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June 13, 2014 4:23:45 PM

These are the specs:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6660 2.4GHZ
Itel DQ35JOE motherboard
Ati Raden HD 5850 1GB GDDR5
500GB Hard drive
420Watt power supply
Win 7- Microsoft office pro 2013 pro plus- 6 games
Defects:
fan on graphics card makes noise.

Is the graphics card good for gaming?
I want to play most modern games, 1080p (even on low)
The computer is about $440 with tax.

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June 13, 2014 4:30:46 PM

I would not buy it. Power supply is underpowered. CPU is heavily outdated. And if the fan on the GPU makes noise, its just a matter of time till you need to replace the fan, which is not simple nor cheap.
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June 13, 2014 4:32:55 PM

It is about 6-7 years old by design. It will probably play games on low. I bet someone can put something together for about $200 more that will get you to a much better spot in gaming today though. I personally wouldn't pay that much for that PC.
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June 13, 2014 4:50:19 PM

For a little bit more you can play most games at 1080p on High with some Ultra settings:
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G8hmFT

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($83.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 270 2GB IceQ X² Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $611.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-13 19:49 EDT-0400

Drop the video card down to an R7 260 and you can save around $70, and play on medium with some High settings.

Go with an APU build and you can probably do low to medium, some high, and still be at 1080p. I'm sure I saw a Kaveri build tucked away somewhere...I'll try to find it. :) 
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June 13, 2014 5:04:10 PM

Here's a Kaveri variant to go with my earlier post...just $90 more than the PC in the OP and much better.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/N4FK23

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.97 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88X-UP4 ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($82.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.00 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $530.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-13 20:04 EDT-0400
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