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dlooneydlooney Member Posts: 306

I have been thinking about getting a new computer and I want it to be able to play most everything on highest or high graphics and I was thinking that about 4 ram and 2.4 ghz with a 1gb discrete graphics card might do it, but I am not really that savy on the building aspect of computers so I could use some advice.


  • tehikktehikk Member Posts: 497

    Make sure you have a decent power supply, my machine was hindered for a while due to only have a 300w power supply.

    "The question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others crazy?" - Albert Einstein

  • dlooneydlooney Member Posts: 306

    thanks for the advice on the power, but are those enough to play most games?

  • CleffyCleffy Member RarePosts: 6,412

    You are looking at $900 in parts.

  • dlooneydlooney Member Posts: 306

    intel and I am a little partial to nvidia.

  • Agricola1Agricola1 Member UncommonPosts: 4,977

    If you're looking at Intel (/spit) an i7 click would be my suggetion, not sure about mobo as I don't make them up but I'd go with something like this for budget click. If you want nVidia (/vomit) I'd go with a GTX260 for budget.

    I'm an AMD man myself and would recommend for budget an X3 720 BE click, this mobo click. For GPU I'd go with a 5770 click or if you have the cash a 5850 or 5870 depending on your budget. It's all about how much you want to spend.

    I choose AMD due to the fact that it's backwards compatible and works best with ATI which are DX11 ready and you'll be able to put in a hexacore when they're released.

    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience"

    CS Lewis

  • ThenariusThenarius Member Posts: 1,106

    It would be nice to tell us a budget.

    The only viable Intel solution for you would be an i5 750/i7 920. Others are just not worth it because AMD does it as good, as a far lower price.

    As for the card,  I sugest ATI personally. Nvidia is a good brand, but these days, it's extremely overhyped from several points of view.

    But really, can't say more until you give us a good budget.

  • dlooneydlooney Member Posts: 306

    Can spend anywhere from 800 to 1700 depending on what I actually need.

  • CleffyCleffy Member RarePosts: 6,412

    Need is subjective, but with $900 you can get a top of the line AMD solution.  It will cost about $200 for a top of the line Intel.

  • mudstuckmudstuck Member Posts: 203

    If you go to Digital Storm, and check out what they have, you can get what you want within your budget I think. If you know someone who can help you build it, would probably be cheaper, by a long shot. The guys on this forum, can really help you with components selection.

    One thing to remember, is how far into the future, are you wanting this rig to be up gradable, and still give you good performance and reliability. That is one more reason to get involved in the build yourself, as you would then, be able to add or replace components as they fail, or fall too far behind the, power curve, so to speak.Graphic card fans wear out,etc.

    Keep in mind low voltage problems effect machines, and no home is absolutely stable, a personal power supply can add a lot of life to your pc ( in most cases), compared to just, a surge protector. Factor in a couple hundred, more or less for that, if your gonna want this mobo, to go further down the road.

    And you might consider using a power supply now, that also gives you room for an extra card, or other add on's that up your needs later.


  • CleffyCleffy Member RarePosts: 6,412

    Nothing you build today will be plausible beyond 2012 due to the architectural changes in CPUs between now and then.  So planning for the common 4 year gap isn't a possibility this time around.  With that in mind, I would build more towards a budget then the future.

  • mudstuckmudstuck Member Posts: 203
    Originally posted by Cleffy

    Need is subjective, but with $900 you can get a top of the line AMD solution.  It will cost about $200 for a top of the line Intel.


    Yeah lol, I keep forgetting not many people are like me, as I plan on just re upping this, 3 yr old e-machine, till Im 63. LoL

    with any luck I'll keep it 3 years behind the power curve. But even with a life sub to Lotrol, I dont play it anymore even. Just BF1942.

    Then again, folks are telling me that Cyrsis would be right up my alley, so who knows might have to eat my words.

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