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Ok here's the deal I'm planning on getting a new computer. I don't know and can't be bothered learning how to build one. My lazy friend told me he'll do it for me and tell me all the parts I need but he keeps procrastinating. I'm planning on just buying a normal computer from Dicksmith/ Tandys but one thing I've noticed about all of them is the maximum amount of GHz that they come with is 2.33 and I my cousin, who's really good with computers' recommended that I get at least a 2.5 GHz processor computer because I want to be able to play any game on it. Unfortunately I can't find a computer which comes with that so I'm wondering if I should get the 2.33 GHz one? Will I be majorly disadvantaged is its processor is 2.33 GHz?
 

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why not build a pc with a 2.5ghz or higher cpu, instead of buying a computer from DS with 2.33?

i dont really know what difference there would be between a 2.5 and a 2.33, but my laptop has a 2.53ghz dual core and it's pretty quick.

if i were u i'd save up for an i7, 2.6 or something QUAD core.
 

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dude just build ur own computer. i7 is cheap these days anyways as long as u don't touch the 950 and up (last time i checked 920 was around $100. so i would say $80-90 bucks should be enough now as long as u know where to buy these things. if ur absolutely clueless about wat is i7 then its basically it got 4 cores such that a 2ghz i7 will pretty much operate 4x faster than a standard 2ghz single core processor). and yea how did u find a single core processor anyways? i thought those extinct ages ago. u will be majorly disadvantages to a point that there's absolutely no reason to buying this comp... my comp which is like more than 10 yrs old and it still got a 3.4ghz pentium processor and i'm finding it slow playing games...

if u seriously can't build ur own comp then go to some chinese pc shop and they will help u build 1 for u or go msy (personally i would go to msy coz the guys working there are nice and don't rip u off if ur clueless about pcs). Never buy comps at dick smiths coz it's a massive rip-off. and yea do realise 1k cash is enough to get u a gaming machine that actually owns
 

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they do but their website sux really bad so i suggest u go to their stores in stead
 

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they do have a website and theyre probably the cheapest place to buy parts. I recommend that you pay a visit to them, I think theyre at chipping norton, auburn and ultimo lol. And depending on what game you want to play, the clock speed (GHZ) is critical as well as the Graphic card. If you're a high end gamer, that is, you want to play games like modern warfare 2 on highest settings, get an i7 or i5 with >2.5ghz and a graphic card like geforce gts 250 will do
 

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Ok here's the deal I'm planning on getting a new computer. I don't know and can't be bothered learning how to build one. My lazy friend told me he'll do it for me and tell me all the parts I need but he keeps procrastinating. I'm planning on just buying a normal computer from Dicksmith/ Tandys but one thing I've noticed about all of them is the maximum amount of GHz that they come with is 2.33 and I my cousin, who's really good with computers' recommended that I get at least a 2.5 GHz processor computer because I want to be able to play any game on it. Unfortunately I can't find a computer which comes with that so I'm wondering if I should get the 2.33 GHz one? Will I be majorly disadvantaged is its processor is 2.33 GHz?
I bought my comp last year and it was 3.0 hz, I reckon u should go to a computer shop instead of DS or any chains like those. Compter shops specialise in the technology.
 

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they do but their website sux really bad so i suggest u go to their stores in stead
no, please for the love of god, do NOT do this. the queues can be over an hour long, msy is NOT the place for you to ask your tech questions.


ghz isn't the only factor that comes into play when determining how good a cpu is. on the same cpu though, 2.33 to 2.5? i swear i'd be able to underclock my cpu from 2.4 to 2.2 and not notice some insane performance loss in most games. unless you were some hardcore enthusiast.

you don't really need THE most powerful cpu to play most of the high-end games out there. they're mostly pretty gpu-dependent.

From The Tech Report said:
the cpu with the fastest clock speed there, the pentium 4 has a whopping 3.8ghz and yet it still sucks horse shit. the phenom x4 965 is 3.4ghz, yet some of the intel i series are under 3ghz and still manage to outperform it.

if you can't build a computer, get a nerd friend to do it, or else go to the computer shop and get them to do it. unless you're loaded, you don't need to get the most powerful cpu out there to play all the games that you might want to play, maybe asides from crysis. i can get consistent +50 fps in modern warfare 2 with my e6600 at 2.4ghz, so go figure.
 

