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Gkar
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 9:48 am    Post subject: Hardware Reply with quote

Sata 3.0
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2347837,00.asp

The $800 Killer Gaming PC
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2347620,00.asp
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the 800 killer machine is very similar to the pc i built last year.
i did mine for about 1100, but it had better memory, psu, motherboard.
i also found a 9800gtx card for ~100 at the time.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friend thinks I should go for this: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10859080

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Boze
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So confused by the market hype about quad cores on gaming machines. If you are doing compression/decompression, video rendering or DVD ripping then by all means get a quad but it is completely useless for games.

When building game machines, stick with single or duel core unless the price difference doesn't affect you.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO unless a program takes advantage of multi core OR you plan on running multiple programs. which you still bound to OS restraints. if i recall i think the next version of windows takes care of some issues.

i would stick to a duel core there cheap and in most cases you get better performance.

im running a amd 3.2g duel core with 8g of ram and now my biggest hurdle is my HD IO since for some reason windows xp likes to use pagefile ALOT.

i wish i could afford an I7(think thats the name) i play with a person who has one with 12g of ram he has 5-10sec zone times.

Eq2 supports multicore AND in the next game update they have offloaded most of the shadows to the GPU. so i get 50fps instead of my normal 20ish. and the game with shadows tuned on looks so much better.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your running multiple games or runs of the same game on one machine you could force it to use 1 proc... but other then that I haven't seen any real advantage of 4 core vs Dual core for a gaming machine.
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