I have a 9800 pro 256 genuine card that will tackle anything you run at it. The only thing holding me back is a fast processor and another stick of memory. AGP runs at 8x PCI-e runs at 12x you get another 4x I think it is wort the wait untill you need to buy another computer, after this new tech. has been out for a couple of years, and then buy it at that point. The expensive cards of now, will be affordable, same with motherboard and the ultra fast memory. We are not all computer nerds who will spend 5000 on a new computer just to run everything at the maximum. WTF. It makes no sense, you could buy a new car....or good used one. think about it 200-300 MOBO 400-500 video card gig:deal: of memory 300 processor 300-400 already at 1700 bucks in three years....800 bucks
Well, you can build a top of the line PC for half of $5000. I mean, only Alienware charges that much, and you're paying for the name, not the performance. Not that their pc's aren't fast, just that they aren't fast enough to make me spend $2500 more on one. That being said, for gaming, you can skimp on a lot of stuff to cut costs.
All you need for gaming is a high powered video card, a decent processor (Athlon 2800+ - 3200+), about a gig of ram, and a decent 7200 rpm hard drive. All of this SATA RAID, and Athlon 64, and Audigy 2 ZS stuff is overkill. I mean, it's good equipment, no doubt.
I recently built a cheap gaming PC for a friend of mine. Athlon 2500+, 1 GB HyperX Kingston, Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB, Western Digital 7200 rpm 120GB HDD. Runs Doom3 and HL2 at 1024x768 smooth as silk. Processor, ram, video. That's all you need to go high dollar on. Skimp on the rest, and save your money for BF2.
True, but if your useing a P3 or a AMD duron or so, your probely useing a low watt PSU, both AMD64 and Pentium 4 need 300 watts or more to give preformace.