Um....you are worring about playing the lastest games like HL2...with a 9600?
First off get an A64, they dominate in games. getting a cheaper A64 2800+ and a better video card will be tremendous for you.
I dont know your total budget, but i would get an A64 2800+, Chaintech VNF3-250, 1 gig Value Ram from kingson or corsair or crucial whatever is cheapest, 6800GT...with that you should fly.
if you need to lower the price get only 512MB of Ram and when you can save up another 80bucks put the 2nd dimm in.
If you need to drop the price even more...get 512MB ram and a 9800Pro. but unlike the ram, you can't just upgrade with an $80 dimm when you save up the money, you will have to buy a whole new video card.
An A64 will beat a P4 3.0E in every game, the 6800GT is a tremendous card, and with a reliable board and 1 gig or 512mb of value ram....you will be set for quite a while...2-3years.
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Well, since I'm an unemployed high school student, my budget is pretty tight. Anyways, I actually am planning to get another 512MB of memory, but that'll probably be around Thanksgiving or Christmas (where prices always drop ).
Regarding the 6800GT... The current card I'm planning to get is only $169.95 CAD, while a "Gainward Geforce 6800 PowerPack! Ultra/2100 TV-DVI 128MB" is $449.95 CAD... That's over double my original price.
As money becomes more readily available to me (via a part-time job or freelance web development jobs), I'm planning to slowly upgrade this computer. For example, I may decide to get more RAM later, or upgrade my video card, buy a better sound card, etc.
Anyways, thanks for your input. I'll keep it in mind.
Not good. The mobo chipset sucks, and the processor blows. This could lead to a vortex, that destroys your parent's house.
1 The 848 chipset does not support dual channel memory, a major performance hit.
2 The prescott generates a lot of heat. This is not just hard on the chip, it will ruin the mobo, and everything else in your box.
If you want to stay with Intel, get a second rate system, rather than a third rate prescott system.
The better Intel solution would be an IS7-G mobo, and a P4c 3.0
The motherboard sucks.
Drop the video card for now.
Get a motherboard with integrated graphics and an agp slot for future up grade with on board audio and Gigabit LAN. (865G)
If you want a Prescott get a 3.2 with a D0 stepping as it runs 15W cooler than a C0 stepping.
Spend extra cash on a case and a better quality power supply (400W).
Get two 256MB DDR3200 DIMM's to run dual channel. Upgrade memory capacity when you get more money.
Upgrade to an agp video card when you get more money.
Hard drive is fine. Might want to get a SATA drive so you can run a RAID array later on when you get more money.
If a DVD-+RW+R DL isn't necessary at this time choose to get a regular DVD-+RW 8X drive. You'll need the money for the motherboard and cpu.
After you upgrade the ram and video card you will be able play any game you want.
Also don't hesitate to look at AMD solutions. I don't know what to suggest for AMD because I'm an Inteliot.
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