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Are the following specs good enough for entry level gaming? (and suitable for the games I want to play)

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May 6, 2013 10:47:39 AM

Processor Intel® Core™ i5-3330 processor (6 MB Cache memory, 3.00 GHz)


Operating System Windows 8 (64-bit)


RAM 8 GB (2 x 4GB)
- DDR3
- 1333 MHz
- 16 GB (8 GB + 8 GB) maximum expandable memory


Graphics card AMD HD6670 [R6670-MD2GD3]
- 2GB DDR3 dedicated memory
- 800 MHz core clock speed


Hard drive 2 TB
- Variable rpm
- SATA


Optical disk drive Multi DVD-RW
Read speed: 16x DVD, 48x CDR, 24x RW
Write speed: 24x DVD -/+R, 8x DL-/+R, 8x +RW, 6x -RW, 12x -RAM


Memory card reader Yes


USB 8 x USB 2.0


Modem/Ethernet Realtek 8111E 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet


WiFi Ralink 802.11 bgn USB Dongle 150Mbps


Video interface Graphics Card Outputs:
HDMI
VGA D-Sub


Audio interface Rear 3x 3.5mm jacks
Front 1x 3.5mm Mic
1x 3.5mm headphones


Expansion card slot 1x PCIe Gen3 x16 slot
1x PCIe Gen2 x1 slot

Keyboard & Mouse Wireless

Size 376 x 172 x 402 mm (H x W x D)

Weight 9 KG

I know I've published the whole spec list but I couldn't be bothered to selectively copy and paste :L.
I am looking to mainly play Minecraft Left4dead Starcraft Tomb Raider GTA 4 and Bioshock infinite.
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May 6, 2013 11:04:11 AM

Yes that would allow you to play older, less graphically demanding games at low to medium settings as well as newer games at lower detail/resolution settings.
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May 6, 2013 12:58:11 PM

I take it this is a prebuilt one? You can step down in CPU a bit and get a better GPU if you are building this. You might want to see if you can find one with a 7750.
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May 7, 2013 2:31:06 PM

Tomb Raider 2013 is pretty easy to run. I am testing it on a temporary laptop with the Intel HD 4000 at 1600 x 900 resolution and normal (medium) graphic settings. The game is playable, but there are a couple of glitches that are driver related. If Intel can deliver better drivers to fix the glitches, then even the lowly Intel HD 4000 will be fully capable of playing the game (or at least the beginning).

Glitch #1 - At the very start of the game where you need to figure out a way to escape a cave which has a wide stream of water rushing out. You can see decent size "black holes" floating by in the water.

Glitch #2 - This seems to happen about once every 30 minutes; maybe a bit longer than that. There are momentary stutters for no apparent reason. They occurred in non-action scenes / sequences.

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May 7, 2013 4:54:20 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Yes that would allow you to play older, less graphically demanding games at low to medium settings as well as newer games at lower detail/resolution settings.


Thanks, I have no PC gaming history and very unsure as to what to look for, just thinking about making the move from console after the 720 always on rumours. Do games on low and medium settings just have less texture details and shadows etc and would they lag loads ( I'm a complete noob)
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May 7, 2013 4:56:38 PM

4745454b said:
I take it this is a prebuilt one? You can step down in CPU a bit and get a better GPU if you are building this. You might want to see if you can find one with a 7750.


It is indeed a prebuilt one, I don't want to start another thread so can I ask if you know of any trusted sites with competitive prices where you can build a PC?

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May 7, 2013 4:59:15 PM

jaguarskx said:
Tomb Raider 2013 is pretty easy to run. I am testing it on a temporary laptop with the Intel HD 4000 at 1600 x 900 resolution and normal (medium) graphic settings. The game is playable, but there are a couple of glitches that are driver related. If Intel can deliver better drivers to fix the glitches, then even the lowly Intel HD 4000 will be fully capable of playing the game (or at least the beginning).

Glitch #1 - At the very start of the game where you need to figure out a way to escape a cave which has a wide stream of water rushing out. You can sell decent size "black holes" floating by in the water.

Glitch #2 - This seems to happen about once every 30 minutes; maybe a bit longer than that. The momentarily stutters for no apparent reason. They occurred in non-action scenes / sequences.


Thanks for that, Tomb Raider is the game I want to play the most so the listed glitches are very useful, I've completed it on Xbox and really want to experience the adventure on PC.
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May 7, 2013 5:09:04 PM

^^^

The glitches only pertains to the Intel HD 4000 graphics core. You should not have those issues with a Radeon HD 6670.
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May 7, 2013 5:13:36 PM

jaguarskx said:
^^^

The glitches only pertains to the Intel HD 4000 graphics core. You should not have those issues with a Radeon HD 6670.


Ah ok, thanks very much
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May 7, 2013 10:07:36 PM

personally, I find a 6670 to be a nasty bottleneck for that build.

whats your budget?
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May 8, 2013 12:47:31 AM

The computer is fine for older games and most new games. The newest "really" graphically intensive games you may have to tweak the settings. A new video card will help to get higher settings.
What kind of power supply does it have? Can you post a link to the site and the exact computer where you will be buying it?

For other sites: Falcon NorthWest http://www.falcon-nw.com/(spendy, hehe, but worth checking out) CyberPower, iBuypower to name a few. And the option to build your own and save some money.

Happy gaming, the Prisoner.

PS: What is your budget?
PSS:Req specs for Bioshock http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/01/15/bioshock-infinite-system-requirements-specs-pc/
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