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Hmm I'm curious whether I have to upgrade this computer or not

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August 26, 2010 2:34:32 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I spent a few hours going through components on there. I compiled them into a list and found they would cost more than I could afford (and that's without the mandatory 23 inch screen I need to buy). So I'm wondering whether this computer is up to specifications of a game like Crysis, or whether I'll need to upgrade it if I buy it.

Reviews say it's easy to upgrade and I get 500 anyway so I can spend as much as I need upgrading it to ideal specs.

So does it need to be upgraded, is it fine or would it be better if I assembled a PC on my own?
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August 26, 2010 2:52:02 AM

let me start by saying you cant play crysis on 250 watts, i have played crysis on a tripple core athlon and a 9800gtx+ with no stress at 720p, 1080 is just lunacy on a budget, let me see if i can get some parts together, if the board in that case can work in an atx case that make s the job a bit easier

wait im guessing the pc in the link is the one you have currently right?

ram reused
board reused


wait, what are your current specks?
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August 26, 2010 2:58:42 AM

Nah mate, I don't own that one. My current specs on my laptop (and I hear they're not upgradeable) is an I3 2.8 ghz processor, 2gb ram etc. I can't find information for graphics but I tried playing Mass Effect on here and it didn't work. *sigh*
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August 27, 2010 3:07:51 AM

i chose the 5750 because at peak power it consumes less than the 9600gt, perfect for the el cheapo PSU listed
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August 27, 2010 4:23:49 AM

There is a lot going on that is just wrong in this thread. I think we need to redefine what the goal of it is.

Is the objective to run Crysis on a 23" (assuming 1920x1080 resolution, aka: standard 1080p) for $500?

To take it a bit further, is the objective the above stated but also run it with high or "ultra" graphics settings as well 4AA and AF?
If so I can save us all alot of trouble and newegg googling, NO it's NOT.

However is it possible to play Crysis and newer titles at "decent" graphics settings on a 23" monitor then the answer is possibly.

But here I beg the question... do you plan to upgrade your system that you intend to build to run the above or not?

If not, then by all means by the cheap motherboard that Xaira recommended along with the rest of the components.

However if you would like some sustainability out of your system I would suggest a different road.

First off there are some key components to a PC that not only add to the potential of a build but also give you options down the road you never would have thought of. One of those is the PSU. Sure you can spend $25 on a cheap PSU and run the risk of it frying you system or dieing in 2 months or you can invest in that component. A component that, given the right investment can last you 10 years or more. Same thing goes with a PC Case. A Case is something that can last your entire life time! Investing in that hardware now can prevent you from ever having to buy a case in the future. Sure you can buy a cheapo $25 case but chances are, like a cheap PSU, you'll have problems with it and when your system is done you junk it and have to buy a new one. But a little investment now can save you $100s in the long run.

So you have a budget of $500 and you wana run crysis at on a 23" monitor. Here is what suggest, not only can you keep your PSU and Case for your next PC, but your motherboard as well if you decide to upgrade within your platform.

PSU (power supply). This model is a 650 80 PLUS certified Active PFC unit. It's $30 more then what xaira suggested but you'll have it for many years to come and it will run CPU and GPU combos into the future.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Current Costs: $80

CASE. The one thing you'll likely have forever. The Antec 300 series is perhaps the MOST proven case of it's generation. It's a no fail buy:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Current Costs: $140


MOBO (motherboard). I can't in good conscience recommend a 700 series chipset so I'd go with this, more expensive again but far more support including 4x Ram slots instead of 2.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Current Costs: $215

Next up the CPU and on this I have no disagreement it's a great bang for buck cpu. If you have $60 more to spend get a Phenom2 x4 955 if not this is the cpu for you:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Current Costs: $320

The GPU, and important part of the system. The GPU is the biggest thing to consider in gaming. A 5750 is nice... but why not going nicer. The 4870 out performs a 5770 thanks to it's 256bit memory interface. It way out performs the 5750 and at only $5 more it's the best buy. You can always upgrade to a modern GPU later but for now you have a ton of horse power at a cheap price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Current Costs: $450

Memory. Memory these days is very close to each other... just about everybody is offering a life time warranty. So budget is important, but so is upgrading. Here is where I push past the budget. It's only slight, but the overall investment of the complete system justifies it. Here you get your 4gb of RAM but with the option to upgrade to 8gb later without trashing any hardware.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Current Costs: $537

In conclusion... I doubt there would be anybody on these forums who would argue (in absence of a HD and DVD/CD drive) that this is the a great system on the AM3 platform for around $500. This system gives you TWO fold your investment. It performs NOW! and it has RAM, CPU and GPU options to perform in the FUTURE. Please look at what your getting for your money. You can spend less sure... but half of what you get will be worthless in a year and the other half will be trash to begin with.
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