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It's been a while since i had to buy anything for my computer and even longer since i built a new one from scratch.

 

I am looking to build a new computer just after christmas and i would like any suggestions on what components would be best.

 

I am a bit behind on all the lingo and the advances of the technology at the moment.

 

What i am looking for a fast responsive system which will play fairly intensive games and i will probably be looking to overclock it.

 

the things i would like advice on are the graphics card, the hard drive (sata,RAID,ide etc.) the processor and motherboard. And probably the RAM because of things like ddr 2 coming out ad things like that (know nothing about it) all the rest i should be able to decide for myself.

 

so any advice would be fantastic cheers

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That's $1200-1400 USD (according to a converter).

 

I guess the "newer" tech you may not be completely familiar with are the following:

 

64-bit cpu's

dual-core cpu's

pci-express

SLI and Crossfire

you mentioned some familiarity with DDR2

 

I think that's it?

 

First, do you have a preference between AMD and Intel, ATI and nVidia?

 

For gaming you'll probably want to look at the AMD64 line.  3500+ to 3700+ is probably a good target.  Once you gather a list of parts, you can always make adjustments depending on how much money you have "left over."

 

Videocards will be your biggest issue.  You're going to get bombarded by fanboys from each side.  The first decision to make is PCI-express or AGP.  Since it seems you're building a brand new system from scratch, you'll want to go with pci-e as AGP is dying out.  The king of the scene right now is the GeForce 7800gtx.  I don't think you can afford that with your budget though, but you'll have to see.  There is also the option of SLI with pci-e cards.  It's similar with what voodoo did years ago if you're familiar with those cards.  In layman's terms, it allows you to run 2 videocards at one time, so the load gets split.  You're looking at $1000 USD for dual-7800gtx's, so forget that right off the bat.  Your choice is basicaly, do you go with a single high-end card, or dual slightly-lower-end cards.  SLI is only for nvidia.  On the ati side you have crossfire which basically lets you use two different cards (whereas SLI you need the same exact card).  The x850xt is what you'd probably aim for from ati if you take that path.

 

I'm gonna let you just digest all that before we go into the other parts.  CPU and Videocard are your crucial and most difficult decisions you have to make, so decide those first before moving on to other parts.

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:withstupid: Clay pretty much summed up everything I was thinking.

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Vatsup,

 

all prices include shipping

 

Amd 3500+ 200$

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...uctCode=80717-5

 

Gigabyte GA-K8N PRO-SLI nForce4 SLI Athlon64/(FX)(X2) Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard 115$

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=241612

 

Mushkin1GB Kit DDR400 HP3200 High Performance Memory w/Heat Spreader Retail 133$

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ctCode=83433-20

 

NEC16X Double Layer DVD

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Thanks for all the replies. Defonately going for amd64 not sure what yet though. What socket is dying? i think the 939 is the way to go, but like i said its been a while. I don't think i will need sli or xfire so a single mid-high end card should do. pci-e definately.

 

as far as ati or nvidia i can go either way, i have had an ati card before but never tried nvidia. could anybody make any suggestions? if so could you please tell me the rival comparable card.

 

As far as DDR 2 is concerned do i need to worry about that? what is it all bout? is it just faster speeds etc.

 

cheers for the help guys n gals

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Vatsup,

 

all prices include shipping

 

Amd 3500+ 200$

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...uctCode=80717-5

 

Gigabyte GA-K8N PRO-SLI nForce4 SLI Athlon64/(FX)(X2) Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard 115$

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=241612

 

Mushkin1GB Kit DDR400 HP3200 High Performance Memory w/Heat Spreader Retail 133$

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ctCode=83433-20

 

NEC16X Double Layer DVD

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Psychotic_god he is from the UK!!!!!!!!

 

forgive me if i am wrong but i dont think zipzoomfly deliver to the UK?

 

try these sites to buy from.

 

www.overclockers.co.uk

www.dabs.com

www.aria.co.uk

www.novatech.co.uk

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Just checking them now. cheers bitchplz. i kno a few others aswell which i will check on.

 

So for a amd64 3700+ socket 939 what would the best mother board be? bearing in mind overclocking will probably happen but is not a real major issue. what chipset to look out for etc. Price range for motherboard is probably

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