Hello Folks. I was wondering, what would be a decent computer that is not very expensive? I don't know crap about computers so I need all of your help. I would like to be prepared for Doom 3 and still be able to play another game smoothly, not much lag. Also, I don't want it to be very expensive. Is this a possibility? If I get your advice and it turns out I should actually attempt to build a computer, then be prepared for me to ask you lots of questions. :p But first I want your view on this situation. Try to keep the prices under $2,000 though. I hear that if you build a computer it costs you less money than buying a new one. True or untrue?
Cheers, Solid Snake :drink:
Tis very true, building is cheaper, as when buying a premade one you are paying for labor, and the extra charges. Here is what I recomend, for your prices. You can get a very good computer for your price range. Case: 300 Watt ATX Form Factor Processor: Intel P4 2.4GHz 800MHz FSB Motherboard: Asus SK8N Memory: Corsair 512MB PC-3200 DDR CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive: Pioneer 16x DVD-ROM Floppy Drive: Samsung 3.5 Inch 1.44MB Hard Drive: Western Digital 120GB 10,000RPM Sound Card: Create Labs SB Audigy 2 ZS Video Card: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Speakers: Logitech Z-540 This is what I would recomend for you. Price would probably come close to $1,700-$1,900. That is a rough estimate, however I can guarantee it will come under $2,000.
theres a problem tho, the P4 wont fit in a Asus SK8N, try the asus P4C800 if you want a P4 system or the K8V with a Athlon64 300+ if you want an AMD system, neither choice should change the above qouted price by much if at all.
Widow MakerMemory: Corsair 512MB PC-3200 DDR[/quote]
Able to upgrade?Widow MakerCase: 300 Watt ATX Form Factor
Got a picture? ;)
[quote=Widow Maker]Processor: Intel P4 2.4GHz 800MHz FSB
Intel or AMD?
Notice, the 'Intel' Snake. No picture of the Form Factor, search on Google. As for memory, you'll have to see. It depends on where and what type you purchase. And yes, thank you Pestilence64 for pointing that out. Put in note what he had said.
Ok. And yes I noticed the Intel. I was just asking if AMD or Intel is better.
I would by AMD...but they are more expensive than the Intel processors in most cases..If I were you, I would buy one of the newer, faster celeron processors. It will only cost you $130 - $150. If you bought a newer AMD Athlon it would cost you around $200 or so.
If this computer is going to be for gaming purposes, then you may want to think about somthing like a Pentium 4 Hyperthreaded processor.
shimano55If this computer is going to be for gaming purposes, then you may want to think about somthing like a Pentium 4 Hyperthreaded processor.
Yes it will be for gaming. I want to be prepared for Doom III and I want no slowness at all! Hmmm Pentium 4 Hyperthreaded Processor.... interesting. Hyperthreaded means able to do multiple tasks correct? :confused: Thanks for the advice so far! Keep the advice coming!
HT is overrated, in fact I prefer not to even consider it a factor when choosing a proc. really, the way things have been going the past couple of years there not much difference between the 2 proc names. would just consider overall performance needed. if an intel can be found cheaper then go that way, but dont go below the 2.4ghz you were thinking of originally. if you can find AMD for cheaper then get an Athlon64 2800+ or better.
sounds like a good comp for the $$$ i would get 1gb of ram but that is me:D