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Need opinions on this custom build gaming pc that im buying ASAP!

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December 9, 2013 8:38:16 PM

Hello everyone, i have come here in a last minute decision to see if i am getting what i am paying for. Me, being someone who particularly new to the pc gaming realm, have no clue whether these parts are worth the money im paying for. Its already built, and is fairly new they claim. Ill post the specs that he provided below:

Btw, i am paying $480


1- Cooler Master HAF-XB Computer Case
2- ECS RS-780M-M3 Motherboard
3- AMD Phenom II V2 560 CPU (3.4 ghz)
4- Kingston HyvreX DDR 2 Performance RAM (4gb)
5- Closed Loop Water Cooling with integrated pump and radiator
6- AMD/Sapphire/Radeon HD 6870 Video Card (1gb DDR5!)
7- Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA drive
8- Cooler Master 500W Power Supply
*additional cooling fans inside the case

I would greatly appreciate your opinion as to most of you most certainly have more knowledge in this field than i. The sooner the better. Thank you everyone and have a blessèd day!

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December 9, 2013 8:43:04 PM

For $480, that is a pretty outdated system, however its got a decent graphics card. CPU is lacking though

Second thought, after seeing the RAM is DDR2 I wouldn't go for that, DDR3 is much better and has been around for years

Third though (lol) - I see you aren't buying it off retail (i.e. used probably off ebay or craigslist)...while it is outdated and the CPU is a bit lacking, this would be a good intro to the PC gaming world @ that price. Maybe when you get it you can upgrade the CPU.
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December 9, 2013 9:02:37 PM

Well, i just need it to run games like tera, wow, diablo 3, and some other games
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December 9, 2013 9:05:21 PM

Or there is this one for $450
1- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core

2- ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

3- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan

4- Kingston Hyperx Genesis 8Gb ram @ 1600MHz

5- Western Digital WD Blue 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

6- PNY GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

7- COOLMAX ZU Series 1000W power supply

8- Diablotek ABYSS WHITE ATX MID TOWER
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December 9, 2013 9:40:33 PM

Both are about 2 generations old hardware (which is fine, esp. considering both had high end hardware for the generation)...I would go for the latter build for a few reasons:

1. It's got more RAM (and DDR3 - so it's also faster)
2. It's got a newer motherboard
3. It's got a more powerful PSU, for potential upgrades in the future
4. The 580 is a bit more powerful than the 6870
5. I's $30 cheaper
6. EDIT: also just noticed the CPU is a quad core vs a dual core on the $480 build

Both builds should be able to handle all those games perfectly BTW

hope this helps :) 
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December 10, 2013 6:07:53 PM

Thanks yoyo!
I hate to bother ya but i got one more question. I haggled this guy to sell me an alienware mx17 for 750
The specs are:
CPU: Intel Core i7 i7-740QM / 1.73 GHz ( 2.93 GHz ) ( Quad-Core )
RAM: 6GB
HHD: 500GB @7200 rpm
OS: Windows 7
Video: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870

Is it worth 750?
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December 10, 2013 7:13:02 PM

Cyrus515 said:
Thanks yoyo!
I hate to bother ya but i got one more question. I haggled this guy to sell me an alienware mx17 for 750
The specs are:
CPU: Intel Core i7 i7-740QM / 1.73 GHz ( 2.93 GHz ) ( Quad-Core )
RAM: 6GB
HHD: 500GB @7200 rpm
OS: Windows 7
Video: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870

Is it worth 750?


Instead of buying an old laptop with good specs at the time, get a new laptop with lower specs for today but still more raw power

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

take this lenovo, for example. It only has a dual core i5 as apposed to your i7 quad core in the m17, however the i5 still scores a 4411 on passmark as apposed to the 3243 that the i7 scores. The 745M is also much better than the 5870M.
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December 10, 2013 7:19:40 PM

Yeah that laptop didnt really seam right anyway. I think I am just going to buy the parts and build one, though i have no experience whatsoever.
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December 10, 2013 7:22:28 PM

Cyrus515 said:
Yeah that laptop didnt really seam right anyway. I think I am just going to buy the parts and build one, though i have no experience whatsoever.


Ok, let me just recap so you know you have made the right decision.

1. A laptop is great for decent gaming performance, with an all in one setup and no assembly required

2. A prebuilt desktop is good for upgrades in the future, and still doesn't require any assembly

3. Building your own desktop is good for getting the best performing system for your money, and being able to easily upgrade.

If you decide to build your own desktop it sounds a lot harder than it really is! Here is a great guide from a youtube channel I really like. I think they do a good job explaining the whole process of building your own desktop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Js2A1qdB8

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