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921  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New Comp Help - Capable of running Half-Life 2 on: October 20, 2004, 09:27:43 PM
Hey guys:

Did some checking on dell and here is what I found. Someone please tell me if this is a good system or not. Does this beat the monarch system above? Remember the goal is to run Half-Life 2 smoothly.  :lol:

If I get this system, I am still planning on purchasing Jeff's ATI 9800 Vid Card from him is its still ok with him.

Thanks for the comments in advance.

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Dell Dimension 4600 Series
E-Value Code: 6W300 - 3d46h12a
From $999
Now from $759

Mail- In Rebate:
$150 Mail In Rebate

Total Price: $609
(not counting taxes)

Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor w/ HT Technology (3GHz, 800 FSB)

Operating System:
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition

Memory:
1GB Dual Channel DDR SDRAM at 400MHz (2x512M)

Hard Drive:
80GB Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive (7200 RPM)

CD or DVD Drive:
Single Drive: 8x DVD+RW Drive

Video Card:
Integrated Intel® Extreme Graphics 2
922  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New Comp Help - Capable of running Half-Life 2 on: October 20, 2004, 02:53:10 AM
Quote from: "egrudzin"
 Give it a shot just for comparison if nothing else.


Thanks egrudzin. Thats exactly what I have been doing but I have to say I am having a hard time understanding the processor speed differences between intel and amd.
923  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New Comp Help - Capable of running Half-Life 2 on: October 20, 2004, 02:30:51 AM
Jeff:

Ok, I have a few questions.

You said I should add another 516 mb of memory. Should I have it added through monarch for $116 more or where should I order it from?

The system charges $89 for WinXP home to be installed. Do you suggest getting XP through Monarch or is there a cheap site I can get the OS from?

Also, as far as the on-board video that comes with the system, you say I should disable it. Is that difficult to do?

I am full of questions, but this system does look pretty doable and alot cheaper than getting something like this through Dell. I only plan on using it for gaming only and use my current computer for web surfing and other computer duties.

Thanks in advance,

Eric
924  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New Comp Help - Capable of running Half-Life 2 on: October 19, 2004, 09:04:04 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Btw, I have an ATI 9800 that I'll likely be selling soon, that can save you $100 at least, if you're interested. I might be upgrading to a 6800.


WOW! Thanks Jeff. Let me review this system as half this of this stuff I don't understand. I haven't bought a new computer in like 5 years. I might also take you up on buying your ATI 9800. I will get back to you.
925  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Comp Help - Capable of running Half-Life 2 on: October 19, 2004, 08:47:26 PM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
But it would help to know what you consider acceptable performance- for example, what resolution do you expect to run, what framerate are you used to?


Well, I'm not a bleeding edge graphics type of person. I would just like the game to run smoothly on an acceptable resolution.

I have never had a problem with 1024x768 but I guess 1600x1200 would look good. As far as framerate, I just don't want to see any stuttering that would affect gameplay performance. I hope that helps gameoverman.
926  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New Comp Help - Capable of running Half-Life 2 on: October 19, 2004, 07:54:38 PM
I just saw some of the early reviews. They are really talking this game up.

To get this or any really recent games to run, I need to buy a new computer.

Heres my question to my fellow CGers.

Can I buy a computer that will running Half-Life 2 well for under $1000? If so, links to companies would be appreciated. No Monitor needed, and I am not adverse to buying my own graphics card and installing myself.

I have never built my own computer so I am a little leery of doing that but I'm willing to try. Just nervous about installing a motherboard and operating system on my own.

Thanks in advance!
927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life Has GONE GOLD! No, really this time on: October 19, 2004, 07:49:51 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
You definitely can! Post this question over in Hardware Hell, and some of us will happily guide you along the right path to HL2 gaming goodness.


Thanks Jeff. I'm headed over right now. smile
928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life Has GONE GOLD! No, really this time on: October 19, 2004, 05:04:52 PM
I just saw some of the early reviews. They are really talking this game up.

To get this or any really recent games to run, I need to buy a new computer.

Heres my question to my fellow CGers.

