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The Ultimate PC Buying Guide by Cruvenium

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Alright people, I have seen Rishwin created a new sticky on PC buying guide. I've read through it, and found it abit weird. They're not bad tho, but here's what I think.

All PCs are without speakers/monitors/mouse/keyboards, etc.

All prices are taken from NewEgg.


-BUDGET GAMER/BEST BANG FOR BUCK-

Motherboard: ASUS P5K PRO ATX Intel Motherboard - $104.99 -
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 2.66GHz - $139.99 -
Memory (RAM): OCZ Platinum 2GB (2X1GB) DDR2 PC2 8500/1066MHz Dual Channel Kit - $44.99 -
Hard Drive (HDD): Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 3.5" SATA - $74.99 -
GPU: PNY GeForce 8800GT - $119.99 -
PSU (Power Supply): Thermaltake PurePower W0100RU 500W - $54.99 -
Case: APEVIA (ASPIRE) X-CRUISER-BK (Black) with Side Panel - $69.99 -
CD/DVD Burner: LG 20X DVD
 
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What's overpriced? The Extreme Gaming? Already said, bragging rights.
 
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Yeah, the last one is for stupid people who have too much $$. And, it can fit..
 
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First of all, your reccomendations arent really good for the "extreme gamer"
Your faults are that:
1)Faster harddrives don't matter when you can use the same old ones from your old computer (so that way you dont have to reinstall Windows).
2) Instead of buying a crappy looking and EXPENSIVE liquid cooled case, you can invest in a $220 air conditioned case
3) If people really dont want to spend all of their college savings, just wait untill the technology gets to become mainstream. Which inturn, saves you money.
 
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why would i buy velociraptors and a striker 2 for bragging rights? cause if i wanted bragging rights i'd prolly go for maybe a rampage extreme and some ssd's.
 
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If you want a faster "harddrive" that will have an effect, get i-RAM (has nothing to do with apple). If you set it up right, you can have WinXP booting like this ->

Just check for some old DDR memory sticks around; it is a cheap method of making super fast solid state drives (the i-RAM is), although with a low amount of storage capacity.
I've been reading that loading a server via i-RAM is rather beneficial for the server... so I'll be playing with this in the days to come (I have a few gigs of old DDR memory laying around, so I'm good on that part).
 
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Already said; bragging rights.

Which part of them can't you understand? They're meant for you to brag, unless you wanna go for Intel Skulltrail Express 5400. That'll be more than bragging.
 
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H8 bragging crap.
Y brag about a computer?
Its purpose is to input data, process it and output data.
All bragging stuff is doing is making it do it 25% faster at 2x the price.

EDIT: Real bragging, "i got a machine that inputs data faster then urs." lol
 
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8800 GT for budget?
500w PSU for budget?
$70 Case?

That's not budget to begin with.

And the last one.. Lol can't even begin but it doesn't have a place here.
 
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Budget:
Pentium duel core e2200
2 GB of RAM
9500GT
500GB HDD
DVD RW drive
400w PSU
 
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If you want a faster "harddrive" that will have an effect, get i-RAM (has nothing to do with apple). If you set it up right, you can have WinXP booting like this ->

Just check for some old DDR memory sticks around; it is a cheap method of making super fast solid state drives (the i-RAM is), although with a low amount of storage capacity.
I've been reading that loading a server via i-RAM is rather beneficial for the server... so I'll be playing with this in the days to come (I have a few gigs of old DDR memory laying around, so I'm good on that part).
Aww comon man you got my hopes up!
Wikipedia said:
[ ] Disadvantages

  • High cost compared to traditional hard drives
  • Low capacity (4 GB maximum)
  • High power consumption compared to hard disk
  • Transfer rate restricted by SATA 150 bus (1.5Gb/s)
  • Takes up one PCI slot
  • Not physically compatible with all double-sided DDR RAM modules due to tight spacing
  • All data is lost if there is a loss of power for more than 16 hours
  • Adding memory wipes the data from all sticks
  • Increases
 
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Will you guys stop being a idiot and criticise?

A BUDGET GAMER. Not a home entertainment computer. How the hell do you game on a god damn E2200!

Tell me a motherboard faster than the Strike II Extreme that uses DDR3 & 790i Ultra SLI.

Bragging rights, so you friggin' get a 10K RPM Veloci-Raptor drive. If your old drive is full of lagging poop & it's 5400RPM you call that fast?
 
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Aww comon man you got my hopes up!
For someone like me, who has old DDR RAM sticks laying around, that it's cheaper. And while the data transfer rate may be restricted, it is many times faster than a regular harddrive.

(also, computers never use their full power - get a 600W powersupply, with accompanying parts to use it, and it'll probably use closer to 400W, or just 300W - increasing that by 10 or 15W isn't too bad; that's about $2 (USD) a month if you use your computer 24/7).
 
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Will you guys stop being a idiot and criticise?

A BUDGET GAMER. Not a home entertainment computer. How the hell do you game on a god damn E2200!

Well.. I have a E4500 and HD3850 for my main computer and I can play anything. I can even play most of the games today with my old one (Athlon64 3500+ Radeon 9800Pro) so you can play like any game on an E2200.

Bragging rights, so you friggin' get a 10K RPM Veloci-Raptor drive. If your old drive is full of lagging poop & it's 5400RPM you call that fast?

Veloci-Raptors are still way to slow compared to the fast SSDs or RAM-drives as suggested. And who has got a 3,5" 5400rpm drive in their desktop? I think almost everyonbe got 7200rpm drives.
 
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Well.. I have a E4500 and HD3850 for my main computer and I can play anything.

Those are the specs on my media center :O

A BUDGET GAMER. Not a home entertainment computer. How the hell do you game on a god damn E2200!

While waiting for my QX6850 to arrive from Intel's Retail Edge program, I borrowed a buddy's E2160 for my new system.

Didn't play with any voltages and just did an FSB overclock to 2.7GHz (to match my DDR2-1000 RAM), ran all my games beautifully.
 
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You don't need QX series to run games well, the CPU is one of the least to worry about in games. Games don't use CPU power as much compared to ther programs i have come across. Save money by getting the mid range CPUS. RAM and video card is the most impotent for games. Also you don't need to go OTT with that. 60FPS avg is more then enough.
 
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You don't need QX series to run games well, the CPU is one of the least to worry about in games. Games don't use CPU power as much compared to ther programs i have come across. Save money by getting the mid range CPUS. RAM and video card is the most impotent for games. Also you don't need to go OTT with that. 60FPS avg is more then enough.

I got it for the same price as a Q6600. Being an Intel Premier Channel Partner has it's advantages.
 
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