Hey guys, I'm looking to buy a new computer...tell me what you think and if it's good for gaming. Link to the specs: Gateway GT5656 Refurbished AMD Desktop Computer - AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz, 3GB DDR2-667, 500GB SATA II, DVDRW, Flash Media Reader, Windows Vista Home Premium RB-GT5656 in Canada at TigerDirect.ca Thanks
Honestly, the graphics card isn't the greatest and i'd go with an intel quad anyway. I'm not exactly hardware inclined when it comes to computers, but I know that GPU won't fulfill todays gaming standards. I just built a gaming pc on cyberpowerpc.com for 900: intel 2 quad Q6600, ATI 4850 (Good for the price), 500 GB harddrive, 4GB of ram, MSI P7N SLI-FI 750i SLI Chipset LGA775 mother board, and some random goodies like a keyboard, subwoofer, speakers for like 10 extra bucks.
That mega special will give you what you want, basically. Except only 2gb.. but you can upgrade that to 4gb.
And if you don't want to spend 600, then just downgrade some of the things that you don't think are necessary for your gaming needs. What kinds of games/specs are you aiming on getting anyway? The computer you posted isn't bad, but if you're willing to replace the GPU for like 150, go for it.
I'm only looking to spend up to about 500 and wanting to run Crysis and Age of Conan. EDIT: What about something like this...fast and cheap $438 CASE: ATX MEDIUM TOWER CASE 350 WATT (BLACK COLOR) CPU: AMD Athlon™ X2 6000+ Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology MOTHERBOARD: Asus M2A-VM AMD 690G Chipset DDR2/800 SATA RAID PCI-Express MBoard w/Radeon X1250 Graphic, GbLAN, USB2.0, &7.1Audio MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand) VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA) VIDEO CARD 2: NONE VIDEO CARD 3: NONE LCD Monitor: NONE HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (320GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD) Data Hard Drive: NONE Optical Drive: (Special Price) LG 20X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR) Optical Drive 2: NONE SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
What if I get the computer I linked from TigerDirect and updated the Video Card with: PNY GeForce 8500 GT 512MB DDR2 SLI Ready PCI Express Dual Link DVI VGA HDTV Video Card VCG85512GXPB in Canada at TigerDirect.ca
The PC itself looks fine but it is definately let down in the GFX department. TBH the 8500 you looked at is not much better than the 8400 already in the computer. I would suggest if you can, get something along the lines of at least an 8600GT of some kind.
That one costs $15 dollars more and if you are on a budget seems a sensible option, though i have seen 8800 card on ebay second hand for that price, which could work really well.
Be careful if you're considering an 8800GT. nVidia have artificially crippled certain versions of it, as an 8800GT outperforms a 9600GT (as it should) and they weren't happy about it. Just make sure the one you buy has 256-bit memory, that'll mean you get the more powerful version. I would try for an 8800GT. You migh get Crysis on an 8600, but I doubt it.
He won't do the greatest with the 8600 and crysis. It will play, but on low and it won't look the greatest.
i can get crysis on all high except shaders and no anti alis on my 8600GT with 20-30 FPS, but i would recommend getting an 88, though a little back tigerdirect was having a sale on 9800's for $150 might want to see if that is still in effect
It's the money thats the problem...or else I'd be getting a much better computer and an amazing video card. The computer it self is enough money for me to spend so I dont want to be spending another 100 something on a video I don't need badly. I'll look around and see what I can find thats cheap, but if any of you spot something please help me out. Thanks alot guys
Is something like this off Ebay trust worthy? Shall I bid on it and will it work with my computer? XFX GeForce 8800 GT 512MB XT 640MHZ 1.9GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E - (eBay.ca item 220265810346 end time 15-Aug-08 20:38:55 EDT)