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Reality Check....

By SAVJULY71
Oct 8, 2007
  1. First, I Would Like To Say Hello To The "tech-spot" Community And Second,i Beg For Your Mercy And To Please Take It Easy On Me. This Is My Very 1st Post...ever.i Hate To Admit It But.it's Reality Chk Time. I've Hit My Computer's Potential Limit. My Sis Gave Me A Dell Dimension 2400 W/p4 For Free About A Year Ago. Since Then I've Upgraded The Mem To 1 Gig,installed A Soundblaster, New Harddrive And Dvd Burner. The Part That Sucks Is The Pci Slots. So I Did Some Research And Determined That The Bfg 6200oc Was My Only Choice For The Video Card. I Know I Should'nt Complain Cause I Got The Computer For Nothing But, I'm Just Frustrated And Pissed Off Because I've Hit My Computers Limit. I Love To Game And Play Games Like Half Life(all Of Them),fear,sin And Basically Any Action Packed Fps. I Even Insisted(no Matter What Anyone Told Me) To Buy Bioshock;knowing Damn Well That It Probably Run On My Pc.oh Well,atleast I Got A "big Daddy" Figurine Out Of It.enough Of My Wining Though;is There Anything Else I Can Do(that I Didn't Do Already) To Push The Limits Of This Computer Just A Little Further? I Know My Best Solution Is To Build A New One But,me Just Recently Becoming Permantly Disabled,has Limited My Budget Aswell. Anything Would Be Greatly Appreciated. Peace;?)
    Sal
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I build systems for the disabled. I can't do much better than $460 minus keyboard, mouse and monitor , but I take payments :) Gaming success depends on 4 things:

    Video card
    CPU
    Power supply
    Memory

    With what you have, you are pretty much stuck
     
  3. SAVJULY71

    SAVJULY71 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey Thanks For The Quick Reply. I Have Been Looking Around For Barebone Kits. I Already Have (2) Hardrives, A Gaming Mouse, Dvd Burner,keyboard, And A 22" Ws Acer Monitor. Can U Help Me With A Case,motherboard, Processor And Video Card?thanks Again
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

  5. SAVJULY71

    SAVJULY71 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No Celerons Plz. One More Post N I Can Email U Or Vice Versa
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Just trying to keep the cost down... I use a Celeron D Cedar Mill 3.48GHz and I can play games pretty well. Halo, Counter Strike, Fear. My Radeon 9600XT is my weak point
     
  7. SAVJULY71

    SAVJULY71 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i'm gonna keep lookin round for some barebones. if u come up with anythingelse,plz keep in touch. thanks,
    sal
    bleedgreen71@yahoo.com

    i hope u guys didn't giv up on me already. any ideas on utilizing my p4 2.8ghz with a new motherboard and video card. i have everything else ie: memory,hard drive,dvd/cdrw,22" monitor,keyboard n mouse. i just got this itch to game but,cant afford everything new. thanks guys.peace:blackeye:
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    What do you consider "barebones"? To me barebones is case, power supply and motherboard. Newegg, Tiger Direct... Have you looked? You know your budget, do some searching on your own
     
  9. SAVJULY71

    SAVJULY71 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes looked at both. buddy of mine wants to reuse my p4w/ my case. lookin to get new motherboard for the p4
     
  10. Rayss523

    Rayss523 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    PNY VCG7300GXPB GeForce 7300GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814133172
    Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

    Select An Optional Extended Warranty Plan 1 Year Service Net Replacement Plan -- $14.99 2 Year Service Net Replacement Plan -- $19.99
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $69.99


    OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P800R22GK - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820227139
    Return Policy: Memory (Modules, USB) Return Policy

    Select An Optional Extended Warranty Plan 1 Year Service Net Replacement Plan -- $14.99 2 Year Service Net Replacement Plan -- $19.99
    -$12.00 Instant
    $35.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $96.99
    $84.99



    ECS GeForce6100SM-M (1.0) AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100S Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813135039
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Orleans 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA3200CWBOX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103031
    Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

    -$10

    Less than 200$ for this setup if you are really strapped for cash, if you can get a 7900GS/7600GT for the video card to run bioshock. The 7300GT will probably only let you look at the game with like 1-2FPS.
     
  11. SAVJULY71

    SAVJULY71 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    WOOOH! slow down big guy. 1st thanks for the response and 2nd what exactly am i gettin for $200 and where do i get it from? i still a novice at this. so if u can help me out step by step i would sincerely appreciate it. could u? i can definitely spend the $200 in coin, how much more would the better video card cost? please shoot me an email plz. thanks again;peace.
    sal

    jus figured it out. shoot me an email anyho.peace.
    sal
     
  12. Rayss523

    Rayss523 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    Newegg.com

    7300GT =46$ shipped- All settings on LOW
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133172

    7600GT =81$ shipped - All settings Medium
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130062

    7900GS =116$ shipped - Some settings Maxed
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133186

    AMD Toledo(dual core the athlon was single core) 2.0GHZ= 60$ shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103052

    BioStar Mobo- 67$ shipped (Use the combo to get Mobo and CPU for 110$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138269

    Corsair Value Ram 2GB= 60$ shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145098

    So we are looking at 216$ for the cheapest dual core setup listed or 286$ for the best one listed, the best one will run Bioshock at about 20FPS on LOW.

    If you have a nerdy friend and some $$ for a better PSU you could try some light overclocking for some more FPS, but I wouldn't try it unless he had done it before.

    under everything listed is a link you can copy and paste into your browser.
     
  13. SAVJULY71

    SAVJULY71 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Tanx. Gonna Look Into It Today.peace;?)
     
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