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Recommend a Computer?

By WooDChiP
Mar 23, 2006
  1. Ok..... I just want a computer good enought to play CS:S
    (Counter Strike Source) I dont want anything too fancy,
    just wondering if anyone has any recommendations with a resonable price...
     
  2. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 1,058

    Give me a price form what to what and I'll help.
     
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Couple of questions for you first:

    1. Are you looking to build your own or to buy a "premade" system?
    2. What is your budget (please give a specific budget).
    3. What does your budget need to include? Monitor, windowsXP, keyboard/mouse etc. What do you have, and what do you need (specifics).
     
  4. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 1,058

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103562

    Can be overclocked to be a very high performer


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128307

    good overclockers

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145450

    Very nice ram

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143049

    A very nice respectable card


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144160


    Best for gamming, now I know your thinking why so small in capacity and expensive. Like I said it's for gamming and compared to a 7200 rpm drive this 10000rpm drive is way faster for loading maps, and what not like on bf2, css, This is a must have

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133132

    A very nice, easy to use case.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817148008

    and something to power it all

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824116375

    Vey good for gamming must have, 2ms response

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106013

    To Install the game



    This will destory the computation
     
  5. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/cfga64x2.asp?v=d

    Change the parts around until you have these:

    $1418.00

    CASE : HOT NEW! X-Discovery Mid-Tower Case 420W W/ WINDOW & LCD Temperature Display (Silver Color)
    CPU : (939-pin) AMD Athlon™64 X2 3800+ Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
    MOTHERBOARD : (939-pin Socket) Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 nForce4 Chipset MB w/ LAN, USB2.0, IEEE, & AUDIO
    MEMORY : 1024 MB (512MBx2) PC3200 400MHz Dual Channel DDR MEMORY (Corsair Value Select)
    VIDEO CARD : NEW !!! NVIDIA Geforce 7600 GT 256MB PCI Express x16 Video Card
    VIDEO CARD 2 : NONE
    LCD Monitor : ViewSonic VA912B 19" COLOR TFT Active Matrix SXGA LCD Display Monitor
    HARD DRIVE : Gaming Hard Drive (10,000RPM SATA150) (SATA150 - Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM 8MB Cache WD740GD)
    Hard Drive 2 : NONE
    Optical Drive : (Special Price) LG GWA-4161 16X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BEIGE COLOR)
    Optical Drive 2 : NONE
    SOUND : HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

    Change the motherboard to the Gigabyte one that doesn't have SLi and is only a few bucks more. Get 3 extra fans if you want. Get the **Cyberpower recommended** power supply (second one) The system I listed there has a 19inch Viewsonic monitor.
    It is also future-proof because it has a dual-core processor. It will run CS:S at highest settings and games that are coming in the future (Especially counterstrike games since that is the series you are interested I think) :bounce: Add anything else you want. :cool:
     
  6. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    Yo Crossfire851, we used mostly same parts and posted at the exact same time (You posted a few seconds before me, check if you want) which is really cool because we have alot in common when it comes to choosing parts (We both chose the 74GB 10,000RPM raptor, 3800+ X2, 1GB Corsair RAM, 7600GT which is pretty much everything important lol.

    EDIT: OMG WE USED THE SAME MONITOR TOO :haha: :haha:
     
  7. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 1,058

    rofl yea thats kinda cool lol and yea the parts are identical lolz atw.


    :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:
     
  8. WooDChiP

    WooDChiP TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    I am looking for a premade computer. About my budget, I have about $500-$600 to spend right now.
    I do not need a moniter, keyboard, mouse, or an operating system.
     
  9. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    Alright I'll find you some.
     
  10. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    Hmm, a gaming system eh? In that case you'll need a respectable video card. Here's an eVGA 6800GS, it should handle CS:S on highest settings I think. Not sure though.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130271

    You'll need a CPU for sure. A 3200+ should handle CS:S well. Just remember to upgrade to dual-core when you have the money.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103535

    You'll need 1GB RAM. Corsair is good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145505

    A 10,000RPM Raptor as a hard drive is blazingly fast.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144160


    Ha, I missed out the motherboard. This one averages 5 stars and there are 207 reviews and most of em are 5 stars.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131569

    Hmm, don't you need something to put all that awesome stuff in? How about one with a power supply?!!? Yeh that'll be good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129155



