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#21 Squid|SF

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 05:50 AM

Im halfway through building my pc (cmon my wages are crap)

Mobo: DFI Lanparty NF-4 SLI-DR just gotta love those 8 sata ports for $200 (Asus LOLOLOLOL)
Ram: 2gb dual channel DDR <3 mass ram (2*1GB)
CPU: AMD Dual Core 4600+ Socket 939 From what I can tell the performance of the 4600+ pwns the lower models and still at a good price
Graphics: Nvidia 7800GT 256mb pci-e pwnage board for $340 ($200 less than the lowest price pricespy could find)
PSU: Raidmax 500W dual fans Make my case even more blue XD
HDD: Seagate 320GB Sata quiet, fast and the cheapest for amount of space (would get last as 120gb will do for time being)
Case: Of course my Aspire X-Cruiser changed name to Apevia shortly after I bought it

About $1580 NZ without the HDD.

I would definately recommend getting a DFI mobo www.dfi.com

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#22 Malone|SF

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 05:09 PM

PC is pretty much done and running great! I added another gig of memory for a total of 2. I also bought some new speakers with sub and gaming headset.

I seem to be running BF2142 with no problems or glitches.

The last thing on my list is a Creative Soundblaster X-Fi card.

I'll have to experiment around to see if airplanes/helicopters/mechs work better with a joystick.

Right now I'm somewhere around $1600 for the works including tax and 3 year parts and labor warranty. I think I went overboard on some things (like the motherboard) for future expandibility, but right now this thing rocks.

Is there a common, widely recognized benchmark that I could use to measure my total computer power? I think I saw something like that on Half Life 2.

Thanks for the help guys!
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 09:23 AM

Well, there's a number of benchmarks you can run.

3dmark is one of the most popular gaming benchmarks... it'll tell you roughly how much horsepower you've got insofar as that goes.

There's other things that will measure disk and CPU performance, but to be frank for most people games are the most demanding programs anyways. If you want other ones I'll hunt around and see what I can find (a quick survey didn't turn up any free ones, but I'm sure they're out there).

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 01:15 PM

As Kas suggested, 3DMark is a good bench for testing the graphical power of your PC.

A good program for testing the overall performance is PCMark.

Below is a link to the downloads page for both benches.

Futuremark

BTW Mal, what graphics card did you end up getting?

#25 Malone|SF

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 05:19 PM

I'll try those out.

I talked to the computer guru at the store about upgrading the video card. He said I could upgrade from the 7600GS to the 7600GT for about $80. In his opinion, I would only see a very minor improvement, probably just a few percent increase in framerate. Because the motherboard I bought supports two graphics cards, If I really want to see an upgrade I could buy another 7600GS for $180 and effectively double my "horsepower". The next generation of games might require this and/or a physics card. He mentioned a FPS that will probably come out next year called "Crisis" that will be much more graphicly intensive than BF2 or HL2.

I have Battlefield 2 on absolute highest settings for anything to do with video. I get all the fancy effects but my framerate is still great - no hiccups or stutters. I might still get the audio card which will take some of the load off the main processor.

Right now I am very pleased with my computer. I especially love the widescreen.

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 06:28 PM

despite the obvious logic mal, running dual cards doesnt double ur output, the second pci express slot only runs at 4x meaning u do get an improvement but no where near the double ud expect, and not even close to the range of if u spent the money for 2 7600gs on one big ass card
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#27 Malone|SF

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 08:04 PM

Well, in any case, I've get every effect maxed out in BF 2142 and I think it looks awesome. When I need to, I'll make some additions / changes.

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 11:55 PM

Ugh! :rolleyes:

i don't see why you need to by so many things other than a grapics card and a good comp!

It's a waste of $$$ I sez!

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 10:53 AM

Whatever you do.. Get 5.1 box surround sound speaker system. I swear by mine. It rattles the house when I turn it up and play HW1, MW4, Halo, etc... It sounds so fvcking cool! They are really great for music too... I am always listening to music with them...
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