Good Comp?

By formetopoopon90 ยท 19 replies
Jan 7, 2006
  1. Hey, I am building myself another computer, and i wanted to know what you guys thought of it. I'm mostly wanting a game computer. I dont want to spend over 500 on it, so its not going to be godly. lol :grinthumb . Here's the specs

    ASPIRE X-Dreamer II (already have)

    Power Supply

    Intel Pentium 4 "2.0 GHz"(already have)

    Gigabyte GA-8I848P-G


    CORSAIR ValueSelect 512MB

    Video Card *also bought a 10$ fan for the video card*
    eVGA Geforce 6600GT 128MB

    Hard Drive (already have)
    Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JB 80GB

    I also have some spare cd-rw's and a dvd burner i will be putting into it. Do you think that this computer will give me a pretty good gaming machine? I will be playing games such as Doom 3, World of Warcraft, F.E.A.R., ect.. I just want to have pretty good graphics :approve: , without the lagging :knock: . If you would, please help me out with this. All advice is welcomed. Thank you! :wave:
  2. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon TS Rookie Posts: 190

    Im not sure about that power supply
    the video card? you can easily do better with a 6800
    and i do hope your mobo (socket 478) is compatible with your current cpu
    uipgrading the cpu isnt that expensive, you can get 2.4 ghtz
  3. LipsOfVenom

    LipsOfVenom TS Rookie Posts: 160

    gaming computers are all about graphix card and RAM...your processor is alrite as far as i can tell...the P4 2.0 GHz should be fine...500 watts is enough...the 6600 GT only goes at 128 bits...u should consider something going at 256 bits..this will transfer graphics more quickly...the 6800 GS is available in AGP but it's $230, $100 more than your first choice. Consider getting at least 1 Gig of RAM because RAM is cheap nowadays.
  4. Jaquio

    Jaquio TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Yeap... try to get at least 1Gig DDR Ram
  5. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    that will be a very weak gaming system, you may be able to run the games, but not at high settings.

    if you are not going to upgrade to a better CPU, why are you replacing your motherboard?

    you will need more than 512MB to run those games, the stick you have is fine, but you need to get another one to bring your system up to 1GB RAM

    AMD Athlon64's are the best CPU's for gaming, if you want to build a gaming rig (even within your $500 budget), you should ditch that CPU and build an Athlon64 system. Athlon64s come in 2 different socket sizes 939 and 754, while a socket 939 system is better, a socket 754 system is more within your budget (and will still run circles around that P4 system that you're running now, and you'll have some breathing room for future upgrades)
  6. mossimoboy

    mossimoboy TS Rookie Posts: 121

    Go with PCI-express, and an AMD processor.

    That system will never handle fear, unless its at low settings.
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    As you are on an extremely tight budget, I would say you are doing very well with your choices. You will always get the "if you just spend X more you could....." but when you only have X dollars, you only have X dollars. Period. Also, I am assuming that your CPU socket type matches that motherboard. Make sure your CPU is on this compatibility list:

    The 6600GT will be able to play the games you are looking at, but you're going to be turning down some of the settings a fair bit to get some good framerates. FEAR is a system hog.

    The only urgent thing I would suggest changing in your specs is that power supply. A high quality 350w would be a FAR better choice than that no-name 500w, and will be enough to power your system. I just did a quick search. Here is a high quality 400w what will do a far better job for only 6 more dollars:
  8. formetopoopon90

    formetopoopon90 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The reason i'm getting a new motherboard is becuase my current computer is a dell. Yes, it is nice but it only has an AGP 4x slot. I know alot of people who had dells, and just bought new motherboards because their current ones didn't have a AGP 8x or PCI-Express. Also, i would get a Pci-express but i havn't seen any for Intel P.4 socket 478 processor. Btw, i will be upgrading it to a 1G memory, rather than 512mb. Thanks for your help!
  9. mossimoboy

    mossimoboy TS Rookie Posts: 121

    Sorry I didn't post this before.

    I was just making a recommendation for your next system upgrade,
    I currently have a PCI-e card and an athlon 64 3500+, and they are a a great combo for playing the latest games!

    I would suggest saving up for PCI-e, because if you are like me (buying a new mobo and case and then 6 months later upgrading to AMD and pci-e)
    then you will be much happier saving for them!

    Hope this helps!
  10. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    THere is one MoBo that has actually both PCI-E AND AGP 8X and that is the ASUS P4V800D-X ( The PCI-E is a 16X lane but it only runs at 4X (but thats still 2gb/second same as AGP 8X) so that mobo allows you to get any video card in existance (except isa)...
  11. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    The difference between AGP4X & AGP8x is very negligible. An AGP 6600GT should work fine on it.
  12. formetopoopon90

    formetopoopon90 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hello Everyone! :D . I just got news that i am going to be able to get an extra $100s on my computer. So i am going to get the Evga GeForce 6800GS
    But i am not going to be able to get the 1G memory, only the 512. Do you think this will make my "future computer" alot better by upgrading the graphics card, game wise? How much better? Thanks everyone! :D
  13. fury

    fury TS Rookie

    If I were you I'd try and squeeze out a few extra to stick with a gig of memory. That's kind of a tough trade-off to make; the video card is better, but a gig of memory is really a bare minimum to play games these days.
  14. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    don't bother with a new board because your processor is bare minimum for today's games. buying a new board for a socket 478 CPU is a waste of money. wait until you can afford a new CPU as well, until then 1GB of RAM is your best upgrade, the video card you want is will work in 4X, with that card and 1GB RAM, you will be ok until you can upgrade your whole system.
  15. formetopoopon90

    formetopoopon90 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes, but doesn't AGP 8x's run twice as fast as AGP 4x's :suspiciou ? If thats the case, then i will not be getting the full "effect" out of a high quality graphics card...Right :confused: ? I would be more then rejoyceful to keep everything like it is, but upgrade the graphics card and the memory, but i want to make sure i'll still be able to get my money's worth out of the graphics card. Thank you :giddy:
  16. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    AGP8x is not twice as fast as AGP4x. Only theoretically. As was said above, the difference between running that card in AGP4x will not be noticable. Most AGP8x cards do not even fully utilize the potential of an AGP4x slot!

    PCIex16 is not double the speed of AGP8x either, although it should be. It is just that the cards can not utilize the full potential of the slots.
  17. formetopoopon90

    formetopoopon90 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My dells memory is PC2100. If i upgrade motherboards and put my intel pentium 4 processor (socket 478), that is in my dell, on a motherboard that supports the processor and socket type, but has different memory (PC 3200), is that going to be a problem? I will OFCOURSE buy new memory, but i didn't know if the memory somehow effected the processer type. Also, what do you think of this heatsink/fan for processors.
    Thanks everyone! :unch:
  18. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    it sounds like you are willing to replace everything execpt the processor... why???????? if you are willing to buy a new MoBo, a new video card, and new memory... then why not a new CPU as well (since this is what the rest of your system is based on)

    if you upgrade everything else but keep your socket 478 P4, then you will not be getting the "full effect" of anything you upgraded, and your money will have been wasted
  19. fury

    fury TS Rookie

    Agreed, a decent replacement processor is cheap these days, especially when compared to a good video card, good RAM, etc
  20. formetopoopon90

    formetopoopon90 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Because i dont want to spend 300 dollars that i dont have on a new processor while i already have a decent one. Its not like it would be a waste of money :giddy:
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