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Hi people, I intend to spend about $1000 to buy a computer (without monitor, keyboard and mouse) and I would like to get some advices about a good hardware configuration to run DirectX and OpenGL. (main components) CPU: MotherBoard: RAM: VideoCard: Thanks.

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Just copy my system (a bit old, maybe enhance a few things)

Prices from Newegg

CPU: Athlon XP (Barton core) 2500+ $88.00
MotherBoard: Asus A7N8X Deluxe $120
RAM: 1GB DDR333, dual channel controller setup (2x 512mb with individual controllers) $84 x 2
VideoCard: All in Wonder Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB $394

That''s $770, though you''ll still a good power supply, a DVD and CDRW, harddrive (might want to use the SATA RAID feature of the motherboard) and misc stuff like floppy and fans (Volanco 7+ for the CPU)

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This was a couple months ago so prices prob. change from then.

CPU: P4 1.6 ($130 - $160 ish)(From expensive computer shop )
MotherBoard: P4 Titan 533 $120
RAM: 512 DDR $80 ish
VideoCard: 128 MB DDR Radeon 9500 Pro $300 - $400 (Can't remember off the top of my head)

If your building it yourself, take Michalson's advice. Get a good power supply (Around 310?).

EDIT:
Don't get the Radeon 9500 Pro, if you want a Radeon get the 9700. The 9500 won't support the latest versions for pixel/vertex shaders (2.0).

-UltimaX-

"You wished for a white christmas... Now go shovel your wishes!"


[edited by - UltimaX on August 19, 2003 8:12:47 AM]

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CPU: Athlon XP 2800+ or 3000+ (Barton Core with 512 KB L2 Cache)
MotherBoard: MSI-KT4 Ultra (Nothing beats this, trust me)
RAM: 1GB Dual-Channel DDR400 by Corsair
VideoCard: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, 256 MB DDR II

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Just more one doubt: - Is it better to invest in video card or in CPU? For example, is (Athlon XP 2400 + Radeon9800) faster than (Athlon XP 2800 + Radeon9600)?

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quote:

128 MB DDR Radeon 9500 Pro $300 - $400 (Can''t remember off the top of my head)



Are you serious? You got seriously jipped. Mine was barely over $100! I was also pretty sure that is did support the latest shaders..?

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