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Beginners Guide: How to Build an Affordable Desktop Computer

Beginners Guide: How to Build an Affordable Desktop Computer - PCSTATS
Abstract: Buying a new computer can be a confusing process if you're not techno-literate. The first step is to identify what your computer needs are, and roughly how much you're willing to spend.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Aug 02 2007   Colin Sun  
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Budget PC Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry

3DMark06 Source: FutureMark

3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

PCSTATS Benchmark Report3DMark06
Overall: Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 4346
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 570 SLI (200/800) 4437
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 590 SLI (200/800) 4452
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GF6150 (200/800 Onboard Video) 203
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GF6150 (200/800 7800GTX) 4450
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 Onboard Video) 187
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 7800GTX) 3676
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 7600GT) 2964
CPU: Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 1590
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 570 SLI (200/800) 1936
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 590 SLI (200/800) 1944
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GF6150 (200/800 Onboard Video) 1976
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GF6150 (200/800 7800GTX) 1971
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 Onboard Video) 778
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 7800GTX) 781
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 7600GT) 781

The Albatron motherboard's onboard GeForce 6150 videocard is no speedster no matter what processor backs it up. The scores from the systems with integrated video are very close and there is no way you'd be able to tell the difference between the systems. When a standalone GeForce 7800GTX is installed, performance between the systems is very close! Even with the 7600GT videocard, the Sempron 3600+ is very competitive.

FarCry Source: Ubisoft

Real-time editing, bump mapping, static lights, network system, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows, and a dynamic music system are just some of the state of-the-art features that the CryENGINE offers. The game was set to Ultra quality and the Ubisoft's Regulator demo was run.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFarCry
Regulator LQ 640x480 FPS Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 149.91
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 570 SLI (200/800) 171.25
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 590 SLI (200/800) 169.19
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GF6150 (200/800 Onboard Video) 87.59
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GF6150 (200/800 7800GTX) 170.27
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 Onboard Video) 78.09
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 7800GTX) 127.59
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 7600GT) 114.48

In FarCry we can see that the onboard GeForce 6150 is able to play the game at lower resolutions without much difficulty. In fact you'd probably have a difficult time telling the difference between the GeForce 7600GT or GeForce 7800GTX. At higher resolutions the framerates will be more noticeable, and right now that GeForce 7600GT seems to be a pretty decent value.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guide: How to Build an Affordable Desktop Computer
 Pg 2.  Picking a Motherboard by Choosing the Operating System
 Pg 3.  Putting your Hardware to Work
 Pg 4.  Budget PC Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 5.  Budget PC Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 6.  Budget PC Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 7.  — Budget PC Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 8.  Budget PC Benchmarks: X3: Reunion, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 9.  nVIDIA PureVideo and High Definition Content

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