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Consoles or PC? Which is better? I will be getting a PC soon though for WoW at least $2000 If you want best you better give a good reason. I prefer consoles cause the controller just feels right especially for FPSs. I hate that PCs get outdated so quickly so I would have to buy a really expensive one to feel safe. Plus I want big screen 1080p.
What are the hottest new gaming consoles nowadays? I'm 28 and literally haven't been in the gaming world for about 15 years. I would like to start playing games again. What kind of consoles are out there currently, including handhelds? Furthermore, I use to love RPG's like the Final Fantasy series, Secret of Mana, Earthbound, etc. What is good for RPG's currently? (*not* looking for multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft, but I would still be interested in PC titles) Somebody ought to have fun with this question :D
Thinking about switching my gaming from Xbox 360 to PC. Opinions? I've been gaming for about 7 years. I like shooters and mostly RPG games. Some of my favorite games are Fallout 3, Rage, Mass Effect, KotoR, and Modern Warfare. Anybody have opinions or advantages? Maybe just add it to my gaming instead of switching completely? Thoughts are appreciated. Yes. I play mostly offline. And I like variety. Playing lots of different games. If any of that helps.
gaming computer selection help? what is the difference between a gaming computer and a regular one? i am going to get a computer, and i want to what to get. i am getting to use it for normal activities(school stuff, email, browsing) but i also am planning on downloading games. for example, i want to download the game grand chase, but my old computer did not meet the requirments(these are the requirments-i copied and pasted) * Windows® System XP * Pentium IV 2.8GHz * 1024MB or more * 3.5GB HDD space free * DirectX 9.0c Runtime * GeForce 7000 series or better * 1024x768 i dont even know what most of this stuff means! anyway, could you please recomend a computer that has from 85-120 gigs, and support games(grand chase in particular) thanx
First Gaming Pc for...? I am trying to find a gaming pc for about $800, maybe $900 if it's worth it. If anyone has recently bought one or just feels like selecting the parts for me that would be awesome :) I'm not really looking to run every new game on ultra but would enjoy to play some newer games on about medium graphics with ease. I have been messing around on the cyberpower custom config. but it doesn't seem to have that great of selections after you step below the $1,000 mark. If I can get better parts by ordering the parts individually and build it myself then that's what I would like to do. This is my first build so I pretty much just need something to get me going. Any help is appreciated :p
will this gaming PC work? my first time building a PC. Can you guys tell me will this one work? 1.Motherboard: Intel DP55KG Extreme Series Desktop Motherboard (P55 ATX Core i7 Core i5 LGA1156) http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Extreme-Desktop-Motherboard-LGA1156/dp/B002N2Z0JY/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1282053240&sr=8-13 $179.99 2.Ram: Corsair 4GB Dual Channel Corsair DD3 Memory for Intel Core i5 Processors http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Channel-Memory-Processors-CMX4GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B002LE8D2A/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_c $89.99 3.CPU: Intel Core i7 860 Processor 2.80 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I7-860BOX http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-Processor-LGA1156-I7-860BOX/dp/B002KQ5KE8/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_b $284.00 4.PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Certified-compatible/dp/B000X2677A/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_c $109.00 5.VGA: Gigabyte GeForce GTX460-1 GB http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-GTX460-1-2DVI-I-GV-N460OC-1GI/dp/B003UUEOPE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1282054355&sr=1-1 $239.95 5.HDD: Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Black http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Desktop-WD2001FASS/dp/B002MD05SA/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1282054781&sr=1-4 $174.95 6. CD/DVD drive: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHAS424-98/dp/B002SIMPXM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1282055007&sr=1-1 $25.99 7.Sound card: Asus Xonar D1 Sound Card (Black) http://www.amazon.com/Asus-Xonar-Sound-Card-Black/dp/B001EZQ8YC/ref=sr_1_19?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1282055155&sr=1-19 $86.99 8.Case: Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black) http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tower-Black/dp/B0026FCI2U/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1282055217&sr=1-8 $89.99 TOTAL: $1280.85
Whats a good pc game that wont melt my computer? Ok, i really want to play a pc game that my computer can handle(were it doesnt lag alot). it can handle valve games because of tehir source engine but i need a really good game that is long and fun (but please dont be online)
Which game is best? Wii, PS3, or an Xbox 360? I am buying this game for my 28 year old husband for X-mas. Which is better, overall? Thanks He has a PS2 and a regular X-box. He likes games like Madden and Ninga Gaden (sp?).
Help me with Gaming PC !? Hey guys, .................................... My Specs: Motherboard: Intel DH61BE - Processor: Intel Core i5 3.30Ghz - Memory: 4GB RAM DDR3 1333Mhz - Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD4300/4500 Series - My Problem is that my Graphics Card is not very good ,, its can't run Crysis 2 at High Settings !! So i wana change my video card , Which video card i buy ?? i wana run all games at very High Settings ! Note : I can only pay [35-25] KD ......
High-end Gaming PC or Xbox360? As a kid, I always had the desire to buy the best PC hardware. Regardless, the best graphics card is overkill for today's PC games. It also costs $600.00 and how many games maximize its capabilities? Crysis seems to be the only game I'm interested in that does. I have hard time justifying $2500.00 for a gaming PC when the Xbox360 has a larger selection of next-generation games. The PC has a larger selection of games, but most games released beyond the year 2004 do not take advantage of the latest hardware. The Xbox360's games' graphics are not quite as good as Crysis's graphics, but there's the price difference too. A good HDTV and an Xbox360 costs about $1,300. I have a desire for a high-end gaming PC though.. Is a $2500 gaming PC more worthy than an Xbox360?
