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Opinions? (Modest Gaming PC)

By Mechz
Aug 24, 2006
  1. I'll be buying a new PC,with the following specs,Im wanting to do some gaming (Counter Strike Source & Battlefield 2) Im not going for the latest and greatest though,Im just hoping to get some decent performance ,but this is the first PC Im getting with that goal in mind usually Im just a console gamer,so Id like your advice,since I havent done this before,maybe Im way off,thanks.

    What do you think? Again Im going for something modest.Would change something? Should splurge a little more on a certain component? All opinions welcome,thanks.

    p.s. I'll be purchasing optical drives seperate which is why theyre not listed
     
  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,764

    The lowest Id go for a video card would be a 7600GT, $180-200. Ive seen 7900GTs for under $250. Id also get a dedicated sound card. At least a Sound Blaster Live Digital, about $30.
     
  3. Mechz

    Mechz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well heres what I get to pick from,Can you recommend something or do you think I could buy it cheaper if I shopped around purchased he card you recommended,seperate?

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  4. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 507

    Assuming you can choose any one of those in the picture, go with the 7900GT. It will wipe the floor with the other cards.
     
  5. Mechz

    Mechz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks,yeah I didnt picture the rest because that would really be the cutoff point for me.
     
  6. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,764

    Those prices are kind of high but you will get alot of mileage from a 7900GT. And it will work great with BF2.
     
  7. Mechz

    Mechz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah I'll shop around and find it cheaper,I think I can get it from best buy for around $235 after 30% coupon if its still in effect.

    thanks for the help,appreciate it.
     
  8. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,764

    Also check Newegg.com. They always have rebates on the 7900's.
     
  9. Mechz

    Mechz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    can I ask,what the advantage of a dedicated sound card would be?
     
  10. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,764

    If you have onboard audio the CPU does most of the audio processing. In games that can lower your frame rates 10-15% because the CPU is having to handle audio and video processing. Most good sound cards have their own audio processor so the hit on the CPU is only 1-2%. Also onboard audio seems to cause alot more issues with gaming. This is prety good
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102176
     
  11. Mechz

    Mechz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cool, thanks for the help ;)
     
     
  12. Mechz

    Mechz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    heh,since its looking more and more like I'll just buy all the parts seperate,can someone recommend a good motherboard that isnt too pricey,for use with the 7900GT card.
     
  13. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    I wouldn't buy a 7900GT card, and then use it with a Celeron D processor. It will severely bottleneck it. If you can get a faster CPU (P4), it would perform way better.

    If you can't, then you should get a 7600GT, or a X800GTO or XL.
     
  14. Mechz

    Mechz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hey thanks for the advice.
    specificaly,which Pentium 4 do you think I should go with.

    As it is,I was thinking about either a Pentium 4 3.2ghz or a pentium dual core 2.8ghz

    but I dont mind splurging a little more on the processor to get better performance,if you can make a recommendation.

    At the same time Im not looking to spend too much,and I only want something decent,so maybe downgrading the card would be better?
     
  15. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    I'd choose the single-core P4 3.2 GHZ, because most current games and apps, only use one core.

    These days P4's have becomer very cheap, and it will surely be a huge boost over any Celeron D.
     
  16. Mechz

    Mechz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cool,thanks for the advice.I'll stick with a P4 3.2ghz and up. :)
     
  17. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Good choice mate! :) Enjoy your P4 and your video card.

    BTW, do you still want the 7900gt?
     
  18. Mechz

    Mechz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its the one I had my eye on,why do you ask.
     
  19. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Nothing wrong :)

    Enjoy them :)
     
  20. Face of LA

    Face of LA TS Rookie Posts: 186

    Why Dont u get a Pentium D Dual Core 3.0GHZ Or 3.4GHZ??It makes the Pentium 4 an old fashion,
    But Like what Wolfram sed, Get a p4 Over a Celeron D.,
     
  21. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,851

    With intels recent price cuts on the Pentium D line, I would suggest pricing them out as well. Many games do not support Dual Core at the moment but they are starting to slowly.
     
  22. Face of LA

    Face of LA TS Rookie Posts: 186

    JW^ does that mean i cant play games with Pentium D Dual Core? or what?
     
  23. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Yes you can. But since most current games use only one core, a faster single core CPU will outperform dual-core ones. (unless you're talking about Core 2 duo's )

    For example, you have a 2.8 GHZ Pentium D, and one 3.2 GHZ Pentium 4. Then you play any game that doesn't take advantage of your pentium D, and it will be slower than your Pentium 4 :)
     
  24. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,851

    No, you can play games just fine. What I mean by that is you are paying more for two cores. But most games today are only devloped with on "thread" Now if game devlopers were to make games with two "threads" the full advantage of the CPU could be harnessed. Now newer games like FEAR and Oblivion (IIRC) both support Dual core. Its just a all around good idea to invest in a dual core when buying a CPU in the current market. (In my opinon)

    Hope this clears things up.

    Sean

    EDIT

    I agree however.

    Do remeber even if the game is not supporting multi cores, other aplications in the backround can still harness the extra core.
     
  25. Face of LA

    Face of LA TS Rookie Posts: 186

    ^ Now i got it, thanks for the Clear up Sean :)
     
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