but, i've been away from gaming so long, i don't know what's good like i used to
does one still trust anything that says voodoo? or has it changed?
i want to get back into gaming
but, i want a system that will last 2 or 3 years prior to obsolence
i know that ram is cheap now
what do you recommend?
i know some of you gamers have good ideas of
which moboard to buy, which video card to buy (crucial decision here)
which sound card to buy (if video and sound aren't on same card ... but, i actually care less about sound than i do video ... don't know why)
which gamepad to buy
agp or not agp? how much ram on the video card itself?
how many slots should my board have?
what kind of modem?
i already have speakers and a monitor
but, if anyone wants to respond to this post, i wouuld greatly appreciate it
I came, I saw, but I did not conquer
A7M266 Asus motherboard.
Nice fast hard disk. IBM or Fujitsu probably about 40 gig or 2x20gig.
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz sound card.
19" Sony monitor.
ASUS, Leadtek Or Gainward GF3... or wait a little while and get a Radeon 8500.
Do a search on this forum for Radeon 8500 and Geforce3 and have a read of the info you find.
Gigabyte GA-7IXE4 Motherboard
ASUS 8200 Geforce 3 Pure
Aureal Vortex2 Quad
3x 128Mb PC133
Logitech i-Touch cordless key&mouse
17" Monitor of unknown type
CPU: Intel i7 2600K @ 4.6Ghz
Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro B3 Revision
Mem: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz
Video: 2 x MSI HD5850 Twin Frozr II (CrossfireX)
HDD: Crucial C300 128GB SSD, Seagate Momentus XT 500GB
Sound: RealtekŪ ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Enlite case and 300W PSU buy locally for $80 tax included(or get hit with $20 shipping)
shuttle AK31 mobo $95
1.4 gig Athlon $150
256 Meg DDR Kingston $48
IBM 7200rpm 40 Gig HDD $110
(consider buying the better IBM for an extra $40)
16x DVD/48x CD-ROM $55
12/10/32 CDR/W $88
Hardware Modem $38
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz $70 (or SB live value & save $25)
Kyro2 64Meg video $115
Win 98/ME $95
case fan $6
That totals around $1025. Find a cheap 19" monitor locally for under $250 (on sale) and your still under $1300. Then go out and buy a half dozen games for $200. I think if you spend much more than this on a system, you are just pissing your money away. You could even spend more and get less. The performance difference between having spent $1300 and $2000 will make little difference to you 2 years from now - but the $700 you saved might. BTW, I priced this out at mwave.com - you could do better on some individual component at other places(like newegg), but mwave is pretty good when you want to do all your internet shopping at one place.