Post by The Rising Dragon on Aug 21, 2010 12:36:46 GMT -5
I'm looking to make a custom-made computer that's really good for running games on it, but I am not savvy at building computers, so I'll need people's suggestions on what to get. Don't worry about the price; I can't afford to start anyway so this will give me an idea at what to aim for once I get a new job.
Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible. ~ T.E. Lawrence
Well, it depends on what you want. If you like to run mutliple programs while gaming, I suggest starting out with a quad core, but if you just use one application at a time, I would shoot for dual core. In terms of RAM, graphic cards, and all those details, take a look at the games you have, look at the minimum requirements, and then figure from there. Some parts also have a better compatibility with others, which increases general performance. Most of this can all be arranged at Toms Hardware, they have a step by step process on what you want, what price, and what parts work good together. It can be found here: www.tomshardware.com/reviews/balanced-gaming-pc-overclock,2699.html
Also, if you're a bit picky on thriftyness, try searching the suggested parts on multiple sites to try and find the cheapest parts. Hope this helps.
Last Edit: Aug 21, 2010 20:09:18 GMT -5 by Darkrider
Is what I'm running on. Keep in mind that this does not include a Hard Drive or a Disk Drive. The case is mostly a vanity thing and doesn't need to be that expensive, but the graphics card supports two monitors and I've yet to see a game it couldn't handle at max graphics over 30 FPS at least. If you're running above XP you might consider buying another stick of RAM. Just this list totals to a bit over $500 I believe. Working pretty well for me.