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What's the best Gaming computer and/or how should I build my own?

Hello folks,

I've been building computers for a long time now, about 5 - 6 years. However, I've always been disappointed in the performance of my built systems when it comes to hardcore gaming. For instance, I wasn't getting the FPS rates I was looking for; games were choppy and didn't have the "flow" that my friends were telling me about, and that I was reading in game reviews. Can anyone point me to a great system, that I don't have to get another mortgage to buy? Or can someone simply do a step-by-step build-your-own system spec list, showing me specifically what components (Motherboard, graphics card, memory, etc.) would be necessary so that I can play BF Vietname, UT2004, or EQ2 with FULL, MAXED OUT video settings without a choppy frame rate? I would be greatly appreciative. Also, if you want, include some educating material or info so that I can learn a little more about what makes a great system.

Thanks again,

Templhaven

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Re:What's the best Gaming computer and/or how should I build my own?

ok well first of all you need a computer with a good video card and a fast processor. a amd athlon or pentium specifically not a celeron because the celeron processors are the low end cheap ones for buget systems. you can get a good gamning computer from dell for around $1000 as for building your own you need to have vast knoweledge on how to put things together and how to troubleshoot and get things to work. putting your own together isn't good for a person who in my opnion isn't a good idea. i can't remember the name but there is a gamming computer that it's sold purpose is for gamming and it's a small box and they start at around $800 bucks you can do other things with them and you can install a larger hard drive, but don't count on upgrading the processor. good luck in you search it you want more information e-mail me.

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As I see it......

For a top of the line computer and one that should be excellent for gaming look at this buy a member made with Dell for $849 w/o a monitor. Dell changes their prices and or free upgrades almost every week and it is just a matter of keeping a eye out many weeks for a good buy and then dicker over the phone with someone higher than the 1st sales person.

http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-7586-0.html?forumID=68&threadID=13333&messageID=153212

The 3 main things for a top gaming PC is the:

PCU speed = note on this one it is a Pent 4, 3.0GHz, 800 MHz FSB w/ Hyper thread. For max in top of the line gaming you should have the Pent 4 Extreme Edition CPU with 2MB of L3 cache. Also look at AMD's Athlon 64 CPU technology.

RAM = note on this one it is 1024MB DDR SDRAM at 400MHz which is excellent however 512MB will also work good and over 1024MB would be a waste.

Graphics (video) card. On this one it is underpowered for top of the line gaming. Should have the 256MB Nvidia GeForce 5950 Ultra, the spanking new GeForce 6800 Ultra or ATI 9800 XT 256MB. I prefer the Nvidia, as ATI has a tendency to be finicky on drivers, plus the 9800 requires additional cable for more power than the AGP slot provides.

Not included in the above 3, but a Hard Drive of 7200RPM is a plus over the 5400RPM and also get the 8mb version. Some hard core gamers use 10000 RPM, but I don't think it is necessary for the expense.

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For pre-built or custom built to your specs... top of the line gaming computers range from say $1500 to over $5000. Have a look at some of these at:


http://www.alienware.com/gaming_main_desktop.aspx
http://www.falcon-nw.com/
http://www.voodoopc.com/systems/rage.aspx (Rage PC)http://www.voodoopc.com/systems/f50.aspx (F:50 PC)
http://www.abspc.com
http://cyberpowerinc.com/custom/piv.htm

http://catalog.us.dell.com/CS1/cs1page2.aspx?br=1&c=us&cs=04&fm=10452&kc=6W463&l=en&s=bsd for the Dell Dimension XPS & custom build. (For me personally the Dell 8300 with a Pent 4, 3.4GHz, 800MHz FSB HT, 1GB RAM, get the Nvidia 5200 but after receipt install the Nvidia GeForce 5950 Ultra or new GeForce 6800 Ultra, and you would come out just as good or better and cost much, much less.) http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&kc=6V524&l=en&oc=D83SO&s=dhs

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/cto/computer_customize_components.do for the HP 550e sereis PC using AMD 64 CPU (I'm not a fan of AMD as they require more cooling fans to hold down the heat than Intel.)

http://www.gateway.com/home/products/gaming.shtml

http://www.ibuypower.com/ibp.net/store/configurator.aspx?mid=86 or http://www.ibuypower.com/ibp.net/store/configurator.aspx?mid=63

http://www.buyxg.com/system/xg2000special/xg2000special.htm (XTremeGear) or http://www.buyxg.com/system/customize.htm

http://www.polywell.com
http://cyberpowerinc.com/custom/piv.htm
http://www.velocitymicro.com

http://www.totallyawesomecomputers.com/systems_gaming.htm

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