THE SQUEEZE! Niks guide to Hardware Upgrades. -1 reply

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Aurora-[NZ]

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#1 14 years ago

Hey guys. Its coming, half life 2 is nearly here Though we still not too sure when exactly :lol: By now you should all have upgraded, or be in the process of upgrading, if your a big gamer that is not just for Half life 2 however, for other games such as S.T.A.L.K.E.R which comes out in 2005 and all these other high end, resource demanding games.

The reason im making this thread is because i was once in a situation where i was confused and had no idea about what i should be doing for preperation of these new games, and upgrading. I always needed advice on what to do, and most of these guys in this thread were bloody good at helping! (Special thanks to Apok, Linkage2424, Ditchhopper, Azzkiker, Sup2049, and Brookster. Dammit i have left someone out but cant remember :( ) Anyways, the point im making is that now i know the basics of hardware fundamentals (Also due to taking a course as well but meh, i didnt learn bugger all there :lol:) and while i can offer you little advice compared to those whom i mentioned before, i can offer you n00bes some very valuable tools that may help you. Firstly, www.tomshardware.com will help you with any benchmarks you need on chipsets, mobos, ram, gaming benchmarks you name it. Theyve got it. Once you get familiar with the terms and layout etc, its a really REALLY useful site. Another place to go is www.cpuid.com I think i may of mentioned this website somewhere before, but if you go here you can either download CPU-Z or PC Wizard. Ill tell you a little about each of these programs. CPU-Z is a very light program, which will tell you the basics about your hardware, IE Clock speed, system bus, Ram type, manufacturer, speed etc all that sort of stuff, without having to take your computer apart. Download it, its extremely handy and will familiarize you with your own system, well the basics of it anyways. PC Wizard, a powerful tool id recomend downloading when you become more familiar with your system. This damn handy dandy (Excuse the stupidity) will tell you all there is to know about whats your runnin' under that hood. Temperatures, fan speeds clock speeds etc etc. Even what refresh rate to run your PC at with particular games! And also how fast your graphics card will perform at different resolutions. But these are just some of the things it will offer you. Theres tons of crap to poke a stick at there. (PS you get this at www.cpuid.com also) www.pricegrabber.com will give you a big list of places you can buy different components for great prices. However being in NZ i use a different one. Also lastly the most i ever learnt was to actually take my computer apart, more and more everyday and explore what i had under there. I learnt so damn much just by playing around with my system and seeing what was what and what was connected to which component. (Remember boys and girls, safety first! Ground yourself and you should look up safety precautions) I used to pay HEAPS to get ram and video cards etc put into my system but now i just do it myself. Like i say im not PC guru like some of these other dudes here, but i learnt the basics just from the programs i have used here, and am learning more and more as the days go by. This is just a short guide ive stuck together for you guys who are starting at the bottom and want to explore your computer, build up your basic knowledge and do some upgrades! Anyways i hope this helps, by the way, go buy PC Hardware magasines as well they will help you a great deal if your in to reading about the latest CPU's and RAM etc. Anyways, im tired hope this help you other noobs like me out there, *Nik1818 :)




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#2 14 years ago

Very nice Nik. 2 Great PC magazines out there are MaximumPC and CPU.

MaximumPC is like the name inplies, it's all about the best of the best, the nicest computer related hardware/software money can buy. It also is for the buget computer user and a very helpful mag with great news, articals and reviews. Highly reccomended.

CPU which stands for ComputerPowerUser, is a great magazine similar to MaxPC. It has many MOD editions throughout the year that are 1/2" thick! Lots of good reviews as well as a software section and many good segments. Also highly reccomended.

I hope this helps too.

~Apok~




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#3 14 years ago

Unfortunatly those two mags arnt in new zealand :cry: Maximum PC sounds like a sweet mag though! One magasine i will subscribe to soon is an Aussie mag call Atomic - Maximum powered computing. Its a really nice mag, always has the latest from Ocz, Gigabyte, Kingston, Seagate etc etc. Not just hardware, but also has a few game reviews and what not really cool. I might subscribe to it soon, if you guys wanna go check it out url is... www.atomicmpc.com.au Cheers for the input Apok!




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#4 14 years ago

Yeah those mags are great mabye we'll send a couple of issues over with those Twinkies :lol:.

MaxPC and CPU are US magazines for all you Americans.




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#5 14 years ago

**Insert Drooling smiley here** OHhhh man twinkee. Hahahaha




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#6 14 years ago
ApokCPU which stands for ComputerPowerUser ~Apok~

CPU stands for central processing unit, silly :rolleyes: hahaha j/k, j/k




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#7 14 years ago
linkage2424CPU stands for central processing unit, silly :rolleyes: hahaha j/k, j/k

Hahahaha "Assage2424" lol ok that was lame, but that was funny Link. Now a n00b will pop up quote you and say, "Eww, its not! It stands for Computer Processing Unit!"




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#8 14 years ago

Yeah well.....lol. Central Processing Unit indeed.




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#9 14 years ago

Haha, id ont even know if its worth posting in here again :lol:

Anyone have any problems we can help you out with?




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#10 14 years ago

I'm all for helping build systems for these folks, just solicit my response and I shall respond :)




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