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What system specs are good for a new desktop gaming PC?

Alright, so I am considering buying/building a gaming PC - there are many great games I would like to play, such as World in Conflict, Red Alert 3 and more. What I want to know is what system specs I should get. I see many computers with 256MB of SDRAM or whatever it's called, etc, but I find it hard to see how well that performs. So for a gaming PC that will be able to run new games well, what kind of specs would I need? I was thinking of about 2.4Ghz processor, 2 or 4GB of RAM, and a video card with 512 SDRAM. Of course there are more components to a PC than this, but as far as I understand these mean the most for gaming. Any ideas? Or any specific video cards / processors that come to mind? Thanks!

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  1. are you building or buying??

    get a good dual core CPU, 4gigs of RAM, and a GPU with at least 512meg of RAM minimum, 1gig would be better. dont forget a good quality power supply with enough connectors...

    Asus is what I use for hardware and usually coolermaster for things like cases, fans, coolers...


    do you have what it takes to build your own pc?

    it's not as hard as most people will try to tell you it is and with a little research and a few hours of reading you will be able to gain the knowledge of how the whole process works.

    there are alot of good sites around that have great articles and videos that will help to show you how to put a system together step by step.

    for a better understanding of what a gaming pc is and what specs/parts you should aim to use,

    try these keywords in a google search "building a gaming pc" & "budget gaming pc" and read

    some of the articles that show up, but to help you save some time i have also included a few

    of the links that i found to be very help full.

    link 1.

    this site was packed with loads of good info but involves a lot of reading but as a result

    when you have read as much as you can then you will have a better understanding of what it is that you are trying to build.


    this link will take you to a great set of videos on youtube that show all the steps of building a computer, there is seven separate movie that show you a few steps at a time.

    i would also suggest downloading realplayer 11 if you don't already have it so you can download and save these movies to your computer for future reference.

    to download realplayer:

    the next 3 are a bit less reading intensive and you will quickly find there suggested parts list.

    link 3.,1147-9.html

    link 4.,2845,2270998,00.asp

    link 5.,building-a-1500-gaming-pc.aspx

    MY BUILD LIST..........

    the most recent system i built aimed towards every day use with an outlook towards gaming

    with a budget set at $2500 consisted of these parts.

    ( mid December 2008)

    motherboard - Asus M3N78-VM AMD Mainboard - 4x DDR2 / 5x Sata Raid / 1x IDE / Gigabit Lan / On board VGA/DVI/HD MI $141.90

    processor - AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 7750 2.7GHz (AM2+) - Black Edition $143.00

    ram - Corsair DDR2 4GB PC-8500/1066 (2x XMS2 2GB) TWIN2X4096-8500C5 Ram $159.50

    graphics card - XFX 9600GT 1GB, DDR3, 256bit, PCIE, Dual DVI, HDTV HD CP, SLI (PV-T96G-ZHF4) $256.10

    hard drive - Western Digital Caviar SE 750GB 7200RPM 16MB SATA 3Gbs x2 $170.50 (each)

    optical drive - Pioneer DVR 213LS Light scribe DVD Re-Writer (20x - Black) $50.60

    power supply - Corsair HX-1000 1000W ATX Modular Power Supply $371.80

    case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Ultimate Gamer Case (No PSU) $198.00

    o/s - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit DVD - OEM $188.10

    monitor - Samsung 24" 2443BW BLACK LCD - 5MS / WUXGA 1920X1200 / D-SUB / DVI $457.60

    keyboard and mouse - Logitech Cordless 1500Rechargeable Desktop USB (OEM) $96.80

    total cost $2406.40

    (note all prices stated in my build list are in australian dollars)

    and if after reading all the above you are not you are still a bit uncertain about taking on a build yourself you can always

    talk to friends that may have done it before and ask for there help,

    or take a parts list into a few computer shops in your local area and see what prices they can give you for building the

    system that meets your needs, also searching the keywords "good computer shops in (add your home town here )" in Google and

    look through some of the forums to see what people are saying about the computer stores in your local area to see which ones

    may be the best to go to by the comments that others have left.

    i hope that the above information will help you in achieving your goal.

  3. CPU: AMD FX-9370 4.40 GHz (4.7 GHz Turbo) Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology

    HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)

    MEMORY: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)

    MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX/SLI] GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AMD 990FX Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w/ Ultra Durable™ 3, Dual Bios, On/Off USB Charge & 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 4 Gen2 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI


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