10 October 2004, 10:03 AM
If your not out to alter any satelites, I say just go for the single cpu. Personally I'd favour an Athlon64, it's fully compatible with windows right now, you don't need 64bit software or an emulator, and it works damn well; plus it'll set you up for when 64bit becomes more popular, especially if you don't upgrade your computer very often.
GPU - ask someone else, I don't know much about this.
Soundcard - unless your a fanatic, I don't think you'll notice a hell of a lot between a $600 card and one much much cheaper, but having one is better then onboard sound , so just find one for a reasonable price. If your views differ, spend whats resonable.
Motherboard - it depends on what CPU you go for really, ASUS is meant to be very stable I hear.
Hardrive - 7200rpm, perhaps 10000 if you feel you need it, but for size, just get what you think you need, then add 30 gig :P
Get a DVD reader at the vert least, and if you go for that, you'll want a CD burner. Personally you may aswell get a DVD burner, they arn't the expensive nowadays.
For $3000 US you'd put together a pretty nifty computer..i think, I'm Australian, so perhaps i Have it wrong, but then again, i think we're overchanged here. An AMD 3500 i found for sale for $625, asking around i found another place for $585, and on newegg, with a currency converter, i'd get the same processor for 400 and something (forget exactly) but anyways, yes.
Don't buy anything that's top of the line, it's pretty much a waste or money, unless you absolutly need the power, but if your not one for incrementle upgrades, do buy something good now, don't settle for something, it'll just be obsolete faster, and if you don't upgrad often, you'll just be annoyed more frequently ;)
01 January 2006, 04:00 PM
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