Need some suggestions

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February 2, 2009 at 14:52:33
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I need a gaming pc that can handle most new games that are out these days. In 3 years ddr4 ram will be out but i may not want to wait that long for it and will want a decent gaming pc with ddr3 ram with a decent amount 4-8gb or more. Thing is i don't know what to look for exactly and could use some suggestions. I was looking at and Http:// I'm wondering what i should really get for my first decent gaming pc. I don't want something that costs an arm and a leg but decent enough to run the latest games. Thanks.

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February 2, 2009 at 15:13:55
"I don't want something that costs an arm and a leg but decent enough to run the latest games"

You're gonna have to make up your mind about that. DDR3 RAM hasn't really gone mainstream yet. There's little point in getting any of the current batch of CPUs to run with DDR3 unless you're willing to go for an Intel Core i7. The "low end" i7 920 Nehalem sells for about $300. An X58 motherboard sells for at least $200 & a 6GB triple channel kit (3 x 2GB) of DDR3 will cost about $150. That brings the total to $650 before you even consider a video card, HDD, power supply, case etc.

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February 3, 2009 at 11:10:48
yeah i've built myself two gaming rigs now and you want my advice? don't try to go top of the line.

if your current PC is old and slow enough to make you consider upgrading, NEW, MID-RANGE hardware will blow your mind. seriously. because if you've been playing Monkey Island 2 all day, Crysis will look SICK even on lowest settings.

my point is look for like a C2D or C2Q CPU with DDR2 RAM and some kind of midrange PCIx video card (260? 280?). Just don't skimp on your PSU. You should be able to put together something real nice for $800-$1000.

oh yeah and you shouldn't need 8GB ram for gaming. i rarely (if ever) tax my 4GB.

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