So I've been trying to find a great deal on a gaming pc, for as cheap as I can get it, and I seem to have found something that to me seems like a good deal. What do you guys think, good idea or not?
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9300 6MB L2 Cache 2.50Ghz 1333Mhz
Over Clocking Overclocked to: Core 2 Quad 3.3GHz*
CPU Fan Intel Original Socket 775 CPU Fan
Motherboard ASUS P5KPL-CM Motherboard
Memory 4GB DDR II 800 Memory 240 Pin (Kingston) (2048 x 2)
Hard Drive Western Digital 320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA II
Optical Drive LG 22X DVD RW + Dual Layer
Video nVidia GeForce 9500GT 1024MB 3D Video
Audio VIA VT1708B 8 -Channel High-Definition Audio CODEC
Network Card 10/100 Lan Network Card
Ports 6 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 Parallel, 1 Serial
Case Deluxe 8197B Case
Power Supply 500 Watt Heavy Duty Power Supply
Warranty 3 Years Labor, 1 Year Parts Warranty & Life Time Toll Free Support
Assembly Fully Assembled and Tested
the video card will be very limiting in a gaming computer. It will struggle to run modern games at anything over 1024 x 768. Also keep in mind it does not come with an OS, so if you need one you'll have to add that to the cost. Unless the overclock is done with stock voltage you will need a better cooler than the stock cpu cooler. If you want decent gaming you need to upgrade the video card to at least a 4770 or a 4850 on the ati side, or a 9800gtx or gts 250 on the nvidia side.
i guess the computer isn't as great of a deal as i initially thought. the thing is that i'm trying to find something pretty much extremely cheap (less than $600-700) while giving me the most possible value.
maybe some of you could give me some suggestions on what the best 'bang for my buck' would be?
I know this post is a few days old, but if you haven't purchased yet, and you'd rather get one pre-built, check out cyberpowerpc.com.
I finallt got lazy and got my new rig from them recently. Good prices (the best I found) and seems to be good quality. Find one that comes with the free shipping and configure it the way you want it. You can order it w/o an OS, mouse, etc. to save money on components you don't need. The base free shipping options for both AMD and Intel start out around $550 US with no OS.
Do NOT use the custom configurators. You won't get the free shipping. I had read wuite a few negative reviews about them, but most of them were old. Found quite a few positive reviews as well, so I decided to take a chance. I couldn't be happier.