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Need a gaming computer for my son.

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by 2kflhr, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. 2kflhr


    Dec 19, 2004
    Mooresville. NC
    I bought my son a Compaq Presario 3-4 years ago. Not knowing what will evolve with PC games it quickly became outdated. It only supports PCI and has no AGP port. Now that PCI-E is the latest and his current video card (256mb Radeon 9250 PCI) will not play his latest game Battlefield II. After much complaining I'm looking to break down and buy him a gaming machine. I stopped by a local computer supply and repair center and this is what they said they would build for me.

    CPU- AMDAH 3000 939:AMD Athlon 3000 64 bit 939P 1.5 gb (he said the AMD was a much better processor for gaming than a P4)
    MBB-MSI-6701-040: MSI K8N NEO4-F Raid 939P 64 bit
    Ram-PC3200 512DDRS: 512MB PC3200 DDR400 Super tale (2 sticks)
    VGA-PC ATI X800PRO: ATI X800 Pro 256MB PCI-Express
    HDD Seagate 200GB 8MB SATA
    CDR-CDRW ASDRW-041: Asus DVD 16X DBL
    FDD-Sony 1.44
    SF-MS Win XP Home:
    Case-CI L8004 C43T9:
    Service Charge:

    $1,241.00 plus tax.

    The builder states this will play any game onb the market today.

    Will this do the job?

    Is this a good price for what I'm getting. It's only the CPU, no monitor, keyboard, speakers etc.
  2. Zoolander

    Zoolander Castrated

    Nov 8, 2004

  3. pyblood


    Dec 22, 2003
    Take a look at this:

    Socket 939 Athlon 64 3000+ ( $145
    MSI NVIDIA Nforce4 chipset motherboard ( $87
    1GB of PC3200 Corsair Value RAM ( $80
    120GB SATA Hard Drive ( $85
    Lite-On DVD Burner ( $50
    X800 Pro PCI Express Video Card ( ) $265
    Antec Sonata Case (includes TruePower PS) ( $90
    Nec Floppy Drive ( $9
    XP PRO OEM ( $145

    I came up with $956 plus the $65 service charge.
    This system will play any game on the market right now, plus is has the ability to be upgraded at any time. All of theses are quality/best bang for the buck components. Unless he really needs the extra 80GB of storage, I recommended only 120GB of storage. You can always add an additional hard drive if you want.
  4. Tvov


    Sep 30, 2000
    Is that TWO sticks of 512 RAM? or 512 RAM total? You definitely want 1g of RAM total.

    Also, if I have this right, that is a 1.5g processor? Doesn't seem like much for today. You should look into 3g+.

    Battlefield 2 is a big processor and graphics hog.

    Just becuase the computer can play any game today, what about tomorrow? If you can afford it, get a computer that is more than you "need" and can be upgraded.
  5. pyblood


    Dec 22, 2003
    That’s a 1GB (2 x 512MB) of Dual Channel DDR PC3200.

    The processor is an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ which is a great value processor. It may only be clocked at 1.8GHZ (not 1.5), but it is a very strong performer. If you take a look at any CPU benchmarks, the Athlon 64s out perform Intel’s P4 in games. Both Intel and AMD have their strong points, but if you are looking for the best bang for the buck, AMD is the best choice.