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Why are you guys quoting MW2 ? That's by far not the most intensive game that you can get on PC.

Crysis is still used as a benchmark for comparing computer parts and would give a more accurate representation of differences in performance for computer parts & quality settings.
 
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why are you guys quoting mw2 ? That's by far not the most intensive game that you can get on pc.

Crysis is still used as a benchmark for comparing computer parts and would give a more accurate representation of differences in performance for computer parts & quality settings.
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Why are you guys quoting MW2 ? That's by far not the most intensive game that you can get on PC.

Crysis is still used as a benchmark for comparing computer parts and would give a more accurate representation of differences in performance for computer parts & quality settings.
If you think about it, MW2 is one of the most played PC games, and will most likely be played on the machine in question so therefore it's a fair game to quote.

Plus, if, say, the P4 doesn't perform well with MW2, it wouldn't run Crysis. The representation of CPU performance is easily transferred and scaled up/down from game to game.
 

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lol, you can't base cpu performances on the clock speed. That is so ten years ago!
 

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If you think about it, MW2 is one of the most played PC games, and will most likely be played on the machine in question so therefore it's a fair game to quote.

Plus, if, say, the P4 doesn't perform well with MW2, it wouldn't run Crysis. The representation of CPU performance is easily transferred and scaled up/down from game to game.
Not entirely as one game engine may be more CPU intensive than the other and so while the differences may be small, even percentage wise, with one game if it isn't putting that much strain on them, with a game engine that really works the cpu the differences will be significant.
 

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dude just build ur own computer. i7 is cheap these days anyways as long as u don't touch the 950 and up (last time i checked 920 was around $100. so i would say $80-90 bucks should be enough now as long as u know where to buy these things. if ur absolutely clueless about wat is i7 then its basically it got 4 cores such that a 2ghz i7 will pretty much operate 4x faster than a standard 2ghz single core processor). and yea how did u find a single core processor anyways? i thought those extinct ages ago. u will be majorly disadvantages to a point that there's absolutely no reason to buying this comp... my comp which is like more than 10 yrs old and it still got a 3.4ghz pentium processor and i'm finding it slow playing games...

if u seriously can't build ur own comp then go to some chinese pc shop and they will help u build 1 for u or go msy (personally i would go to msy coz the guys working there are nice and don't rip u off if ur clueless about pcs). Never buy comps at dick smiths coz it's a massive rip-off. and yea do realise 1k cash is enough to get u a gaming machine that actually owns

Fuck, could you be anymore wrong. The i7 920 is still $300+, where the fuck are you getting <$100? a quad core 2GhZ cpu will not be four times faster than a single core 2GhZ CPU. He would've found dual cores in the DS/HN catalogues, they just don't like saying what they actually are.

OP, get whatever fits your budget, use these parts:

Gaming Configurations

Email the correct branch from MSY saying you want these parts (or the closest parts available in stock) and you'll have an optimised gaming machine for your budget. Yes, MSY's website is shit and so is their service, they're also the cheapest around.

Side note: Anything from DS/HN will be shithouse for gaming, they never put a good GPU in. These are homework/office machines.
 

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If you think about it, MW2 is one of the most played PC games, and will most likely be played on the machine in question so therefore it's a fair game to quote.

Plus, if, say, the P4 doesn't perform well with MW2, it wouldn't run Crysis. The representation of CPU performance is easily transferred and scaled up/down from game to game.
Crysis is also HDD intensive.


A simple Intel QC CPU will be easily enough for most games, the local net cafe is still running the same rig from 2008 (2GHz dual core, 8800GT, 2GB Corsair RAM) and it runs MW2 with decent FPS and Crysis with decent FPS.

What everyone is forgetting is a multi-core CPU is running xGHz per core, so effectively a QC 3GHz CPU is actually running 12GHz processing power.
 

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