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July 6, 2011 7:16:46 PM

Hello, I'm interested in buying a gaming pc and I found a computer with these specs:
Memory (RAM): 8000
Hard Drive: 1T
Primary Drive: DVD+/-RW
BPC QUAD CORE HD 6670
Processor Type: PHENOM QUAD CORE
Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz x 4

I don't know a thing about specs so I don't know if these are all the specs you take into consideration when buying a pc.

Cheers.

a b 4 Gaming
July 6, 2011 7:44:46 PM

The critical component of a gaming pc is the graphics card, not the cpu.
In this case, a 6670 is a decent low end card. You can probably play at 1680 x 1050 reasonably well.
If you play at 1920 x 1200 you may have to accept lowered detail.

The cpu is appropriate.

If you ever want to upgrade the graphics card, the power of the included psu may become an issue.
a b 4 Gaming
July 7, 2011 2:25:26 AM

the graphics card is rubbish. get a an amd 6850 or better for good gaming. the cpu is fine.
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July 7, 2011 10:11:18 AM

Quote:
Hello, I'm interested in buying a gaming pc and I found a computer with these specs:
Memory (RAM): 8000
Hard Drive: 1T
Primary Drive: DVD+/-RW
BPC QUAD CORE HD 6670
Processor Type: PHENOM QUAD CORE
Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz x 4

I don't know a thing about specs so I don't know if these are all the specs you take into consideration when buying a pc.

Cheers.

Getting ready made PC's always yield low specification on the graphics. You will be better off with building the PC yourself or at least specify the components & let the store build it for you for a small fee.
So the question is how much is the PC you mention above. I bet we can come up with better specifications within the same price range.
July 7, 2011 4:36:59 PM

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Getting ready made PC's always yield low specification on the graphics. You will be better off with building the PC yourself or at least specify the components & let the store build it for you for a small fee.
So the question is how much is the PC you mention above. I bet we can come up with better specifications within the same price range.


The cost of the PC is £499.99 but I can go up to about £700.
And if you do think it would be better to build a PC myself, is it that hard?

P.S. Thanks for getting back to me.
July 8, 2011 6:46:02 AM

There are lots of video's available that will teach you how to build PC. It is really exciting and you get an elated feeling of having built it yourself. Of course, Do It yourself may come with some headaches so its up to you to balance the expectation and be prepared to ask a lot of questions here in the forums.

For £499.99 ( $800 ), your budget can get similar PC configuration as in this thread:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/315111-31-first-budge...

Here is the specs for your quick reference:
CPU + MOBO: i5 2500k + Biostar TP67B+ LGA 1155 P67 ATX = $260 w/o tax at Microcenter
GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150521 $200
CASE: Antec 300 Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129066 $55
RAM: G.SKILL 2x2gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231277 46$
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139005 $95
HDD: SAMSUNG F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185 $65

You do not need to find the same brands but you can use the models as reference.

Its still missing a DVD R/W Drive so you have to add but it is still going to be below £499.99
You can spend the rest of the £700 on a good monitor, mouse & keyboard.
a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2011 8:29:34 PM

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Hey its me again.
That PC sounds good randomkid! But I want your opinion on this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VIBOX-SPEED-A5-2-INTEL-i7-CORE-1TB-16GB-RAM-WINDOWS-PC-/190525063070?pt=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item2c5c2dbf9e

Is that a good Gaming PC?

NO..

1) The critical gaming component, the 5670 is puny for a gaming pc at that price.
2) The 400w psu is underpowered if you ever wanted to gat a stronger video card.
3) 16gb is useless on a gaming pc. 8gb is all you need, and even 4gb is ok.
4) A 2600 is afine cpu, but an overclockable 2500K will cost much less and be a superior performer.

The parts randomlik suggested would be a superior performer for half the price.
July 11, 2011 4:54:00 AM

^I totally agree.

To IIzRAPTOzII, the Vibox is really unbalanced. You are better off by bringing the specs that I gave and you ask a computer store to build it up for you rather than buy ready made boxes. Even, if the stores will charge nominal fee for their labor, you still end up with better PC for less money.
July 11, 2011 3:46:31 PM

^Not a good gaming CPU & Video Card and at very expensive pricing. Stop looking at those kind of deals as you are just likely to be duped by those overprice of a weakling configurations.
a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2011 4:02:09 PM

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Okay thanks for your help guys, I will take into consideration what you have said. But what do you think of this? ]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/X-Blade-Wireless-SIX-CORE-HDMI-Gaming-PC-Windows-7-64-/290580820535?pt=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item43a7f77237]


NO!!!!
It is even worse.

1) The amd 6 core cpu's are a very poor choice for gaming.
Few games use more than two cores, and almost none use more than three, making a 6 core cpu half useless.
The lower clock speed and worse efficiency per core compared to the intel offerings make it a doubly bad gaming choice.

2) The 6670 graphics card is simply a rebranded 5670. No difference in performance at all. Still meager for a gamer.

3) Mcafee anti virus trial is not worth it, particularly compared to the free Microsoft security essentials.

4) A 650w psu is good, but if it were of good quality, you can be certain that the vendor would give you the brand name.
Look to Seasonic, Antec, XFX, Corsair, or PC P&C for quality units.

If you don't feel comfortable building a PC yourself, then make a list of quality parts, and ask some local shops what they would charge you to put it together for you.
July 11, 2011 4:44:37 PM

Okay yeah you guys are right, I should stop looking. So randomkid has given me a list of specs for £500. What about £700? Once again, thanks for all your help so far!
a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2011 5:09:18 PM

1) Ram is cheap change to 8gb(2 x 4gb) Here is some justification:
http://blog.corsair.com/?p=65

2) Spend the extra on the best video card you feel comfortable buying.
GTX560ti or 6950
GTX570 or 6970
GTX580 or 5970
In increasing order of competence. Any will game well at 1080P resolution.

3) If you still have the budget, get a SSD for the os and apps. Look for 80-120gb. It will cost $1.5 to $2 per gb.
July 11, 2011 6:14:32 PM

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1) Ram is cheap change to 8gb(2 x 4gb) Here is some justification:
http://blog.corsair.com/?p=65

2) Spend the extra on the best video card you feel comfortable buying.
GTX560ti or 6950
GTX570 or 6970
GTX580 or 5970
In increasing order of competence. Any will game well at 1080P resolution.

3) If you still have the budget, get a SSD for the os and apps. Look for 80-120gb. It will cost $1.5 to $2 per gb.


Okay I'm gonna put a list together to give to my local PC store and see what they can do. So just to clarify do you think this is good for RAM? ]http://www.guru3d.com/article/gskill-2x4gb-cl7-1600-trident-ddr3-memory-review/]
a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2011 6:42:03 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Graphics & Displays to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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