help with picking pc components

  Brad G 12:58 10 Sep 2007

hi guys.

well no doubt you know that feeling you get when you suddenly realise that your computer is obsolete. well i got that feeling this weekend when i tried to play bioshock, and medal of honor airborne.

so, i would like to build a new gaming machine which flys with high end graphics excelling the recommended requirments instead of just skimming through on the minimum required.

for example here are the "minimum" specs of medal of honor
Operating System:
Windows Vista
3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 3800+
Memory :
Video Card :
NVIDIA Geforce 6600GT or ATI Radeon X1300PRO
(Some slower GPUs with higher model number's also not recommended.)
Video Card Memory:

and another thing someone mentioned is that the graphics card must have a pixel shader 3.0 or somthing? i think mine is a 2.0 ( Radeon 9700 )

the problem i have is, theres so many different components out there by different manufactuers that ive got lost looking.

amd or pentium, pci e , or pci SLI , or even AGP

what socket type processor, does the motherboard make a major difference, what graphics card etc etc

so would you guys help me pick out the components to build this, or at least give me some pointers on what i should be considering..

Kind regards,

  keef66 13:18 10 Sep 2007

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or E6750
Graphics card 8800GTS 320mb
(might be wise to choose an SLI motherboard in case you decide to add a second graphics card later)
Decent, branded 550W psu
2 gb RAM
widescreen TFT monitor with decent response time

AGP is obsolete as far as a new build is concerned; PCI-express is todays graphics technology. I personally wouldn't worry about crossfire or SLI unless you have money to burn.

  Brad G 13:27 10 Sep 2007

hi, thanks for your reply

i looked up the processors and theyre rated at 2.66 GHz but yet the minimum requirements for these games are 3GHZ ... i would like to blow the minimum requirements way out of the water if at all possible

  brundle 13:30 10 Sep 2007

3ghz single core, the dual core chips are much more powerful. FYI I just upgraded to E6750,7900GS - both games you mention work really well. Well the demos, at any rate.

  Brad G 13:34 10 Sep 2007

ive most probably been misinformed, but i was under the assumption that dual core wouldnt use both cores on the same process and it was designed to give one core to lets say a game, and the other core to things running in the background...

sorry lol... like i said, a little lost. when you think youve learned it, everything changes

  citadel 19:14 10 Sep 2007

e6850 is 3g but along with other core 2 duo's can overclock above 3g with a good motherboard.

  brundle 19:25 10 Sep 2007

There's more involved than clock speed. Do some comparisons; click here

  Brad G 20:08 10 Sep 2007

thanks for your help guys

  Brad G 13:39 11 Sep 2007

well thanks very much keef, citadel & brundel.

ive ordered my parts which are:

2 x ATI PCI E 2900 XT 512 MB graphics card

DFI lanparty UTicfx3200T2R motherboard, supports 8GB of memory and crossfire

Intel core 2 Duo E6850 cpu

i already have a thermaltake xaser case and hard drives so thats saved me some

any thoughts on what size PSU i should get?

also im looking at 4GB of memory ( i have a 64 OS ) but i dont know what all these numbers mean lol...

i know i need DDR2, although looking at the categories of the different types of memory theres

DDR2 4200

is it a case of the higher the number the better?

  keef66 16:07 11 Sep 2007

just been reading a thread about actual power consumption of graphics cards and 2 x 2900XT's in crossfire were 260-295W under . That apparently was just the card, not the other system components!!! Based on that I reckon 500W as the absolute minimum, and make sure it's a quality branded item

  keef66 16:51 11 Sep 2007

260-295W under full load

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