I am buying a new computer and need to know if there is anything I should change before I purchase. Its from ibuypower.com, here are the specs I am thinking about: Case/power - Nzxt Guardian ATX Mid-Tower Case w/420W Power Supply Processor - AMD® Athlon-64 3200+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology Motherboard - Asus K8N nForce3-250 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, LAN, USB 2.0 8x AGP Motherboard (I dont know much at all about motherboards so is this one good?) Ram - 1024 MB [512MB X2] DDR-400 PC3200 Geil Graphics card - ATI Radeon X800-Pro 256MB DDR3 w/ DVI + TV-OUT 8x AGP Hard drive - 120 GB 7200 RPM Ultra ATA-100 Hard Drive Sound card - Creative Lab Sound Blaster Audigy-2 ZS 7.1 Speakers - Logitech Z-640 5.1 Surround Speakers + Subwoofer So is there anything I should change at all?
If you want, try for PCI-e (Mobo and Gfx). Also, buy each part seprate and build the computer yourself (If it's in a package job). Try finding a 10,000 RPM HDD, it'll be faster. If you want, try upping the power supply to 500.
Why do you need a sound card? Unless your getting a top of the line speaker system, its pointless.
^I don't have one and i have it hooked up to a good set of 2.1 speakers. I'll get all these weied sounds comming oput of them like pops and hissies. I'm getting a nice audigy card in a few weeks:D
You can build your own comp and save alot of cash.
I thought about building my own but I would just rather have it already together when I get it. Thanks for the suggestions. Will the 500 power supply help alot? Just to make sure, the athlon 64 will be better than a Pentium 4 right?
It depends... If you get the newer 3.8Ghz Prescott series Pentium 4 Extreme Edition with the PCI-e on it, you will notice a much faster speed than a Athlon 64... Plus you should try to get the X800 Plantinum card with PCI-e on it... That setup will hold you over for a good 5 or 6 years at least...
How about Motherboard - [Socket 775,DDR1/DDR2] Gigabyte 8I915P DUO-A i915 Chipset w/LAN, 7.1 Sound, USB 2.0 PCI-E/AGP Motherboard Processor - [Socket-775] Intel® Pentium-4 Processor 540 [3.2GHz, 1MB Cache, 800MHz FSB, HT Ready] Graphics card - [PCI-Express 16x] ATI Radeon X800-XT 256 MB Thats about what I can afford with the PCI express. Should I get that or athlon 64?
AMD does not support PCIe(yet) thats great there. The x800Xt is very good from the reviews I read.
AMD does support pci express. (nForce 4 chipset)
turtileAMD does support pci express. (nForce 4 chipset)
link? where is it for sale? Can he buy it for his comp off the site he is getting it off of. I'd stick with AGP. PCIe does not seem to be much faster than AGP. Games today are not even taxing 8x agp so you will be fine for a few years:D