Gaming desktop with 3D? What kind of hardware would you get if you were going to build a 3D gaming desktop? Everything right down to the motherboard, I would just like to get a computer in the price range of 1500 and be able to play games and also burn movies
Highest performance gaming PC for $1000? (Custom)? I want the highest gaming performance I can get (Max, 1080P), good upgrade potential (SLI later on), USB 3.0's (at least 2),a little bit eye candy, and 8 GB ram, all on a budget of $1000 (more or less....preferably less). Build selection so far: CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146079 HARD DRIVE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136793 VIDEO CARD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604 POWER SUPPLY: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121085 OPERATING SYSTEM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 CPU COOLER: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 CPU+MOTHERBOARD COMBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.816057 RAM MEMORY: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262 WIFI DONGLE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815645002 I welcome all advice on how to cut costs, better combo deals, compatibility, etc. Total so far: $1,204.90
Help me get into PC gaming!? I really want to get PC gaming cause I found out that PC gaming has better graphics,controls, can mod levels, and just has a better selection of games. my PC can't even run a N64 emulator so you can imagine how frustrating it is. I want to know what exactly I need to buy (what kind of computer for gaming,what type of keyboards are used for gaming, and where to buy games cause gamestop doesn't have any) to have the best or good enough at a decent price. I would rather get a nice quality PC but at the same time I don't have a whole lot of money. any suggestions?
Is this a good budget gaming PC? I don't have much money, so this will go towards just the tower of the PC, a budget of 500 GBP (776.62 USD). So anyway, here are the parts: PC Case - http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/cases/cases/novatech/nov-night.html nVidia GeForce GTX 460 Video card Novatech PowerStation Gaming 600W Silent ATX2 Power supply (Xfire/SLI) AMD Athlon II X4 630 Quad-Core Processor (2.8GHz) ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 - AMD 870 Motherboard (Xfire/SLI) Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 2 X 2GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ITB Hard drive, SATA Liteon IHAS324-32 24x Internal DVDRW Black Retail SATA Xilence Red Wing Quiet Fan X2 120mm All of this comes up to 459.29 Pounds (713.37 dollars) A friend has some spare parts, that I can use to further reduce the costs if I need then, I will look for optical drive, hard drive, RAM, Windows. Everything else I will buy! I will be playing games like Crysis, Black Ops, Bad Company 2, GRID, DiRT 2, games that use DX11. I will be playing in full HD resolution, later date if I need to overclock CPU, I will buy liquid cooling and overclock if necessary. Is this a good budget gaming pc for someone who is almost broke?
Why do games play poorly on my new computer? I just bought a new Gateway LX computer that has the following stats: Quad Intel Processor 2.33 ghz 8 gb of ram Dual 512 MB NVidia Graphics Cards (GeForce GT 120) So here is the problem, when I play my first game whatever it might be. It plays fine, smooth as butter. As soon as I exit the game and try to play another game more often than not it will run extremely laggy. If I restart my computer it seems to flush out whatever was causing the issue, but its annoying. I would like to be able to switch from game to game to game without having to restart each time in fear that the game will come up laggy. I think I have enough power that this shouldn't be an issue. OS Windows Vista Premium 64 bit
PC gaming or Console gaming? Just wondering wat u guys thought. Whether pc gaming or console gaming is better taking in the power of the new consoles. Also i would like to know b/c im thinking about getting a new gaming computer or a new console. Thanks for ur opinon Id like to add that i am a very big gamer..i spend most of my day playing games..and i am very good with computers so the control thing isnt a big issue...i was just wondering wat would be more woth my money and would be cheaper to do over time..like upgrading a comp be cheaper then buying a whole new game console in around 3 years.. i am also i big multiplayer person..single player games get boring after a while..but playing against other people keep it new and more fun for me..so which do u think has a better multiplayer...and multifunction instead of just gaming
help need good pc games please? i recently bought a intel i5 sandybridge cpu with a new motherboard, and 8gb ddr3 ram, with a gtx 570.... i curently have badcompany 2, fear 3, left4dead2, crysis 2, and red faction armageddon. can you guys tell me some games that are very fun and have good graphics so i can get some more before my stuff come tuesday from newegg.com? Also is my selection of hardware good, will i be able to max out battlefield 3 when it comes out. Im currently using my ati 5770 and i can max but a little lag all the games i currently have thank you.
an old age question Mac or PC? what are better? for someone that like videogames , internet , video's , doesn't go slow , great pertection agianst viruses , , and great memory?
what's better? Gaming PC or ps4? I know I asked this question earlier, but I just want more reasons to get a gaming pc. Is it hard to get used to PC gaming? and when should I get a gaming PC?
PS3 vs PC...Which Is Better For Online Play? Which is better for online play? Like Black Ops, Bad Company 2, etc... What about hackers, how bad are they for PC or PS3? Is PC gaming dieing because of consoles? Which is more enjoyable, for online play? Which has a better selection of games?
