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Old 12th December 2004, 15:29   #1
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Default Basic System Buyer's Guide - Holiday Season 2004

With the holiday season upon us PC upgrades are commonplace. Unfortunately most of us donít have the means to invest in SLI 6800GT video cards, terabyte storage, gigs of RAM, the latest CPUs, and other high end components. And when you think about it, none of that is really necessary. Sure youíll be able to play Doom 3 and Half Life 2 at the highest settings with FSAA and AA cranked up at decent frame rates, but the selling point of these games is their scalability.

From personal experience, Iíve had a relatively untouched computer for almost 2 years now, with some components as old as 3. A minor hard drive upgrade here, a tiny CPU boost there, a little more RAM, but nothing as major as a complete overhaul. Iím still using the GeForce3 Ti200 Iíve had for years and a moderately overclocked Athlon XP 1700+ JIUHB. And the beauty of it is that I can still play D3, HL2, WoW, and any other new titles. Granted itís not a pretty sight, but theyíre certainly playable (by my standards anyway).
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Yeah, it is the "cut throat" pricing, you can get the same system built with OS for the same price.

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