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Hi there,

i'm new to all this custom building and i don't have a clue where to start.. I need help on basicly everything.. I want a gaming pc but not a super one.. it would be nice to be able to upgrade it a bit more after i get the basics.. like more ram, more hdd's etc..

I was thinking of one being built using a AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ - would this processor be sufficient for the newer games that are coming and last a while? not get outdated quickly or anything??

so any suggestions for me.. i don't really know what i need with what.. so as much help as i can get will be greatly appreciated..

thanks for your time.
    
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Well, depending on if you like to overclock or not, then the 6000+ is a nice one to go for. (can't OC worth a damn though) Has enough power to take care of everything for a while yet. But make sure you go with 2gb of RAM or the computer will be kinda slow on any of the really new, new games. (like Crysis for example) Also if you want to keep up with the games graphically, then either a nVidia 8800GTS (Or GTX if you have some more money) Or a ATi 2900XT will be in order...
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if you don't want to overclock and go with a higher end card, then i suggest the 5200+, high speed and larger cache as well. i would follow xerasytes suggestions for the rest.
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well i have a 4200 and a gtx and i can run anything out right now fine. I think that 6000 would be fine. Definately go with a 2gb kit probably the g-skill hz's (black ones). What size monitor you have should help determine your card. If you will be playing at high resolutions get a gtx or gts 640mb if not the gts 320 would be fine.
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thanks for your suggestions, also because the graphics card is pretty pricey and i want a good one so i'll be saving up for that.. is it possible to use the computer without a graphics card for now.. some sort of cheap intel graphics chipset like i have on my current dell?? how would i get that if its possible..
    
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thanks for your suggestions, also because the graphics card is pretty pricey and i want a good one so i'll be saving up for that.. is it possible to use the computer without a graphics card for now.. some sort of cheap intel graphics chipset like i have on my current dell?? how would i get that if its possible..
If you want a decent gaming rig you will need to get a good motherboard and most of the higher grade mobos have no intergrated graphics but you could just get a pci-e X800 series to get you along until you can get a DX10 or higher card

Also - What is your budget on this build? You may be able to get a Intel Core2Duo which will blow all the AMD X2's away for the same price.......
    
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You'd need to buy a motherboard with integrated graphics. I don't know of any decent ones that use that still though. Most are like for offices and so forth where graphics make no diference.
EDIT: damn...too slow. :/
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lol don't really have a set budget right now.. just a sort of buy when i can, shouldnt take too long to get.. me and my girl are both going in for it, just finding the right parts for me.. i dont want all the pricey stuff yet.. just wanna get the base as soon as.. i will throw in some of the stuff i'll keep like the processor and motherboard and ram.. but things like harddrives, graphics, etc.. can all be upgraded when i want to.. so any suggestions on which motherboard i should get? after looking at both, i'm going to go for the CORE 2 DUO E6600
    
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after looking at both, i'm going to go for the CORE 2 DUO E6600
If its an Intel based system you've set your mind on then you should consider any of the following Asus board's: P5K Deluxe, P5B Deluxe, P5N32-E SLi. With regards to the graphics card you could simply pick up a cheap mid-range one like the 8600GT.
post #10 of 10
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ok thanks for all of your help so far.. am just wondering.. what sort of power supply should i be looking at for a core 2 duo e6600 system, potentially upgrading to a top graphics card and around 4gb of ram?
    
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