Hi all, my parents are currently using a POS dell with a Socket 478 2.8Ghz P4. Anyways, it's slow as mud and they finally asked me to build them a new one.
This computer will mostly be used for surfing the internet, office applications, ect. However, i do want it to be able to handle the occasional RTS for when i'm home from college on breaks. Nothing too fancy though, med settings at 1280*1024 is what i'm looking for.
I'm looking to make this as cheap as possible, but the only things i can really re-use are the cd-drive, keyboard, mouse and speakers.
By the way i absolutely will NOT overclock my parents pc.
First off I definitely looked into hybrid crossfire, and i guess i should have said that i'll be using xp 32 bit as my OS. There's no way my parents will be able to learn Vista. And i already have the disc for xp, so buying vista would add another $100 to the price.
I'll take another look at the CPU charts but i thought the 4400+ was faster than any of the 21xx series or even the E4x00 series at stock settings. I know RTS games tend to rely a lot on the CPU but do you really think that it would be that much of a bottleneck?
Yeah i know about their reputation. My gaming PC is currently running an E4300. But since i'm not going to be doing any OC-ing i think AMD provides better performance for the money.
Quick question though. Why on all of Tom's charts do the lower clocked windsors outperform the higher clocked brisbanes? For example, the 4600+ windsor beats the 4800+ brisbane in both sup com and warhammer.
Also, does anyone have any good recomendations for a good LCD gaming monitor under $200?