Hey guys, recently I popped into a gamestop and they had a games for windows PC hooked up displaying Heroes of Might and Magic. I forgot how much I enjoyed playing strategy and RTS games on a PC so I thought I'd do a little research to find out how much it would cost to built a decent new one. I'm not trying to go top of the line, play every FPS with maxed out settings but I am interested in being able to play oblivion and most FPS with near the best settings. After doing some research I stumbled across this thread at tomshardware.com : http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/01/18/overclocking-gui...
It looks like overclocking is the way to go! Additionally, I am interested in getting a flat panel monitor and selected one based on random reviews.
So, with all the introduction aside, I would have to say my budget is right around $1000 but can be flexible if necessary.
As of right now, I'm currently going from the guide above which consists of:
Forgot to note, I think I need a new HD so I'll take any recommendations on that. This PC is going to be just used for the internet and gaming so I don't need a big hard drive, just room for the OS and games! I was thinking like 80 - 100 GB?
With regards to the harddrive - buy for price, not space. For a long time, harddrives followed the same pricing curve. There's a "sweet spot" around $100 where the drives are the best price-per-gigabyte. Drives less than that cost more per gig, and drives higher than that cost more.
Newegg has 40Gig harddrives for $38, while an 80 gig costs $41. A 160Gig shows up at $55.
You can never have too much space. Unless you're reaaaaalllly on a budget, don't pay $41 for an 80 gig when you can get twice the space for $14 more. Figure out your price, then see what kind of drive you can get.
I'm not trying to go top of the line, play every FPS with maxed out settings but I am interested in being able to play oblivion and most FPS with near the best settings.
Oblivion is one of the most demanding games, so your statement there leaves me confused. I think an E6600/8800 GTS/2GB DDR2-800 combination can play Oblivion well enough, but I'm not sure $1000 is enough.
As for hard drives. Should I worry about the 10000 RPM hard drives? Are they that much better?
As for oblivion, my only experiences with oblivion are on my xbox 360. My goal is makes a PC that I can say, man this does look a lot better than my 360 Does that make more sense!? Also, someone recommended this RAM to me, what do you think?