About to buy a new desktop PC... Advice?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by RoadBeef, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. RoadBeef

    RoadBeef More Boost means Fewer Fingers

    Jul 19, 2005
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    Northern Cal

    Long life story short, I am a Mac user, but need a proper Windows XP box in order to play hardcore racing simulations; specifically, GTR2.

    Generally, the advice I get is to avoid dual core processors, unless it's an Intel Core Duo (very fast, but expensive). Getting a dual core anything would mean an equally expensive motherboard, but correct me if I'm wrong.

    As far as video cards go, a 256 MB 7600GT appears to be a nice deal for performance, but I am hesitant to buy anything 256 MB, because 512 MB looks like "the new standard." What are your opinions?

    Memory will be 1 gig. HDD will be 80 or 160 gig. These are sort of incidentals, because honestly, I will only be playing one or two racing games, and not use the computer for anything else. I already have a Primary-Use computer.

    Any advice, tips, suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks for your time, OT. :wavey:
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

    Mar 31, 2006
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    The lower end of the Core 2 Duo's are affordable, and still very, very fast.
    Plus they overclock extremely well.

    As far as the 512mb goes, it sort of depends on the level of card you are buying.
    There are some great cards with 256mb.

    If you had a price range for parts, it would be a lot easier to help out.

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