Actually though, what resolution do you intend to play at? Also, what's your current video card/rig? You might also want to consider just getting some 800 ram instead of the 1066. The price goes way up, and you won't see a huge boost in performance that would give you a "bang for your buck" so to speak as you'd be paying way more for what's essentially a factory overclocked version of 800 (that might just end up going back to 800 if you don't configure your system properly).
Thanks for the advice. And if a mod could please move this, that would be very nice.
I have no idea what resolution I want to play at. I just want incredible framerates with a great looking game.
I was considering getting this video card (but didn't post it because I'm pretty much dead set on getting it): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Also, I've heard that about RAM from more than one source now, so it does sound like the wise move. Thanks.
This would basically be my rig, just going to reuse my case and hdd, as they are not bad. I also use XP. Would it be that worth it to buy Vista?
Also, I would much rather spend half the price and buy the OEM verison, but I'm worried something will go wrong and I will be screwed. Is this the right line of thought?
For the video card, that's a great card, but it is important to know what resolution you plan to play at. What size monitor do you currently have? Is it an LCD or a CRT? And do you plan on replacing your monitor any time in the next year or two? If you plan to play at lower resolutions (less than 1600x1200), I'd recommend the 8800GT instead since it's cheaper, and you're going to get amazing performance comparable to the 8800GTS and GTX at higher resolutions.
some nice things there. Wish i had the money to upgrade my system now lol.
I would agree with the RAM, i bought some second hand 8500 stuff which is great, but my processor is o/c to 3ghz (about 400mhz) and my motherboard wont push my ram to its full potential. This ram is only useful if your looking at going past the 400mhz fsb range or quad core (from what limited knowledge i can remember).
no no dude stik whith the e8400 for gaming and that CPU fan is not made for quads well thats wat it said on the
This really comes down to what you want to do, but in all honesty since it's a new rig I'd say go for the quad. You might want to consider some decent cooling since you'll probably want to OC, and you could easily get the q6600 up to 3.2 with air np. Anyway, you're only going to see marginal benefits of using an E8400 right now for games, in the long term (next 1-2 years) you're going to see more of a benefit from having a quad core, especially one that's OC'ed. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/248327-28-overclocked...
Again, it really comes down to what you think you're going to use your computer for, but I'd imagine you'll want to be able to do more than just game. Plus, you might want to consider Vista 64, though that also comes down to what you plan on using the computer for.