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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #525 on: April 07, 2009, 09:17:06 pm »
I've never bought an OS before. I've ether gotten it with the system, or through the MSDN alliance at school.

But I think I'll actually buy Win 7 when it comes out. They better not do a 100 different versions like Vista  ::)

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #526 on: April 10, 2009, 06:50:16 pm »
Well there you have it, my OS arrives on Monday or Tuesday. I'm so excited!
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #527 on: April 10, 2009, 07:12:10 pm »
You never told us which one it is?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #528 on: April 10, 2009, 08:44:02 pm »
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit.

I have a habit of not telling people things, huh?
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #529 on: April 13, 2009, 12:22:51 am »
Looking to update the gaming PC for Left 4 Dead, Total War, etc.  Could use some upgrade recommendations.
Just need a Processor, MoBo, Ram and Graphics Card.  (Gonna recycle the rest from this PC)  Preferably around $500~700 total.
Thanks gents.

Right now I'm running:
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Processor: 
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+, MMX, 3DNow (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz

Memory:
2046MB RAM

Hard Drive:
160 GB

Video Card:
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS

Monitor:
Dell 2007WFP (Digital) + Sony 17" LCD

Sound Card:
SoundMAX HD Audio

Operating System:
Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254)
in one of these so space isn't really an issue.

Edit:
Graphics Card: Considering this Geforce GTX 280 .

Mother Board: Possibly one of these AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black for $220 from Fry's.

MoBo: DFI Lan Party

Ram:   G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 - $54.99
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #530 on: April 13, 2009, 01:45:39 pm »
Alrighty, cool beans! I'll have something for you later tonight or some time tomorrow.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #531 on: April 14, 2009, 01:21:17 pm »
Alrighty Dan, here's what I've got for you.

Motherboard: MSI K9A2 Platinum - $144.99
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz - $214.99
Video Card: GeForce GTX 260 896MB - $189.99
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 - $54.99

This set up should definitely allow you to play the games you want with no troubles at all and will run you $604.96 when all is said and done. The processor is basically the same one you chose. When I was going through the specs I thought it might be best to downgrade the video card. The other one was really nice but not an optimal choice considering budget restrictions (had to be able to get some RAM). That RAM is very similar to the RAM I use (yours would be an upgraded version of what I've got) and should do nicely. With any luck (and I think this is the case) you will be able to also use your old RAM in this new rig.

If you've got any questions please feel free to ask. Also if anyone else notices any mistakes PLEASE point them out.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #532 on: April 14, 2009, 02:14:54 pm »
I also love that new computer smell.
Well, new case smell.
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #533 on: April 14, 2009, 02:19:46 pm »
We cannot be held responsible for any adverse side effects caused by inhaling the blue smoke.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #534 on: April 14, 2009, 03:43:11 pm »
Very nice, thanks Pat.  Good call on the video card.  Seems like good bang for the buck.
Looks like I'll be picking up the video card at a later date and start with the MoBo, CPU and Ram.  (The 8800GTS I have now should work on this new Motherboard, right?)

Really like the ram, besides all the good review, the blue will look fantastic in this Thermaltech case. (That's valid reasoning, right?)

Probably order the stuff tonight and see how much of a bottleneck the 8800 becomes.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #535 on: April 14, 2009, 05:56:51 pm »
the blue will look fantastic in this Thermaltech case. (That's valid reasoning, right?)

Is there ever a better reason? :D

Yeah the 8800 should work just fine in that motherboard. As for any bottlenecking, if there is any it'll be minor. At any rate, you're gonna be living it up with the living dead soon enough!

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #536 on: April 15, 2009, 12:59:26 am »
Think I'm going to go with this DFI Lan Party .  It's got some hot OC capabilities and the DFI MoBo I currently have is rock solid.

Sadly though, the home theater PC (can't remember if I posted pics of it or not) is being stolen by the girlfriend to replace her aged HP laptop.   :-\

Anyway, ordered tonight.  I'll post build pics this weekend.  Thanks again for the help :)

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #537 on: April 15, 2009, 07:05:12 am »
Absolutely, happy to help! Keep us updated on how everything runs too!

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #538 on: April 18, 2009, 03:53:54 pm »
Put it all together and it's running like a champ.  Been a bit sick lately so I'll get some pics up soon.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #539 on: April 18, 2009, 04:05:35 pm »
Phew! It runs! :D