New on-budget PC

July 27, 2010 at 18:07:14
Specs: Windows XP
Hey guys, I'm getting a new "secondary" PC for gaming and I'm on a budget, so I've visited a few stores which gave me the following configurations:

Setting 1:
AMD PhenomII X2 550 (3,10Ghz). 7Mb
Gigabyte 880GM-UD2H
DDR3 2Gb 1333Mhz Kingston
O/B ATI HD4250 256Mb DDR3

Setting 2:
AMD Athlon II 245 X2
DDR3 2Gb 1333Mhz Kingston
O/B video

Setting 3:
AMD Athlon II 245 X2
DDR3 2Gb 1333Mhz Kingston
Video GT220 1Gb DDR3

The first two configs rely on onboard video to handle the graphics, but I've been told to get a good motherboard til I can buy a good video card instead of buying lower-end components as in the third setting, which will be less upgrdeable later.

Which setting would you recommend?

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July 27, 2010 at 20:16:15
This article should answer any questions you might have;

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July 27, 2010 at 20:40:23
the second is better i think

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July 27, 2010 at 21:45:44
"the second is better i think"

The 2nd is the worst! The 3rd config is the best for gaming thanks to the discrete graphics card, followed by the 1st machine with its Phenom II processor.

"Which setting would you recommend?"
Since you plan to upgrade the graphics later, go with the first machine. It has a faster Phenom II processor.

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July 28, 2010 at 00:00:53
i agree with jackbomb, while u wait for v-card u can enjoy old games.
Have u thought which v-card u are going to buy?
What about psu? Don't buy cheap psu.

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July 28, 2010 at 07:16:32
The first machine would come with a Sentey BCP450-OS psu.

I'm also starting to consider using a cheaper motherboard on the first machine and adding the videocard from the third machine. This would make the costs a bit higher, but would it work?

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July 28, 2010 at 10:16:28
i can't find psu specs (sentey BCP450-OS) but make sure it got atleast 30A from +12v rail.
Gt 220 ddr3 isn't good gaming card, look for ATi hd 4670/5670 or nvidia 240gt with gddr5 (both of these cards use low power and they are cheap)

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