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#81 bobbob

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 03:15 PM

Cables for hooking up the hard drive and CD drive
Adapters for your monitor(s) and TV
Power cord and screws for installing the disk drive and CD drive
Various cables for hooking up your monitor(s)

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 04:52 PM

do any of the parts come with instructions? Or is it just straight forward?
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 02:13 PM

View Postarchermitch, on October 24th 2007, 03:52 PM, said:

do any of the parts come with instructions? Or is it just straight forward?

Usually they have a manual, but since each part plugs into another part you can usually skip parts of the manual.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 10:26 PM

You'll want a manual for hooking up the front ports of the case to the motherboard, but most of it's pretty obvious and it's practically impossible to install anything wrong. As long as you're not the dude who tried to cut bits of his AGP card off to fit in a PCI slot that is...
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Posted 28 October 2007 - 12:11 PM

So, just to be sure, the Ram is compatible with my motherboard, right? How many GHz or MHz is my CPU?

Here's the thing, in my final stages of working out the finances with my consultant, it was suggested that I could also go to places such as dell.com or gateway.com and customize a computer. Would this be cheaper while staying with the same specs?

I'm also sort of confused to graphics cards. Is there some simple rule I can follow to tell which cards are better? Each and every one sounds next-gen and better than the ones before it.

P.S. what video card am I using?

I also would like to find a monitor which both computers can plug into and have a USB plug for my mouse and keyboard...
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Posted 28 October 2007 - 04:53 PM

View Postarchermitch, on October 28th 2007, 11:11 AM, said:

So, just to be sure, the Ram is compatible with my motherboard, right? How many GHz or MHz is my CPU?
The motherboard takes DDR2 memory and the RAM is DDR2. The Core 2 Duo E4500 is 2.2 GHz.

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I could also go to places such as dell.com or gateway.com and customize a computer. Would this be cheaper while staying with the same specs?
You wouldn't need or be able to find the same specs, but you can get pretty close. You'd want a Core2Duo not a Pentium or Celeron because those are a lot slower, you'd have to make sure you're getting a dedicated graphics card like an 8600, and you'll need at least 2GB of RAM. Dell often has sales, so google "dell.com coupon codes" to find some.

here's one
Just from a quick look, I'd start with the 4th one from the left (Vostro 200 base price $479). 2GB and an 8600GT adds $220 to get $699, but at least it includes a cheap monitor, but it also has a smaller hard drive drive. Don't worry about missing this sale, I think the average wait until the next one is two weeks to a month or so. The best sales tend to happen at the end of the quarter or financial year, as they try to inflate sales.

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I'm also sort of confused to graphics cards. Is there some simple rule I can follow to tell which cards are better?
Benchmarks. Here's one with a lot of cards, few of which match any available models. Here's one that looks at UT3, and one that looks at Half-Life 2: Episode 2. You can't quite trust benchmarks, but they tend to show relative performance well enough to use as a rule of thumb.

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 06:40 PM

Thanks!

Do I have a Video Card?
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Posted 29 October 2007 - 07:36 PM

View Postarchermitch, on October 29th 2007, 05:40 PM, said:

Do I have a Video Card?
You listed a Geforce 8600GT.

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 09:00 PM

isnt that a graphics card?
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Posted 30 October 2007 - 05:15 PM

View Postarchermitch, on October 29th 2007, 08:00 PM, said:

isnt that a graphics card?
Yes.

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 05:27 PM

video card and graphics card are the same thing. Gotcha! So if I purchase all these things I will have everything necessary to assemble provided I have Philip's head...
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Posted 30 October 2007 - 06:00 PM

you could pick up a torx 10 too... just in case..
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Posted 30 October 2007 - 06:07 PM

what's that?
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Posted 30 October 2007 - 06:19 PM

View Postarchermitch, on October 30th 2007, 08:07 PM, said:

what's that?
Torx screwdrivers. Chances are you won't need one.
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Posted 31 October 2007 - 05:01 AM

View Postarchermitch, on October 30th 2007, 06:27 PM, said:

video card and graphics card are the same thing. Gotcha!

D- Your routine needs some work.  :cool:

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 11:15 AM

You won't need a torx screwdriver, but you might want a phillips head micro screwdriver. I helped someone pull a motherboard out yesterday so he could get the serial number to RMA it because the southbridge was flaking out(heavy graphics and network usage were causing the machine to turn off, and both those parts are routed through the SB) and it was a pain getting around all the cables to the screws with a full-sized screwdriver. It isn't necessary, but it makes stuff a little easier.
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Posted 31 October 2007 - 05:31 PM

Will, GH3 work on my PC?
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Posted 31 October 2007 - 09:24 PM

View Postarchermitch, on October 31st 2007, 04:31 PM, said:

Will, GH3 work on my PC?

You're well above Aspyr's minimum specs, and right in the middle of Aspyr's recommended but confused specs, so I'm guessing yes. It's not out yet, though, so Aspyr could still cut you off at the navel.

http://www.aspyr.com...t/game_specs/85

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:17 PM

well, it wouldn't run on my Mac and according to the PC specs I need 2.8 GHz...

Edit: oh sorry, Aspyr is making it for the PC too. Why are the minimum specs 2.8 GHZ and the recommended 2.4? (I'm using IGN...) It also says I need XP SP2?
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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:45 PM

View Postarchermitch, on October 31st 2007, 09:17 PM, said:

Why are the minimum specs 2.8 GHZ and the recommended 2.4?

Minimum is a 2.8GHz Pentium, which is slower than a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo. You're getting a 2.2 GHz Core2Duo (IIRC), so it'll be right around the recommended requirements.

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It also says I need XP SP2?
Yeah, the copy you found at Amazon is SP2, and any copy of XP can be updated to SP2.