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August 27, 2006 5:35:25 PM

So I just got in to college and now I need a computer. So I just need a computer to type papers and other school related stuff but also play games like world of warcraft and warcraft and FEAR in my spare time. I already have a Thermaltake Armor case. So here it goes....

ASUS M2N-E Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
PNY VCG66256XPB Geforce 6600 256MB DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card
OCZ ModStream OCZ52012U ATX, BTX, SATA, P4 and EPS12V 520W Power Supply
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2000MHz HT Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model ADA3800IAA5CU
CORSAIR ValueSelect2 x 256MB DDR2 533 Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model VS512MBKIT533D2
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Saitek PZ30AU Black USB Wired Standard Eclipse Keyboard
i-rocks IR-7900 2-Tone 3 Buttons 1x Wheel PS/2 Optical Mouse
SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s
Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2

This all adds up to $710.34 with shipping. Any suggestion or comments or compatibility issues? Any would be appreciated. Thanks In Advance

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August 27, 2006 6:14:26 PM

The only thing i can think of would be the 512 ram, id rather see 2x512. But that's me. If you aren't doing anythign to heavy, then 512 should be enough to run windows and a few programs. (doesnt windows itself need 512?)
August 27, 2006 6:30:10 PM

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So I just got in to college and now I need a computer. So I just need a computer to type papers and other school related stuff but also play games like world of warcraft and warcraft and FEAR in my spare time. I already have a Thermaltake Armor case. So here it goes....

The 6600 vanilla is appalling. You won't enjoy playing FEAR with that card. You need more RAM. If you ever want to back up your work (believe it or not, that's what you're supposed to do in college), a DVD writer might be a sensible idea.
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August 27, 2006 7:07:31 PM

I'd changet that 6600 to THIS 7600GS for $80 (after $10 MIR) on newegg. Also, I'd get 1GB of RAM.
August 27, 2006 7:15:14 PM

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The only thing i can think of would be the 512 ram, id rather see 2x512. But that's me. If you aren't doing anythign to heavy, then 512 should be enough to run windows and a few programs. (doesnt windows itself need 512?)


I agree you would need 1 GB of ram. you won,t be able to play fear decently with less. If you have some extra money left Get a better video card, because with the 6600 you would have to run fear on low settings.
August 27, 2006 8:35:05 PM

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The only thing i can think of would be the 512 ram, id rather see 2x512. But that's me. If you aren't doing anythign to heavy, then 512 should be enough to run windows and a few programs. (doesnt windows itself need 512?)


I agree you would need 1 GB of ram. you won,t be able to play fear decently with less. If you have some extra money left Get a better video card, because with the 6600 you would have to run fear on low settings.

I think I will get a better video card as per everyones comments, but finding an affordable 1 gig of ram for this mobo is the only reason I went down to 512mb. Thanks alot again for the help.
August 27, 2006 10:02:15 PM

Looks great dude. Good luck in college.
August 27, 2006 10:07:21 PM

You're in college to learn, no spare time for you.
August 27, 2006 10:25:57 PM

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You're in college to learn, no spare time for you.


u sound lik my dad hu is like 50 somethin, college is al bout partiein realy
August 27, 2006 10:54:15 PM

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I agree you would need 1 GB of ram. you won,t be able to play fear decently with less. If you have some extra money left Get a better video card, because with the 6600 you would have to run fear on low settings.


Agreed. With 1GB of RAM you'll notice a definite performance boost over 512MB. You'll also want more than a regular 6600. (7600 series, X8xx series, something like that)

Correct me if I'm wrong on this one as I've not actually had any DDR2 boards of my own, but wouldn't you want DDR2-800 instead of DDR2-533, or does it make that much seat-of-pants bench difference? I know if it's just casual gaming it won't matter in the slightest. The prices are only about $10 apart that I've found between 533 and 800 anyway. I figure you might as well plunk down a few extra bucks if it's anything to write home about.
August 27, 2006 10:56:16 PM

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I agree you would need 1 GB of ram. you won,t be able to play fear decently with less. If you have some extra money left Get a better video card, because with the 6600 you would have to run fear on low settings.


Agreed. With 1GB of RAM you'll notice a definite performance boost over 512MB. You'll also want more than a regular 6600. (7600 series, X8xx series, something like that)

Correct me if I'm wrong on this one as I've not actually had any DDR2 boards of my own, but wouldn't you want DDR2-800 instead of DDR2-533, or does it make that much seat-of-pants bench difference? I know if it's just casual gaming it won't matter in the slightest. The prices are only about $10 apart that I've found between 533 and 800 anyway. I figure you might as well plunk down a few extra bucks if it's anything to write home about.

In AM2 it makes a HUGE difference. AM2 with DDR2-533 will completely suck. Get at least 667, or go S939 to save on the RAM and worry about upgrading later.
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