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August 16, 2005 8:26:55 PM

So far, I'm geeting this setup. Anything I should change. I wanna play the latest games but I mean if I pay 200$ for a slight 10 FPS, tell me, I'm not that picky . . I'll get better stuff later on.

C.LABS SOUNDBLASTER AUDIGY2 ZS OEM
DVD+/-RW NEC 3540A 16/16 OEM BLACK
SAPPHIRE PCIE RAD X800PRO 256M VIVO BOX
P4 S775 MSI 945P NEO PLATINUM 010 945P PCIE
INTEL PD 820 DC 2.8G/800/2x1M/LGA775
CORSAIR 667MHZ DDR2 NO-ECC 1024M TWINX C4
SATA2 160.0 W.D 7200 8MB WD1600JS
1.44MB OEM BLACK FLOPPY
ATX ANTEC SLK3000B NOPS BLACK
PS 550W POWER ATX P4 ANTEC TRUECONTROL550
DVD DRIVE 16X LG IDE GDR-8163BB OEM BLK

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August 16, 2005 8:30:55 PM

Sound card are really good on-board nowadays, unless you are a audiophil I dont suggest chaning it.

Two thing, Dual-Core are generally slower in games than their Single core counterparts ebcasue they run slower.
Amd is by far the best machine for a gaming rig.

Would you be willing to consider a AMD rig?

Asus P4P800DX, P4C 2.6ghz@3.25ghz, 2X512 OCZ PC4000 3-4-4-8, MSI 6800Ultra stock, 2X30gig Raid0
August 16, 2005 8:44:56 PM

You will get a whole lot of people telling you not to get the soundcard and to go with AMD. Everyone (almost) on this forum agrees that for gamers you need to go with a single core AMD for the best price/performance ratio

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August 16, 2005 8:54:17 PM

As a former Intel Fanboi I will fully agree with the AMD talk. they stand as of right now a head above intel's latest efforts. Dual Core isn't really a big ting unless you're going to use it. if it's gaming, better money to be spent on a single core with greater clock / performance values.

I just replaced my Intel rig with a 3700+. all i have to say is it takes a good 7 seconds to load CS:S to a map
August 16, 2005 9:22:11 PM

Ok for the sound card, I'm an audiophil. The second I hit the desktop I got music on so the sound card isn't an issue for me unless an on-board card could activate all the features of my Inspire sound system.

For the processor, what would you recommend for a good ratio for price/performance. Also, which motherboard?? (I don't plan going SLI since I wanna try ATi, used to be a NVidia fan but learned ATi as Canadian so I'll give my country's cie a hand.)

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Spoui on 08/16/05 05:23 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
August 16, 2005 9:25:28 PM

Ok, basically I just was sold to Intel, was scared of AMD.

1. What processor for a good performance/price ratio?
2. Is the graphics card okay?
3. The sound card stays, me + music = 1
August 16, 2005 9:43:02 PM

ok and what if I can't get EPoX from here . .

What's available here is MSI, ASUS, GIGA, Intel, ABIt & DFi
August 16, 2005 9:47:14 PM

Also, regarding the processor, is 50$ between 3200+ and 3500+ a good deal or there's barely noticable difference?
August 16, 2005 11:02:51 PM

I agree with every recomendation that Wusy has given you... except that I would see if you can afford a 7800GTX... those things rock my world.

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August 17, 2005 12:00:41 AM

Alright thanks for your advice guys!

About that 7800GTX, it sure gives intense graphic results but is 700$ really worth it VS 350$ for a 800 Pro?
August 17, 2005 12:56:04 AM

No, he's true i can get a XL for 290$
August 17, 2005 2:39:39 AM

Got a link? I am interested.
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