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Just Wondering Capabilities Of This Build...?

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October 9, 2010 11:21:43 PM

Hey all,

I'm thinking about putting together my first custom built mid-ranged gaming computer. I am fairly uneducated when it comes to what makes a computer and its parts perform well when playing games, handling media, etc. Therefore, I was just wondering how the build I will present below will fair with gaming. I would like to know what games it could potentially handle, how well, FPS, etc etc. Thanks in advance!

Please note that I already have possession of the Graphics Card and the PSU.


RAIDMAX Thunder ATX-315WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156245

A OCZ 5** Watt Power Supply

Sorry, I already have this, forgot the wattage, but I didn't think it would really matter.

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

BIOSTAR TA785G3HD AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138181

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871

EVGA GeForce GT 220 FTW DDR3
http://www.evga.com/products/moreinfo.asp?pn=01G-P3-1228-LR
I already have this so forgive the non-Newegg link because I can't find it on Newegg anymore haha!
October 10, 2010 1:23:30 AM

Between forking out for a GT220 and sticking to IGP frankly i would opt for the latter @@ GT220 is an awful choice for gaming so if i were u i'd rather hit something like a Rana 445 and cheaper RAM all in the name of at least landing a cheap GTS 250/HD 4850
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2855/8
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October 10, 2010 1:29:07 AM

batuchka said:
Between forking out for a GT220 and sticking to IGP frankly i would opt for the latter @@ GT220 is an awful choice for gaming so if i were u i'd rather hit something like a Rana 445 and cheaper RAM all in the name of at least landing a cheap GTS 250/HD 4850
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2855/8

yeah i agree. saw some good reviews on the gts 250. sweet price and good performance
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October 10, 2010 1:42:59 AM

I was surprised when I looked it up. GT 220 seems to fall in between a 4670 and 4650 in performance. And this is a 1GB version, so it's definitely much better than the IGP.

Will play most games on medium settings, as long as you are at 1440x900 or lower. Not a great card but not as bad as I thought. For 10 bucks more you could get a 4850 that would bury it of course.

At $70 a 4670 would also beat it.

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October 10, 2010 1:52:59 AM

It'll game pretty well, but if you have $100 or so you can spend, HD 4870's are getting awfully cheap and would blow that GT220 out of the water. Beyond that it'll do great.

Also, Tom's just did a CPU/GPU bottlenecking bit, showed that primarily a tri-core was a great value, so if you want to save a few $$$ you could go for an Athlon X3 440 or something and you'd still have ~95% of your performance.

Just some options.
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Anonymous
October 10, 2010 2:02:07 AM

Thanks for all your replies! Unfortunately I already bought the gt220 a while ago =( part of a newegg combo with the power supply for under $50 so at the time- since i actually thought it was a DECENT graphics card (lol i know better now!) it was too good a deal to pass up haha. Now that I somewhat know the power of this card, any chance it will hold for Crysis? Just a little hope ;) 

Otherwise I dont know how i'm going to get my moneys worth back from this card, unfortunately I also had to rip apart shrink rap and cut out box for a mail-in rebate! Any suggestions on a place to sell etc?

Also forgive my noobness but whats IGP? Is that the onboard integretated graphics you are all talking about by any chance? Thanks so much again!
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October 10, 2010 2:05:09 AM

You would have to tone down to like 1024 x 768 mainstream to get playable frames for Crysis Yep IGP = integrated graphics the one thing that peeps can rely on before actually saving/having money to nab a discrete GPU that is worthwhile hehe
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Anonymous
October 10, 2010 2:12:45 AM

Haha! Oh well, whole reason Im building this *gaming* computer right now ive got a extremely old one... it doesn't even have a pcie slot! lmao!

Im looking on newegg right now and im starting to wonder if radeon hd 5400's to 5600's are any good? they seem to be under $100.. also hows this geforce 9800 gt for gaming? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130397
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Anonymous
October 10, 2010 2:39:11 AM

Ok thanks! All other components are compatible with each other and good for gaming? I just want to make sure before I get everything and just focus on improving graphics.
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Anonymous
October 10, 2010 3:05:40 AM

Looks good but actually I have a $15 off code for the 1TB hard drive so its actually only $55 :D  case $30 total so $85 to $80 extra 5 bucks for 1TB compared to 500GB lol sorry dont mean to put you down! but thanks a lot anyway I really appreciate the help! All i really need to do is get a better graphics card without putting the gt220 to waste... not sure if ebay, amazon, etc will really be worth the trouble, time and whether ill actually get my moneys-worth back.
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October 10, 2010 3:19:42 AM

You are welcomed and happy shopping ^^
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