At 8/3/09 12:27 AM, McZero wrote:
Not a bad choice, going for an AMD trike. It's a very solid chip, but you've chosen the low power variant; useless for you. Go with the 2.8ghz 720 BE instead.
Good motherboard, not compatible. The way you tell compatibility of motherboard/CPU is by what socket it is. For example, this intel motherboard is a socket 775, but the chip you've chosen is a socket AM3. This is my recommendation for a motherboard.
Matt's right, this is wayyyy overkill for you. For the record, at 2560x1600, a single GTX 280 is enough to play crysis on high. Cards in the range Matt suggested would be better suited. Some other ones you might want to look into are the 9800gt, the 9600gt, and the ATI 4770. The 9600gt is the lowest end of the spectrum, and even that can play crysis on medium. A 4770 can play Crysis on high. In fact, I have either a 4770 or a 9600gt personally stocked that I could give you a good deal on if you settle on one of those.
For future reference, I hate having to explain graphical power in terms of Crysis, but it seems to be the easiest way.
That's a power supply and case combo, silly. Both are great products, but you could probably go cheaper if you need to. The cooler master cm690 is a great case, and OCZ makes some quality power supplies.
Decent choice in brand, but like matt said, get a 7200rpm drive. Hard drives work by storing data on a magnetic disk. The faster the disk spins, the quicker the hard drive can read information, making it better.
Good choice in Ram, I have those sticks running in my newgrounds computer.
DVD Drive- Can I use a previous PC's? Like one from the 90's or 2000?
A computer that old might not even have a DVD drive, but if it does, sure you can. For $25 though, you might as well get a shiny new one.
Ok, so I made a parts list from NewEgg
I'd say not bad for your first go-around.
and this is what I came up with, I want my PC to run games at least on 3/5 quality, preferably 4/5. I also want to run Flash 8/CS3 and Photoshop Elements 5.0.
Maxing things out is A LOT easier than computer retailers want you to think. This computer will be able to keep pace with that Alienware you wanted. Easily.
I've been collecting parts from computers for a while now, and I decided to take inventory. Here's everything I have.
-Random Socket 478 motherboard
-3 sticks 256mb DDR ram
-Nvidia 7300 LE
-2Ghz 478 pentium 4
-2.93Ghz 478 celeron
-80GB IDE drive
-160GB IDE drive
-3 PCI modem cards
-2 200 watt power supplies
-250 watt power supply
-2 IDE DVD drives
-4 120x25mm fans
-1 120x38mm fan
-1 Floppy drive
That's seriously a lot of spare stuff.