Battlefield 2142 1 game, 1 cd key on 2 computers? I've installed B2142 on my home pc, and I've played the game.. Now I wanna go at an internet place (a public place with many pc's) and play the game there..! The guy who runs the shop told me I have to enter my cd key in order to play the game there (and as soon as I restart the pc it will auto-format so it will lose any saved data). So I've tried entering my key, it rejected it couple of times, by the 4th time it accepted it... I logged in my account, I saw my stats, selected a server, loaded the map.. and when I'm about to start, the game crashes back at the server selection screen...! Any ideas why this is happening? Can't I use the same cd key on 2 different computers? (of course I'm not running both computers at the same time..) please assist! :)
PC software selections disappearing? (Gone perhaps?)? First of all Do you miss the days when you could just waltz right into a electronics store and over with the game console software you had a choice of PC software both for adults and for you're children often with a little bit for everybody and someone would be happy? Better yet do you miss the days where they had stores JUST for PC's? Some stores would do only repairs which can in handy if they didn't rip you off while some did software too where you can buy new computers. The bad news with that was the graphics card would be outdated next year! Does anybody know why it's so dang hard to find any PC games in stores? Here in Salem Oregon even the old bargain bin software is no longer available and several computer stores here in Salem Oregon went out of business leaving only Fry's Electronics (Wilsonville Oregon) or Best Buy which we and other people we know have had bad experiences with the latter. Fry's Electronics at least has tech people who know their stuff and will install things for you for a fee which is worth it if you are going to build a computer and can answer questions like *What is a good graphics card for xxx* if you can give a basic description of you're computer speed and graphics board. It used to be even Wal Mart and Target had a cheapo section often with the same title sitting there for years usually some random hidden object game or addons for The Sims mixed with a bunch of violent stuff.
Call of duty won't work on PC? I have a Dell intel Core 2 Duo Processer with 1.83 GHz memory. Call of duty requires Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz or better to work. Is this why the game just freezes when I am about to play it?
PC vs. Mac... Which & why? The GREAT question, I just had to ask it! Please use reason, & facts. No biased opinions.
Pc hardware store not very far from via rovello milan? I want to buy Cyborg rat 9 gaming mouse for PC here in Milan Italy but i cant find it anywhere does anyone know a store near Via Rovello 2 that i can buy it from ..
Help on a gaming setup? I am new to gaming.? Well I have about 1300-1800 dollar budget. Lower is better but id pay extra if I felt it was worth it. I decided to go with pc instead of mac because it looks like I can get what I want for cheaper and not all games run on a mac (yea there is bootcamp but then I have to buy vista extra 100 bucksish) I was wondering how decent of a setup this is. Also do you know one better or a website that I should go to. I just went to best buy and this is what I found. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8891684&type=product&id=1214611180474 Ok gamers lead me in the right direction please so I can start playing. Thanks Also am I going to need to buy some wireless adapter for internet because i have wireless internet?
whats a good web site that has tons of games for when im bored.? just something that has a variety of games that i dont have to download, and are simple.
Many questions about online gaming and alienware x51.? i am just getting in to pc gaming because i have alot of friends that do.i would like to no how to chat with my freinds on a headset and if there is any program that alot of people have to add eachother as freinds. also is minecraft a good game to start with and what are other good pc only games besides dayz the arma 2 mod and team fortress and killing floor and left for dead. .also i want to no if the x51 is a good pc to start with and i have the price and its fine(so please dont give me a list of cheaper pc's).i want to no if it has bad lag or any major problems(when i customized it on dell.com i pretty much put all the specs to the max).any info would be helpful thx =)
PlayStation 3 vs Xbox 360 vs PC vs Wii ? and justify your selection./
Wii game working slow on Plasma? We just bought a LG plasma TV and hooked up the Dance Dance revolution (Wii ) game. The game works slower than on regular TV.Any suggestions to rectify this problem?
xbox-360 game? im thinking ogf buying a new shooter game.i already have halo series,cod3 and 4,and crack down.so any suggestions will help. i also have bioshock
Need help: Building a PC (Urgent)? I'm building a gaming PC, these are my components, Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107 power supply- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044 motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130634 processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886 memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145220 CD/DVD ROM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827100067 Sound Card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102003 Video Card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121426 Hard Drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299 Monitor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009262 Now I need an OS; any recommendations? And are all of the parts compatible with each other? Thanks.
how to create a gaming pc that matches the performance of the ps3/xbox 360? hey guys I'm pretty new to the computer world and have no idea about the specs of a high end system. I'm planning to buy a pc for myself which should preferably rub shoulders with the ps3 or any other gaming console. I'm on a tight budget of 30000 rupees. can any computer buff out there help me through the hardware selection?? I mean what motherboard gpu cpu should I go for?? how much ram and hdd would be enough?? an answer with a bit of details would highly be appreciated. thanks all :)
Where's the best place to get computer parts to make my own PC? I'm trying to make my own gaming PC so I can play crysis on the maximum settings and run the fastest and bestest on those settings and I don't know where to get parts without going online and getting them. Any help?
How much would a good gaming computer cost to build? I'm not asking for a monster gaming computer that would cost around $3000. I'm talking about a suitable one that can get atleast 45 fps on first person shooters with max graphics. I've seen some good ones for $600, but I'm willing to spend $1000 - $1500.
What desktop computer should I look for to buy if I want to play high quality games? I'm looking to buy the best desktop computer for gaming and music and school work. What's the best computer out there?
I want to start getting an idea of the gaming rig I want to put together soon, help? I'm no pro at computer hardware, but within the next year I want to start putting together a somewhat epic gaming rig, something that won't go obsolete in a while, and something that will run games at their maximum. I need some help choosing a pre-built, yet upradeable desktop. I can get the accessories myself. Where should I start looking at pre-built computers? I will upgrade them later on, but I need one that will perform extremely well without having to be upgraded right away. Thanks!
what is less expensive? buying a whole pc computer from the store or building one from parts you buy? i need to know because im trying to make a really good computer for gaming and other things. is buying a whole computer that is are ready built for you less expensive or more expensive than a computer you build from scratch? i need to know because my uncle and i might be making one or might be buying one for me this gonna be my 2nd computer that works really good.
I'm looking to build my own desktop PC. Need help of where to start and go from there? I know how to install the hardware i just never did learn to build a computer on my own lol. I alway took my pc to my service store for repairs and now its getting very old. Some tips would be very helpful!!
