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Aurora-[NZ]

Formerly Nik1818

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#1 14 years ago

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.




Scientist Dr. Professor

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#2 14 years ago

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.




Μαjïç MushrøøM

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#3 14 years ago

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).




Admiral Donutz VIP Member

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#4 14 years ago

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.




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#5 14 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.




Aurora-[NZ]

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#6 14 years ago

Hmmm ok... Keep em' comin' guy's. Just to let you know I bought mine from a crappy money hungry company. Compaq...




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#7 14 years ago

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.




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#8 14 years ago

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

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Thinking about it.



Gamthen

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#9 14 years ago

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.




Grimme

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#10 14 years ago

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.