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Discussion in 'Computer Talk' started by Murky, Nov 28, 2006.

  1. Murky

    Murky Deity

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    Antec Sonata II Case /w 450 Watt PSU (Piano Black)
    Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86Ghz 64-Bit CPU
    Asrock CONROEXFIRE-ESATA2 945P Core 2 Duo Motherboard
    Kingston 1GB Kit DDR2-533 PC2-4300 Memory
    Western Digital Caviar 120GB ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive
    LG 18X Dual Layer DVD±RW Drive (Black)
    Asus Silent/HTD GeForce 7600 GS PCI Express 256MB DDR2 Video Card
    Samsung SyncMaster 19in LCD Monitor (Black)
    Altec Lansing 2.0 Speaker System Retail
    Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard & Optical Mouse
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (Full Version)
    Sony FD 1.44MB 3.5in Floppy Disk Drive (Black)

    This comes to about $1200 on ZipZoomFly.

    How well should this work for CivIV and Medieval II:TW?
     
  2. vbraun

    vbraun Raytracing

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    Stick with a non-64 bit operating system until more programs support it. I would avoid 64-bit XP as much as possible.
     
  3. shadowdude

    shadowdude cynic in training

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    It should run Civ IV well and you should be able to play Medieval II comfortably according to its system requirements.

    I agree with vbraun, I personally would wait another year or two before getting a 64 bit OS.
     
  4. baboonfan

    baboonfan Master of... things

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    It will run Civ4 just fine, no worries. I just got mine updated today with a little worse specs and I was jaw-dropped from how smooooth Civ4 ran with it. :p
     
  5. taper

    taper Meet Tux

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    I recently built a very similar system for a friend. Unless money is very tight, I'd recommend a 7600GT over the GS. That ATA hard drive is pretty old tech. Your motherboard supports SATA, that's better all around unless you found an incredible deal on that HD. Is your RAM a 1 GB stick or 2x512 MB? The 2x512 can be run in dual channel, which is better than a single stick, and is probably cheaper. Another option on the OS is Windows XP OEM. The licensing is stricter, if you plan on upgrading hardware more than once a year or so it's not worth it, and you can't transfer it to another PC, but it is cheaper.

    Based on my experiences with the M2:TW demos, your system won't have any trouble with it.
     
  6. Murky

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    I thought about the GT instead of the GS. I wonder how much difference it makes in performance. I could go up to the 7900 GS instead. Would that be an dramatic improvement over the 7600GT? I did find a WD 160GB SATA II for about the same price as the 120GB ATA drive. I've stuck with 32 bit XP for a while now. I thought there might be some performance gain by going with a 64-bit OS.
     
  7. MarineCorps

    MarineCorps Explosion!

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    Unless the programs are written in 64 bit they won't be able to take advantage of 64 bit. And any performance gain you get will be off set most likely by the pain of trying to find 64 bit drivers
     
  8. dannyevilcat

    dannyevilcat DESTROYER OF FURNITURE

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    I use x64 edition, and from my experience finding drivers isn't any more of a hassle that finding 32-bit XP drivers. Especially since the system the OP wants to buy is all new, it likely won't be an issue.

    Plus, with x64 you don't get any of that Windows Genuine Advantage stuff.
     
  9. citizen001

    citizen001 Banned

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    Get moar ram. Vista needs at least 2gig.
     
  10. Murky

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    Not sure if I will get Vista or not. Is it worth it or is it just hype?

    What about running dual-boot 32-Bit XP/64-Bit XP. I already have the 32-bit.
     
  11. Mulholland

    Mulholland Happy New Year!!!!

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  12. Murky

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    Yeah. I often buy a case without the PSU so that I can pick a good one.

    I have a friend who wants me to build them a new system for under a thousand. They just require it to be a descent intel application machine with a 19" Flat panel LCD. Can it be done?
     
  13. Mulholland

    Mulholland Happy New Year!!!!

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    Sure can

    http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Shopping/shoppingcart.asp?submit=view

    COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 49.99

    SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D - OEM 30.99

    Intel BOXDG965RYCK Socket T (LGA 775) Intel G965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 112.99

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM 74.99

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail 309.99

    ViewSonic Q19wb Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail 209.99

    eVGA 128-P1-N309-LX GeForce FX5200 128MB DDR PCI Low Profile Video Card - Retail 49.99

    APEVIA (ASPIRE) ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply - Retail 39.99

    CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X1024A-6400 - Retail 136.00

    Total w/o tax is $990.92. And It's probably quite a capable system.
     
  14. dragokatzov

    dragokatzov Warlord

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    why are you getting a crossfire mobo and a geforce video card? I think you should get an SLI mobo, so you can upgrade to SLI later if you want to. or avoid a SLI mobo all together if you just want to stick with the one video card, and save some dough
     
  15. Murky

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    I am actually considering gettin a 1900XT instead. They have had some pretty big price drops recently and it will out perform the 7600GT.
     

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