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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get as much memory as you can afford

by CG IT In reply to Buying a gaming pc help!

and a mainboard that supports gobs of memory [some will support up to 16 GB] Get a Direct X 10 capable graphics card with as much onboard memory as you can afford [think 512MB]. Get the 320 to 380 bit memory interface [think $600 USD for just the graphics card].

Most mainboards have 3 or more SATA interfaces. don't settle for just 1 SATA drive. Find a mainboard that supports RAID 5 with SATA and get more than 2 drives. Newer games that will be coming out will take up far more HDD space than todays games.

Don't skimp on your display. Many DirectX 10 graphics cards support HDTV as well as DVI. A 19" LCD display today is just standard fare. 32" displays or even Quad displays are better than just a skimpy 19" LCD. [see zenview powertrio display].

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by swood78613 In reply to get as much memory as you ...

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Yep... right on!!

by rbardy In reply to Guide

Read this... spot on!!

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Might want to look @ Samsung SyncMaster 940BX

by jasocher In reply to Guide

This is an awesome 19" monitor. I've got a 17" version as well and it's also a kick *** gaming monitor.

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Only so much memory

by aptechme In reply to get as much memory as you ...

Don't forget that unless you are going to purchase the 64bit version of Windows, don't bother getting more than 3 gig of RAM. 32bit versions won't support much more.

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Memory limitations

by ifitz In reply to Only so much memory

Actually 32 bit Windows will run up to 4 GB of RAM, There are documented registry changes on the Microsoft site to optimize your system. As for purchasing 64 bit Windows, you will need to verify that there are drivers for all of your hardware before taking that leap.

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Theory versus practise

by JamesRL In reply to Memory limitations

The OS will take it. My computer has 6 memeory slots and will handle 16 GB of RAM.

But if you are running XP, the max is 3.5 - if you put in 4GB it will only see 3.5. Your computer may be different.


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The OP stated Vista Home Premium as the OS

by Evil Never Dies In reply to Only so much memory

Vista HP will handle 4GB with no problems.

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Don't cheat on power

by mjd420nova In reply to Buying a gaming pc help!

Get yourself a nice 750 watt power supply to keep that all running, otherwise it'll get toasted with not enough juice and the voltages will start to drop off and roast things good. A good PCI-E Nvidia video card with loads (512MB) of memory should handle just about all the games out there.

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by Petersnoboard93 In reply to Don't cheat on power

I really only have like $1,500 to spend can you make any recomendations for hardware w/ in that price range, also do you know of any online guides that help you build a pc and can help me reasurch?

Also can you make a list like
Harddrive-At least 320 gb
memory-at least 4gb

or w/e


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