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December 14, 2010 5:32:48 PM

Alright, I'll keep it plain and simple; I have a 4 year old computer, very little RAM and stuff has literally fallen off the front of it. Since Christmas is just around the corner, I decided that I want a new desktop.

I want something for around $400, and I want it to be CAPABLE of playing games. Not dedicated to gaming, just something that could run some games at medium-low settings. I don't want to hassle with customizing my own, nor do I want to make a lot of upgrades. The only upgrade I am willing to make for it will be a new Graphics Card, but that is all. After some research, I have found the following desktop:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/eMachines+-+Desktop+/+AMD+A...

Is it worth the price? Will I be able to play older games? And will I have to upgrade the graphics card?

If you know of something better that is < $400, please feel free to recommend it.

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December 14, 2010 8:02:11 PM

You want to buy a separate system? if yeah then which components do u need and which ones u already have to use it with new system? Building ur own is better for u.
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December 14, 2010 8:10:31 PM

yeah check out new eegs DIY combos.
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December 14, 2010 11:44:01 PM

CPU+MOBO: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz + BIOSTAR TA880GB+ AM3 AMD 880G (129$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (49$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 320GB SATA II (42$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 (129$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power 80 PLUS (39$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series (39$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: 431$ (30$ MIR not included)


Above build will be able to run all current games at high settings at ur current resolution.
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December 15, 2010 8:21:51 PM

real men of genius said:
Alright, I'll keep it plain and simple; I have a 4 year old computer, very little RAM and stuff has literally fallen off the front of it. Since Christmas is just around the corner, I decided that I want a new desktop.

I want something for around $400, and I want it to be CAPABLE of playing games. Not dedicated to gaming, just something that could run some games at medium-low settings. I don't want to hassle with customizing my own, nor do I want to make a lot of upgrades. The only upgrade I am willing to make for it will be a new Graphics Card, but that is all. After some research, I have found the following desktop:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/eMachines+-+Desktop+/+AMD+A...

Is it worth the price? Will I be able to play older games? And will I have to upgrade the graphics card?

If you know of something better that is < $400, please feel free to recommend it.



Unless I'm missing something, the recommended build above seems to be missing an OS and DVD player, which would bump the price $125.

Here's a good start for researching CPUs for gaming (with recommendations...)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor...

Your AMD Athlon™ II X2 / 220 / 2.8GHz (closest on the chart is the X2-240) is 3 tiers lower than an i3, the recommended upgrade....the i5 is a 4-tier upgrade

Here's an alternative from HP (I'm not with HP...I just bought an i7 pc from this business outlet site for $503):
http://h71016.www7.hp.com/html/hpremarketing/daily.asp?...

Look under VALUE DESKTOPS:

This is the cheapest i3 with integrated graphics
WS327AAR#ABA-CRLS
Pavilion p6570t W7HP-64 i3 540 3.06GHz 600GB SATA 4GB DVDRW(LS) NIC 15-in-1 Rmkt PC
$439 List....refurb price: $351

This is the cheapest i5 with separate graphic card
WS326AAR#ABA-CY8Y
Pavilion p6580t W7HP-64 i5 650 3.2GHz 600GB SATA 4GB DVDRW(LS) 512MB NIC 15-in-1 Rmkt PC
$519 List..Refurb $415

They are likely better than the Athlon, but this is only based on Tom's gaming CPU chart....the business refurbished desktops come with a 90day warranty...

Good luck....happy shopping...
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