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Imua

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« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2007, 06:55:45 PM »
I'm running BtRL on a Toshiba M2 Laptop
1400x1050
Centrino 2.8ghz
1GB ram
Runs just fine. I do use a keyboard hooked up to it though.
I'm content.......but one day I want to build a gamer home system.

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« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2007, 08:15:41 PM »
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"Fast when you get one that works, but I've seen waaayyyy too many returns from our department."


Enki: What department did you work for at AW? Was it here in Miami, or overseas? Lemme know!

I'm not in AW.  I meant from the AW machines my department has purchased.  English is a wonderfully ambiguous language?  Isn't it!


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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2007, 08:14:01 PM »
Go for a PCI-Express video card rather than AGP.

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« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2007, 09:39:33 AM »
ok i looked around for one that was virtually the same price but pci but couldn't find it

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« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2007, 10:03:39 AM »
What cards these days AREN'T PIC-E?
Or something.



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« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2007, 10:36:26 AM »
the ones that are AGP? Duh.

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ok i looked around for one that was virtually the same price but pci but couldn't find it


You need to check your motherboard to make sure its PCI-E compatible before you spend the money on a PCI-E card. AGP Slots are typically brown, and PCI-E 16x are typically blue or black and regular PCI slots very, but on average are white.
« Last Edit: July 22, 2007, 10:40:16 AM by [dw]-hunter »

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« Reply #22 on: July 23, 2007, 04:28:38 AM »
Saruman178, the machine you linked to from Tiger Direct isn't bad at all.

But you can definitely do better.  Since your budget is about $1000, let's start with a motherboard based on the new P35 chipset; this one is very highly regarded by the various tech sites and is $130 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128050

Drop in a Core 2 Duo E4400, currently $130 at Newegg but that price may drop soon - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115014

Plug in 2 gigs of dual-channel DDR2 RAM for $89 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211066

and bear in mind that this mainboard will support much faster CPU and RAM sticks than these; these have the advantage of being hella cheap while still quite powerful.

Next, for your graphics card you'll want the Radeon X1950 Pro.  While eclipsed by newer offerings from both ATI and Nvidia (especially Nvidia) this card gives you the best performance for the least money, and is what I use.  This particular card from Asus has an impressive and effective cooler attached and is $153 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121031

$110 gets you a 500 gig hard drive from Samsung that runs cool and whisper quiet - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152052

Grab a decent DVD-burner for $33 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151145

And build it all into a RaidMax Smilodon case with a 500-watt power supply and good airflow for $90 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156062

And Windows XP Pro for $140 (In the names of all the Lords of Kobol, do NOT get Vista!) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116059

And you've spent $895 (plus shipping, of course) on a machine that will not only run BtRL with ease, but pretty much anything else you can throw at at it.  I have a comparable system with the same type of graphics card and I run everything at 1600 x 1200 - even Supreme Commander! - at high settings with no trouble.

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« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2007, 05:02:39 AM »
how the hell does one tell if a motherboard supports agp i checked and it doesnt look like the one on the barebones does

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« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2007, 05:06:10 AM »
ok nevermind i found the pci express thingies

thanks for the help

eric im looking into what sent me as of now