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How to build: I'm an alien in here!

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January 4, 2006 11:09:01 AM

Hello everyone,

I hope I will not bother you too much. I just need your opinion on this customized system.
First of all: I must admit I built my computer based on the information supllied by this site (I am an alien in the computer's world).
So please feel free to give a thought to:
CPU: Intel box
INTEL® PENTIUM® 4 630 Processor, 3,0GHz 800MHz, Socket LGA775, 2M L2, EM64T, w/cooler
Motherboard:
MB LG775, Intel® 945P, GA-8I945PG, FSB1066, 4DualDDRII, PCI-E x16, SATAII, RAID, LAN 1GB, Gigabyte (Processor: LGA775/ Intel® Pentium® D Processor, Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor/Supports 1066/800/533MHz FSB) Chipset: 945P Express.
Memory:
DDR2 1GB(512MBx2) Dual Channel, 533MHz, VS1GBKIT533D2 , CL4, CORSAIR
Graphics card:
GeForce PCX6600GT, NX66T128D, 128bit, 128MB, DVI, TV-Out, cooler, Gigabyte

Is it a good system for gaming?

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January 4, 2006 1:07:00 PM

First off, Amd's at this point in time are better in gaming. Could you give a budget and also do you planning on building it yourself or ordering it premade? (since u r new to the bright beaming world of computers)
January 4, 2006 2:34:14 PM

Well, around 900 euros or $1,100.
I would have liked to order a premade system because it would not have given me such a headache, but I could not find anything satisfactory at the IT sellers in Romania.
That is why I have opted to buy a configuration of my own.

I am looking forward to receiving a piece of advice regarding what I could buy with this money.
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January 4, 2006 3:05:41 PM

CORRECTION:
Sorry, I miscalculated: it's around 550 euro or the U.S. dollar equivalent of 650.
January 4, 2006 3:24:46 PM

I would buy the PC I have at the moment...

AMD 3000+(939)
MSI K8N Neo4-F nForce4, 8CH Audio, Gb LAN, RAID, 1x PCI-e 16X, 1xPCI-e 1X, 1xPCI-e 4X, 4xDual DDR400, 4xSATA
2x 512mb DDR400 (dual channel)
Powercolor X800GT 256mb 256 bit PCI-E
2x80GB Seagate drives in RAID0

It gets in 3DMark05 3974 and in 3DMark03 it gets 7915..
A 6600GT gets in 05 3681 from the THG benchmarks.
(Also note that THG use AMDs and DDR400 memory in there tests)

When I bought my PC, the X800GT was cheaper than the 6600GT and it kills the PCs my friends have which are similar to what you have listed. :wink:
January 5, 2006 2:16:12 PM

Well, it seems AMD to be one step ahead Intel at gaming. However, without any apparent reason, I would incline for the INtel based CPU.

Nevertheless: how do you find my original configuration? I mean: are all things campatible in there? Will the system work satisfactory?
January 5, 2006 3:23:31 PM

I still think you show go the AMD route as they are much better but if you want to go with your fake ass Intel setup all should work but it won't be a very high end solution for gaming.

Therefore you really need to get a better GFX card as that will give you a huge performance increase something like an X1600XT
which reatails at a very good $165-$196. The GFX card is also the most expersive part of the PC so its worth spending the extra cash to get a good one. If you get this card it will be a very good gaming PC. :twisted:
January 5, 2006 5:32:40 PM

That's nice what you say about the GFX card.
I could not believe my eyes about the price. I found it indeed at:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=Go...

It does cost indeed $165, juts like you said.

Well, now I have a way bigger problem. I tried to find it at the IT shops in Romania. And guess what? It costs $276. Yeap, that's more than $100 than the price in other countries. So, I cannot afford this magnificent card. :( 
January 6, 2006 10:45:53 PM

Quote:
Well, it seems AMD to be one step ahead Intel at gaming. However, without any apparent reason, I would incline for the INtel based CPU.

Nevertheless: how do you find my original configuration? I mean: are all things campatible in there? Will the system work satisfactory?


I think that romania has a cold climate sometime and getting an intel would help lowering you heating bill.. But sadly, would increase your electricity bill...

This system should work anyway if it all you can afford. Just don't get a cheap case with poor cooling and don't skimp on the PSU. those Intel get hot and needs plenty of power to run stable. Else, you come back here asking why your computer slow down, or overheat.. or don't start, or crash while gaming..
January 11, 2006 10:18:25 AM

I know a lot about expensive prices. That's why I have a company and get stuff and cost price which is about the same as the American Retail price. Another option would be to get an X800GT like I have. Mine gets 3974 in 3DMark05 and it cost me about (R1500 converted $220) so It should be cheaper in Romnia. That price of $276 for an X1600XT in South Africa is an awesome price and I think you should still consider it. :wink:
January 16, 2006 8:10:11 AM

Well, pls, make some light for me at the grafphics cards: (I prefer Gigabyte)
which is better:
Option 1:
Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT, 128MB, 128bit, PCI-E
Option 2:
Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT, 256MB, 128bit, PCI-E
Option 3:
Gigabyte ATI Radeon X800, 256MB, 256MB, PCI-E, RX80256D
Option 4:
Gigabyte ATI Radeon X800XL 256MB, 256bit, DVI, silent pipe

I see the X800XL had a higher score in 3DBenchmark2005 than 6800GT (which is more expensive and I cannot afford :(  ) not to mention the 6600GT.
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