Hi Tom’s Hardware forums, I’m looking to build my own computer. I’ve never assembled one before, been browsing the forums for a bit now reading tutorials and help guides how to assemble all the parts. I feel comfortable enough to create my own system now but I’d like something that I could play games like World of Warcraft and things like that.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two months.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Online computer games, music, MSN and Facebook.
those are more gaming oriented builds, as you can see now days, Processors aren't a muscle needed to drive a game, which is why you better off putting the money on the video card rather than a expensive CPU
My budget is 1200 dollars I just did my income taxes and wanted to put it towards a new computer.
I'll be playing more demanding games too but I mostly play World of Warcraft. Games like Modern Warfare 2 and Bad Company 2 I'd like to eventually start playing so I'd like to have a lot of room for growth.
I guess if overclocking doesn't hurt the computer then I wouldn't mind doing so, I just don't want to void the warranty if something went wrong.
I like your Intel configuration it looks a lot nicer than the AMD one I'll be sure to bookmark this page so I have a shopping list to pick parts from.
well the amd is a lot more stronger than the intel one thanks to 5870 oppose to the 5850 in the intel build, thats something to have in mind, and its only costing you $22.72 more so think about it, dont rush, when are you buying?
hehe, AMD is fantastic, see my signature. im not a fan boy, but im just saying that, 5870 vs a 5850, well do the math.
but in 2 months things are changing a lot, dont even bother to check this threat then, i recommend posting again in the week that you're buying..good luck!
I'd just upgrade your current rig. That processor is plenty good for what you do. Definitely upgrade your video card, you'll see a huge difference. Also, what's your current RAM? I didn't see it in the pics. No need to go all the way to 8GB, but if you have less than 4GB, I'd bump it to 4GB.
If you have the cash, put an ATI 5870 video card in there and be very happy.
Graphics Engine ATI Radeon HD 5870
Bus Standard PCI Express 2.0
Video Memory DDR5 1G
Engine Clock 850 MHz
Memory Clock 4.8 GHz ( 1.2 GHz DDR5 )
Memory Interface 256-bit
CRT Max Resolution 2048 x 1536
DVI Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
D-Sub Output Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1 )
DVI Output Yes x 1
HDMI Output Yes x 1
HDCP Support Yes
Adapter/Cable Bundled 1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor
1 x CrossFire cable
1 x Power cable
Software Bundled ASUS Utilities & Driver
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Note The Card Size is 11 inches x 5 inches
Is that RAM running in Dual Channel Mode (I doubt it with 3 1GB sticks)? I'd buy a 4GB kit (2 sticks of 2GB RAM) to replace the RAM you have. Taht will give you 4GB in Dual Channel mode, which gives you the best RAM speed.
Though, 3GB is plenty for gaming, so you might not see much improvement.
You've got a powerful card now, so buying yourself a bigger monitor would be another nice upgrade.