I was thinking about getting a new PC. Right now I'm running a AMD Athlon 900Mhz with 512MB RAM and it makes my Radeon 9600 go screwy lol. Anyways I wanted a PC that is great for the internet, music, and videos, and of course multi-tasking. But I also want to play World of Warcraft which will be the only game that I'll be playing. I don't know if I should go with Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD 64 X2. I figure go with Intel Core 2 Duo since this PC won't be strictly for gaming. Also, would a 256MB 256-bit NVIDIA graphics card cut it? or is it too much power, or too little. Next is memory, I was thinking of going with Corsair XMS or OCZ Tech, but I don't really need gaming memory or top-of-the-line memory, do I? Last is the mobo. Should I go with a good price $130 ASUS mobo? or just cheap out with a lower price. So I guess my main question is, what the heck can I get so I can have many files opened, a bunch of IE or Firefox windows open, watching hi-def videos, listening to music, and downloading songs, all at the SAME EXACT TIME, without worrying about my PC going choppy and funky? Also, I wanna play World of Warcraft nice and smooth. I just wanna get out of my PC blues, so many times have I blown away my hard drive and installed Windows 2000 Pro, or WinXP Pro over, and over, and over......thinking my PC is magically going to work better this time. I'm thankful for this machine, but its a Compaq Presario. It's all about trouble. Haha thanks guys.
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That being said...
-Intel Core 2 Duo is the way to go at the moment -The amount of memory on a video card is less importiant than the GPU that the card uses. An 8800GTS from Nvidia is a card I would recommend. -If you don't plan to overclock your ram, any reputable brand of value ram will be fine. -One of the other techs can give you a good mobo recomendation.
thank you, I appreciate the input
P.S. - sorry about the clustered paragraph
marvinmatthew;3855651Oy, hit the return button every once and a while.....
Yeah, a lack of well formed posting, ie paragraphs, make lots of people skip reading them as they're hard on the eyes, including myself. And I generally help out whenever I can.
yeah ... I think my eyes just bled out to the back of my head.
Do the core2duo. YOU probably won't notice the difference in cheaper ram or better ram so get what you want or can afford.
You are playing Wow, you can't expect miracles ( selfishly beating Wow with a brick moment).
But you don't need a cor2duo to play wow. You do need a high end pc to watch streaming and play music and play wow. I have a dual monitor setup for my p4 3.0 and it plays many games while watching a movie without issue.
oh wow, that just put a whole different perspective on the CPU for me, thanks again
True the C2Ds are indeed great chips, if you must buy now and really want to economize as much as possible, go with one of the new E##50 series that are cheaper at the same clock speeds. You'll lose some OC ability with it's 8x multiplier but they run at a max of 1333Mhz bus speed. You may have to use slower RAM timings to achieve 1333Mhz though. You can probably economize even further if you wait until AMD and Intel release their new shared cache quads coming out. There will no doubt be further price drops when those bad boys hit the street. Truth be told I feel lots of players grabbing up deals now may regret it when they see what '08 has to offer and games start becoming commonly written for quad cores. The quad architecture is about to become state of the art for the first time and with DDR3 RAM on the horizon and things like "hybrid threaded" games for advanced AI, physics, and effects, dual core will soon be old news. If this rig is one you want to keep for 3-5 years I would definitely reconsider the dual decision and look at quads, especially if it's the next gen quads. I'm not saying buy it when it's just been released, maybe upgrade your current rig then build new later on. There are great AGP cards available now if that's what your current rig uses. A bit about quad targeted gaming architecture: http://techreport.com/etc/2006q4/source-multicore/index.x?pg=1
yeah thats something to think about. Well it's a good thing I have PLENTY of time to decide. I'm in no hurry at all. That was a great help. Thanks Omen.
What exactly is your budget? You can get Core 2 Duo for as cheap as $80. 2GB of Value ram for about $80, a decent mobo for about $100, and a WoW playable GFX card for $100-$150. But thats guessing if your on tight budget.
Corsair is pretty good RAM, though so is OCZ, which is what I use. Definitely go at least 2GB if you plan on using Vista any time soon and even for XP it's recommended on games like WoW. Hard to say if the spec you just listed there is balanced with no GPU mentioned though. Just steer clear of current DX10 cards if you want continued DX10 support because MS just announced the very first revision, DX10.1, won't even be supported by existing DX10 cards.