What do I need to build a gaming computer? I want to build a decent enough gaming computer. What will I need to make sure I have? What kind of graphics card, RAM, sound card etc. Any good websites I can research on? Thanks.
My Dell XPS M1530 will get a blank white screen and shut down randomly or when I launch any PC games? I'll be just randomly browsing, be on netflix, or launch a PC game and the lap top gets blank white "tear" screen, goes "pewwwwwwww" and just shuts off. Clearly it shouldn't be doing this, anyone know what's going on or know how to fix it?
How to pick the best motherboard for the computer you are building? I am planning on building a computer - but I feel on my last two computers I built that my motherboard limited the efficency of the other components I used. I am knowledgable about all computer hardware except how to pick the best mobo for the job. Does anyone know if there is a website or somesuch to help show how to pick the best motherboard for the computer you are building? Any help would eb greatly appreciated!
What are some good PC laptops that come with Nividia Geforce 8600 GT or any other advanced nividia graphics? Most PC laptops don't come with the graphics card that com with the old macbook pro or new aluminum macbook pro. Can you find any PC laptops that come with advanced Nividia Graphics card and give me the link about the laptop?
Can I play games on my netbook from my gaming PC? Is there a way to use my gaming pcs power to play games on my netbook? Ive used a website called streammygame before but they don't have a very wide selection of games. I want to play skyrim on my netbook, only on a local network.
What video card should I get for Windows 7 64bit? Currently I have Nvidia Geforce 9100. I'm having problems with color issues and lagging issues with games. I'm just wondering what card I should upgrade to with it being under $100 or so.
Can somebody explain computer spec terms to me? I'm new to computers still. I want to build a gaming PC, only problem is I don't understand ANYTHING about specs. I don't understand how to read my computer processor, memory card, ram, graphics card, etc. Where can I go to fully understand all of this?
What is the best way to view Live Internet TV on your computer? I want to watch Live Sports in particular on my tv. I will pay for Internet TV service, not necessarily free. What are the best options?
Why are all the cool things only for Apple products? For example, I have a capacitive touch screen monitor for a windows pc. All I want is a stylus to draw with. But I can't find a pressure sensitive stylus that is windows capable. And what irritates me the most is I read about all these new stylus and other cool gadgets coming out but it is only compatible with Apples IOS!! While not a sound for any sort of development on windows products. How hard is it to make it compatible for both systems? Is it because Microsoft is just to diverse in it's hardware? I don't get it. While windows has tablets and other devices coming out with pressure sensitive stylus, it's great, but those tablets aren't as powerful as a desktop. And that irritate me to death!! Because Why would I buy a whole new device, just for one upgrade, and 100 downgrades? This is where I believe apple has an advantage though, Because their devices are limited, and they are the only people making their devices. So their operating system isn't on over 1000 different devices, its only on a small few, which allows developers and engineers to work around just those few devices, and not have to worry about capabilities of other devices. If Microsoft stopped releasing their software, and made devices themselves, I think things would be much more organized over there. And there would be more development for windows. I Also Like the adonit jot 4!! But guess what? It's features only work on ios devices!!! GOD Why isn't anyone developing anything for windows!!! Most can't afford a mac, so why!!! Typing this I realized I answered my own question. The reason why There are more useful accessories for apple, is because their hardware is limited, and their different product lines all use similar hardware, which enables developers to not have to worry about millions of other different devices and aspects that they would have to do to get it to work with all of them. They just have to focus on a certain few. For example, they only have one tablet, one Imac, desktop computer. And developers would only have to focus on what they want to work with. Apple chooses what they think is best, and only releases what they think is best. Which enables them to be organized. While Microsoft, Has one hardware company doing this, another doing this, and another doing something else. Which confuses a developer or engineer on which they should focus on. This makes microsoft hard to work with. And now Android is following microsoft's foot steps. Which i don't think is a good idea. I might just buy a mac. If you read Adonit's forum, they say it works with all devices, but the pressure sensitvity and palm rejection only works for Ios. Also, Most of the software released for microsoft, Mac doesn't need. Like virus protection, spyware, and things along those lines. Why does apple need that?
How can i update my driver? Im not good with computers. I currently have a GeForce 8600 GT driver for Windows XP, i would like to update it because it's giving me lots of problems when i try and play games on my computer. How do i update my driver? (Im not good with computers so clear instructions would be apreciated)
How can I fix the audio on my computer? The speakers are hooked up and everything is how it should be but you still can't hear anything coming from the speakers. Can anyone please tell me how I can fix this?
Why would you say an Apple laptop is better than other brands of laptops and why? and recommendations? also recommendations for which apple laptop one should get. thankyou!
What type of video card should I get? I was at best buy today, browsing through the video cards. I wrote down all of the ones that were under $100. I was wondering which (out of the list) video card would be the best for modern PC gaming. Here's the list: Nvidia GeForce GT 620 Nvidia GeForce GT 630 Nvidia GeForce GT 610 GC Nvidia GeForce GT 620 GC Nvidia GeForce GT 430 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 AMD Radeon HD 6670 2GB PCI Express 2.1 Thanks! Hope somebody could help
I am a PPL. What is the most realistic Flight Sim you found? We can't fly everyday... I am looking for a good, realistic flight Sim that REQUIRES rudder pedals and Yoke/Joystick - No f**g "keystorkes"! Preferably with control feed-back... And where to buy these PC add-ons? (Window 7 based). Cheapest the best!
Where can i find FFXI macro files? Im going to uninstall FFXI, but i really dont want to lose all of my macros! Where can i find the files to copy so i can put them back in when i reinstall it?
On a scale of 1-10 how hard is it to build a PC? Im used to console gaming but Ive decided to switch over because of large selection of games to play. I intend to play Total War: Rome 2, Arma 3 and lots more. My budget is $1200, is that good enough for play every game? How hard is it to build a PC?
