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i currently have a Dell Dimension 4550. it's a good computer, but the truth is, it doesnt fit my needs. since my dad got it for me 2 years ago, i couldnt really ask for a gaming computer. well since i have a job this summer, i wanted to invest in selling my current computer and buying some gamings computer. i'd spend 500$ or around that price. i also want to note i ONLY need the computer, no monitor because i have a 15" flat panel. if anyone can help me out that would be appreciated.
 

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if he has a decent vid card or audio card etc. you know not to give him advice to get anything else prick
He has a Dell. It's 2 years old. He says it doesn't fit his gaming needs, so you would take that to mean that he doesn't have decent anything. Also, audio cards are pointless as onboard sound has gotten a thousand times better in recent years.
 

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www.newegg.com is all you'll ever need for buying computer parts.

What you'll need:
Motherboard
Video Card
CPU (I vote AMD)
CPU Fan
RAM (1GB should be enough)
Hard Drive
Case/Tower
Power Supply (If not included with case)
CD Drive/Burner (or DVD burner if you want)
Floppy Drive (Only like $5 and good to have, just incase)
Extra case fans (added cooling = better stability for gaming)

Don't forget an additional $90-$110 for a legal copy of WinXP...If you're into that sort of thing.

I could get more specific, but I know there'll be arguments over AMD vs Intel, or ATI vs nVidia, etc. etc. Just read up on it all, and go with what you think you'll need/want/like best. Hit me up on AIM if you need more help (NinjaBurgerNinja) or e-mail me at [email protected]

-Jin
 

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I like playing on max thats whi i qouted higher.

you would be safee with
-decent AMD processor
-512 stick of decent ram
-nividia video card
-buy a case
-compatable motherboard
 

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Max doesn't make too big of a difference. Look at the rig I'm running. I got it for $500, play BF2 and HL2 and Doom3 on medium or higher and get decently good FPS.

AMD 2400+
ASUS A7N8X
512mb Crucial PC-2100
40gb HDD
Radeon 9600 vanilla

And I still rock all the new games. You don't gotta spend a fortune to get a great gaming experience.
 

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512 doesnt fit gaming specs anymore. i need a gig. im also not sure if i should get a radeon card, or an nvidia. i hear nvidia is ALOT more stable and user friendly than radeon. as for the processor, i was thinking mabye and amd64, but its still not that compatible with too many things yet. ill go to newegg. the other thing is, i dont know how to put together a computer. i can probably find someone (one of my dad's friends).
 

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512 fits gaming specs just fine bud. I'm running all the new games on 512 with no problems whatsoever.

HL2 Requirements -

minimum System Configuration

1.2 GHz Processor
256MB RAM
DirectX 7 capable graphics card
Windows 2000/XP/ME/98
Mouse
Keyboard
Internet Connection


Preferred System Configuration

2.4 GHz Processor
512MB RAM
DirectX 9 capable graphics card 256mb
Windows 2000/XP/ME/98
Mouse
Keyboard
Internet Connection

Battlefield 2 Requirements

Operating System - Windows XP with Administrator Rights required
Processor - Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent 1.7 GHz (Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent 2.5GHz recommended)
Memory - 512MB RAM (1GB RAM recommended)
Hard Drive - 2.3 GB free space
DVD-ROM - 16 SPEED
Video Card - 128MB (256MB recommended) Please see below for details
Sound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible
DirectX - Version 9.0c
Multiplayer - 1 game disc per PC
LAN - TCP/IP compliant; 2-64 Players
Internet - 128Kbps or greater
Input - Keyboard, Mouse
Optional - USB Joystick, USB Headset


Doom 3 System
Minimum:
P4 1.5Ghz CPU (or equivalent).
384MB of RAM.
64MB graphics card (see below for chip details).
2GB of free hard drive space.

FarCry System requirements
ecommended
Supported OS: Windows 98SE/2000/XP (only)
Processor: AMD Athlon 2400-3000+ or Pentium 4 2-3 GHz
RAM: 512-1024 MB
Video Card: 128 MB GeForce 4 128 MB to GeForce FX 5950; ATI Radeon 9500-9800 XT
Sound Card: Sound Blaster® Audigy® series
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0b (included on disc)
DVD-ROM: 8x-16x DVD
Hard Drive Space: 4 GB
Multiplayer: Broadband with 64 Kbps upstream to play (512 Kbps upstream to host 8 players)

Minimum
Supported OS: Windows® 98SE/2000/XP (only)
Processor: 1 GHz
RAM: 256 MB
Video Card: 64 MB DirectX® 9.0b-compatible graphics card
Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0b-compatible PCI card
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0b (included on disc)
DVD-ROM: 4x DVD
Hard Drive Space: 4 GB
Multiplayer: Broadband with 64 Kbps upstream to play (512 Kbps upstream to host 8 players)
NVIDIA® nForce(tm) or other motherboards/soundcards containing the Dolby® Digital Interactive Content Encoder required for Dolby Digital audio
 

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well i have 2 ,256s cards in right now. but i want to be able to secure myself for future games. im not really looking to just 'get by' but have a good machine now, but a decent one for the future. for instance, i have a geforce4mx 420. its only 64 mb. it can still bull**** half life 2 lag-free. i play anygame i really want, but just newer games such as battlefield 2 or brothers in arms require shaders and other specs my computer can't upgrade to. the main problem is my computer isnt compatible with different parts.
 

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ja289, I just put together a pretty nice rig on New Egg for about $485, but I left out the video card as that's something you'll want to decide on. I had a brilliant though though, you can just pull the CD & floppy drives from your Dell and save yourself about $30.

The comp I pieced together has a AMD Athlon 64 3000+, with 1gig of memory, and an 80gig hard drive. If you want the details, catch me on AIM or something.

-Jin
 

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ok on newegg this is what i put together:

Motherboard: Intel 875P ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813131464

Memory: CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820145440

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice Integrated into Chip FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103537

DVD/CD Drive: NEC Black IDE DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827152035

Fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16835106037

Case: ATRIX CSCI-L8005-C43 Black/Silver Computer Case With Side Panel Window
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811209002

Speakers
: (mabye) Logitech X-230 2.1 Speaker
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16836121123

total: $574.96

video card is undecided. but i dont want to get something over 150$ for a video card. i know a radeon 9800pro is a good card for gaming, and i saw them on ebay brand new for like 80$
 
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