I was hoping you guys could help me determine the quality of a bare bones system. I honestly don't have a lot of knowledge in hardware, and thus have no clue how it would actually run. I have a friend who can help me put it all together, but id like to get some opinions before i make a purchase. I am on a very limited budget, so obviously im not expecting anything super top of the line, but anything i can save is definitely worth it.
Id hope to be able to use it for upcoming games such as FFIVX, D3, and cataclysm. I i don't need it to run at the highest settings or anything like that, but compared to the 10-20 fps that i have been getting on my cpu for the last few years, anything is going to be better.
I understand that the system doesnt have a video card included, and i am able to spend between 100-150 to add that.
Is this going to be something that will run decently fast? or is it just a POS cheapo deal?
PSU is crap - it may just blow up from the get go, and plan on it not lasting too long. Never have seen the case, but at that price, watch your fingers, it will probably cut you. The chip, board and memory are obsolete, so this is a throw away machine. Do not count on it lasting more than a couple of years. Do you have an operating system? That is not included.
Here is a HD Radeon card in your price range from Tiger Direct: HIS IceQ 5750 for $125 after rebate. The good thing about this GPU is that it (probalby) won't stress the power supply too much.
This machine will definitely play some games, obviously not at ultra high resolution. The chip is equivilant to a current AMD triple core, so it won't be a total slouch. Don't dare try to overclock it, though. Very little opportunity to upgrade outside the memory.
Instead, for just a few bucks more, I would think of getting this system builder marathon. Here are the advantages:
1) still within your price range.
2) you can unlock the 4th core (possibly) and get an extra boost for no extra cash.
3) The power suply is slightly better, but certainly won't blow up as fast.
4) The case, for a cheap case, has a really nice rating on Newegg, and lots better fans.
Now for the compromises: the video card is a step down and the hard drive is smaller. Note that you still need to get the OS if you don't already have it.
Now here is what I would do: spend $30 more after rebate on Tiger and get a Corsaire 650W TX PSU that will let you upgrade and last a couple of builds. Spend $90 more on top of that and get a GTX 460 Graphics card that will play very nice games for several years to come. When you are ready to upgrade, get an SLI motherbard and another GTX460 to last another few years. Total cost of this build (before OS) is $520.
There are three options for you. Take your pick.
Edit: Upendra beat me to the post! His suggestion is pretty good for a short term machine. Definitely better than oriignal selection!
Hey, thanks for the Feedback. I decided to not waste money on something that is going to die on me. We have decided to jsut go with the System Builder Marathon Build from June. Thanks for all the help guys.