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Suggestion for a new computer

By Sorrow
Jul 31, 2010
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  1. Me lagging on starcraft 2 sent me a wake-up call that I needed to upgrade my computer. So I'm just trying to get a bang for buck rig for gaming. I plan on buying the parts one by one so I really don't have a set budget, but I don't want it that high. I don't know if my current PSU is able to be reused, it's the Antec 500w Earthwatt (before the green paintjob, if that even makes a difference), and I'm not really looking for any fancy cooling methods.

    Any help is appreciated
     
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  3. Sorrow

    Sorrow TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 106

    I'm sorry, I'm planning on buying motherboard,CPU,GPU,RAM, and possibly a new case. I'm currently unsure if I could actually reuse my current PSU since I did buy it a while back, and I think I can reuse windows XP (Unless Windows 7 is actually worth buying). Not sure if that's all the information you need but I'll provide more if needed.

    And just a question, I haven't looked at computer products for a solid 2-3 years. Who's on the dominant side with the products right now? Nvidia/Intel or AMD/Radeon
     
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    ATI has got to about a 50/50 market share split with Nvidia. Intels CPU architecture is the fastest, AMD has a better price/performance ratio. Intel is at about 75% to AMD's 25%. If you are on a budget and building a gaming machine, my advice would be an AMD setup. Hope that helps.
     
  5. Sorrow

    Sorrow TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 106

    Thank you :D Is it possible if you can link me a decent case that could support those parts?

    And just wondering if it is actually worth the 20-40 dollars to get a X4 instead of a X3
     
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Well that's a subjective question, however for gaming you would not notice much of a difference as of today as the vast majority of games only use 3 or less cores. However in the near future games will begin to use 4+ cores. Right now if its a budget consideration, getting a CPU with L3 cache should be considered. for example if you are going with AMD select an Phenom II over an Athlon II.

    here is a couple of solid case at the $50 and $100 price point
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
     
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Its easiest if you just throw a budget and demand a build out of us :).
     
  8. Sorrow

    Sorrow TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 106

  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    That is a great processor, I have one of them. It OC's to 3.6 -3.9Ghz and has an unlocked multiplier. If you get a MB with 750 Southbridge or better, you may be able to unlock the 4th core and turn it into an x4 940.
     
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,701   +1,886

    Um, please tell me where I can buy all of this for $150.00.. (No Linux)
     
  12. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Well, if he doesn't need an OS, which is sometimes the case.
    If he does, he'll just have to settle with a 5750 and slightly cheaper RAM.
     
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157


    Okay, I'll take a shot at it

    if he/she is a student:
    http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/software/windows.aspx 30.00
    case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066 55.00
    HDD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148231 35.00
    KB&M
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126041 30.00

    of course, if he's not a college student...it doesn't work, and the HDD isn't very good.
     
  14. Sorrow

    Sorrow TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 106

    Well actually I'm not planning on getting any of the extra things, as I already have them. Is windows 7 really worth the money? Since from what I've been reading it's just people complaining. And is the motherboard you listed earlier able to unlock the 4th core?
     
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    It will, it has the 850 Southbridge. as far as 7 goes, I have heard the opposite, it has garnered rave reviews from most. I have 7 pro and find it to be very good and a little faster than Vista ( mostly in the boot times)
    are you a student? if you are check out the link above for the student discount (29.99) for windows 7 Pro
     
  16. Sorrow

    Sorrow TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 106

    lol I am a student (Highschool), but my school doesn't provide the students with the emails they need.
     
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,701   +1,886

    Windows 7 is "luxurious". I suppose that it mostly does the same things as XP, but the GUI is a huge treat. Especially good is the slide show wallpaper function. You select a bunch of images, (as many as you want), then Win 7 will change the wallpaper at intervals that you can specify.

    Don't know about core 4 though.
     
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,701   +1,886

    Since Newegg has a 750GB Seagate Barracuda 12, in their current Email promotion for $49.95 w/ free shipping, not only is that HDD not very good, but buying it would be outright ridiculous.
     
  19. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    yes the 7000.10 & 11 were terrible. I owned 4 of them and had to replace 2. They had a bug, the name of which escapes me right now. I am a big fan of the .12 series though.
     
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,701   +1,886

    *I could use some input here*; http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic150892.html Oh, and check your mail....
     
  21. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    I'm in high school I just realized that I can get a discount o.o.
     
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,701   +1,886

    Aren't some of these academic discount offers curriculum linked? In college I could buy camera equipment, and imaging software since I was a full time photo major. I realize that a copy of Windows has a much broader spectrum of application, but would other hardware purchases be course dependent...?
     
  23. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    I think they do offer discounts depending on course...I just have a university email.
     
  24. Sorrow

    Sorrow TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 106

    I come again with another question!! Currently I have the Arctic Cooler 64 for my 939 right now, and back then I don't think AM3 was even introduced, and seeing as the cooler was revised from what I can tell from Newegg, can I actually reuse it?
     
  25. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    You'll have to get a new mounting bracket and reapply thermal paste.
     

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