Buying a gaming pc help!

By Petersnoboard93 ·
I'm trying to build a gaming pc on dell. I thought about building one myself but decided against it. So my question is, will this pc I build be a strong gaming pc, what should i upgrade? Thanks

-Intel ? Core?2 Duo Processor E6400 (2.13GHz, 1066 FSB)

-Genuine Windows Vista? Home Premium

-19 inch E197FP Analog Flat Panel

-2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs

-320GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache?

-16x DVD+/-RW Drive

-Intel? Graphics Media Accelerator X3000

-Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

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Ditch the integrated video and and audio cards

by rcharnoc In reply to Buying a gaming pc help!

The processor, ram, hard drive, all look good, but you definitely want to get at least a 256mb video card, preferably pci express, and a pci sound card, one of the new creative cards should be listed as an option for the Dell. I am not 100% sold on vista just yet. My personal preference would be to go with Windows XP Pro instead.
If you choose to go with the onboard video you will only be able to play many of the games on the lowest settings thereby losing the higher detail graphics. Also Windows XP will be much quicker with the 2GB of RAM compared to Vista. Vista tends to tie up more system resources.

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Buying a gaming pc help!

by aljatrad In reply to Buying a gaming pc help!

The one thing I would do is upgrade to the excellent and over-clockable E6600 chip.
Cheers Allan

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Good Pointers

by JCAlexandres In reply to Buying a gaming pc help!

Take a look at April's PC World magazine, there is an article about motherboards, great pointer.

Good luck!

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Captain, we need more power!

by jbrewer In reply to Buying a gaming pc help!

With all the goodies suggested in post. Make sure there is enough juice to run the upgraded card, cooling fans etc. A lot of the pre-built boxes come with minimal power supplies.

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Dell Gaming

by brupub In reply to Buying a gaming pc help!

Check out the Dell Outlet for the XPS 700 comes with core 2 duo, 750-1000w power, PCIe16 x2 and much more. The case is a full size and easy to expand, BX motherboard, plus the cpu is upgradeable (E6600 with the largest cache available) plus lots. You are only looking at $1000 or so, then you can add on later even to full sli.

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Try this step-by-step article

by georgeou In reply to Buying a gaming pc help!
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Re: Buying a gaming pc help!

by TinTin_Za In reply to Buying a gaming pc help!

bigger cpu
don't load vista
get a proper graphics card!!
don't use integrated sound


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A Little More Detail

by coffeyscompcenter In reply to Buying a gaming pc help!

isn't it amazing what some people suggest when they are spending someone else's money??
i still suggest local where you can offer some input but here are more ideas:
(1) pick a case that you like to look at. one with good air flow. a fan in the top is a bonus.
(2) an AMD or Intel dual core processor. yes, the intel's benchmark higher but they are both a high quality product.
(3) a proper motherboard for either processor. look for 4 ram slots and the ability to handle DDR2-800. HD audio is nice for on-board. sli/crossfire needs to be decided on at this point. if there is a 0% chance then don't worry about it or find a board that the second slot only runs at x8. who cares if you are not going to use it. plus get SATA2 if you can. i have been building with a lot of MSI boards lately. no real reason.
(4)2Gb of ram to start with. if needed add more. that's where the 4 slots come in handy.
(5) a 250Gb to 400Gb SATA2 hard drive with 16Mb cache.
(6)an Nvidia 7600GT or an ATI 1950 series video card. 256Mb of memory is fine as long as you get a card with the higher clock speeds. look for lifetime or double life time warranties.
(7) a "QUALITY" power supply in the 600Watt range. thermaltake, antec, coolermaster. any well recognized supplier. are there better?? YES!! if you decide on dual video cards then stick to the higher end of the scale 600-750watt, single card 520-650 watts. if it's a 600watt unit and it's only $39, pass on it!( when it comes to sound cards a true card is always better but if you are using a $9 set of 2.0 speakers, on-board is fine. decent 2.1 speakers then on-board HD or 6 channel. 5.1 speakers, then a card is the solution. creative is the largest supplier but i use diamond or turtle beach because of some quirks in creative drivers.
(9) i'm still fond of XP. extra so if you are planning to use any older printers, scanners or play older games.

is this a "real" gaming rig?? the answer is no! if you want a solid system that will play games then this will work and work well. anyone can build it and anyone can service it and best of all it doesn't break the bank. when the time comes just add two more Gigs of RAM, a new technology video card and game away!

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