Is this new build fast enough?
I just finished building myself a new PC. I got an old Dell Precision 390 for $10. A Radeon 4670 for $14. A new motherboard for a Dell Precision T3400 for $18. An Intel E8400 cpu for $11. A 1 TB Western Digital Hard drive free. 4GB PC2 6400 ram for $10 and a DVD burner for $10 making the total $73.00 Passmark Performance test puts it at 1680 points. Is that a good deal?
well in that case it will do everything you want. it may be a little sluggish for some things but it will still do them.
i would suggest you spend a little on some decent fans and a good cpu cooler. you really will appreciate a quiet pc if your gonna watch movies or just sit and type for that matter.
The Dell Precision T3400 comes stock with a 140mm cpu fan that only throttles up when the cpu gets hot, which is never. The only thing you can hear on this PC is a very faint sound of the Video card fan. The Video Card is a Radeon 4670 IceQ HIS card. Very good heatsink and very efficient gpu. The gpu never gets over 43 degrees and the fan runs at 18% which is about 600 rpms. In fact nothing in the PC gets over 47 degrees even when running benchmark programs. It is a rock solid machine. I started this thread to get a conversation going about truly inexpensive builds. People think that $500 is an inexpensive build. I am using an i5 laptop with 8GB of ram that I bought for $165 used. When I got it it still had a couple of weeks left on the 1 yr warranty. That is the kind of savings you can get if you by smart and by used. If I had $500 to throw away on a bulid I would build an i7 machine with a good video card. I got a Radeon 5830 for $21 last year. I could have bought a GTX 660 a few days ago for $46 but that is too expensive for me. I have build many hundreds of PC's since 1993. I sell a complete PC similar to what I just built for around $80.
hey if you can make a couple of bux here and there by recycling older parts good luck to ya. i have done the same in the past.
i do find it a bit laughable on here sometimes with the prices some are willing to pay for no perceivable benefits...
oh il get 80 fps instead of the 75 i get now if i buy this £700 gpu, completely forgetting there running on a 60hz screen so they only ever see 60 fps anyways.
then theres the old chestnut i have a core 2 duo with a 4870 what can i do to play modern games. my advice is often buy a used core 2 quad if the motherboard can handle it for £50.
only to be followed by a dozen people saying by an i3 or an i5 for £250+ completely oblivious to the fact if some 1 is using a 10 year old pc theres probably a reason for it. either they dont care to or they cant afford to spend 250+.
a core 2 quad is still a good gaming part especially if its a q6600 or better and will give you all the fps in i5 will for way less money if you dont throw a 300+gpu at it and expect miracles.
anyways im gonna stop there before this turns into a rant
btw $46 for the 660 was a good deal. especially if you were to pair it with a core 2 quad 2.6 or better.
yes it will work:
read this to find out more and if you are going for it get a better cooler for the CPU