Can I buy a computer that will running Half-Life 2 well for under $1000? If so, links to companies would be appreciated. No Monitor needed, and I am not adverse to buying my own graphics card and installing myself.

Thanks in advance!
929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Evil Genius tip thread: Now with extra creamy evilness on: October 14, 2004, 02:53:28 PM
Thanks Victoria Raverna. That maze design has helped keep the agents completely confused while I worked on my evil plans. The only drawback with all those doors is that alarm is going off CONSTANTLY.  :x

But the heat is starting to get turned up and soldiers are starting to show up and sometimes just shoot my minions on site outside the base. I haven't even considered creating the hotel. Should I bother with the hotel or topside building stuff?

I do have a question for everyone. For the control room, what is the ratio of control boards to memory banks?

Is it one to one or two consoles for every memory unit? I am having a tough time figuring out how to keep the room manned and keeping people on the memory banks. Any suggestion?

Also, when performing an act of infamy, can I set my minions to "hide" and still carry out the mission?

Should I be building so many lockers or should I wait until my reputation starts bringing in minions. Lockers kind of feel like a waste of space since the minions never use them for anything.

Also, what does everyone think is the best room to build off the initial maze? I would like a place where alot of minions are available so they are ready to fight off agents that get through the maze. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance...
930  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [film] Team America: World Police on: October 13, 2004, 04:10:06 PM
Thanks for the review. I know I'm going to enjoy this movie.
931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Evil Genius tip thread: Now with extra creamy evilness on: October 12, 2004, 05:55:19 AM
Damn, I think I need to start over. The urge to create an efficient lair with nice straight corridors is hard to unlearn.

I need to think like a deceitful evil genius who's only goal is to confound the forces of good until the proper time when I can UNLEASH MY FURY and make the WORLD GROVEL AT MY FEET AND ....  :twisted:

Wow, you can really get carried away huh?

I will get to work on that maze first thing tomorrow evening!!
932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So what's the consensus view on Evil Genius? on: October 12, 2004, 05:37:56 AM
This is an easy game to love if you enjoy the putting together an effective "Evil" lair. This game is funny and well done animations with lots of humor.

It is also easy to role play as you can just imagine any bond villian or early 50s super villian performing evil acts so his notoriety grows.

In todays complex dramas such one dimensional villians wouldn't be accepted but if you can step back a bit its alot of fun.

Definately, worth the $39.99 I paid for it.  Tongue
933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Evil Genius tip thread: Now with extra creamy evilness on: October 12, 2004, 05:32:05 AM
Thanks for resurrecting this from the Gone Gold Forum (RIP).

I am really loving this game. It has knocked off all the games I was spending any time with as I am enjoying trying to figure out how to create an effective evil lair. I love the idea of trying to keep the heat low and not let agents find any incriminating evidence.   :lol:

This is one of the easier games for me to role play in a long time. Just for fun, I imagine my evil genius is the evil Octopus from the old 1950s Speed Gibson radio series.

Also, I haven't had a chance to thank Knightshade Dragon for being so generous to take some of us in. I have always had alot of respect for the work he has done with this site.
934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 06, 2004, 03:50:59 PM
I'd like to be involved in the league.

Gamertag - Tiredchimp

I will take the Redskins
935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / creating league. double check your teams on: August 03, 2004, 01:22:23 PM
Eco or Jessie:

Cant wait to start the league. Do we get notifications on X-box live to join the league?

Eric
Gamertag = Tiredchimp
936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: ESPN NFL 2K5 on: July 25, 2004, 06:44:07 PM
HELP. I have some ESPN NFL 2K5 Questions.

1. I know how to download and save someone's VIP off XBOX Live. I thought you can play that person's VIP in a game? I have loaded the VIP but when I go to quick and use the right joystick control it will not show up.

2. How do you view your own Online User Card? I can see other peoples but not mine.

THANKS!!

Eric

GamerTag TiredChimp
937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN 2K5 League [Serious Players Only] - Team request on: July 25, 2004, 06:14:18 PM
I'd like to join the league. Finally got an internet connection again.

My gamertag is TiredChimp

I will take th Arizonial Cardinals and try to double last years total wins!!!

Eric
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