Some good things on an iMac for a student that PCs don't have? Hi, I'm trying to convince my parents to purchase an iMac for my studies, are there any critical things that are good for students that are on a Mac, and not a PC?
Do i need to reset everything if im replacing my motherboard? motherboard bios messed up and im getting a replacement. I have my OS that hasn't been validated yet on a SSD, and it's a OEM so im worried about if i need to buy another OEM Windows 7 or if I'm going to have to erase all my SSD data to put the OS and drivers again.
Question about putting windows on a macbook pro? If I Download windows xp or a similar program on a macbook pro, will I be able to play games that are designed for windows or pc? I'm new with macs
What are some good pc games on steam? Im getting a sweet new gaming pc and i want some games i am already getting planetside 2 and some other free games but i have 40 bucks in paypal so i want around 3 games so yeah what should i get
Seriously Which is Best and Why? I want to get a brand new video game system like a ps3 or xbox 360 but i cant make a choice could you tell me what is best the pros and cons so i could at least make a choice? Im still not convinced.
how can you customize your xbox so it can read copyed games from the internet? what kind of modchip? what model of modchip? what website?
Which one of these processor is better for gaming? Core 2 Duo E8400 vs AMD Phenom X4 9650 ?
The main differences between Mac and PC? If you could note the MAJOR differences between the two, what would they be? does mac have the upper hand...or pc? What is your opinion about the two?
Building a gaming desktop - What do I need to know? I've only worked with the insides of computers a few times before, and I've never built one from the ground up, but my 7 year old PC just isn't cutting it for the new games out these days and it's time to get a new one. I've heard that building your own PC isn't as worth it these days as it once was, but to me building my own computer is more about the experience I would gain from doing it than the savings I'd get on the parts. So worth it or not, my mind's made up. Right now I'm really into Planetside 2, which runs like a nightmare on my current PC. Running PS2 at high framerates without sacrificing graphics quality is very important to me, but I also want to build this computer to be able to handle future games as well. I know that PS2 doesn't multi-thread very well, so CPUs with fewer cores are ideal (I think, I'm still new to this), but for the sake of it performing well in other applications in the future I plan on installing at least a quad core CPU. In short, just because I like Planetside 2 doesn't mean that I want to build this PC just to run Planetside 2, though running it well is critical. I've been looking at some key pieces of hardware over the last few days, and I've made a few selections so far, with links in brackets: *CPU - Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501 ) *Motherboard - ASUS Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131808 ) *Video Card - ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121660 ) *SSD - SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147193 ) *RAM - I haven't decided for sure on yet, but something like G.SKILL Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2600 (PC3 20800) Desktop Memory Model F3-2600C10D-8GTXD ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231591 ) Are these parts compatible with each other? What kind of power supply will I need to run these well? I would like to do some serious overclocking with this build, what kind of cooling system will I want? I've tried to select the best of the best for gaming, but are there better parts out there? I barely know what I'm doing, so any advice or feedback is greatly appreciated.
i need the link for a sound card driver for a LG computer thingy lOl? ok i have speakers and my computer wont detect them. i think its sumthing wrong with my sound card. can u give me a link to a website for a LG computer. i need to install/download the sound card driver
what do you like more or what do you think is better? what do you like or think is the best mac or pc and why?
what software can make runescape run faster on my computer ? im talking abt any software tht makes it fadter in any way.....evn software for the pc
is the new macbook really worth it? i need a new computer and i have come to the conclusion that i want a macbook, but i dont really know which one i should get, I like the design of the old one but if the specs are better on the new one i would rather get that. So i just wanted someones advise, Can you really tell the difference with the new one. Is the new one really worth it?
Should I buy an Xbox 360 or wait for the PS 3? Any thoughts about which system will be 'better'? Things i am looking for: <br><br>* support for HDTV <br>* support for living room media control / integration (e.g., ability to function as a DVR, etc.) <br>* Game selection
Trying to build my own computer. Any suggestions on my component selections? case: APEVIA (ASPIRE) X-Dreamer ATXB3KL-AL motherboard: ASUS A8N5X cpu: amd 64 x2 3800+ manchester hardrive: 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3808110AS 80GB ram: CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail dvd 1: LITE-ON Black 16X DVD+R 8X DV+RW (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106256) dvd 2: LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106027) video card: POWERCOLOR X300SE or Albatron 6600LEQ Geforce (not really sure about either) wireless adapter: SMC SMCWPCI-GM PCI MIMO monitor: Tyris T701DB Black 17" 8ms DVI LCD Monitor (have no clue how to judge the quality of a monitor, so i just picked the cheapest) Xp Home Edition Any suggestions or compatibility issues would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks a lot
A video game question for yall? I really enjoy game ever since the SNES times. My friend custom made a PC for gaming, so I thought is it possible to create or custom make a game console that plays any or all of the 3 console in the market (Xbox , PS, Ninty ) I'm really noob on this topic, but I would consider making a console or PC from scratch, just need to know if it is possible and what parts to buy or look at. Thank you.
