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Pedrodamus

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#1 10 years ago

I'm looking to build a PC on newegg. I just can't decide though. In the future I want to go with Intel Quad core with SLI, but for now I'm going to go with AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000 because it is cheaper.

I want to spend barely any money, but I do not want a cheap PC that fries on me. Any suggestions? I like ASUS. Could I still use SLI or Crossfire?

SLI question. Can I use 2 different cards in the same PC? Also with crossfire?




Zedo Mann

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#2 10 years ago

Go to a Wal-Mart (if no Wal-Mart is avalible, go to the nearest store that sells general stuff) and get one of the on shelf boxed-up computers. You can upgrade if you absolutely need to.

I am currently using an Acer that was bought at Wal-Mart, it works just fine. I even upgraded a little bit.




kow_ciller

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#3 10 years ago

Do not listen to this fool. You would be best to save your money and spend on something nicer in the future.




Zedo Mann

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#4 10 years ago

Hey, I was just answering what he asked.




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#5 10 years ago

Consider a few factors. How long do you need this computer to last you before you upgrade for real "in the future"? What do you intend to do with this interim computer?

If you're not going to be doing very intense gaming, save your money and get a pre-made Dell or HP or something, and maybe throw in an 8800GT into the PCI-e slot. Shouldn't put you past a few hundred dollars.

And no, you can't have two different cards linked together in SLI or Crossfire. From what I've read (I've never tested it personally, so don't take my word), they need to at least have the same number (e.g. 8800GT and 8800GTS). Supposedly it works, but the performance is so skewed it's not worth it. The better of the two will automatically downgrade its performance to match that of the lesser. If you want SLI/Crossfire, get two of the exact same card, preferably by the same manufacturer.




Pedrodamus

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#6 10 years ago

I'd like to get into Call of Duty 4 and World at War, also I'd let to be prepared for new MMORPG's such as Star Wars: The Old Republic. So I guess it is worth it to wait.

I guess I can be patient and build a PC for over around 600, 700 dollars instead. What would be the best bet then? Intel Dual-core or Quad-core?

Is 1333MHz FSB mobos the way to go? LGA 775 or 1366?

What is the video card range I want? 1GB or 512MB?

I just do not want to spend a lot of money and jack things up. I've been locked into console gaming and I am ready to go back fully into PC gaming. I miss those days, Voodoo3 64MB video card haha. I just need direction. Thanks guys so much, this has been a headache for decision for literally years.




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#7 10 years ago

For 600 or 700 dollars, your options are pretty limited. Your best bet is probably buying budget system and adding a few components.

You can find decent systems of 2.5-ish GHz dual-core Intel CPU's with 2GB RAM, a few hundred GB of hard drive, and an optical drive, possibly a monitor, for around 500 dollars. Then you can get a decent graphics card for the PCI-Express slot, and possibly a new power supply to keep up. Maybe even do a bit of overclocking, and you should be set for games like Call of Duty 4/WaW. And MMO's are not usually very graphics-intensive, so that will be just fine as well.

Custom building on that budget will probably not be as advantageous, because you have so many parts to consider. Case, CPU, heatsink, RAM, hard drive, optical drive, monitor, graphics card...




kow_ciller

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#8 10 years ago

Get the money and figure out your budget first. I just helped a friend build a computer for $250 that will run world at war at decent detail and COD4 at mostly high detail. So running those games isn't going to take massive hardware. $600 for a monitor and everything should be a piece of cake.




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#9 10 years ago

You can build a pretty good system for $600-700 if you can spend that much. My last build (X2 5400+ @ 3.1Ghz, 4GB Ram, HD3850 OC'ed) came in at just over $600 when i built it over a year ago. The current system in my sig was about $800. But yes, tell us your max budget so we have something to work with.

I guess I can be patient and build a PC for over around 600, 700 dollars instead. What would be the best bet then? Intel Dual-core or Quad-core?

AMD Phenom II. The Phenom IIs are the best buys right now if your not getting a Core i7, and for $600-700 i don't think you will be.

Is 1333MHz FSB mobos the way to go? LGA 775 or 1366?

For LGA775, get a mobo that supports the 1600Mhz FSB.

What is the video card range I want? 1GB or 512MB?

Memory size isn't as important and the actual card itself. For that price range i would say look for a HD 4850, or possibly a cheap 4870.




Pedrodamus

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#10 10 years ago

Thank you very much, I will look into this.