more higher the better it gets?
    Last thing I have in mind is that is it bad to mix up the memory on my motherboard? like now I have a crucial 512mb 184pin pc3200, is it ok to put in like 1 or 2X 512mb of Corsair in my motherboard?

  15. pkroks

    pkroks TS Rookie Posts: 259

    the difference between ram is the speed of the ram... i don't think i have heard of ddr4 ram but ddr2 and ddr3 are best (as they are obviously fastest) :D
    If i were you i would return that 40Gb hdd and get at least a 80gb hdd at 7200rpm... 5400rpm will slow down the system and only 40gb, thats hardly enough space...
  16. lordxanthrax

    lordxanthrax TS Rookie Posts: 25

    actually dude, they've got gddr4 and they're in the works of gddr5 ram. Gonna go on video cards, like the current gddr3 on lots of them right now.
  17. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror TS Rookie Posts: 140

    I have heard that the power supplies that come with cases are very cheap so watch out and I would go for a geforce 6600 gt so you wont have to upgrade as soon.
  18. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    If i were you, id stay away from asrock
  19. paul05

    paul05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    why can't asrock be trusted? is there a problem to it? if so what is it?
    i bought it at newegg at have 3 pci slot, 1 agp slot, and 1 pci-express slot. So i was just go just the ok one...beside its for at home use. its not like im living alone. if i live alone then i'd have a totally diff one of course.
    i built this new one is because my brother tried to change the bios in the GQ(great quality) which he bought it at the store for like $200 and like about a year it was totally mess up. thats y

    BTW the case that include the power supply is from the brand "Just PC" at $35.
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