    All together, it's about 700$, this is an amazing bang-for-buck system. A 6800GS, a 3200+, a 74GB 10,000RPM Raptor, 1GB Corsair Value Select RAM, Antec Smartpower 450W power supply included in the case. WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR? That is, for that kind of money, an AMAZING system. And it's pretty cheap too. It took me some valuable time to put this system up. Alot of customizing and meeting your gaming needs. I'll be disappointed if you don't buy this. Please do. I like seeing happy gamers with their cheap-but-amazing systems customized by someone else :unch: (OWNED) But I'm stuck with my Pentium III 800Mhz processor(Some processors have FSB speeds higher than this LOL)256mb ram and a AIW 32mb video card. :dead: Come on pleeaaaaaaase buy this. You'll be amazed by the speed it offers for that price. I guarantee it. :approve: :knock:
     
  11. WooDChiP

    WooDChiP TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    ok thank you VERY much. :)
    I appreciate the time you all put in :grinthumb
     
     
  12. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    Well...you gonna buy it?!!?!?!? :D By the way, I think almost every part I recommended to you has average of 5 stars. So now you see that I took the best of the best of the cheapest and picked em out 1 by 1 for you :darth: Now buy it so you can start building :knock: Don't forget to tell me how FAST and high the performance is and the FPS you get on CS:S at highest settings (Or the highest settings playable with the amount of fast-paced gameplay you need) :bounce: This is the best system I've ever made up for someone. (I think it's the only one though :haha:)
     
  13. WooDChiP

    WooDChiP TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    Yep im gonna buy it :bounce:
     
  14. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    OWNED, OH YEAH BABY I GOT SOMEONE AN OWNAGE SYSTEM AND NOW THEY'RE GONNA BUY IT. OWNED!!! That's a first.

    Er... I believe it was ONLY ME that helped you :angel: Not all of us :haha: :unch:
     
  15. WooDChiP

    WooDChiP TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    Yeah Owned
    BUT
    sorry to say there is one problem....... :(
    the links seem to be messed up :(
    look at em
    and yeah it was u who helped
     
  16. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    Er... lemme check that out. :( Nope nothing wrong. Try holding Ctrl and clicking on the link. I'm using Firefox.
     
  17. WooDChiP

    WooDChiP TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    The one that says its the cpu
    is the corsair memory
    there are 2 of em :angel:

    im using firefox also
     
  18. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    Aight 1 sec. FIXED :knock:
     
  19. WooDChiP

    WooDChiP TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    Ok

    and by the way, what optical drive should i get? :confused:
     
  20. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    Oh crap wait a sec, I forgot the DVD/CD ROM/Writer. Here, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152059 Heh, I started writing this up before you posted "What optical drive should I get?" LOL. Also, don't you need a card reader? Like the floppy one. :p Hmm, this card reader scored an average of 5 stars out of 100 reviewers. Only 10 bucks. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16821103202
    All the parts I listed, together it should cost about 750$, maybe 800 with taxes? Maybe more? Who cares :haha: The point is that computer owns :darth:
     
  21. WooDChiP

    WooDChiP TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    Yeah that would be great
    :D :D

    This looks like a great computer and Thanks very much :D :D
    Ill definatly buy this :approve:
     
  22. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    If you ever have the time (That is ,to be specific not enjoying games on highest settings at decent FPS) can you link me to a video or a website that teaches you how to build a computer? I'm only 11 years old and I dream of one day building a good system. (Gaming system :D) Also, while browsing the eVGA 6800GS reviews, someone said that they're running CS:S at max settings getting over 40FPS when in a heavy gunfight with alot of people (like 12 people in one place shooting)
     
  23. WooDChiP

    WooDChiP TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    If i were you, i would try to find a person like a friend to teach you because it is ALOT easier to learn that way rather than on the computer :cool:
     
  24. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    Oh, I wish I had an old friend who builds computers. Maybe my dad's friend knows. The 6800GS is also SLi enabled. So if you ever think its time for an upgrade, you can just change the power supply to 550W+ and get another of these cards for more speed. Or do
    the smarter thing and sell this card and buy a next-generation one. Again, remember to buy a dual-core processor when you have the money (At least a X2 3800+) because you're a gamer and later, alot of games will be multi-threaded so the game will go faster if you have a dual-core than if you have a single core processor with same specs. Well, how about we stop chatting and you start ordering? :unch: Bye, good luck and remember to: Download latest drivers from the websites (ex. nvidia.com) because the websites have the latest drivers with the latest updates. And I recommend running a disk defragment after installing the drivers and CS:S so that your computer will run faster. Delete unnecessary files and run a disk cleanup weekly :wave: Bye (assuming you're gonna order now)
     
  25. WooDChiP

    WooDChiP TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    I cant thank you enough, this helped a ton
    and i hope you find a person to teach you...
    Bye :wave:
     
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