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You Don’t Have To Be Rich To Be A PC Gamer

by rbeach on Nov.25, 2009, under Misc Articles

 by: Nathan Holsing

There is a common misconception that you have to take out a second mortgage on your house if you want to get a computer that will run all of the latest and greatest games. I don’t know who started the rumor that you need to spend $3000 to get a gaming computer. The truth is, if you are smart about it, you can easily afford to get a high-end gaming computer. Here are a few simple rules to follow to put a gaming computer within reach.

Rule 1. Never buy the newest technology.

I know we all want to be the guy or girl with the newest toy, but you will never be able to keep up with technology. That top-of-the-line graphics card that came out today will be old news in just a couple of months and a new one will be released that is “so much better”. Guess what happens to the price of the new graphics card you just broke the bank on? It dropped by about 50%. If you would have just been patient you could have purchased it for a fraction of the cost.

Rule 2. You only have to keep up with the software.

Rule 2 closely correlates to Rule 1. It usually takes software companies two years, give or take, to develop a new game. During this time there are new technology breakthroughs. If they went back and re-engineered the game every time a new processor or a new graphics card came out, the game would never be released. Another important factor is that they want the game to be available to the largest number of consumers. For this reason they do their best to make sure the game can be played on a wide variety of systems. Check out the system requirements for some of the more popular games. A 1.8GHz processor and a Direct X 9 compatible graphics card will run just about everything out there. Granted you might have to turn some of the settings down but it will run it.

Once you reach a certain point the added performance of the new technology is noticeable. For example, the Athlon 64 chip has been out for more than a year, yet there are very few applications that require a 64 bit processor. If you check out benchmarks on the new PCI Express graphics cards you will see that they are running games at 300+ frames per second. When you watch a movie it runs at roughly 60 frames per second. A game will still run relatively smoothly at 20 frames per second. Basically anything over 60 frames per second likely will not be perceived while playing the game. You will only see the difference in your benchmark programs.

Rule 3. Build Your Own Computer

This is important for two reasons. First, you can be assured of better quality components when you pick everything out on your own. When you buy an off-the-shelf system, chances are you are getting a big name CPU and everything else is most likely generic. Do you know what motherboard, power supply, or type of RAM you are getting? This of course, is my personal opinion, I’m not saying every manufacturer builds sub standard machines, but from experience I’ve had greater longevity from the computers I’ve built myself. I’ve also noticed that you will often get little system memory, unless you pay a great deal more for it. You will often get 256MB of RAM with these base system. Windows XP will run, but likely with problems, on 256MB of RAM. It seems to be the most stable with 512MB or more. Other areas they cut costs is by using integrated graphics chips. This saves them having to put in a graphics card, but you will pay the price for it when you try to play a game.

The second reason to build your own computer is that you can cut your costs by stealing parts from your old computer. You can save hundreds of dollars by reusing the drives, case, monitor, keyboard and mouse. Plus, you don’t have to worry about calling a technician to install RAM or a new graphics card because you’ll already know how to do it.

How Much Can You Build A Computer For?

I just checked out some pricing and you can build a very nice midrange gaming computer for around $600-$700 using an AMD Athlon 64 3000+. If you can steal a DVD drive from your old computer and maybe the case, you can bring the cost down even more. You can build a high-end machine for under $1000. The internet is full of useful websites about how to build computers. Look around and you’ll find all the information you need. There are several books published about the topic as well. If you follow these simple rules and do a little research you can enjoy all of the best computer games even if you are on a shoestring budget.

About The Author

Nathan Holsing is the editor of Gaming-Computers.net a website that provides information regarding building computers, product reviews, and hardware buying guides.

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Mafia Wars Cheats, Tip and Tricks

by admin on Nov.09, 2009, under Mafia Wars, Online

I’ll have to admit it, I have a guilty pleasure and its name is Mafia Wars. I doubt that I’m alone in this regard, but that doesn’t make it any less silly. There are millions of other players out there right now who take this thing way more seriously than I ever will and that’s at least somewhat comforting.

So, when I stumbled upon a guide the other day that claimed to help you reach the top of the pile where all the elite mafias are sitting I was a little dubious. These guys pour hours of their life into the game. How can I be one of them without doing the same? It’s expensive, right?

How it Works

So, rather than wonder if I’d be forever at the bottom of the pile (I’m just a bit competitive after all), I decided to check out the guide and see exactly what it was that the gurus were expecting me to do to become one of the top players.

Turns out, it’s not that hard.

That’s not entirely accurate. These tips are genius, and well researched. But, when you read them, you’re going to hit your head on the keyboard and wonder why you never considered what you could have done to become one of those very gurus we all ogle.

Here’s the deal. The guide is relatively simple. It tells you exactly what you need to figure out and master the game from the ground up. But, if you’re already level 34, you can use the same tips to revamp your strategies.

My favorite part was when it told me how to get 500 in my family in a couple days. Granted, it took me a full week, but still…I had 500 in my family in a week. That’s insane.

I’m not quite up to level 150+ yet, but I’m well on my way to the top of the charts and you’d better believe I’m going to brag about it. If you’re serious about being really, really good at this game you really ought to give this guide a shot.

Learn these Secrets and More:

-Extreme ways that lower level players can stockpile God Father points. Even if you have just started playing
-Learn how 99% of the players use the worst methods to build their Mafias and how to do it the right way
-How to make sure you never lose another fight or get robbed again
-How to double you God Father Points overnight on autopilot. You will be absolutely amazed with this!
-Where to go to find those hard to find weapons and tools everyone needs.
- A three step plan to master every level and job at break neck speed
- The simplest and quickest way to recruit members without bothering family and friends
- How to get dozens of top mafia members to join your mafia in just 2 hours
- How to get revenge on any mafia that messes with a member of your crew
- Any many other secret tactics us by the most powerful bosses playing
- Discover the secrets behind God Father points and the methods of how to use them effectively

If you’re like me you are going to freak out when you learn how simple these tactics are. It has taken over a year to improve and tweak these tactics learned from the Mafia Wars spy. Now have a look at the secrets that will make you the next Mafia God Father.

Don’t miss this opportunity to out match your Mafia Wars opponents. Learn the deepest darkest secrets of the greatest God Fathers. Never again walk the streets afraid of the next encounter. Learn to build your Mafia War God Father points and to become the next Mafia Wars God Father.

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