UTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1204 times:
answer c) none of the above.
The main factor for a gaming PC is the GRAPHICS CARD.
Look for stand-alone AGP cards that have built-in RAM and not integrated graphics.
64MB is a minimum, 128 not so bad and with 256 you're cooking.
RAM wise, look for the faster DDR-SDRAM rather than "normal" SDRAM, again, 256MB is a minimum, 512MB average and gets cookin' with 1GB.
Processor speed in secondary, nowadays eben the slowest Celeron is above 2GHz.
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Sebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1199 times:
You can play great games with an average cpu, a moderate RAM, and a cheap graphic card. (for example Athlon XP 2000+, 512 Mo, Radeon 9000 if it still exists). This config. is still much more powerful than the best config you could have had 2 or 3 years ago.
Of course if you're a FPS-fanatic that's another story, but many Frame per second doesn't mean more fun, just more money out of your wallet.
Ralgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1169 times:
It depends on what type of operations you're doing. For FPS and similar games, graphics card is the biggest bottleneck. For games such as SimCity4, RAM is the bottleneck. With today's CPUs being 3Ghz and above, you don't really need to worry about the CPU for games.
Where you need CPU power is for computationally intense chores, which games usually do not have. CAD tools often use a lot of CPU, especially for auto-routing and similar tasks.
B757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1167 times:
If you're going to be playing a FPS like Delta Force: Blackhawk Down or Medal of Honor Allied Assault and its expansions, then a flat panel monitor isn't the best choice. Having played FPS games on both flat screen and flat panel I've found that flat panel just doesn't seem to refresh fast enough for some games. When I had to get a new monitor after mine went up in smoke, I purchased a 19 inch flat screen monitor for a lot less than even a 15 inch flat panel.
But as everyone else has said, for a FPS game, the video card is the most important issue with RAM right behind it. For SimCity4, even 1gb of DDR RAM is barely enough. The game is really memory demanding or it has a memory leak somewhere.