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    Building a rig and want to know if the specs are good enough for HL2 on a budget but let me know what I should upgrade and what to keep. Thanks for your help. Here are the specs.
    # Motherboard: Abit AN8 Fatality
    # Processor: AMD 3500+ Athlon 64 w/ "Winchester" 90nm Core
    # CPU Heat Sink: Alpha PAL8150-M81
    # Memory: G.SKILL 512 MB PC4400 (DDR550) Samsung TCCD - F1-3200DSU2-512LE
    # Video Card: eVGA 6600 GT 128 MB PCI-Express - 128-P2-N368-TX
    # Hard Drive: 160 GB 7200 rpm Samsung IDE
    # DVD Drive: Sony DW-D22A-B2 16x Dual Layer DVD/RW
    # Floppy Drive: Samsung 1.44 MB
    # Card Reader: ArrowMicro 7 in 1
    # Case: Antec Performance II Mid Tower
    # Power Supply: OCZ Modstream 450

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    You call this on a budget ?? Hell, this will for sure do well in HL2 and CSS, for sure. Just ditch the 6600 and get a X800XL instead, ATI is better in HL2, and you can't go SLI so why go with a 6600GT.
    Also i think you need better cooling, and perhaps a NEC will cost less than a Sony as for the optical drive.

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    • Butcher's system
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      • 8 GB Corsair 1866 MHz
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    Graphics card is the only obvious upgrade there, also you could save a few bob on memory if you like, it won't make that much odds.

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    cant afford

    Cant afford the x800 as I have one on my main pc this is a second pc for my lan partys so my 11 year old son wants to play with me and my buddys. Is this card good enough though i got a sweet deal on it.

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    I'd deffo get 1gb of memory

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuzgib
    I'd deffo get 1gb of memory
    Thats what I was thinking also not sure if the memory i have on the specs sheet would be enough.

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    It'll play HL2 as is. no problem. But like people have said, you can save afew pennies with a slightly cheaper optical drive selection and shop around for the best prices. Then have a re-think on the RAM if you feel you need to. I'd say 1Gb of RAM is worth it.

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    Are you overclocking? Theres not point in getting anything higher than pc3200 if you're not.

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    And no point getting GSKill if that's just for Lan, a couple of Crucial Ballistix is enuf if you really want fancy brandname.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuzgib
    Are you overclocking? Theres not point in getting anything higher than pc3200 if you're not.
    Iv'e never overclocked before so I dont think i will annytime soon dont want to mess annything up, as far as memory goes am I spending to much on the name brand? Howabout the ammount? Do I have enough or will I NEED 1g? Optical drive I will look into thanks for the advise fellas. Also the most inportant of all is the card good enough to hold its own online and for lan? I think thats the most Im concerned because like I said I run a X800XL on a "24 monitor with everything turned up and im downgrading. As far as the PC I have its a p4 with AGP slots now Im giving the AMD64 a chanceon a "21 and pci slots which Ive never used so thats why I have all the Q as Im not familiar with them....... Thanks. Hope I make sence. lol

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    Better off with something more affordable than GSkill if you don't overclock. And 1 gig is better than 512Mb if you play games frequently.
    And the 6600GT is good enuf for all your gaming need as for the moment.

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    • YorkieBen's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte P35-DS3R
      • CPU:
      • C2D E4600
      • Memory:
      • 4 x 1GB PC6400 Corsair XMS
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      • Leadtek 8800GT
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    Put it this way. My system runs HL2 and CS:S at 1280*1024 with damn good settings:

    Athlon XP 3000+
    768MB RAM
    128MB 9800SE AIW w/softmod

    So yes your system will run it fine.

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    Patriot 3200 XL Blk I think its called and is ~£150 but is TCCD and gets quite good clocks
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    practically anything can play it...i had a duron 1200 with 256pc133 and a geforce4mx440 64mb and it played it on highest settings in 640x480 didnt go higher as the machine had a 14" monitor (lol) so no point in higher (or 800x600)... even with the 6600gt it would be fine,but with a ATi card will be nicer for HL2 and CSS...

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