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Matt King Nov 16, 2007, 11:25am EST Report Abuse
Hi there!

I am thinking of building my own PC which work well with the latest games on the market!

The only problem is I have never built one from scratch so I am not to sure what I need and what will work together etc. Here is a list of the items I have seen and that I think will work well for me:

Motherboard: Asus Motherboard P5N32-E http://www.microdirect.co.uk/productInfo.aspx?ProductID=17737&...ShowReview

Processor: either Quad or Duo. Obviously quad would be a lot better but I want to keep costs as low as possible so..

Is the above motherboard only built for quad though?
Quad:
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(21806)Intel-CPU-Core-2-Quad-Pro-Q6600-95W-Energy.aspx
Duo:
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(16216)Intel-CPU-Pentium-4-D-935-Dual-core-2x32GHz.aspx

The duo is a lot cheaper yet still rather fast and I probably wont need a quad to be honest but what do you guys think?

Then obviously ill be looking at about 2-4 gb of ram and a 512mb pci-e video card, possibly nVidia. I think a 160 gb HDD will be plenty too

please may you recommend any components for me to meet the above spec?

I would like to run Crysis on good settings as this game looks amazing! Thanks for your time sorry about the length of the thread :D

Cheers


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Dublin_Gunner Nov 16, 2007, 11:53am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Help with Build! (not sure if this is the right place to post)
No, the motherboard will support both, but may require a bios update for a Quad Core.

It should even support Penryn with a BIOS update.

For video, I would suggest an 8800GT

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Chris McGee Nov 16, 2007, 11:58am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Help with Build! (not sure if this is the right place to post)
The link for the dual core processor won't work for me but from the URL it looks like a Pentium D. If you're going to go with dual core, forget about the Pentiums and go with a Core 2 Duo. They're much better than Pentium Ds.

Matt King Nov 16, 2007, 03:28pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Help with Build! (not sure if this is the right place to post)
Chris McGee said:
The link for the dual core processor won't work for me but from the URL it looks like a Pentium D. If you're going to go with dual core, forget about the Pentiums and go with a Core 2 Duo. They're much better than Pentium Ds.


better in what way? is there a great difference? also could u recommend a core 2 duo thats good value?

thanks mate

and the 8800 gt looks pretty decent, will that handle games like crisis well? cheers

Matt King Nov 16, 2007, 03:30pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Help with Build! (not sure if this is the right place to post)
maybe this core 2 duo?
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(19964)Intel-CPU-Core-2-Duo-E6750-266GHz-1333FSB.aspx

thanks again everyone, keep build advice coming!

also what RAM will go with my chosen board?

Chris McGee Nov 16, 2007, 03:51pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Help with Build! (not sure if this is the right place to post)

Adam Kolak Nov 16, 2007, 04:01pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Help with Build! (not sure if this is the right place to post)
Yeah, just to back up what others said, I strongly recommend the Core 2s over the Pentium Ds, even if you just want to get a Core 2 E6550 or something cheap such as that. Also I'd recommend the 8800GTs as well if you can find them.

Adam Kolak
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Matt King Nov 16, 2007, 05:24pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Help with Build! (not sure if this is the right place to post)
ahh good stuff ill go for the above core 2 duo i think if any, just a bit more saving! is it easy to build then? ive never done one from scratch! would i benefit from just buying like a barebone system as a ground to build upon?

Adam Kolak Nov 16, 2007, 07:19pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Help with Build! (not sure if this is the right place to post)
No I would not recommend a barebones system they usually have parts that you really don't want and they are almost never worth the price. The only difference between a barebones system and building one from "scratch" is that when you build one from scratch you have to screw in a few screws to keep the motherboard in place but thats about the only difference. Oh and maybe they hook up the connectors for the front panel, but that's not too hard. All you gotta do is follow the instructions that come with your motherboard and it will tell you exactly where to plug in the power, led, and reset cables.

Adam Kolak
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8o8 Nov 16, 2007, 08:58pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Help with Build! (not sure if this is the right place to post)
building them is easy.as long as you can read you can build a computer from scratch. when i first built my first computer 2 years ago i was like awws**t lol but if you buy retail versions they come with instructions on how to install..but once you build one your ganna keep on building your own and forget about hp's and dells's..and plus these guys on this forums are awsome they will help you out alot ..

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Matt King Nov 17, 2007, 01:24pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Help with Build! (not sure if this is the right place to post)
wow this is all great advice thanks!!!

so the componants we discussed above, will these all come togeather to create a good games machine?

how much do u think i will end up spending to make a game like crisis seem like a walk in the park?

thanks again!

Matt King Nov 17, 2007, 01:28pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Help with Build! (not sure if this is the right place to post)
soz for double post* this card looks good to me!

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?EVG-88GT5


Chris McGee Nov 17, 2007, 01:48pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Help with Build! (not sure if this is the right place to post)
Yep, the 8800GT is a good card, probably the best price performance available at the moment and definitely not lacking in horsepower.

I doubt anything would make Crysis a walk in the park at the moment but something like this might get you close if you turn a few of the settings down: :)

http://www.top500.org/system/7747

The system you've specified should be able to run Crysis at a very playable level though.



 

    
 
 

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