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October 4, 2010 12:50:53 AM

Just saw this computer on craigslist and I'm considering buying it. It has a $150 "Transformer" case and here are specs.

2.4 GHZ AMD Athlon 4000+ (high end single core, faster than low end dual cores like the 3800+ 64 x2)
1GB DDR Memory (2 open slots that you can put more ram in)
120GB Hard Drive
DVD-RW (Burns and Plays DVD or CD formats)
256MB ATI Radeon x1050

Is it worth $200? How well will it run games like World of Warcraft?

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 4, 2010 1:37:22 AM

No. Not worth the money.

A single core 2.4 GHz processor is not going to be faster than a dual-core 2.0 GHz processor, unless you're dealing with a program that cannot take advantage of multi-threads.

Since it's using DDR memory, that means it's likely a socket 939 motherboard and is dead-end technology. Yes, you may be able to upgrade the processor, but the cost of those processors exceeds, by far, the benefit you'd get from it.

Looks to have on-board graphics. There is no mention of what type of graphics card slot it has (either AGP or PCI-E). If it's AGP (also dead end tech), you just limited yourself to what upgrades you could implement.

Quite simply, for $200, you could build a better core system. In NO WAY should you invest in this computer.

-Wolf sends
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 4, 2010 1:52:37 AM

Ignore the "Transformer" case lol. There's nothing in that PC that's going to run WoW.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 4, 2010 3:32:50 AM

I would rather take a meteor to the head than spend any money at all on that machine. Even homeless people would refuse it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 4, 2010 4:06:26 AM

In this case the term " more than meets the eye" does not apply - thats rubbish LOL
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October 4, 2010 5:55:50 AM

Well, I guess I won't be getting it then, lol. Thanks for all the replys.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 4, 2010 8:01:36 AM

Hmm if $272AR isn't a bridge too far: 3ghz+ Triple core with 80+ 500W, get a decent GPU later or do WOW @ 1024 x 768 low hehe
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 4, 2010 8:11:46 PM

C'mon, do you think you can wow him with a t-shirt?

Nice config :) 
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October 5, 2010 7:24:47 AM

I'm on medium right now with my pentium 4 2.4 ghz, 1gig ddr ram, and a sapphire 9600 256 mb graphics card, lol. I get about 12 fps in Dalaran, and 25-32 fps in dungeons. I'm sure the setup you suggested with the triple-core processor, 2 gigs of ram, and a pretty nice motherboard would run wow on high settings smooth as could be. Thanks for taking the time to put that all together for me, and the shirt's a pretty sweet deal! haha.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 5, 2010 7:42:11 AM

Err is that a 9600 AGP Radeon or PCIe/Nvidia? If single/core + AGP just hit that cheap rig 1st then a PCIe GPU at least HD 4670/9600GT or better :p 
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October 5, 2010 7:39:57 PM

batuchka said:
Err is that a 9600 AGP Radeon or PCIe/Nvidia? If single/core + AGP just hit that cheap rig 1st then a PCIe GPU at least HD 4670/9600GT or better :p 


It's an AGP Radeon
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 6, 2010 5:11:47 AM

O_o if you were fine with that hitting a HD 4670/9600GT PCIe would be godly hehe
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October 23, 2010 4:27:11 PM

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February 23, 2012 1:29:33 AM

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