Looking for help with a new Gaming PC.

Shudson66

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Hi,

I am confused. I keep reading posts about what everone recommends, and I keep changing my mind on what to get.

First off I like to play WOW, Total War Empire, Dawn of War 2 and Various other Games. Lately it has mostly been WOW.

For Christmas I recieved a Viewsonic 22 inch 1680 x 1050 monitor. So I would like the system to be able to handle the games above with the resolution above.

I would like to keep it to a single card Video Card. For now at least.

In the past I have used both AMD and Intel.

I need a new system because my six year old system Athlon 2600 is on it's last legs. I think the board is dying slowly. Anyways my son will get my current system a Intel 6200 with a 7900GTX in it. He just plays WOW so this will be fine for him.

I have never used a ATI cards before because Nvidia was always the best card when I needed a new one. But it appears the 4850 or 4870 are the best bang for the buck currently.

I have read as best as I can understand and I am most confused which CPU to get. I know I won't get a new system for 3 to 3.5 years so I want something will be ok to use for that amount of time.

I was just thinking of taking the $625 system and upgrading the CPU to 8400 or is there a better Phenom option. I was also thinking of getting a 1Gb GPu instead of the 512. I will probably get Vista to take advantage of the new Video card.

I am looking to spend about 750 to 800.
Thanks for any help.
 

fullmetall

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You can build an easy $750-$800 rig on an E8400, not to sure on a E8500 but, Intel dualcore would be your best bet on gaming.

GPU sapphire 4870 1gb or if this don't fit your budget, for WoW, 4850 1gb would be just fine.

I'll throw a rig up for you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359
Gigabyte UD3R

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
Antec 300

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
E8400

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
WD Black 640gb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102802
sapphire 4850 1gb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703016
Pc Power cooling 500w silencer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209
pi black g.skills

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209
LG 22x optical drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020
arctic cooling mx-2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
s1283v

Brings you in at $760 + all the shipping puts you at $795 and then theres $40 in the m-i-r's.



 

emyyhh

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If your wanting it to last 3+ years i'd go for a quad at least, or an i7 if you can stretch to it. If you want your pc to be responsive and ok for gaming in 3 years time i really think something with more processing cores would be needed. Sure duals such as the 8400 are great gaming chips now, but with technology moving along as such a huge pace, programs and games are bound to want more than 2 cores, even at higher clock speeds.

The Q9650 can be overclocked to 4Ghz+ and gives i7920-rivaling performance. The Q6600 is still a great chip, and the i7920 is a monster. I'd try and shoot for one of those.
 

fullmetall

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You have no optical drive gkay.
that will put it up to $850.

now, as he was saying also, he plays WoW mainly. Can't get a beefy computer and expect to be the best one out there due to its Limited graphics. It will only play 512mb of your card's 1gb.



x3 720 is mainly for gaming but, Dual cores will still overtake it in most gaming, specially in the gaming you do.

I still recommend the e8400 overall. YES, it will last you quite a while, YES it meets your budget requirements. Im on my 2nd year with my e8500 and its running like a champ. Still got a loong time even though lga 775 stopped making cpu's.

If you do decide Quadcore, i suggest a Q8200.
 

fullmetall

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Yea, If you would like to play Multithreaded games such as FSX or GTA 4, the Quad will come in handy, or if you would like to do other multitasking jobs, video coding/ etc. etc. but, all in all, the e8400 will do the job for you. Even the E8500 is around $20.00 more.