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#1 jimboboklashaur
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Tequila's build is good, but I'd spend a little extra in a few places.

1: Higher-quality motherboard. The Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L offers a fair bit over its older P35 sibling, and is definitely worth a bit extra in my book.

2: A little more space wouldn't hurt. For around $25 you could double your hard drive space, which isn't a bad way to spend $25. Game installs are getting pretty big, and if you have a lot of stuff, you could find yourself without room fairly quickly.

3: A slightly better power supply wouldn't hurt either. Graphics cards are becoming more and more power-hungry, and while the Earthwatts 430w is more than enough for right now, it might not cut the mustard next time you want to upgrade your graphics card.

4: I just read an interesting article on Bit-Tech showing that running 4GB of RAM can significantly impact performance of certain games over 2GB. While the average frame-rates generally weren't generally affected, the minimum frame-rates often shot up quite a bit - and to be quite honest, minimum frame-rates are what I'd be more concerned about than average. I'd rather play a game that averaged 30FPS and never dropped below 20 than a game that averages 50FPS but dips down to 10FPS occasionally.

5: This is entirely optional, but I'd be open to spending a bit more on a case you like the look of than the cheapest case you can find. If the look of the case doesn't bother you, don't worry about it, but don't be afraid to check out a few different cases as well.

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Thanks a lot for all the feedback. I made a few changes like putting the 4 gb instead of 2 and the upgraded motherboard. I think i'd just wait for the new power supply for when I buy a new graphics card because if it works for right now I'd rather just save the money right now. The total before shipping and tax and everything went up to 650, which is about 1000 less than I was expecting to pay so that's perfectly fine with me. I was going to upgrade the case but 100 bucks more for something just a little cooler looking isn't really worth it, plus I can always upgrade in the future if I feel like it. Thanks again for all the feedback from everyone. So I buy all this and I'm good?
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#2 jimboboklashaur
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Well XP would be my first choice because I hear nothing but negativity from Vista runners, or ex-Vista runners I guess that'd be. I'll wanna be playing games like Mass Effect and obviously Diablo III like I mentioned before, and I think that could maybe run Crysis, what do you think? XP my best choice? Crysis runnable, or am I just wishing for too easy a way out of this?
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So I get that and then I'd like to build it myself so I don't have to pay someone a ridiculous amount to build it for me. Easy way to figure that out, or should I let someone help me with that? And thank you very very much for your help by the way. After playing games for over 15 years having to ask questions about a type of gaming, it sucks feeling like a n00b, but you're all very helpful making me feel not like that.
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I do have an intel mac, but it's a mac mini so it's not very technically impressive. Looks like my best option is to buy a new PC then? Any recommendations for something that's not going to cost me a year's salary?
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Ok so I have a Mac, which I'm in love with, but the big big downfall is the only sweet game I get to play on it is WoW. I could keep my Mac as both a general and gaming machine since the major games I'm looking forward to are the obvious WoW expansion and Diablo III, both of which are Blizzard games so it'll be on my machine. The bad thing is I'm missing out on a LOT of PC only games, and the even worse thing is the only PC in my house is about 8 years old or so. It can run some games, but I won't lie, it was hiccuping when I played LOTR Battle for Middle Earth. Yeah I know, that's pretty sad. On to my question: Should I maybe upgrade my DELL (yes, I'm very sad to have it), to make it gaming compatible, or should I bite the bullet and just flat out buy a new machine? Which would be cheaper? Positives and negatives of both? I'm a huge console gamer, so that's why I have these questions. I'm missing out, and I wanna know what my best options are.
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#6 jimboboklashaur
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You'll be fine. My screen's been broken for about 2 months, and I basically just use it as a movie player on my Samsung, and I use my old fat one if I wanna bring some gaming on the road. Inconvenient, but it works.
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#7 jimboboklashaur
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Dude, I've sure been there. You have to start worrying though when you fall asleep with it and then wake up with no clothes on. That's right...I was taken advantage of...by my own hardware. Is it wrong that I enjoyed it? Nay, and that's because it's an amazing PSP. Sleep long and well with it. Enjoy it. I'll stop now because this is getting ridiculous.
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#8 jimboboklashaur
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That about sums it up, but also to add to your list, get the GTA's.
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#9 jimboboklashaur
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Definitely Vice City Stories if you're in for more of a challenge, because that one was a LOT harder than Liberty City Stories, at least for me. But if you don't like the whole 80's vibe and just want a bit of an easier GTA then LCS is your game. Definitely not GOW though. It's a blast, but it's way too short.
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#10 jimboboklashaur
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Uh the hype is that its awesome. I win.