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Having a Computer Built. Help!!!

by Bummers / February 24, 2006 5:08 AM PST

I'm going to have a new computer, but I want one built (not by me). But I'm at a loss as to which processor to have Intel P4 or Athlon 64. Also I would like a 3D graphics card. Basically I'm on the internet a lot, I like to use my computer for digital photography and other graphics and I like to play point and click adventure games (Broken Sword etc). The latter being the reason for the new computer the games I want to play now need a bigger processor than I have and also some need a 3D graphics card. Can anyone give me some advice. I'm not a hard core gamer but I'd like to have a computer that's going to last me at least 4 years before I'll need to upgrade anything.
Thank you in anticipatition.

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by ikjadoon / February 24, 2006 5:47 AM PST

A few months ago, I would've slapped down a build, changes, a price, even reviews on each part. But not today. You say "...last me at least 4 years before I'll need to upgrade anything." I would recommend that you wait until 06/06/06 and later for the new Socket used on the Athlon 64, AM2. The old socket, 939, has a slowly dying upgrade path.

But, 939 will be sticking around for a long time, not nearly as long as AM2 will be. Here is just a basis on specs:
Athlon 64 3500+ (Socket 939)
eVGA 6600
1GB of RAM
120GB of HDD Space
An ample 450 PSU
And other little items, like a sound card, motherboard, etc. Not saying they are unimportant but usually your builder will have one ready. hth


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a little more cash...
by linkit / February 24, 2006 6:54 AM PST

If it is in the budget, bump the CPU up to a dual core AMD Athlon 64 X2. The X2 line starts with the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ model.

Also, a nice video card would be the nVidia 6800GS.

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What I would build
by billzhills / February 24, 2006 9:45 PM PST

P4 2.6 Ghz 533 FBS (front buss speed) socket T
AMD Althon 64 3200+ 939 socket

2/256 MB DDR 400 Memory. Total of 512 MB.
Dual memory channel motherboard with on board S/V/L (Sound, Video, LAN) (M/B from Mnf that offers a 3 year warranty)

80 gig SATA hard drive

Dual Layer DVD

Case example. I'll call this an inexpensive case, not cheap. It does have some issues which I live with due to the air flow and over-alll looks.

2/80 mm Case fans

XP Home. Total price under $800.

These items will make a nice budget system with room for expansion. If you go with AMD make sure the memory FBS exceeds that of the CPU. Creates a large performace boost to the AMD CPUs.

Video card I cannot help with. I depend on other members here to help me make those choices by searching within the froums.


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