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Is it good enough?


kent85

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Hi,
Just wanted to hear what people thought about this setup, ive got a quote for around £1000 and im looking at buying it mainly for gaming.

Processor (CPU) AMD ATHLON™ 64 X2 6000+ (3.0GHz) 2 x 1MB L2 Cache (Socket AM2)
Memory (RAM) 4GB CORSAIR XMS2 800MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x2GB)
Motherboard ASUS® M2N SLI: DUAL DDR2, S-ATA II, 2 x PCI-Ex, 2 x PCI
Operating System 64 BIT WINDOWS® VISTA HOME PREM SP1 (inc CD & Licence)
USB Options 6 x USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD
Memory - 1st Hard Disk 500GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
2nd Hard Disk NONE
RAID (HDD 1 & 2) NONE
1st CD/DVD Drive 20x Dual Layer LightScribe DVD Writer ±R/±RW/RAM
2nd CD/DVD Drive NONE
Graphics Card 1024MB GEFORCE 8800GT PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT
2nd Graphics Card NONE
3rd Graphics Card NONE
Sound Card Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio 7.1:
Modem NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND
Network Facilities 2 x 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORTS (1 PORT ON M2N-SLI)
Floppy Disk Drive NONE
Memory Card Reader INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)
Case Stylish Silver Aluminium Trigon Case + 2 Front/Side USB
Power Supply & Case Cooling 450W Quiet Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£22)
Processor Cooling ASUS SILENT KNIGHT II PURE COPPER ULTRA COOLER
Firewire & Video Editing 2 x IEEE 1394a FIREWIRE PORTS (1 onboard, 1 at back panel)
Monitor LG W2252TQ 22 inch Wide: HDCP/DVI/2MS/1680 x1050 (Special: £174)
Keyboard & Mouse Logitech® G15 Gaming Keyboard with Backlit LCD Display
Mouse Logitech® G5 2007 Edition Corded Laser Gaming Mouse
Speakers CREATIVE INSPIRE 7.1 T7900 SPEAKER SYSTEM
Webcam & VoIP Logitech® Precision Gaming Headset (VoIP)

Should i go for it?

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crosstrainer

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A couple of things:

DON'T go for 64 bit Vista if you want to play games...The 32 bit version is far better supported.

See if you can push them on the graphics card (an 8800GTX or Ultra) Should be possible if you are spending that kind of cash. PSU SHOULD be ok, but I'd prefer a 600watt in there myself.

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Mr Mistoffelees

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Agreed, go for 32 bit Windows and a 600+ watt psu.

An nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 512 gives you a lot of bang for your buck, rated faster than a GTX by nVidia on thier website. You should be able to get one for very little extra, can be bought retail for under £200.

Mine runs GTR2 at 1680x1050 and settings maxed with ease.

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crosstrainer

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The GTS is a better compromise, but I'd push for a GTX for that money.

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kent85

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Im told the 32 bit can only use a maxium of 4mb.
I know it is better suported but why else is it better if you dont mind me asking?

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mrwoowoo

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Here's a good read for you.
click here

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Coltch

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I'd stick with Vista x64 with 4GB of RAM, also it may be worth looking at the 9800GTX which looks like it's had a price drop since the ATi HD4850 was launched.

I'd also up the PSU to 600+ as already mentioned.

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kent85

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Thanks guys,
After reading the responses on that forum i think i'll stick with the 64 bit, but i'll definetly upgrade to the pus to 600+ aswell as the graphics card.

Thanks for the advice!

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PA28

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I recently had a machine built (there doesn't seem any advantage in doing it yourself these days)to run Flight Sim X properly - this is very demanding software, but unfortunately the only "game" that I use.

About the same cost as you have been quoted, but sans monitor and keyboard. I was advised against 64bit Vista for the reason given above, so have 32bit Vista Home premium.

Remainder is Asus P5N-T deluxe board, 775 Intel E8400 (3 Ghz) Core 2 Duo processor, 4gb Corsair XMS 800mhzRAM, 500gb SATA drives x2 (I use the machine for digi video as well!), Pioneer SATA DVDRW x2, Case and 650w psu. Oh, I nearly forgot (!) the killer (which was nearly half the price of the whole kit) is a Zotac 280 Nvidia Graphics Card.

It works rather well. In fact I have never ever seen framerates such as this is giving me. :-)

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