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December 10, 2006 10:43:37 PM

By the way this is a budget build but would this be good for todays gamer. "not extreme gamer"

ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego 2.4GHz Socket 939 Processor
2GB Kingston Dual Channel DDR400
BFG 7900GSOC PCI Express
SB Audigy SE
WD 160 GB SATA 3.0

He would be playing games like oblivion and fps

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December 10, 2006 11:15:06 PM

Looks pretty good. What powersupply is he considering? He have windows and drives too?
December 10, 2006 11:19:18 PM

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By the way this is a budget build but would this be good for todays gamer. "not extreme gamer"

ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego 2.4GHz Socket 939 Processor
2GB Kingston Dual Channel DDR400
BFG 7900GSOC PCI Express
SB Audigy SE
WD 160 GB SATA 3.0

He would be playing games like oblivion and fps


sounds awesome to me, with my soc A sempron, lol. it should do fine, that 2gig of ram will really help also. depends on what you're playing, i guess. considering i totally pwn source games, you/"he" won't have ANY problem... and those are some of the best FPSs out there.
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December 10, 2006 11:26:33 PM

Well I already have a psu and drives for him and a cheap version of xpPRO:) 
Just wonderin if this would be good for games for him dont wanna screw him over.

The psu is a E-power 550 Dual 12v rails total of 40amps
December 10, 2006 11:35:38 PM

psu stats sound good, although someone on here may reprimand you for the brand.... i say if it works, use it, but non-brand name psus are feared for taking out systems. i've never had personal problems with that, though.

lets just say this, i'd be more than happy to have that rig :lol: 

of course you could go farther for more money, but i personally would be 100% content w/ that rig (i'm easy to please, tho)
December 10, 2006 11:52:40 PM

lol thanx well ive been dealing with e-power for along time now and I have to say E-POWER ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 10, 2006 11:55:58 PM

This looks like a pretty decent gaming system indeed. Even though it's not a dual core processor it doesn't matter much since not many game take advantage of this technology yet. The 4000 Sandy remains a pretty decent CPU whether for gaming or any other task for that matter.
December 11, 2006 12:05:48 AM

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This looks like a pretty decent gaming system indeed. Even though it's not a dual core processor it doesn't matter much since not many game take advantage of this technology yet. The 4000 Sandy remains a pretty decent CPU whether for gaming or any other task for that matter.


yeah, really. at this point in time, highly-clocked singles can still best duals in alot of games. this time is coming to a close, especially with valve releasing their patch in the new year, but the point is, for now you'll see BETTER performance than many duals, and you'll still fare well as time goes on. and by you i mean your friend, or whoever this rig is for. same diff.
December 11, 2006 12:27:20 AM

ddr2?
December 11, 2006 12:37:45 AM

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ddr2?


i have no clue wtf you are talking about.

but if you are wondering why he is not using ddr2 memory, it is because he is on soc 939, which doesn't support it. is that what you were asking? sorry if i came off as a dick, just if you could maybe include more in yer next post, i think that would be appreciated.
December 11, 2006 1:00:55 AM

Yes for todays games you should be fine.Unfortunately you face the same problem as I do.And that is that we will both need to buy new MB and cpu to upgrade to something faster.I am one step ahead of you as I already own a 4400+ X2 cpu.But when the time comes,I'll have to build a whole new system from the board up.I strongly recommend going with an AM2 system as this will future proof you for at least the next year.Goodluck.

Dahak

AMD X2-4400+@2.4 S-939
EVGA NF4 SLI MB
2X EVGA 7800GT IN SLI
2X1GIG DDR IN DC MODE
WD300GIG HD
EXTREME 19IN.MONITOR 1280X1024
ACE 520WATT PSU
COOLERMASTER MINI R120
December 11, 2006 1:25:44 AM

Id consider getting the WD 320gb. It'll probably only be a little more but worth it in the long run, since u are on a budget.

I find for gaming computers its good to keep the main hard drive under half full to optimize access performance. So a 160gb, u should keep it under 70 gb full, and a 320 keep it under 130 gb and u will have max access rates.

So if u have any music or videos the 320 is alot better bet.
December 11, 2006 1:40:16 AM

i would personally go with a dual core such as the opteron 165. newer games like crysis are made to run better on a dual core, although that setup will still rock. i am using a 4000 sandy right now and it kicks ass.
December 11, 2006 2:17:00 AM

Just a heads up regarding your HD.
I have that exact model (8mb buffer) and I can tell you it's pretty slow and noisy. It's noisier than my older 80Gb IDE (PATA) drives and benchmarks rate it pretty low too (seek times and transfer rate).
Spend 20$ more to go with a 250-320 GB model (those usually come with 16Mb buffers as well) or go for a Seagate 10 (7200.10). Several people on these forums had some good feedback about the Seagate when I asked about HD recommendations. Price difference should be negligeable. If you're looking for a quiet HD, check out the Samsung P120 models as well - very quiet. Loading times can't be avoided in some games, so might as well try to make them as short and quiet as possible :) 
December 11, 2006 5:05:54 AM

Almost identical to mine. I would go with Abit though on the mobo. But I play everything fine. Your video card is better and 2x the memory. Good luck!
December 11, 2006 5:08:08 AM

Which Abit Mobo would you recommend and may I ask why you think its better than your MSI?
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December 11, 2006 5:10:41 AM

Looks good, I would change only one thing. (and only if your buying it) I'd drop the soundcard and put the money towards a better GPU. You have a fast CPU, and enough memory, but the 7900GS is still slower then a 7950GT. The money you were spending on a soundcard might be enough to put you higher on the GPU foodchain. (if you already have the card, nevermind...)
December 11, 2006 5:34:25 AM

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By the way this is a budget build but would this be good for todays gamer. "not extreme gamer"

ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego 2.4GHz Socket 939 Processor
2GB Kingston Dual Channel DDR400
BFG 7900GSOC PCI Express
SB Audigy SE
WD 160 GB SATA 3.0

He would be playing games like oblivion and fps


Is it possible to get an AM2 system instead? Gives you DDR2 which will help when doing later upgrades. Dual Core would help also, but isn't YET a necessity for gamers. However, games such as the forthcoming "Alan Wake" and "Supreme Commander" are designed for multi-core CPUs.
December 11, 2006 5:54:17 AM

well hes on a budget right now and already has the rams so yeah bummer he could always upgrade to the x2 939 though right its dual core...