Is this a bad idea? (buying new PC)

June 22, 2009 at 21:44:46
Specs: Vista
I am trying to work it out so my girlfriend will have a decent gaming rig by the time Diablo 3 comes out so we can play together, without breaking the bank. The problem is... My gaming laptop is outdated and not upgradeable, and her desktop has an old school PCI video card slot.

So, I'm thinking I will get either this or a very similar deal:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...
and upgrade the power supply to a 700W and the video card to either a 9800 GTX or GTS 250, use it as my gaming PC until D3 is about to come out, and then build my own custom PC and give this to her.

so...

1. Is this a viable option or am I making a mistake going this route? Will this PC's components allow decent gaming? It will be running games on a 1024x768 monitor so I don't think I need the absolute best. I know it won't support SLI, but with cards like the nvidia GTX 280, you can get the same performance with one slot.

2. I'm waiting till June 26th to get that free upgrade to Windows 7. How does that work? Do you just send proof that you purchased a computer after 6/26 to receive it or do only certain dealers supply the option?

I am open to hearing many suggestions...

Thanks to anyone who spends time responding!


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#1
June 22, 2009 at 23:45:48
It's an ok deal, but you are much better off building a pc of your own or buy a barebone.

One thing wrong with that pc is that it has 6gb of DDR2 800(PC 6400), it should really have DDR2 1066 (PC 8500) in it instead. Why? Because the cpu bandwidth of the Phenoms X4's is 17gb throughput and DDR2 1066 matches that throughput which elminates any bottlenecks between the ram and cpu. DDR2 1066 PC 8500 x 2 DDR = 17gb cpu to ram bandwith.

You are better off buying this barebone pc and adding a graphics card and Windows 7 when it comes out.

XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Barebone Kit - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 OEM CPU, 4GB DDR2-800 OCZ SLI, 1TB HDD, Mid-Tower, 550 Watt PSU

$499

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...


The Core 2 Duo Quad 6700 is a beast within itself. It will wax the Phenom X4 9550 in performance. It comes with a 1 TB HD, and has a decent 550w PSU and 4gb of DDR2 800 gaming ram.

It's going to be played on that low of a resolution? Heck you would be more then fine getting a ATI Radeon 4830 then or an Nvidia Geforce 9800GT for well below 100 bucks now which are pretty decent graphic cards.

Apollo AP-HD4830 512MB DDR4 Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Supported

$72 dollars after mail in rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

You don't need to waste your money on the GTX 280. Save that money and buy a 20 inch wide screen LCD monitor.

ASUS VH202T-P Glossy black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 Built in Speakers w/ Aspect Control

$130

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#2
June 23, 2009 at 00:25:31
Wow, hey thanks for all the great info! Do these bare bones PC's come already assembled or will I have to put it all together? What CPU cooling fan would you suggest that is compatible with the
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700?

Also... if I do end up wanting to get a GTX 280 or a 9800 X2(after upgrading the monitor), will I be able to run it on the 550W power supply?

Once again... thanks a ton!


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#3
June 23, 2009 at 06:23:45
"Do these bare bones PC's come already assembled or will I have to put it all together?"

They generally have to be assembled.

"What CPU cooling fan would you suggest that is compatible with the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700?"

If you buy a barebones kit, it *should* be included.

"if I do end up wanting to get a GTX 280 or a 9800 X2(after upgrading the monitor), will I be able to run it on the 550W power supply?"

Depends on the quality of the PSU. It's not about wattage, it's about amperage.


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