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September 19, 2012 4:25:33 AM

Hi, I was wondering if the following specs could be a successful build for me to use in pc gaming.

Video Card:EVGA GeForce Video Card:8400 GS 1 GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 DVI/HDMI/VGA Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1302-LR

Processor:AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 5600+ 2.8 GHz Processor, Socket AM2

RAM (4gb):Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD CMX4GX3M1A1333C9

Motherboard:GIGABYTE AM3+ NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a Chipset DDR3 1600 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard GA-M68MT-S2

Operating System:Windows XP Home Premium

I want to know if I will be able to use this as a successful working gaming pc. I want to run games like Skyrim. Please tell me if this will work out right. If you need anymore information for my build, please ask me. Thanks!

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September 19, 2012 9:32:12 AM

No the CPU will not work in that motherboard and the graphics card is ancient.
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September 19, 2012 9:42:05 AM

Afraid not, it's not very well optimised and simon12 is correct in saying that GPU is ancient! You can build a budget system based around the Pentium G620 CPU with an AMD 6850 which should be able to play Skyrim on max settings at 1080p.
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September 19, 2012 1:43:08 PM

Hi Biofeel,
what is your approximate budget that you're looking to spend? (what currency)
and what online/local stores are you planning to purchase from?

as diellur mentioned, you can easily build a very capable computer for around 600 USD.
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September 19, 2012 3:30:59 PM

AntiZig said:
Hi Biofeel,
what is your approximate budget that you're looking to spend? (what currency)
and what online/local stores are you planning to purchase from?

as diellur mentioned, you can easily build a very capable computer for around 600 USD.

I guess I want the build as cheap as possible. 300 USD at minimum
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September 19, 2012 3:43:15 PM

diellur said:
Afraid not, it's not very well optimised and simon12 is correct in saying that GPU is ancient! You can build a budget system based around the Pentium G620 CPU with an AMD 6850 which should be able to play Skyrim on max settings at 1080p.

So if I replaced my processor and video card by your reccomendation, will it be an ok for me to use?
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September 19, 2012 3:54:07 PM

Do you mean 300 USD maximum? Most people set a maximum budget :-)
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September 19, 2012 4:01:49 PM

And obviously the processor diellur recommended will need a different motherboard. MSI (Microstar) are exceptionally reliable, as are Gigabyte and Asus are a good bet also.

Keep in mind you'd be getting a modern DX11 card with a 6850, but Windows XP is restricted to DX9. XP also won't properly address 4GB RAM (officially 4GB is the limit, but in my experience, XP always sticks at 2.75GB) and lacks TRIM support. TRIM isn't needed for hard disks, but if you ever decided to upgrade to SSD (assuming you don't already use one), write performance will steadily degrade over time.

Windows 7 will give you DX11, TRIM and addresses up to 16GB RAM (assuming the 64-bit version).
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September 19, 2012 4:36:35 PM

I suggest you look at a pentium g series CPU 4gb RAM in a 2 x 2Gb kit a cheap motherboard and the best GPU you can afford with whats left
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September 19, 2012 10:26:02 PM

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September 19, 2012 10:29:27 PM

Obviously, my planned build would have turned out catastrophic. Thank you everyone for telling me. I will probably buy a gaming pc instead of building one, even though it may come out pricey.
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September 19, 2012 10:47:57 PM

if you can keep your PSU and case, reuse HDD + CD-rom, then you can fit something like that:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G870 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($117.55 @ Newegg)
Total: $293.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-19 18:47 EDT-0400)
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