I have been researching on a desktop for almost 2 years but I think I learned more in the last 2 months. If you folks know of an Athlon equivalent of what I can use with it, tell me!
This is what I want to do with whatever I plan to get:
Play Age of Empires 3
Websurf, several open browsers
Play music on Windows Media Player
stuff like that, certainly not all at the same time, maybe music and internet. I play 3D games maybe twice a year, one title will keep me going for a long time, I get bored & come back, stuff like that. Not into war games except for Halo. While I do not watch much TV
(therefore no much to record), I do not plan on getting another screen even after I graduate and can afford anything. I'm a simple guy.
This is what I have decided on and so far it is limited by price:
Windows Media Ed or Home (prefered unless the tuner needs MC)
Intel 945G chipset with either 3GHz HT or 2.8 Dual-core
1 GB of memory (either DDR2 533 or DDR2 667), or a 512 if I cen get
another stick cheaper elsewhere.
single TV/FM tuner
80 gig hard drive (I do not project filling it up, besides, a desktop can expand in the future)
Integrated HD audio
To be bought separately: SAPPHIRE Radeon X1600PRO 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card, I already have a 19" analog which is huge for me.
As either HPm7100 or Gateway DX300S. I am considering a custom built case to be small form factor (I dono if all this will fit) as those standard mid-tower cases are big for me. I cannot put that in a suitcase, I wanted the Alienware Bot as it was small, but it costs to much for what I want in it. And it has the Intel 915 chipset, i.e. no dual core nor DDR2. But a specific version of both I915G and I945G are the same size, 9.6" x 9.6" so they can fit into the same case. I just do not knwo which one I am going to get.
But, I hear Sapphire vid cards don't works well with ASUS motherboards as in the BOT; that sucks. While I do not want to chance that, do any of you folks know if HP
/Gateway uses ASUS motherboards?
All of the above said, it is Intel only because I have yet to fully standardize AMD systems. Chances are an AMD system may be the third iteration, but that will not be until circa 2010. Does anyone know why most AMD Athlon systems that can be configured online have only DDR400 as the memory option? If DDR is slower than DDR2, then why hinder the high speed of Athlon chips?
Like on top, if you folks are familiar with an AMD Althon system with similar specs, please let me know. I'm one of those folks that do not contribute to the economy as I do not spend that often.
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