Just thought I'd warn you all I'll be around here for the ground up build of my "ghetto gamer" pc I have recently compiled the parts for. I went ahead and got the ECS nFORCE3-A mobo, a cheapy 2800+ 754 Sempron, 1 gig ddr 400 (1x1024), a tiny 30 gig hard drive, and a Sapphire 9600XT 256MB. Now I know this isn't a blazing fast system plan, hence the name "ghetto gamer". Anyway, I will post some benchmarks after the build, then begin my foray into getting some higher clock speeds for the vid, mem, and cpu, all on stock cooling. Then some more benchmarks the whole way through the overclocking process, starting with the video. Just sort of making this as a reference for a very budget minded pc that should still be able to play the older, but still graphical intense games, such as Far Cry, Doom 3, and of course Half-Life 2, with all the goodies enabled at low resolutions. The reason for the low resolutions is i have a standard output crt television I use to play games, and 640x480 with 4xAA looks the same as 1024x768 with 4xAA, but frame rates seem to rocket with the lower memory bandwidth video cards as they run out of bandwidth at higher resolution. Correct me if I'm wrong as I'm very new to this, not building pc's, but overclocking in general. All in all I have about $400 into this thing, so I guess we'll just have to see what she'll be able to do. Hopefully she'll even be able to get some playable framerates outta beasts like F.E.A.R. We can all hope. If your not interested, please do not post negative comments in my thread. I feel this is a VERY popular setup for the budget minded gamer, maybe I'm wrong. About a week ago I would have killed for all this info in one place. Anyway, let me know if anyone would be interested in the write up, from bonestock, to overclocked on stock cooling, and maybe more.
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1/2/06 at 8:28pm