I am looking for a computer for general use and light gaming. Sims 3 is probably the most intensive game I will play on it. I am up to doing minimal upgrades but not building a whole computer from scratch.
What I am looking at right now is this:
Inspiron 620 MT Inspiron 620 Minitower w/ Black Bezel
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
Processors Intel® Core™ i3-2120 processor(3MB Cache, 3.30GHz)
Memory 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 2 DIMMs
Keyboard Dell USB Entry Keyboard
Video Card Intel® HD Graphics
Hard Drive 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
Floppy Drive Integrated 8 in 1 Media Card Reader
Optical Drives 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Sound Integrated 5.1
Speaker Dell AX510PA Entry Flat Panel Stereo Sound Bar with Power Adapter
VIDEO CARD SAPPHIRE 100287VGAL Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $69.99+ 5.99 shipping
This totals about $750.95 before tax. I'd like to keep my total including tax under $800 but I could go as high as $900 if I'd get a good performance boost. Does anyone see any good changes to make to this setup?
My level of competence on computer upgrades: I have successfully upgraded memory and replaced hard drives, I believe I could readily install a video card. I would consider using a barebone system if it would save me a substantial amount of money or give me a large boost in performance, but I have neither the time nor the patience to troubleshoot a completely homebuilt system.
Before you upgrade the graphics on a prebuilt you should make sure the PSU is up to the job. In my experience Dell don't give you branded PSU's so i'd want 500W+ to be on the safe side. Also you should take a look at the HD 5770, i think it's better value than the HD 5670. It's a bit more expensive but would last a lot longer.