I'm new into gaming PC's, can anyone help or give input?

By KTM Rider · 13 replies
Mar 1, 2008
  1. My computer right now is extremely slow and im going to be buying a new one. I love gaming and want one that doesnt die every time I try to play a new game lol. I went to iBuyPower.com and customized my own computer, I wanted to stay under $800.00 so tell me what you think of this setup and whether it will meet the levels of new games out today. thanks =]


    Case- Nzxt Apollo Gaming Tower Case w/420W Power Supply (Orange)

    Case Lighting- Cold Cathode Neon Light (Blue)

    Power Supply- 500 watt

    Processor- AMD Athlon™64 X2 4000+ Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport

    Processor Cooling- Extreme-Performance AMD CPU Cooling Fan System Kit

    Motherboard- Asus M2N-SLI NVIDIA nForce 560 SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, IEEE 1394, USB 2.0, Dual PCI-E MB

    Memory (Ram)- 2048MB [1024MB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module (Corsair-Value or Major Brand )

    Video Card- 2x NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT 512MB w/DVI + TV Out Video

    Video Card Brand- eVGA Brand Video Cards [SLI enabled] Powered by NVIDIA

    Hard Drive- 500 GB HARD DRIVE

    CD/DVD Drive- 16x DVD-ROM Drive

    CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive- 20X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive
    Sound Card- 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard

    Speaker System- 600W PMPO 3 PCS Super Bass Subwoofer Speaker System

    Network Card- Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)

    Monitor- None

    Keyboard- Logitech Deluxe Keyboard

    Mouse- Logitech Optical Internet Mouse

    Flash Media Reader/Writer- 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer

    Operation System- None- Pre-formatted Hard Drive Only (already have XP program)

    TOTAL- $761.00
  2. smurfy2k

    smurfy2k TS Rookie

    take a p35 mobo + a e8400 cpu and you cant go wrong because the p35 is future proof with quads, so when games start making use of the quad cpu you can just buy one and stick in in there
  3. KTM Rider

    KTM Rider TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks, but can you explain more? im only decent at computer terms lol
  4. Mekaonija

    Mekaonija TS Enthusiast Posts: 114

    Try something more like this, the SLi graphic cards you've chosen wont get you very far in gaming. One 8800 GT will murder them. I don't know if you need the floppy, CD, mouse keyboard and all that but If I were you Id spare what you have for now. The case is your preference really but you don't need to be spending 100$+ on one. What smurfy2k means is you should get a different processor and motherboard because these will more likely be future compatible but these are also a bit more expensive. Anyway make these changes and it still comes to about the same price but it will be A LOTTT faster.

    Case ( Standard ATX Mid-Tower Case w/350W Power Supply [no side window] Black/Silver 2-Tone )
    Case Lighting ( None )
    Power Supply ( 550 Watt -- Power Supply )
    Processor ( AMD Athlon™64 X2 6000+ Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology )
    Processor Cooling ( Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink )
    Motherboard ( Asus M2N-SLI NVIDIA nForce 560 SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, IEEE 1394, USB 2.0, Dual PCI-E MB )
    Memory ( 2048MB [1024MB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module Corsair-Value or Major Brand )
    Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB w/DVI + TV Out Video )
    Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA )
    Hard Drive ( 500 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache] )
    2nd Hard Drive ( None )
    External Hard Drives [USB 2.0/eSATA] ( None )
    CD/DVD Drive ( None )
    CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive ( None )
    Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
    Speaker System ( None )
    Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
    Floppy Drive ( None )
    Monitor ( None )
    2nd Monitor ( None )
    Keyboard ( None )
    Mouse ( None )
    USB 2.0 Accessories ( Build-in USB 2.0 Ports )
    Meter Display ( None )
    Flash Media Reader/Writer ( None )
    Operation System ( None- Pre-formatted Hard Drive Only )
    Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner ( None )
    USB Flash Drive ( None )
    TV Tuner ( None )
    Video Camera ( None )
    Headset ( None )
    Power Protection ( None )
    Warranty ( Warranty Service Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
    Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) No Rush, Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days )
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    I'd recommend building your own PC, since you'd be able to get a much better PC and you'd also have warranty on each component, besides learning something new in the process.
  6. Mekaonija

    Mekaonija TS Enthusiast Posts: 114

    Yeah I'm with that to, Id get everything separate and build it yourself, its not that hard and when you do you get all the other goodies that come with each separate part. You also have more choice and Its generally cheaper.
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145


    well im new but i think if your on a tight $800 dollar budget, you should build your own computer. I swear all those custom build your own computer places rip you off some were or another...........

    also im not sure the reviews of ibuypower are that great.

    umm this might be stupid put... how do you start a new thread?
    i don't see a new thread button!
  8. Mekaonija

    Mekaonija TS Enthusiast Posts: 114

    Lol there is a "New thread" button atop every forum section
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    wait what?

    i feel stupid O.o
  10. KTM Rider

    KTM Rider TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you guys a lot for the help. id build my own computer but the problem is that Im not sure as to all the names of the products that would be best to put in it. I know brand names and stuff but as for model and product names im not too good at. plus like i said, im on a kinda tight budget. do any of you have a personal preference of a good computer build that would best fit my budget?
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145


    not strictly mine havn't really looked into them eaither but...............
    we can help you pick out parts and stuff. Here's my suggestion

    AMD procesors i really don't know about so ill just say about $100

    8800GT 512mb Graphics cardMSI just came out with a new $215 dollar one new cooling system or somethinghttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127329

    Corsair xms RAM $70 i think http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145168

    Case of your choice with power supply, $100 ish

    motherboard depending on what your other parts are $115

    DVD drive $20 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16827101131

    500GB harddrive $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145215

    Flash media reader $14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820162016

    I think thats it. Oh right, you could use the new 9600 too. its only $170 cheepest and its pretty good but i still recomend the 8800.

    That leaves you with about $734 for all of it give or take, that should be about right change or add anything you feel like but i think that should be good. I think your fine on choosing speakers and input.
    If your really desparet, look up newegg promocodes. I didnt really find anything that usefull for myself but they have some stuff on AMD windsore i think and speakers and mice
  12. KTM Rider

    KTM Rider TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you guys so much, I love PC's and Ive always wanted to like know more about them and play me sum kickarse games lol. but seriously, you all helped me out a lot, im pretty excited to try and build my own comp now, it'll make me feel proud haha
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    It could be a real pain though, if the computer you build has incompatable parts or gets a blue screen of death or something especially when your excited. Just to tell you that not all custom build work all the time. Thats why theres tech forums to help!
  14. KTM Rider

    KTM Rider TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I should do fine, i know like 4 people who like live for computers lol, im sure they'd be happy to help me. I'm mostly just a dirt bike and car guy though, im good at takin those apart :D I love technology though and even if somethin wrong happens then at least im learnin rite? lol, but seriously, you went like above and beyond given me this info, i go to other websites and people r just a-holes to me and call me dumb, so i appreciate it a lot. oh and btw, what would you recommend for a good motherboard, because i asked my friends and their answers vary.
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