Basically, I just need a new PC thats nothing too high-end, but good enough to run some newer games decently.
Any advice on what to change or add? Also, I had a question about the RAM. You see the RAM that comes with the PC is a 1G PC6400 DDR2 Corsair stick. I have a 1G Ultra PC3200 DDR stick in my current one, and was wondering if I could put that in the new PC. Would it mess anything up having two completely different types of RAM? Or do I have to spend a little more to get two of the same kind?
Also included, but not shown in the picture is Win. XP Home + SP2.
You can't mix DDR and DDR2 memory together. I would recommend a better power supply (ie 450w-500w) and go for a better vid card (8800gt 256 meg but won't be out in time most likely) could you swap out a vid card from older computer for time being?
Depending on the monitor resolution & game video settings, 7600GT may be ok. Low res & low quality video.
IMO, you're spending the money on the unimportant part: mobo. Get a cheaper single pci-e board & a much better video. The least would be HD3850. The games you listed are pretty demanding at highest settings.
I'm using a 7600GT right now, coupled with a Pentium 4 @ 3.0GHz. In Oblivion, I was able to play it well at 1280x1024, with distant land/buildings/trees on, and with the low size textures. Also, AA was off. It was definitely playable, but not too impressive graphics wise.
I plan to play games in 1024x768. AA doesn't really matter much to me anyways.
Here's the new setup.
It's a little more expensive, and is just about at my budget limit. But I've upgraded to 2 GB of RAM, downgraded the CPU from 4200 to 4000, and downgraded the Mo/bo to a non SLI one. But see on the Mo/bo description where it says "W/ Radeon X1250 Graphic", what does that mean exactly?
What brand is the power supply ? I would drop the 7600gt, go back to the 4200, use the mobo integrated graphics ( radeon x1250) for now, and wait a few weeks for the 256mb 8800gt.... maybe in those weeks you can save up the $80 or $100 bucks that the 8800gt is gonna cost you more over the 7600gt......but if you can't wait, the 7600gt is a decent card for the games you mentioned at medium to low settings.
But.. I'm a little concerned. After looking at the forums, it seems most people have had bad shipping experiences and their PC's wouldn't work upon arrival, and they've had to send their rig back sometimes 2 or 3 times just to get it working. There was maybe 2 out of 10 people that had perfectly working PCs.