Solved Looking for advice on purchasing a decent gaming tower

July 30, 2013 at 18:33:20
Specs: Windows 7
I have a 5 yr old PC who's memory is maxed out, frankly I just want to get a new tower, but I'm looking at getting a PC that can handle today's latest games but I can also still play my old favorite..COD4 game.

A couple things suggested to me were:

#1. Windows 8 is not good for gaming. True/not true?
#2. Go with a Quad Core.
#3. Investing in a G-Force 900 series video card well worth it. Seems expensive to me. what's the next best thing at a lower price?

If I'm only playing a few games but want my computer to still be slightly above average and not obsolete after 3 yrs, is there a site where I can find PC Towers pre-built and you could suggest a few options for me from that site. I understand most people who come to this site have fair knowledge of what to put together for a build. I just want one already put together but one that will last.

My knowledge of PC hardware is level 1 at best. Thanks for any help and or advice.

Hope you can help.

Thanks

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July 31, 2013 at 05:50:41
There's nothing wrong with your current configuration. Plenty of RAM, decent gaming card, good/fast HDD, reasonably good PSU, etc, etc. The only problem I see is the RAM. Technically, DDR2-1066 is the "wrong" RAM to pair up with a 1333MHz FSB CPU. DDR2-1066 runs at 533MHz frequency, a 1333MHz CPU runs at 333MHz frequency, so the two are out of sysnc. However, if you manually tweak the BIOS settings (& overclock), you can get the most out of that CPU/RAM combo & pick up some performance.

Your board officially supports 1600MHz FSB (@ 400MHz frequency), so you should take advantage of that. Increase the CPU frequency to 400MHz & dial down the RAM frequency to 400MHz so that they sync up. The E8400 will easily run at 3.6GHz (9 x 400MHz) & obviously the RAM will have no problem running as DDR2-800 (400MHz). If you need help tweaking the BIOS settings to be able to pull it off, let me know.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pr...

http://www.legionhardware.com/artic...

EDIT: you could also do a clean install of Windows to give you a clean slate to work with & overclock the graphics card too.

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#1
July 31, 2013 at 03:10:00
Unless you want to pay import duties and VAT aswell as international freight charges, you may want to specify your country when asking for shopping sites.

Nigel

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July 31, 2013 at 04:47:18
Telling us the memory is maxed out & then not saying how much you have is kinda useless. Why don't you post the specs of your current PC? You may simply need an upgrade ot two to make it a decent gamer.

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July 31, 2013 at 05:32:00
Oops, my apologies. I'm in the USA.

The current PC which is actually 4 yrs old has the following:

O.S: Windows 7

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8400

Video Card: EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular Active PFC Power

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPI-B

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I understand that a simple upgrade will take care of the memory issue, but the main components are aged and I just want new. I'm not a hardcore gamer by any means, but I certainly want a unit that will be fine for at least 3 yrs. My budget is in the neighborhood of $1,000.00 + or - $200.00. If it means spending the extra $200 for something that in 3 years I could still by a new game and play it, then so be it. However obviously if spending less than $1,000.00 will be fine ......I'm all for it.

Thanks for any input that will direct me to a new machine.

Here's a link to what I initially had in mind, but not sure just good it is:

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

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July 31, 2013 at 05:50:41
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There's nothing wrong with your current configuration. Plenty of RAM, decent gaming card, good/fast HDD, reasonably good PSU, etc, etc. The only problem I see is the RAM. Technically, DDR2-1066 is the "wrong" RAM to pair up with a 1333MHz FSB CPU. DDR2-1066 runs at 533MHz frequency, a 1333MHz CPU runs at 333MHz frequency, so the two are out of sysnc. However, if you manually tweak the BIOS settings (& overclock), you can get the most out of that CPU/RAM combo & pick up some performance.

Your board officially supports 1600MHz FSB (@ 400MHz frequency), so you should take advantage of that. Increase the CPU frequency to 400MHz & dial down the RAM frequency to 400MHz so that they sync up. The E8400 will easily run at 3.6GHz (9 x 400MHz) & obviously the RAM will have no problem running as DDR2-800 (400MHz). If you need help tweaking the BIOS settings to be able to pull it off, let me know.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pr...

http://www.legionhardware.com/artic...

EDIT: you could also do a clean install of Windows to give you a clean slate to work with & overclock the graphics card too.

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July 31, 2013 at 13:34:22
Riider,

First thanks!! for your quick response. Well, I'll go ahead and take your advice and try tweaking what needs to be tweaked, but like I said, my knowledge is limited. I can get on Team Speak3 and if you're willing to walk me through it I'll give it a try, if that's out of the question on your end, then I guess let's go back to square 1 and look for a new Tower. I posted a link to one in my last entry. Is that a decent set-up? And if not can you share links to a few options for an up-to-date PC?

Thanks


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#6
August 1, 2013 at 08:16:15
Overclocking won't cost you a penny. You should try that before doing anything else.

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