Help I'm trapped in 2005!

Help I'm trapped in 2005!

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aaronjer
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2005 Mar 21 • 4787
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ARGH! I go 11 months without checking what's new in hardware and now I have NO idea what 90% of the terminology means! This sucks!
 
 
2006 Nov 5 at 15:28 PST
SuperJer
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2005 Mar 20 • 6441
Some help

RAM
SDRAM - standard old-timey memory
SD - secure digital card, technically RAM, but don't try to plug it into your mobo
DDR SDRAM - double data rate RAM, it's technically not double rate
EXDR RAM - Exchange data rate RAM, stores currency exchange rates only
FDR RAM - Frank D. Roosevelt's RAM

CPUs
Intel Pentium 4 - the latest in processors with a "4" in the name
Intel Xeon - for servers only, and waitresses
Intel Freon - runs cool but causes pollution
AMD Athlon 64 - runs all the amazing, beautiful 64-bit apps that don't exist
AMD Athlon 69 - runs all the ... heheh... HEEEHEHEEHEE!!
AMD Athlon X - mysterious but undoubtedly the best you can buy (note the X)

GPUs
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 - Awesome
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 - OK
NVIDIA GeForce <6800 - Shit
ATI Radeon X{four digits} - Awesome
ATI Radeon X{three digits} - Shit

Mobo expansion slots for GPU
PCIe 16 or PCI Express x16 - YES!
PCIe 16 or PCI Express x4 - NO!
PCIe 16 or PCI Express x1 - NOOOO!
AGP - No.
PCI - NO.
ISO - Good Lord!

PPUs
You need one of these or your games won't have physics. I think.
 
 
2006 Nov 6 at 11:04 PST — Ed. 2006 Nov 7 at 10:55 PST
aaronjer
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2005 Mar 21 • 4787
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Well, I knew the graphics card part. I don't think there even are 4x PCIe cards are there? I heard there was a 1x one... like... what's the point?

Also... that's all the generic info... but what about graphics card specifics? There are about 400 PCIe 16x cards that cost around 100-150 bucks... and they all have a big long list of things they have in various numbers and lots of yes/no questions... and I only know what like 3 of them mean. We're gonna have to look at the Newegg together and you can tell me what is probably more important. We can also hold hands.
 
 
2006 Nov 6 at 15:34 PST
molkman
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2005 May 2 • 2066
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"superjer" said:
PPUs
You need one of these or your games won't have physics. I think.


I thought they'd carry out all the physics stuff, so your game runs faster, because the CPU doesn't have to calculate physic stuff. Plus it adds bonus physics.
LET LOVE REIGN
 
 
2006 Nov 7 at 07:44 PST
NatureJay
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2005 Mar 22 • 1871
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Bonus physics?

You mean if I collect all the rings, kill all the zombies, save all the children, and categorize all the stars, it'll unlock a bonus stage where I can collect even more physics and rack up awesome points?...

OW! Where are you finding all these bricks to throw at me!?
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2006 Nov 7 at 10:08 PST
SuperJer
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2005 Mar 20 • 6441
I really thought things like FDR RAM would give away that my post was a complete joke.


I guess not. :/
 
 
2006 Nov 7 at 10:53 PST
molkman
Owner of George Washington's Prototype Mittens

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2005 May 2 • 2066
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some names are fake, but some are real, aren't they?

What about the new Intel Dual Whore?
LET LOVE REIGN
 
 
2006 Nov 7 at 11:04 PST
SuperJer
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2005 Mar 20 • 6441
AARONJER I FOUND YOUR COMPUTER (~ $600)

Proc = Dual core AMD socket AM2 w/ 2MB cache
Vid = Radeon X1650 PRO 512MB PCIexpress x16
Mem = GeIL (GeIL rocks!) 1GB DDR2 RAM (mobo has room for 3 more, too)
Mobo = apparently the best cheap socket AM2 mobo you can get
Box = A very-popular (on newegg) ATX case w/ 400w power

You will have to cannibalize the rest. At least temporarily. I think you already have a bad ass HDD.

Here's the full info from newegg with ITEM CODES:

Case + Power Supply
Rosewill TU-153 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case + 400W(20+4 pin)
Model #: TU-153
Item #: N82E16811147011
$44.99

Mobo
BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD
Model #: TFORCE 550
Item #: N82E16813138026
$79.99

Video
ATI 100-437808 Radeon X1650PRO 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16
Model #: 100-437808
Item #: N82E16814195030
$209.99

Memory
GeIL 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Memory
Model #: GX21GB5300PLXAM
Item #: N82E16820144038
$95.99

CPU + Heatsink + Fan
AMD Opteron 1210 Santa Ana 1.8GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor
Model #: OSA1210CSBOX
Item #: N82E16819105015
$171.99

$602.95 Subtotal
+ $26.06 3 day shipping

= $629.01 Total
 
 
2006 Nov 7 at 12:00 PST
aaronjer
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2005 Mar 21 • 4787
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Yeah, I knew it was a joke, but you STILL covered the basic stuff everyone knows in the process. Wait... is FDR ram new?
 
 
2006 Nov 8 at 16:47 PST
Zarathustra
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2005 Apr 30 • 315
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I
Thus spoke Zarathustra.
 
 
2006 Nov 10 at 12:45 PST
aaronjer
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2005 Mar 21 • 4787
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Finally ordered it today. I made a few changes and additions to your suggestion but it was a good start. The type of RAM you mentioned was out of stock AND worse than other RAM I could afford. Also, there was a much better processor for like 9 dollars more, it was 2.2 instead and basically the same everywhere else. It was AM2 so I'm pretty sure it will fit...
 
 
2006 Nov 20 at 13:30 PST
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