which system would be better

System 1

Processor: AMD64 Athlon X2 4600+ 1Mb cache AM2
Memory: 2.0GB DDR2 533mhz (2 x 1GB)
Hard Disk Drive: 300GB S-ATA2 3.0Gb/s 8MB buffer
Optical Drive: 18x Double-Layer DVD+/-RW
Graphics card: NVidia GeForce 7600GT PCI-E 256MB DDR3 TV/DVI
Operating System: Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
Sound Card: Creative Audigy Soundblaster SE 7.1

System 2

Processor: AMD64 Athlon X2 4200+ 1Mb cache AM2
Memory: 2.0GB DDR2 533mhz (2 x 1GB)
Hard Disk Drive: 200GB S-ATA2 3.0Gb/s 8MB buffer
Optical Drive: 18x Double-Layer DVD+/-RW
Graphics card: NVidia GeForce 7950GT PCI-E 512MB DDR3 Dual DVI/TV
Operating System: Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
Sound Card: Creative Audigy Soundblaster SE 7.1

the main difference is swapping the 4600 7600GT 256 and 300GB hard drive for 4200 7950GT 512 and 200GB hard drive

also is it worth getting the soundcard? or would the onboard stuff manage with most games
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  1. Dont burn the cash on the 7950..

    Grab the 7900GTO.. much better card for cheaper that can easily reach the 7950 standards..

    And with the money you save go for the 300g :)
  2. simply put, NONE is good,

    advice
    CORE 2 DUO E6600 or E6300
    gygabyte DS3 mobo Or ASUS P5B deluxe
    seagate 320 GB
    7600gt or 7900gt
    corsair 2 GB C4 or C5D
  3. and drop the XP home,

    take the XP profesional edition
  4. Processor: E6300 Intel
    Motherboard: P965 based board
    Memory: 1.0GB DDR2 533mhz (2 x 512MB)
    Hard Disk Drive: 200GB S-ATA2 3.0Gb/s 8MB buffer
    Optical Drive: 18x Double-Layer DVD+/-RW
    Graphics card: NVidia GeForce 8800GTS
    Operating System: Windows XP Home SP2 OEM

    I assume you want to run games?
  5. If you want to game, try to get something better than a 7600GT if you possibly can. With the kind of system you're setting up, I'm thinking an X1950 Pro for pure gaming, or maybe an X1900 AIW if you want more utility...both are a tad over $200. Be sure you have the right PSU for your system.
  6. How about this, I am not going to tell you to buy Intel or AMD, but I will tell you the MOST important part of a gaming system is a video card. I am not sure if I would buy a 8800 series card yet since alot of people have had problems with them. I WOULD buy a sound card, since onboard sound can be problematic, and I have noticed cracking sounds in my experience using onboard sound. ANY of the above systems will run games fine, but at higher resolutions, you will need one of the higher end video cards.

    wes
  7. Agreed, a sound card is money well spent if you plan to game a lot.
  8. What is a good sound-card that is better than onboard 7.1 but under $35? I dont know if my mobo is going to have these "crackling sounds" because I dont have all the parts, but can you really tell a difference in onboard and say a cheap $30 creative sound card? I do game, but I am into graphics more than anything.
  9. Some onboard sound ends up being fine, but later it ends up having problems. I have used onboard sound before and it started having problems so I bought a sound card due to low quality sound. Just get a Sound Blaster Audigy off of newegg or somewhere like that. And Audigy would be better than onboard sound. But you can always just get the computer together and use it, and if you can't stand the onboard sound quality, get the sound card. If the onboard sound doesn't have any issues, well, then just use it. One other thing, I have also noticed the difference in how clear and crisp the sound is using a sound card. But if the onboard works properly, the game should be atleast playable.

    wes
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