New Compy Suggestions?

Alright, it's about time for the old dual 400 MHz IBM tower to be replaced (I've had it for 5 years). While it is possible to play WC3 on it, it does slow down at times (and I'd like to eventually play SWG). Since it looks like I can afford a new one, anyone have any suggestions? I'd like to keep it under 2 grand if possible, and I'd like: 2.0+ GHz, 1+ GB RAM, 128+ MB Vid card, 'big' hard drive, 'fast' bus. Not sure what qualifies as 'big' this second for hard drives (I hear 200+ GB drives are now available), or what bus speed machines have these days.

Anyhow, just thought I'd ask. Thanks for any tips!

Posted by jeff on 7/22/03 at 6:56AM


Get a..

Dual AMD2400+ rig :) MB:$200, 2xprocs:$150ea,case:$100,1GB ram < $200, vid and hd- whatever you are willing to spend.. The 2400's are 2Ghz procs.

Posted by matt on 7/22/03 at 7:18AM

Don't listen to Matt.

Dual processors won't do a gamer a bit of good. ^_^ As for AMD instead of Intel - eh, I dunno, it's six of one, half dozen of another. AMD is cheaper by a ridiculous amount, but they run like tiny suns (as Chris recently learned).

Posted by martin on 7/22/03 at 8:04AM


I was going to get a dual board, single proc. I'll upgrade later when cheaper, doing the same thing I did with my IBM machine.

As far as dual doesn't help gaming... it depends on the game. If the game is written well, then dual helps a great deal. Any Blizzard game is a good example, WC3 takes advantage of both my processors. A lot of games don't like dual procs, which I find rather silly. Hence the plan to start off with only 1 proc, but have the ability to upgrade later.

Posted by jeff on 7/22/03 at 8:43AM

Thats the nice thing about the AMD setup..

you're getting two fast gaming processors :)

I've never really had a problem with my dual setup with any games not working because it being dual.. most obviously don't use the 2nd proc, but I never had a problem because of it..

Posted by matt on 7/22/03 at 8:51AM

So I should build it myself...

Hm... I guess I could do it myself. I've added a CPU, memory, PCI/AGP cards to my machine, but I've never built it from the case up.

Posted by jeff on 7/22/03 at 10:27AM

Just remember:

NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER run an AMD machine without properly applied cooling compound, heatsink, and manufacturer-approved fan. Not even for a second to make sure it's working. I have had experience here...

Posted by martin on 7/22/03 at 10:59AM

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