Hey guys, I've not been keeping up with hardware stuff at all for a few months, but a buddy of mine has asked me to throw together a reasonable gaming rig. Sorry this isn't quite in the right section, but I would like some reasonably quick responses and this section gets a lot of traffic...
A quick scan around has lead me to this setup:
A64 X2 4200+ 127.50
Abit KN8 52.01
WD Caviar 250Gb 16Mb 54.01
Cheapish BenQ DVDRW 28.00
Gainward Geforce 7600GT 256Mb 109.00
2048MB TwinMOS PC3200 160.00
Prices in british Pounds.
That lot seem a reasonable combination? I still need to figure out a sound card, but I think on-board will do him for a little while at least (He's got 2.1 speakers, and won't be getting a good surround setup anytime soon).
The thing I'm most concerned about really is the RAM, and whether it'll work happily. Obviously it's at the cheaper end of the scale...
I may or may not overclock it a bit, but I suspect it's fairly pointless to do so, and it's not for me so I'd rather not give myself any headaches really
Went for the 7600GT because it seemed fairly decent price/performance wise, but I really haven't looked very hard there - Anyone know if Gainward do a crippled version of the 7600GT, since this seems fairly cheap compared to most?
Went for a Abit KN8 since I've got a KN8 Ultra myself and am Happy with it.
Went down the AMD route since I last paid attention to 'the scene' just as conroe was about to be released, so I'm totally unfamiliar with the Newer intel stuff (besides, this route appears to be a bit cheaper, and since it's for gaming it's going to be 99% GPU limited anyhoo) In fact the ridiculous number of 'Conroe Vs A64' threads and squabbling that was going on was half the reason I buggered off for a while :?
Price, availability, and familiarity with the products really. I've never tinkered with an AM2-based system and as usual I don't really have the time to do the research I'd like to (obviously if I was building it for me I'd be more than happy to take a while catching up and wait longer for the system). The price difference isn't all that huge, But he was quibbling over an extra £15 or so for a mouse, so an extra £20 for a motherboard that won't really show him any real-world difference is not likely to go down too well. :roll:
I was just concerned I'd have made a cock-up somewhere....
What? Not allowed to say cock? What if I was talking about chicken farming? That's a bit big brother if you ask me. suck my cockerel. :wink:
You made a typo there, I think you meant suck :tongue:.. I was just suprised the profanity filter would pick that one out... It probably has more benign uses than most other naughty words.
I got bored with spending too much money on PC hardware.. So I've been buying stuff for my car instead! That, and I Just don't seem to be able to get into games anymore. I get bored of them quickly these days, and I don't know why. And my ISP went tits-up so I've been offline at home for a while. Arseholes.
On the overclocking thing, I'll probably have a play around with it, since I've not played with a dual core before
What sort of speeds are people getting out of these these days? It's 2.2GHz, so I guess 2.4 is a no-brainer and 2.5-2.7 is fairly common?
I wish 'overclocking' a car could be done with some easy BIOS tweaks and/or jumpers...