Are The Build-A-Gaming-PC Online Stores Good? I've been visiting some websites and people are saying that build your own PC's are the way to go nowadays for better hardware and cheaper prices. But since I am not the best at building an actual computer, I was looking at the sites like iBuyPower, and such where they will build it for you themselves, but with your selections of hardware. Are these deals worth it? Or is there any tutorial on how to put a PC together? haha. Thanks
Suggestions/improvements to my future gaming PC rig? I am planning on buying the following PC with specs: Price: $1,359.00 ______________________________________________________________________ BLUETOOTH:USB Bluetooth 2.0 Adapter CAS:Raidmax Aeolus Gaming Mid-Tower Case CD:24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR) CD2:None COOLANT:Standard Coolant CPU:Intel® Core™ i5-2550K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (Quad core) CS_FAN:Default case fans FAN:Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan) FLASHMEDIA:None HDD:1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive) HDD2:None IEEE_CARD:None IUSB:Built-in USB 2.0 Ports MB_SRT:32 GB Patriot Torqx 2 SATA II 3.0Gb/s SSD - 270MB/s Read & 230MB/s Write MEMORY:8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand) MONITOR:24" Widescreen 1920x1080 Asus VS247H-P LCD MOTHERBOARD:[CrossFireX] Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, Ultra Durable4 Classic, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x Gen3 PCIe x16, 3x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI NETWORK:Onboard Gigabit LAN Network OS:Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition) OVERCLOCK:No Overclocking POWERSUPPLY:700 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready SOUND:Creative Labs SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio 24-BIT PCI Sound Card USBFLASH:None USBX:NZXT Internal USB 6-PORT Expansion Module VIDEO:AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card VIDEO2:AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card WNC:802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card XWNC1:Edimax EW-7811Un IEEE Nano 802.11n USB Wireless Adapter ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Other notes/questions: -I plan to play high-end graphics games like Crysis 2, etc. -Overclocking maybe an option in the future. -I do not plan to build one from scratch. I do not have the time nor the effort. -Is it worth it/more convenient to have a second hard drive? -Is it worth it/necessary to have dual video cards? If yes, will I get the most performance of the video cards with the supporting hardware? -I am not sure about the selection of chassis (case) for my rig.
Help On Building A Gaming PC Please? Hello, ok so i need a computer for school (programming classes and such) but i really do want to get back into pc gaming. ive searched at sites like ibuypower and cyberpowerpc but ive heard mixed reviews about them and dont wanna get screwed, so ive decided to just build my own. i will post my specs below and hopefully you guys can give me feedback about if my selections are good or now or if you can recommend better hardware for me to buy (im buying from tiger direct) or if anyone can post game info such as what games i would be able to handle at max settings. =) I Am Very Interested in FPS, RPG, and MMO Games. NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case Corsair 850w Modular PSU - Single Rail, 80 Plus Silver Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64BIT Operating System Software ASUS P8P67-M Pro B3 Intel P67 Motherboard Intel Core i7-2600K Unlocked Processor - Quad Core 3.40 GHz MSI Radeon HD 6970 Lightning Video Card - 2GB Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 RAM - 1600MHz, 4x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered LG 12x Blu-Ray Burner Western Digital Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1.5TB, SATA-6G, 7200 RPM, 64MB I Will Post Links To Each Item Below Also Just In Case You Need Them To Help Give Me Info =) --------------------Case--------------… http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7335394&sku=A406-2056 --------------------Power Supply------------------- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4668507&sku=C13-2511 --------------------Operating System-------------------- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213938&sku=M17-7310 --------------------Motherboard-------… http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7343084&sku=A455-3038 --------------------Processor---------… http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073159&sku=I69-2600K --------------------Video Card-------------------- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=253065&sku=M452-6972 --------------------RAM---------------… http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7025816&sku=C13-5706 --------------------Optical Drive-------------------- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7271170&sku=L49-1063%20OEM --------------------Hard Drive-------------------- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=158499&sku=TSD-1500FAEX
Critique my desktop pc custom build and suggest a mother board please.? My goal is to build a pc that will allow me to play pc games on a full 1080p lcd tv. I am not all that knowledgeable about pc hardware and I want to make sure that everything I have selected will help me meet my goals. Also, could someone suggest a motherboard for my current selections? If you think I should use some different parts please leave your suggestions. Thanks. Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102841 Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365 Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674 OS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677 Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196 Power http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171037
Help with building custom High-End Gaming Desktop? I am building my first High-End gaming desktop, I have included my specs so far below. What I want to know is: 1. Is there room for obvious improvement (hardware failure issues, incompatibility, etc. ) 2. Is everything able to be build together? (Same chipset, available ports, power supply, etc) I am open to any and all suggestions, so please feel free to criticize my selection, i can take it, thanks High End Gaming PC Build Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3 TUF Edition ($200) CPU Intel Core i7-2600K ($330) CPU Cooler Corsair Hydro H100 CPU Liquid Cooler ($100) RAM Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 16GB (4 x 4GB) ($99) Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (1536MB GDDR5) ($490) Sound Card Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme 7.1 ($50) Hard Drives Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB (64MB cache) ($250) OCZ Agility 3 Series Solid State Drive 120GB ($130) Optical Drive Asus 12x Blu-Ray Burner ($80) Case Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower ($160) Power Supply Corsair TX850W ($120) Total Cost: $2009 (USD)
