Hi, lately I have a lot of free time and I'm looking for some games to play. At first I just want to try them out so I can determine if i want to get a high powered gaming PC. Is there a reliable source for free games or low cost games I can try out to decide if i want to invest serious money in game software and very powerful gaming PC?
Can't suggest any "free" games, other than some of the simple java-based internet games that you can find by doing a Google search, but you should check out pc.ign.com to see what is out there in terms of mainstream games and look at youtube for gameplay videos to see if they are something that you would be interested in.
windows 7 performance Assessment
gaming graphics 7.0
hard disk data transfer 5.9
I use the PC for web browsing, Word, Excel, and running RealFlight G5 flight simulator. (http://www.realflight.com/system-reqs.html ) After upgrading the stock video card to Sapphire 5670 real flight runs better then it did. but not enough for heavy gaming. I've decided i want to try some serious gaming while the PC is still in it's returnable phase so i want to run some high end games now to see if I want to make the investment in a more game friendly PC. The Demo Games, trackmania free variation and desirable game titles are a great help. At this point I'm thinking of buying a PC built around Sapphire 5850 1GB Vapor-x then later, if needed, do crossfire configuration w/ two 5850s. Why the Vapor-X? Because, according to toms hardware reviews it's very powerful , feature rich, stable, runs cool and quiet, has mature drivers, Eyefinity and uses relatively little power
Many years ago I would spend hours playing DOOM but no action games lately. Not knowing what's out there now I like first person (I guess thats what they're called) action games.
Replace the 5670 with a more powerful card, like the 5850 you mentioned, and that system will play pretty much anything.
I failed to mention that the case/motherboard are too small for the 10 1/2" long 5850 and there aren't enough slots for cross fire configuration.
To install a single 5850 I'd have to relocate the HDD, remove about half of the drive cage and get some special right angle data/electrical connectors.
It's a very small m/b and i doubt if there is a replacement board that size that'' accommodate two 5850s. those suckers are wide and long.
It's a sweet PC as is except for gaming.
In all honesty instead of buyign a whole new system because a 5850 won't fit buy a new case and do a transplant. It's not incredibly difficult and you will probably end up getting better airflow than the Costco special machines.
(I postface this with having no idea what the machine he has looks like, but I imagine even a relatively low cost case would be better than what he has, based off of my experience with canned machines)