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Is this a good buy for my first gaming PC?

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April 24, 2011 4:45:05 AM

http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-p6710f-Desktop-PC/pr...

AMD Athlon™ II 640 Quad-Core Processor (3.0GHz)
4GB installed memory
1TB hard drive
SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology
Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n
High Definition Audio with up to 7.1 surround sound capabilities
15-in-1 memory card reader
Includes HP USB keyboard and optical mouse
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
1 year warranty

ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics

The two games I have that require a good video card are GTA IV and Battlefield Bad Company 2. I've been on youtube and seen others using this intergraded video card and this looks like it would be a great purchase for my first gaming computer. I bought those two games a while ago finding out that I couldn't play them with my Laptop with using a Nvidia 8200m. I am only going to use this desktop for only one year because I will have to ship out to Basic Training for the U.S. Army.

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April 24, 2011 9:04:23 AM

The computer is fine exept from that graphics card. If you dont want to put a lot of mony into an expensive one the Gt540 will be out soon or you can get a GT440 or a GTS450 now.
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April 24, 2011 12:01:11 PM

"ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics" < there is a problem right there. that does not even meet the minimum requirements for most games. you are better off with a PS3. For a gaming PC the minimum graphics cards you really want are an AMD 5770 or NVIDIA gts450 otherwise you will just get frustrated when games run poorly.
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April 24, 2011 5:24:45 PM

would it be ok to buy this then, buy one of the mentioned graphics cards above?
a b U Graphics card
April 24, 2011 5:53:15 PM

J03_510 said:
would it be ok to buy this then, buy one of the mentioned graphics cards above?


That would be an option but in the long run might cost more than something bought with the right parts already -- For example None of the material lists what PSU (power supply) is included and for a better video card you will probably need to get a better PSU with enough power to run it (so $70-$100 more than the cost of the video card @ about the same - which then makes the cost closer to $700 - $750 and for that $ you can get a better system that has the right parts to start with instead of wasting money on a PSU you'll not be using !)

Best option would be to place a thread in the Systems sub forum and fill in the Form they have for help with a build (ie. types of uses that the system is for, budget, whether you can build it or need pre-built, etc. ) and get some feedback on the best way to go !
April 24, 2011 6:20:32 PM

just found out it has a 250w PSU, what good would that be, in terms of getting a better graphics card?
a b U Graphics card
April 24, 2011 6:34:09 PM

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Would you like for us to help you buy a PC made from parts? I don't see any PC when i click the link.

You need a better PSU and at list a gts450 or 5770 for good gaming, not great but good. You can max out games at 1920x1080 with those cards. For them i would recommend at list a 450w PSU.
Integrated graphics are not for gaming. (unless you have a smart phone or tablet)
April 24, 2011 6:51:44 PM

Get a better PSU as others have said, get a beefy one so you dont run into any problems :) 
a c 154 U Graphics card
April 24, 2011 6:59:16 PM

You'd save money building it yourself and have better quality parts. This build doesn't have wireless or a card reader like the hp, but are relatively cheap to put on ~$15 and ~$10 respectively. And would also need a mouse, keyboard and monitor. But the hp doesn't have a monitor either. I did include the 5450, and you can see it's a much better price. The case was already in my cart but you can find a good one $10 cheaper if you'd like.

I did see youtube vids for the 5450 on bfbc2 with good fps on med at 720p. What res will you be at?

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    April 24, 2011 8:37:05 PM

    There is no way that you will run games well using an integrated graphics card. In my opinion, it's not a "gaming computer" unless it has a dedicated video card...

    On another note, I would build the system yourself. You will save money and gain experience. On the other hand, you could spend the same amount of money but have a more powerful system. Your choice... If you need advice on how to build a computer, there are tons of us here on Toms that would be thrilled to help you pick out parts and teach you the steps for assembly.
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