Purchasing a gamer desktop.

Alright, I am a college student who is looking for a good computer at an affordable price. I know desktops for gaming and big time processors cost a lot but I was wondering if it was possible to purchase a low end gaming desktop that would only need one or two upgrades and save money. I was looking to purchase an HP pavilion elite HPE-300z, it has AMD Athlon(TM) X4 635 quad-core processor [2.9GHz, 2MB L2, up to 4000MHz bus], 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs] from 4GB, 750GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 500GB, 512MB ATI Radeon HD 5450, and Windows 7. Would this be enough to at least play high demanding games at mid settings until I switch out the graphics chip? This would cost 580 plus tax, or if you have any other suggestions on a different computer that would be better. Looking around the range of 600.
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  1. illegalbrown said:
    512MB ATI Radeon HD 5450. Would this be enough to at least play high demanding games at mid settings until I switch out the graphics chip?
    It would depend on the game and the screen resolution of your monitor - but probably not.

    You'll need to pay attention to the power supply. If it's just a 300W PSU you'll need to think about buying a replacement for your video card upgrade.
  2. Here is a review of the HD 5450
    It has a bunch of different games benchmarked.
  3. 5450 is rather lack luster for gaming, but if you get the comp and throw a 5670 in it you shoudl be able to run most any game on med settings at 1440x900 or higher resolution.
  4. Ill be connecting this desktop with my Samsung 22 inch lcd tv, and the games I am interested in playing would be Starcraft 2 and Crysis for now.
  5. What resolution is the Samsung? 1366x768?
    You'd be playing Crysis in low graphics settings. Starcraft might be OK in medium.
  6. 1360x768
  7. I think there is a good chance you'll get playable frame rates at medium settings with StarCraft2
    THG Starcraft2 testing
  8. illegalbrown said:
    HP pavilion elite HPE-300z, it has AMD Athlon(TM) X4 635 quad-core processor [2.9GHz, 2MB L2, up to 4000MHz bus], 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs] from 4GB
    If you have the option stick with 4GB of RAM and get the next higher Athlon II X4 640 CPU.
  9. So then what should I do will I be able to play the game especially online without any hassle with my TV and will I be able to swap out the graphics card with an affordable one that will make my desktop better?
  10. So switch the processor your saying?
  11. I just looked and HP doesn't offer an option for the X4 640 CPU.
    And that 6GB RAM is a free upgrade from 4GB so you're not paying extra for it.
    A better CPU would have been more useful than an extra 2GB of RAM.

    Also HP is offering a HD 5770 as an option on the website. So you should be able to add a better video card - something like a HD 5750 or HD 5770.
    A HD 5750 should be a good match for 1366x768 gaming resolution.
  12. So the extra GB of RAM I dont really need and I could spend that money towards the graphics chip?
  13. It's a free upgrade - so you wouldn't save anything by choosing 4GB.
    And you don't want to pay HP extra for a video card upgrade.
    It's wayyyyy cheaper to do that yourself.
  14. So this computer would be a good desktop to buy and just upgrade the graphics card on my own.
  15. It's 'good' but not great, for gaming.
    You're paying for a HD 5450 video card, but you're going to take that out and buy another video card.
    With a video card upgrade you'll end up playing something closer to $700.
  16. WR2 said:
    It's 'good' but not great, for gaming.
    You're paying for a HD 5450 video card, but you're going to take that out and buy another video card.
    With a video card upgrade you'll end up playing something closer to $700.



    What about this, HP custom, p6550z, Athlon II 250 dual core processor [3.0ghz, 2MB L2, 4000 MHz bus], 4GB DDR3 1333 MHz, 500GB 7200rpm SATA hard drive, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 for $619.
  17. A GT 220 is about one step up from a HD 5450.
    You're still paying for a GT 220 video card that you're going to end up replacing.

  18. So even the 5570 is that much better than the 5450 cause if it is two times as better than I would rather pay for that one cause it is only 22 more dollars for the 1GB, or is that the dual cards.
  19. If I were in your position I'd get the HP p6550z with Athlon II X4 435 CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD and HD 4200 integrated graphics for $520.
    That way you're not paying for a graphics card you'll be taking out of your system.
    Then you can get yourself a HD 5670 for $80 or a HD 5750 for $140.
    That would put you at a final price of $600 or $660 instead of $700 or $760.
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