I'm buying a new Desktop

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+Athlon%26%23153%3B+II+X2+Processor+/+4GB+Memory+/+500GB+Hard+Drive/1243045.p?id=1218240384822&skuId=1243045

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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  1. 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.
  2. yeah check out new eegs DIY combos.
  3. The machine has integrated graphics that are terrible. Check out this chart to get an idea

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-radeon-hd-6870-radeon-hd-6850,2782-7.html
  4. CPU+MOBO: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz + BIOSTAR TA880GB+ AM3 AMD 880G (129$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.566265
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (49$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231274
    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 320GB SATA II (42$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152244
    GPU: HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 (129$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338
    PSU: Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power 80 PLUS (39$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006
    CASE: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series (39$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061

    TOTAL: 431$ (30$ MIR not included)


    Above build will be able to run all current games at high settings at ur current resolution.
  5. 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+Athlon%26%23153%3B+II+X2+Processor+/+4GB+Memory+/+500GB+Hard+Drive/1243045.p?id=1218240384822&skuId=1243045

    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-core-i3-athlon-ii-x4,2791-6.html

    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?jumpid=re_R295_store/buspurchase-refurbished/computing/price-list#HHO1

    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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