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.
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.
Agreed, a sound card is money well spent if you plan to game a lot.
November 19, 2006 1:36:19 PM
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.
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.