Yeah definatley go with a core 2 duo for a desktop,2gb of ram also. But the x1300 is, as someone else suggested, not the best for the money. IMHO you would be best off getting a 8600gt or a 1950 of sopme sort, it will cost marginally more but the difference will be well worth it.
C.Kerr;3761070First off, let me specify: I'm replacing the laptop with a desktop - NOT another laptop, probably ever again. I didn't like it at all, and factors such as the fan built into the bottom of the laptop didn't help my opinion of it much.
Oops, my bad. But as we've pretty much all said, Core 2 Duo is the better option, 2GB RAM is good and the X1300 Pro is crap.
I gather that you already have possession of an X1300 Pro? The E4300 Core 2 Duo will easily outpace the single core Athlon64's. It's performance level (at stock) is right around that of the Athlon64 X2 4200+, perhaps slightly better as far as gaming is concerned. The E4300 is a far better candidate for overclocking than the X2 4200+ though. I have never seen it compared to a P4, but I would guess that it will outrun it as well. Here is an example comparison chart. Red - overclocked Green - Stock
Get a cheeper CPU like E2160 and overclock it and a better card like 7900GS
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Alright so how does this look:
OS: Vista Premium Processor: Pentium E6300 Core 2 Duo, with 4MB L2 Cache, 1066 FSB, 1.86GHz Video Card: X1300 Pro, to be replaced with something mid-range and less of a budget card later Memory: 2 GB at 533MHz
Would this allow me to play FPS games such as Call of Duty 2 and America's Army and similar with good framerates (i.e. fluid framerates, above 30 or so), and would it last me a good while, especially with the replaced video card in the not too distant future?
Thanks all for your help!
You would definitely have no problem playing games like that once you replace the video card. You will probably still be able to play them with the X1300 Pro as long as you have the res and visuals turned down a bit.
If you really are going to use the new computer for gaming, you might want to stick with Windows XP instead of Vista.
Vista's game performance at the moment is iffy.
It's fine for me. It may perform a little slower than XP, but as long as you've got enough RAM to compensate for the fatness of Vista, you'll be fine.