Best Online Retailer for PC Components in the United Kingdom!? I live in the UK, and though I've never built a PC before I am willing to build myself a £900 gaming rig, with a good processor and graphic card, good memory and a blu-ray player. I have been on some UK websites and wow the prices are good but then I hear things like, "their after sales server is terrible". For example, overclockers.co.uk has great prices but they're considered "cowboys" and their manager is extremely rude and they spell out continuous lies. That to me, by anyones standard is an utter disgrace. I'd rather have nothing as mentioned of the above. I do indeed want to use a UK website which has good prices, but I also want a website that has good after sales support and if something is faulty will be RMA'd or whatever it's called. Replaced or something? On the other hand. When I went to www.scan.co.uk another surprise hit me. A cheaper MSI 790FX-GD70 AMD 790FX AM3 Socket motherboard even cheaper than overclockers.co.uk however, their RAM was DOUBLE THE PRICE! Can you believe it!? I am not paying 140 quid for Dual Channel DDR3, that is beyond belief! Then came delivery issues, I've read Overclockers.co.uk has disgraceful delivery and coupled with a nasty arse manager wouldn't go down great. Then there is Aria which has expensive delivery. Then there is www.scan.co.uk which requires you to sign up to another website's forum and post 20 or more times (without it being considered spam) to avoid a £20 delivery charge. I want a website which has good prices, great after sales support, good delivery (possibly free) and can have faulty equiptment replaced, and isn't run by cowboys who insult you if you ring up and tell them the faults with your hardware. Is there even such a website or am being unrealistic? This is my first build, and I don't know if it's risky. I will be getting Arctic Silver of some kind and two anti static bands one for myself and one as a replacement or for my father. I know Intel is powerful but it's great at number crunching and when AMD comes along in the gaming arena I've seen in real-life test the AMD Phenom II X4 955 out-beat the Core i7 920. So that's the processor picked. The mobo above amazingly which I found is considered better and giving 5/5 everywhere I've been, every forum member I spoke to says they would pick it over the Crosshair III Formula. So that's sorted. So now it's just time I find a DECENT buyer with good prices, aftersales and delivery. I only have £800-900 - I originally was going to get it pre-built by PCspecialist.co.uk or Arbico.co.uk but it turned out the mobos for selection were absolutely useless. I then decided Intel but the money started adding up. I know this question is long but does anybody have any tips for a noob gaming RIG builder. I'm not good with fiddling things and I'm worried about applying thermal paste to the CPU and heatsink. I'm worried I'll screw it up. Also where else does thermal paste go, could someone list all the places (maybe for this build I will list below) thermal paste will go. Thanks to everyone who answers, I will read your answers shortly, most informative and thorough will get their points. Thanks again. FX - the noob PC builder on a 900 max budget! :D note: Buying In GPB £££ Not Dollas. Newegg.com does not ship to the UK so don't mention it. ;) Feel free to E-mail me folks. Do not IM. I can communicate via e-mail to people on a regular basis so this would be beneficial to the advice I recieve and my gratitude towards you. Dean. I'm not made of money bud. £800 preferably - £900 Max. lol an I'm on AMD for budget reasons but they perform and overclock well compared to the Core i7 920 but is so many 100's of pounds cheaper than the i7's. Remember my budget mate. Edit your answer if need be. Thanks FX I forgot to add the build I want. I'll decide on other components but these are what I will be having. AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (3.2ghz) MSI 790FX-GD70 AMD 790FX Socket AM3 Motherboard Corsair Dominator XMS3 4GB (2x2GB DDR3 1600CP9 (72.99 on Overclockers.co.uk but was over double on Scan.co.uk as mentioned above, was about £160) ATI Radeon 4890 1GB or ATI Radeon 4870x2 1GB or Two Radeon 4870's in Dual X16 Crossfire. LG Blu-Ray player (Approx £60-70) :) PEACE AHHH that was the one. CCL has the double price RAM. I went on there earlier, their website is useless, they won't win the award for 09 I can bet. Sorry mate, thanks anyway This build is completely from Scratch, from the ground up. This PC I am on is like 5 years old and is useless. This is my first build as well remember. Please take everything said into account this message is long enough already. Thanks Info. I know about System Specifications. I know what's good and what's bad. I'm asking simply about Online Retailers and some advice on building my computer.
How do you get Max Pain to work on your PC? Hi... i recently downloaded max pain on my computer. i hav 2GB ram, around 150mb of graphics card, and 2.2GHz processor.. any ideas why it doesnt work... i have windows XP profesioal! MAX PAYNE READ ME Congratulations! Thank you for purchasing MAX PAYNE. This document contains important information about Max Payne, please read it through carefully. Last Minute Notes Bullet Time Aid: The Game Options menu contains a new selection called Bullet Time Aid. The Bullet Time Aid helps players to conserve Bullet Time by automatically switching off Bullet Time when performing a Shootdodge, and prevents the player from accidentally re-enabling Bullet Time during a Shootdodge. Additionally, when you run out of ammo or switch guns, Bullet Time is automatically switched off. Bullet Time Aid is enabled by default. Key Names: The menus read key names directly from Windows. This means that key names will change depending on your localized Windows version. For example with US versions of Windows, the mouse buttons are referred to as MB1 for left and MB2 for right mouse button. System Requirements Max Payne runs on a wide variety of hardware and operating systems. To make sure you are getting optimal game play experience on your system, please make sure Max Payne uses suitable graphical detail level settings for your PC. For more information, please refer to the Options menu tool tips in the game. Minimum (minimum graphical detail): 450 MHz AMD / Intel Processor (or compatible) 16 MB Direct3D Compatible Graphics Card 96 MB