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 Post subject: need a FAQ on configuring gamer PC
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 6:36 am 
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Hi all,
My son is just getting into PC games. I just bought him a better video card, the Nvidia GeForce FX5200. Wish I could have sprung for a better one. Anyway, his computer has 1.024 Gb of RAM and a 1.1 Ghz AMD processor, running Windows XP Home (fully patched). What else should I do for him to help him enjoy PC games, besides buying them ? :lol: Thanks in advance for your time.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 6:49 am 
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depending on your budget. with what specks you have sent the next thing would be a newer motherboard and cpu you mentioned that the computer has 1.024 Gb of RAM but what type? an new amd mmotherboard and cpu can go for fairly cheap=-$100 for a 2600+but then you might have to buy new ram a 1.1 ghz processer will not play any (or most) of the newer games.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 6:51 am 
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Do you have a budget you can worth with, or are you looking for optimization tips?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 7:12 am 
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One4yu2c wrote:
Do you have a budget you can worth with, or are you looking for optimization tips?


Optimization tips for now. The better hardware has to wait. I also want to see how much he likes pc games. He is a real PS2/Xbox fanatic.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 7:14 am 
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cncmonke wrote:
depending on your budget. with what specks you have sent the next thing would be a newer motherboard and cpu you mentioned that the computer has 1.024 Gb of RAM but what type? an new amd mmotherboard and cpu can go for fairly cheap=-$100 for a 2600+but then you might have to buy new ram a 1.1 ghz processer will not play any (or most) of the newer games.


I think the RAM is from Crucial. One day I'll get him a faster cpu and motherboard.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 7:16 am 
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not what brand, what type.

EX:

PC133 SDRAM
PC2100 DDR
PC2700 DDR
PC3200 DDR
and so on.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 7:17 am 
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JC wrote:
not what brand, what type.

EX:

PC133 SDRAM
PC2100 DDR
PC2700 DDR
PC3200 DDR
and so on.


OH ! lol It's PC133 SDRAM. The motherboard was bought in 2001 after I broke the CMOS battery holder lol It's an Asus A7V133-C mobo.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 7:24 am 
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newbiesteve wrote:
One4yu2c wrote:
Do you have a budget you can worth with, or are you looking for optimization tips?


Optimization tips for now. The better hardware has to wait. I also want to see how much he likes pc games. He is a real PS2/Xbox fanatic.


Unfortunately, there are not going to be many gaming performance specific optimizations. Standard fare applies here, as in defragging, clearing out temp files, spyware/antivirus scanning, etc.

Your biggest concern here should be picking the right game(s) to get him hooked. I prefer consoles for sports and fighting games, and the PC for everything else. Once the hook is in, concentrate on a moderate hardware overhaul.


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