My computer has aged passed it's time and I decided I was just gonna give this one away and build a gaming/video editing PC. I'm really new to this but I heard it was much cheaper to build it myself rather than by one from the big time companies.
I'm wondering if anyone can point me into the direction of some parts or something. I have a friend that can build it up for me. Just need the right parts.
He was definitely right but before anyone gives you any advice we're going to need some info so I'll point you to a post to get you started. Then once you read through that, come back here and fill in the info in a reply to this thread and then we can give you some advice. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
Crossfire and SLI is where you use multiple graphics cards. Crossfire is the name for ATI cards and SLI is the name for nVidia cards. It will usually, with newer cards, double your frame rate in most games and can sometimes be cheaper than buying a single graphics card that gets the same performance. One downfall with that though, is it sucks down a fair bit more power than a single card and they'll generate more heat.
As for dual monitors, I know absolutely nothing about it so I'll leave that to someone else.
Also, what sort of games? RTS, FPS, etc? Certain types of games take advantage of multiple cores whereas other genres typically don't.
And just to make sure, do you need everything? Mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc?
And I'd recommend using an old hard drive if you can so that way you don't need to buy a new OS but if you can't or don't want to, that's fine too.
MMOs, FPS and RTS' I suppose. Yeah, I can't take the stuff from my old computer. I'm also not sure if the hard drive for this computer will work on a different one because it would be taken from a slim model computer. I rather get a single graphics card though even if that sounds awesome. I would probably get killed because the increase on the power bill lol.
Ah, makes sense. I'm done with most of the build. Will post it in about 10-20mins.
You said earlier your resolution would be 1440x900 and 1280x1024 so do you want 2 monitors? And what size would you like it/them to be?
Glad to help. I'd also expect more people to be helping later on once they wake up.
And before you do any overclocking, if you do, do plenty of research. Overclocking can be pretty risky if you don't know what you're doing.
And I must say, it's extremely hard trying to squeeze out good gaming performance on such a low budget. Would you be able to use only 1 monitor? They're the main issue right now since one costs $110 and the other costs $150 and you can't really get them any cheaper.
I suppose I could do a budget of like 700 or 800 maybe. I could just go for one for now and get the second one later. I'm not trying to build an extreme gaming PC just something that can play some games on high. One main game I wanna play on high is City of Heroes on their new ultra mode.