RAM Recommended (medium graphical detail): 700 MHz AMD / Intel Processor (or compatible) 32 MB Direct3D Compatible Graphics Card 128 MB RAM Supported Operating Systems: Windows 95 (OSR2 or later), Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000. Although Max Payne has been found to work on Windows XP, it has not been thoroughly tested and thus Windows XP is not officially supported. Additionally, Windows NT is not supported. Max Payne requires Microsoft DirectX 8.0 or newer to be installed. Supported 3D Accelerators Max Payne requires a DirectX 8 compatible 3D accelerator in order to run. The following table lists 3D accelerators (3D Chipsets) supported by Max Payne and the tested driver versions: 3D Accelerator Windows 9x/ME Windows 2000 3dfx Voodoo4/5 1.04.00 1.04.00 3dfx Voodoo3 1.07.00 1.03.00 ATI RADEON 4.13.01.7075 5.13.01.3112 ATI RADEON VE 4.13.01.7075 5.13.01.3112 ATI Mobility M6-P 4.13.7132 5.13.01.3221 ATI RAGE FURY MAXX 4.12.7942 Not Supported ATI RAGE 128 / 128 PRO 4.13.7078 5.13.01.192 Intel i815 (integrated) v6.3.1 v6.3.1 Matrox G400/G450 v6.51 v5.52 NVIDIA GeForce3, GeForce2 GTS/Pro, GeForce2 MX, GeForce256/DDR v12.41 v12.41 NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Ultra, TNT2, TNT2 m64, TNT, Vanta v12.41 v12.41 S3 Savage4 Reference 8.20.33 Reference 8.40.02 SiS 315/315Pro Any Any SiS 640/740 (integrated) Any Any ST KYRO, KYRO II v1.2.2 v1.2.2 VIA / S3 ProSavage4 (Integrated) 4.12.01.1038 N/A Notes: There may be certain issues with specific settings with the above accelerators. Please refer to the Troubleshooting section for more details. Most above 3D accelerators will not run satisfactorily on maximum detail level settings. The following unsupported 3D Accelerators may work with Max Payne, but all game visuals may not be correct and performance may be unsatisfactory: 3dfx Voodoo2 3dfx Voodoo Banshee Intel i810 Matrox G200 The following unsupported 3D accelerators do not work with Max Payne: 3dfx Voodoo, Voodoo Rush 3Dlabs Permedia, Permedia2 ATI RAGE II/II+/IIc, RAGE PRO Cirrus Logic Laguna3D (CL5465) Intel i740 Matrox Millennium II, Mystique NVIDIA RIVA 128/128ZX PowerVR Neon 250i S3 Savage 2000, Savage3D, Trio64 3D, Virge/DX/GX/VX Rendition Verite V1000/V2200 Some older integrated / laptop display adapters (Neomagic, Trident) Legal: Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. AMD is a registered trademark of AMD Corporation. DirectX and Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. 3DMark is a registered trademark of MadOnion.com Inc. Max Payne is a trademark of 3D Realms Entertainment. MAX-FX Technology is a registered trademark of Remedy Entertainment Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. WHEN I INSERT THE CD... IT SAYS "PLEASE INSERT THE CORRECT CD ROM, SELECT OK AND RESTART APPLICATION." How do you select the correct cd rom?
what could I get with 416 dollars in pc parts? Thinking of building a gaming computer but that is what I have to start out with. I want a selection of parts minus the following: *power supply *case *hard drive *OS I have a full atx case that is in dire need of new hardware. Any help would be great. Its tax season for me so any little bit can n will help. *edit: ive never had a peace of hardware with more then a single core cpu. I think my last build had to do with a socket a AMD 1800+ athlon cpu*
Video card selection opinion needed? First a little background... My current system is a Lenovo 3000 J115 7387 with a few upgrades. I have 4GB of RAM and my current video card is an MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC. I actually have 3 identical systems (whole family into gaming) and two of video cards had the fans die, the other has a working fan but the card is crashing the system. The base system has PCI Express x16 (no SLI or Crossfire) and 3 PCI slots below it. I need to keep one PCI slot in use for wireless network cards since the PCs are not directly wired to the router. So what I'm looking at is a recommendation on replacing with an upgraded video card. These PCs are multipurpose systems including gaming (World of Warcraft, Sims 3, Spore, HL2, and other similar games). I know I'll need to replace the power supply since the Lenovo system only has a 250W PSU. As much as I'd like to go out for a new NVIDIA GXT 480, I do need to keep price in mind (I have 3 systems to upgrade). So questions: - Can the dual GPU cards (single card w/ two GPUs) work in a single PCI Express system? I know it will sit over the next PCI slot, but I can afford to give up one of them if it works. - The card hierarchy chart at Tom's Hardware ( http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2569-6.html ) shows a hierarchy video cards. Is the 9800 GTX2 on par with a single GTX 260 or GTX 275? - Any recommendation on brand of video card? My 3 MSI cards died within 3 years of use so I have a distaste for the brand at the moment. - How much video RAM is really needed for the games I listed above (is more than 1 GB overkill)? Keep in mind the underlying system I have since I won't be upgrading for another 1-3 years. - Which PSU brand and or model would work well with the upgrade? - Should I stick with NVIDIA or go with ATI/AMD Radeon? I've been using NVIDIA lately but the new Radeons seem to be cheaper and higher performing by the charts. Models I've considered: 9800 GTX+, 9800 GTX2, GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 285. Guess I'm just looking for some input from others that went through a similar upgrade. Two of the PCs have dual displays. One is running 2x21" displays at 1440x900, the other has a 23" 1920x1080 and a 21" at 1440. The third PC is just a single 21" at 1440x900 (can't convince my son that 2 screens is better). I am looking to improve frame rates (I do raid a lot in WoW, rest of family less so). I tried to find a GTX/GTS 240, but no luck on NewEgg. I'll continue to poke around at other sites.
Windows 8 Game Graphics problem? To begin with, yes I know Windows 8 Professional is not fully out(I got it legit through my University) but there seems to be a problem with my Laptop with games with it that does not occur on my PC. When I'm playing games on my Laptop(It's a 2011 Laptop, much newer then my PC that's 2005) graphics start messing up...example: Skyrim: All characters including player is fully black skinned, no details. Armor still shows and eyes. Perfect World(MMORPG): Grass, Character selection, land, and anything else gets graphic squares around it or on it directly and or appears black land, water map when it's supposed to be green land, and loads incorrectly. Relogging eventually fixes this. Again...this only happens on my laptop. PC handles games on Windows 8 perfectly to its Hardware's limits.
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