Hey dudes. As another part of my research to find why my highly(ish) speced computer sux so much s**t (Games wise) im conducting a survey. Is your computer a Pre built (You bought it from a shop/on line) or is your computer custom built (Built by you/someone else, with what you want in it)? Cheers guys. Also, if you feel like adding your specs go for it, and on a scale of 1 - 10 state how much it pwns in games.
I customised my computer, but had Dell assemble. Works fine for me, can run Far Cry at a pretty decent frame rate. I have 512 mbs of RAM, with a 128mb Radeon 9800 videocard.
I would die without GF
29th November 2003
My computer was very originally pre-built, I believe, but over the years I very gradually customized it for myself. The process took a major leap when I began preparing for the release of Doom 3, in which case I essentially went through two sets of system specifications:
The first set of specs that I completed were the following: a Lanparty 875Pro motherboard, a 2.4Ghz Pentium 4 CPU, 1Gb of RAM, a Radeon 9800 Pro graphics board, and a Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer.
Post-process, I came to realize that these were not the exact components that I needed, so I switched to the following: a 3.0Ghz Pentium 4 chip with HT, a GeForce FX 5950 Ultra graphics card and a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum. Finally, I added 1Gb of memory, totalling to 2Gb (which I am aware is a rather excessive).
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
my shared PC is custom build (i share it with my brother) my laptop is bought at dell so it isn't custom build -but i chose some optional features such as a 17 inch monitor but that isn't reall customizing in my book). Cant remember the specs of the shared PC, last time i used it is about a motnh or 5 ago and it has been upgraded quite a few times since we bought it 2 (?) years ago.
I bought a Dell PC and simple later on took out the mx440 that came with it and added a 9800xt. Pre-built from a respectible company are good since you can guarantee the system will actually work, then you can customise later on like I did.
Hmmm ok... Keep em' comin' guy's. Just to let you know I bought mine from a crappy money hungry company. Compaq...
mine is a half and half. I oredered it from a person who build computers but is not a big company. I got prettymuch what I wanted(or what he thought i wanted) about a year ago. Now it is usless in with the newer games and the older games slowed down alot mysteriously on my comp(checked spyware/virus)
Now I hope i can get it upgraded in a few weeks so i get what i want.
12th March 2004
my first pc was preuilt (evesham good quality but a bit pricey), after 12 months i got the build it myself bug after talking to a friend who has built about 10 pc's for himself or friends. we built a pc with amd xp2800, fx5600 graphics and 1 gb ram = a couple of 120gb sata hard drives
last week the new stuff i ordered arrived and now my baby has an msi neo2 platinum mobo, an amd fx55 cpu, 2gb of ram, and a gainward 6800 golden sample graphics card, this just loves games like far cry and doom3, i can run everything at high quality and high res no problem, i get up to 200 fps on far cry and doom3 i can run 8x antiailiasing with 1280x 840 and still no drop in fps i will post specs and pictures another day when i finish the detailing and run some tests
i will always build my own pc's from now on, prebuilts are ok if you want loads of junk software and dont mind making someone else rich with your money
Thinking about it.
Custom building is TONS better than anything you'd get from a major retailer, and it's pretty easy, if you know what you are doing.
My PC was custom built, but he gave me a crap graphics card unfortunately, so I changed it:
AMD Athlon 2400 XP+ 512MB RAM Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
I'd give it an 8, it's not top of the range, but it runs everything [Apart from BFV for some bizaare reason] on medium and it runs it well.