This a Good Computer?

January 9, 2010 at 04:12:37
Specs: Windows XP, 4gb
Well, im thinking about getting a new computer for my birthday, i have came across one and i was wondering would it be good for normal use and for some gaming.

Here are the specs:
Quad core AMD athlon 2.6ghz processor,
4GB RAM,
320gb sata hard drive,
intergrated nvidia geforce 8200,
Windows vista, but im gonna upgrade to windows 7,

If you need any more specs, please ask....

Thanks


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#1
January 9, 2010 at 05:41:15
the system i good but the graphics card is not siutable for gaming u want real gaming get an HD4890 or gtx275
but stay away from integrated gfx cards for gaming

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#2
January 9, 2010 at 06:54:19
As integrated graphics go, the 8200's not all that bad...it all depends on which games you're hoping to play. But if you want play well & have the most enjoyable gaming experience possible, there's no substitute for a *real* video card.

Have a look at the following charts & keep in mind that 25FPS is considered the lowest for a game to be playable. But you also have to consider the screen resoluiton...in these tests, the resolution is 1280 x 1024. To me, that's a lot to expect out of an IGP for gaming. Even so, it only falls below the 25FPS minimum in a few of the tests. If the screen resolution was lowered to 1024 x 768, I'm sure the FPS would be better.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...

That being said, look at the numbers put up by the lowly 8500GT...they're almost double in many cases. That shows you how much better an actual video card is (even a low end one) vs an IGP.

Other than that, you really didn't provide very much info about the system, like whether it's an OEM (Acer, Dell, eMachines, HP/Compaq, etc) or what the cost is. And a word of advice - stay away from systems with slim style cases. They're not very upgradeable due to their size.


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#3
January 9, 2010 at 07:38:57
U provide very little info about your system specs.

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#4
January 9, 2010 at 09:21:48
Well, im not gonna be like gaming all the time and i dont wanna do sumtin like play oblivion on max, I suppose its better to pay the extra 20 and go for the one with the 9400gt then?


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#5
January 9, 2010 at 09:23:51
Its a custom built pc, not manufactured by a big brand. Im not in america, im in northern ireland. The cost of it is 315

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#6
January 9, 2010 at 09:27:07
Or, this one looks like a better deal, it has all same specs apart from the fact that it has a 500gb hdd instead of a 320gb..

It also has a 9400gt and it has a diff case..

It is also £19 cheaper


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#7
January 9, 2010 at 09:28:10
I shoulda posted this all in one big question, lol, but whats better, a 9500gt or a 9400gt

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#8
January 9, 2010 at 09:37:21
a 9500 gt is better but it depends on ur games ur like me kind of i don play all games on max resolutions
but i can play em normal high quality
im guessing also ur gaming is not that extreme so if u can pay a lil bit more to get a 9600 gt that would be enough

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#9
January 9, 2010 at 10:14:37
Again post the name of pc, 9600gt is good gaming card but it needs extra power from psu, i recommend hd4670 512mb with gddr3 or u can buy board with better igp(790gx) and forget about graphic card

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#10
January 9, 2010 at 10:43:18
Not extreme gaming at all, lol. do u need any more specs ??

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#11
January 9, 2010 at 10:47:33
im gonna buy 1 with intergrated graphics, then il upgrade to this

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#12
January 9, 2010 at 10:50:08
XFX GeForce 9600

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#13
January 9, 2010 at 11:04:05
good but why cant u buy the 9600gt from the beginnig

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#14
January 9, 2010 at 11:29:37
We need know your complete specs(cpu,ram,psu +3.3v,+5v.Board) as i said earlier 9600gt need additional power if your rig has cheap psu u need to replace psu.

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#15
January 10, 2010 at 03:43:52
I cant buy the 9600gt because they only offer the 9400 or the 9500, my psu is 450w

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#16
January 10, 2010 at 04:03:17
Whats the difference in XFX and PNY?

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#17
January 10, 2010 at 04:55:20
The psu specs or complete psu name how much amps are in +3.3v,+5v,+12v eg.+12v@30A. For example if your 450w psu has single +12v@16A it will be impossible to use 9600gt.

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#18
January 10, 2010 at 07:15:09
umm, they don't say :L

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#19
January 10, 2010 at 07:20:49
"umm, they don't say"

Then contact them & find out. If they stick you with a cheapo power supply, you'll have to upgrade that before you can install a decent gaming card. And a decent power supply costs a minimum of $50 US.

How much does the 9400 or 9500 add to the price of the system? Is there an option to go with an ATI card instead? If there is, see if you can get a Radeon HD 4670.


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#20
January 11, 2010 at 09:27:36
No, u can only go with a 9400gt or 9500, but then u have to go with dual core instead of quad core, I will just buy a new card when i get it

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