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need feedback please about parts i choose

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  • Started 8 years ago by takara
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im building a computer(window xp) for the first time, and i will play 3D games a lot on this computer,
since i am not familiar with computers, can i get some feedbacks? i am going to use a case and ODD that i already have.
is geforce8 better then a radeon3?
can i play 3d games without any prob with these parts?

VGA:: SAPPHIRE 100236L Radeon HD 3650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

mainboard:: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

HDD:: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

power:: Antec earthwatts EA500 500W ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

cpu:: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400

ram:: CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 675 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X1024-5400C4

Posted 8 years ago
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takara, hello. That's a good parts list. GeForce 8 series GPUs are not better than all Radeon HD 3 series GPUs and vice versa. Each manufacturer makes many different chips for different uses. For 3D gaming, the GPU that you choose is very important.

For ATI, the Radeon 4 series is the latest generation and 3 series is 1 generation back. So, a 3 series is less expensive but still a very good GPU. Within the 3 series, there is a 34xx for general use, and 36xx with slightly more power and the 38xx for gamers. You should seriously consider upgrading from the 3650 to a 3850, at least. For example, the following card will be better for gaming:

I am not as familiar with nVidia chips, but they had an 8-series, then 9-series, and the latest is the 200 series (GTX 2xx family). This puts the 8 series GPUs 2 generations back, but they still seem quite popular. Within the 8 series there is a large variety of GPUs such as 84xx, 85xx, 86xx, 88xx, and an even more confusing array of "modifiers", such as GS, GT, GTS, GTX, and maybe Ultra. Notice that the 200 series is much less complicated -- 260 or 280 -- a wise move on nVidia's part.

Finally, that motherboard supports memory of DDR2 at 800, 1066, or 1200 (overclocked) MHz. The RAM you have chosen is DDR2 675. I suggest that you upgrade this RAM to one of the specified speeds, all of which are faster anyway. The price difference should not be too much.

Posted 8 years ago
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Definately go for another graphic card if you want to be gaming. The HD 3650 will be a major slowdown looking at your other components. I agree with Scott on the ram too, you should at least go for 6400 (800 Mhz)

Posted 8 years ago

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