Building The Best Bang For The Buck Computer
Now before I start writing anything, I'd like to post a disclaimer.
Many AMD fan boys will disagree!
I am not an Intel Fanboy!
Now let's get started. In the days of gaming and memory hogging programs, you might notice that your HP is getting a bit sluggish. Many games today require 2gb, and high end video cards are able to render 3d like no other. So you might be asking yourself, what kind of parts would I need to make the best bang for the buck gaming computer? Well here is a couple choices.
Q: What brand CPU is the best choice for gaming or movie/audio editing?
A: Lets face it, It's 2007, we're power hungry, and dual and quad core are on the rise. So what CPU should you get? A Core 2 Duo or a Core 2 Quad. I know I may sound like every other Intel Fan boy when i say "Get a Conroe, it solves all your problems!", but the truth is, they're great CPU's. With the 2mb, or 4mb of cache, you will fly through challenging tasks like no other. Another great quality of the Conroe CPU's is their price. Its unmatchable, especially the lowest end Conroe running at 1.8ghz and costing 120 bucks. There is nothing that can match the performance of these processors to how much you are paying for them.
Q: How much memory do I really need to play games like BF2 and Oblivion?
A: Of course you could pull off playing the games with 1gb, but not with maximum settings. The recommended amount is 2gb of quality DDR2 ram. Personally, I think 4gb is overkill, but many games in the near future have been reported to reccomend 4gb.
Q: What Mainboard(Motherboard) should I buy? Which is best for the money?
A: If a user is not overclocking(Pushing computer elements past their rated speed) then there is an abundant amount of mainboards available. Just make sure to pick one that has a sufficient amount of Sata, IDE and Usb ports for what you need to connect to it.
For an overclocker, the board I suggest the the Gigabyte DS3 line. The quality of these boards is fantastic, and the overclockability is phenomenal. I have read many reviews on Cire 2 and Core quad boards, and this one seems to be the best bang for the buck.
Q: What should I look for in a power supply?
A: The misconception about power supply's is "the more watts, the better."
This is not entirely true. Sure, watts definitely help but the most important part of a power supply is the rated amperage. When looking at amperage, either on the label or the online data sheet, it will say "12v+xx" xx being the number of amperage. For the system that I am constructing here, the recommended amperage would be about 36 or more.
Q: Which video card should I get if I plan on playing graphically tense games?
A: Simple answer, the newest one out. The long answer depends on how much the user is willing to spend. The newest card out at the moment is the 8800 series. The GTS(Lower model) starts at 290 dollars(Depending on memory size), while the GTX(Better version) starts at a whopping $500.00!(Also depending on memory size.) Personally, I would go with the 8800GTS since it will give sufficient performance for all the newest games anway.
Q: What about the smaller components of a PC?
Now that we've gone over the main components, lets talk about the smaller ones. Hard drives should be bought with 7200rpm for fast access speeds. Recommended brands are Western Digital, Hitachi, and Samsung. Cd-roms, floppy drives, and card readers should be bought depending on user reviews, as there is such a big variety of brands that manufacture these items. The case should be aluminum as it dissipates heat very well. For non-overclockers, the stock Conroe heatsink should be perfectly fine. But for overclockers, a heftier heatsink may be needed. I suggest a Big Typhoon, Tuniq Tower, or Thermalright 120.
I hope that this guide has helped you construct a pc that is worth the money.
Please comment on things I could improve. Or you could just comment to be nice.