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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #420 on: October 21, 2008, 09:44:29 pm »
When you say if i pullback on HD and/or RAM, How would i get something better?

Any computer sort of near this one is like $1500 +


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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #421 on: November 02, 2008, 11:53:29 am »
After half a year I finally bought parts for my PC, so now I have got the following:

Quad Core CPU

4 Gb memory

1 Tb HDD

Geforce 9800 GTX

And some Asus motherboard that was designed for gamers :P I hope this will be enough for atleast a couple of years...
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #422 on: November 08, 2008, 07:22:17 pm »
 I just upgraded my aging PC in the last couple of days.

From >> To

Pentium 4 >> Core 2 3gz
old AGP motherboard >> Gigabyte PCIe
2GB DDR2 800 RAM
Cost me $A535 (Aussie dollars)

My son gave me an ATI x1550 video card to replace my old NVIDA 6200LE (AGP)

It is not top of the range but works very well.

The main problem i had installing it was with Windows...
Since my system was at least 3 years old I ad an old version of windows xp without the service packs.
I had SP1 and SP2 installed but from the downloads not on disk. And that was the main problem.

On startup windows needed to be reinstalled to find the new Motherboard and CPU but the CD didn't have the proper drivers for it.
After at least 48 hours of fiddling with it and even taking it back to the shop I had to buy a new Windows XP disk
Thanks Microsoft...
And of course I had to reinstall all my software.
Anyway I am now back online and playing Fallout 3 in Hi-rez. Brilliant.



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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #423 on: November 09, 2008, 02:42:39 pm »
So I've been thinking about selling my Inspiron 9400 laptop for a new tower since I don't go to LAN party's anymore.

Does anyone know is Cyber Power is a good brand?

And what do you think of this computer:Intel Core 2 Quad SLI

I was going to customize it some (not like I did in the image bonanza though  :D)
But I think it's a rather good computer stock.

If you want to give me any suggestions on how to customize it, that would be great. Preferably keeping the cost low.
Also, keep in mind that already have 2 monitors, I can get an OS for free legally, and I have a good mouse/keyboard.

So that should cut down on costs.

Anything else I'm leaving out?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #424 on: December 22, 2008, 01:44:17 pm »
I bought a custom specification from pcspecialist.co.uk recently, fantastic deal they gave me.

Windows Vista Home Premium
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+ 2.21 Ghz
512 MB nVidia GeForce 9400 GT
160 GB HDD
2 GB RAM
Card reader

It cost me around £380.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #425 on: December 25, 2008, 08:06:00 pm »
Ok, I really need some help. I'm upgrading my Pentium 4 computer. Yes, I know, I should just buy a new one, but I have little money.

These are my system specs:

PowerSpec® 9251

I was thinking of getting this graphics card:

AMD ATI Radeon X1300 Pro 256 MB AGP Card

But I only have a 300 watt (or 250, not sure) power supply.
So I guess I need to upgrade that too, huh.

I know nothing about power supply's. Could someone help me out. I have $100 toward amazon.

PLEASE, guys, I really need some help  :(

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #426 on: January 13, 2009, 01:57:34 pm »
This isn't a question on getting a new computer, but on whether or not to get a new graphics card.

Right Now, I have:

 Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family (Intel(R) GMA 3100)

However, according to System Requirements Lab, many games that I  want to buy require something called "Video HW Transorm and lighting", which my current card does not have. I am pretty sure my old computer did, and the only difference that I've seen is that my Spore creatures' textures are no longer glossy, but rather bland. Also, It says that Civ IV BtS requires it, yet I play it with no problems. Am I to assume that I don't need Video HW Transorm and lighting, but rather, it is simply reccomended for play?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #427 on: January 17, 2009, 11:02:27 am »
Is it just me, or do people just ask questions in this thread, and no one answers them?

Anyway, on System Requirements Lab's results page it shows two tabs. One is minimum, and the other is recommended.
Which tab is "Video HW Transorm and lighting" under?

If it's under minimum I don't think it will play.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #428 on: January 17, 2009, 11:34:48 am »
Or maybe you asking a question during the most hectic time of the year had something to do with it.

Is your question still valid?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #429 on: January 18, 2009, 05:32:11 am »
Or maybe you asking a question during the most hectic time of the year had something to do with it.

Is your question still valid?

Sorry  :(

Anyway, I bought the GPU along with 2 gigs of ram. I haven't noticed any problems. So maybe I didn't need a new power supply since I don't have a fully loaded machine.

I think the GPU did over heat at some point though. I was playing CoX, and the screen went all gabbled. I let it cool off, and it's ok now.
I'm supposed to be getting $750 from my friend for my old laptop, and I might just buy a new computer with that. But that wont be for like a year.

Oh, and I used this before I bought everything:

eXtreme Power Supply Calculator Lite v2.5

I know it's not 100% accurate, but it gave me some idea on how close I was to max power.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #430 on: January 18, 2009, 09:15:54 am »
Actually you've hit on something peculiar about power supplies. And that peculiarity is that the whole "you need a better power supply" thing is a crock. If you're not getting any low-power warnings and your computer is running well then you're good as far as a PSU is concerned. Now, what you will want to get is a better cooling unit for your GPU (or at least make sure you've got enough air moving through your case).

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #431 on: January 18, 2009, 11:32:47 am »
Actually you've hit on something peculiar about power supplies. And that peculiarity is that the whole "you need a better power supply" thing is a crock. If you're not getting any low-power warnings and your computer is running well then you're good as far as a PSU is concerned. Now, what you will want to get is a better cooling unit for your GPU (or at least make sure you've got enough air moving through your case).

I'm not sure how to get it any cooler. I ended up opening the side up and blowing air in with a small fan I got on long gaming nights  :P
Well, it works. According to Speed Fan it was lower the temps (or maybe just cooling the reader, ha)

Anyway, the GPU has a fan on it, but it seams to be rated for "quite" because I'm not sure how much it helps.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #432 on: January 18, 2009, 12:50:42 pm »
Did it only overheat once? Keep using it as-is if that's the case, it may have been a fluke. Try to see if you can make it happen again.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #433 on: January 18, 2009, 01:08:01 pm »
Is it just me, or do people just ask questions in this thread, and no one answers them?

Anyway, on System Requirements Lab's results page it shows two tabs. One is minimum, and the other is recommended.
Which tab is "Video HW Transorm and lighting" under?

If it's under minimum I don't think it will play.

It is under minimum, but it is under minimum for Civ BtS as well, and I can still run it.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #434 on: January 20, 2009, 01:40:18 am »
So. Didero shoved me in here to check with you guys what you would recommend for making my computer run good looking games smoother than a baby's bottom.

what I have now
amd athlon 64 x2 dual core processor 3600+
1.90 GHz and 3.25 GB ram
geforce 7900 GS

I was thinking of something like a new gfx card, unless you guys have any suggestions.