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October 10, 2006 11:11:59 PM

How does this system sound for 599.00? I'd put a water cooler in it for sure. Is the graphic card any good?

Processor: Pentium D 950 3.4GHz Dual core CPU
CPU Fan: P4 Heavy Duty Cooling Fan With Heat Sink
Motherboard: ASRock 775 Dual Vista 800/1066 FSB
Memory: 1GB DDR2 533 PC4200 DUAL CHANNEL RAM
Video Card: GeForce 6200GS 256MB PCI Express video with TV out
Hard drive: 250GB 7200RPM UDMA-150 SATA
CD drive: 16x DVD +RW/-RW drive (DVD-burner drive)
Floppy drive: not included ( add 1.44MB 3.5" drive for $10)
Sound: AC 97 6 channel 5.1 Full duplex digital sound
Network: 10/100 RJ45 onboard network (Ethernet, cable or DSL)
Modem: not included (add 56k v92 modem for $10)
Ports: Six USB 2.0 ports,1 serial, 1 parallel, 1 microphone jack


Thanks for any suggestions.
October 10, 2006 11:27:25 PM

Will want to upgrade the graphics for sure if you intend on gaming.
October 11, 2006 1:16:22 AM

Yeah, we need to know what you want to do with it. Also, where are you getting this from and what exactly do you mean by water cooler? If you want to use watercooling in the system, may I suggest you stay as far away from that as possible.
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October 11, 2006 4:30:27 AM

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Yeah, we need to know what you want to do with it. Also, where are you getting this from and what exactly do you mean by water cooler? If you want to use watercooling in the system, may I suggest you stay as far away from that as possible.


Its an ebay machine, I need a new one for gaming my 1.8 ghz dell with geforce t200 just aint cutting it anymore.
October 11, 2006 12:42:06 PM

There are a few concerns with that system:

1) You will need a better video card

2) When you do upgrade the video card, you will most likely need to upgrade your PSU

3) It has a motherboard that will let you upgrade to a Conroe however, it's pci-e slot is limited to x4 speed. While that is not a problem now, it may pose a problem when the next gen DX10 cards come out. If you plan on play the latest and greatest games of next year that may be a problem.

4) Only 1 Gb of Ram

Taking all of that into consideration especially the more immediate need to upgrade your PSU and VGU, you're looking at $600 for the system, and about $200 for a PSU/VGU totalling over $800. Could build for about that much.
October 11, 2006 1:01:27 PM

My observations:
-CPU is decent, but there's better available.
-Video card sucks. It will be an improvement over your GF2, but you won't be playing new games at high settings.
-Enough RAM, but is it a good brand?
-Big HDD, but brand is not listed.

Questions:
-What's the seller's feedback rating? There's no way in hell that I'd buy a PC on eBay if the person wasn't a power seller. Even then, I'd hesitate.
-Does it come with an OS? If not, figure $90 for XP Home, and $150 for XP Pro.

If I were you, I'd take that $600 and build a new PC with it. You should be able to build a Core 2 Duo system with that money; one which would smoke this Pentium D system.

EDIT: What's your budget, and what will you use the comptuer for?
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October 11, 2006 1:23:15 PM

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How does this system sound for 599.00? I'd put a water cooler in it for sure. Is the graphic card any good?

Processor: Pentium D 950 3.4GHz Dual core CPU
CPU Fan: P4 Heavy Duty Cooling Fan With Heat Sink
Motherboard: ASRock 775 Dual Vista 800/1066 FSB
Memory: 1GB DDR2 533 PC4200 DUAL CHANNEL RAM
Video Card: GeForce 6200GS 256MB PCI Express video with TV out
Hard drive: 250GB 7200RPM UDMA-150 SATA
CD drive: 16x DVD +RW/-RW drive (DVD-burner drive)
Floppy drive: not included ( add 1.44MB 3.5" drive for $10)
Sound: AC 97 6 channel 5.1 Full duplex digital sound
Network: 10/100 RJ45 onboard network (Ethernet, cable or DSL)
Modem: not included (add 56k v92 modem for $10)
Ports: Six USB 2.0 ports,1 serial, 1 parallel, 1 microphone jack


Thanks for any suggestions.


Sounds like for about $200 more, you could build a system that would mop the floor with this one. You would have more fun, learn something in the process, and you don't have to deal with the whole eBay mess.
October 11, 2006 1:28:06 PM

Quote:
How does this system sound for 599.00? I'd put a water cooler in it for sure. Is the graphic card any good?

Processor: Pentium D 950 3.4GHz Dual core CPU
CPU Fan: P4 Heavy Duty Cooling Fan With Heat Sink
Motherboard: ASRock 775 Dual Vista 800/1066 FSB
Memory: 1GB DDR2 533 PC4200 DUAL CHANNEL RAM
Video Card: GeForce 6200GS 256MB PCI Express video with TV out
Hard drive: 250GB 7200RPM UDMA-150 SATA
CD drive: 16x DVD +RW/-RW drive (DVD-burner drive)
Floppy drive: not included ( add 1.44MB 3.5" drive for $10)
Sound: AC 97 6 channel 5.1 Full duplex digital sound
Network: 10/100 RJ45 onboard network (Ethernet, cable or DSL)
Modem: not included (add 56k v92 modem for $10)
Ports: Six USB 2.0 ports,1 serial, 1 parallel, 1 microphone jack


Thanks for any suggestions.


Sounds like for about $200 more, you could build a system that would mop the floor with this one. You would have more fun, learn something in the process, and you don't have to deal with the whole eBay mess.

My point exactly. You could probably build a better system for $600.
October 11, 2006 1:43:41 PM

I say not dude, asrock no go
October 14, 2006 3:04:22 AM

Good tips, I built a system some years ago and havent kept up, is there a recent listing of component lists for various machines anywhere? I like the 700 gaming rig list that toms has but I figure that there is a run on those processors and components now. Thanks for all your help I think I'll go the buildit route with a budget of about 800.00
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