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July 29, 2011 5:27:10 AM

I found a computer to buy at the local store for $899.99 CDN. Here are the specs:

Processor: Intel Quad-Core i7 - 2600 (3.4GHz)
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Video Card: NVIDIA Geforce GT420 (1GB)
Harddrive: 1TB
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium

This is just the main stuff.
The computer looks great, but I'm really worried about the video card.

I want to be able to run games like TF2, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Call of Duty Black Ops, and so forth, at a decently high settings.

Would this setup work?

There is another computer at $1299.99 CDN that sports the same specs except it uses a NVIDIA GeForce GTX560 Ti
But it's way out of my budget.

What do you guys think? Is the Geforce GT420 okay for what I want to use my computer for?

NOTE: My current computer uses a ATI Radeon HD 5570 (1GB DDR3)

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

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July 29, 2011 5:47:14 AM

Its a poor gaming system .

Top end cpu / bottom end graphics card = not for gaming
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July 29, 2011 6:37:07 AM

The GT420 is probably weaker than your current HD5570. So gaming wise it would actually be a downgrade.

Also, for the other build, $400 for a GTX560Ti upgrade is a total ripoff.

For those games, look at the $600 & $800 builds in my sig. Both should manage pretty well.
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July 29, 2011 6:46:08 AM

no its a terrible build. get a i5 cpu. 2500k nothing more. and invest that into a better GPU
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July 29, 2011 8:39:13 AM

Honestly ur better off getting the parts of the first build, buying them separately. and instead of getting the 2600k get the 2500k or 2500 if ur running at stock. and spend the rest on a Gpu like a 6870,6850, GTX 550Ti,460 or 560.
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July 29, 2011 9:33:06 AM

yeah swap the 2600 to a 2500k or 2500 and with the extra 100$ , go with a 6870. 420 isn't meant for gaming.
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July 29, 2011 4:22:45 PM

6core is worst then a x4 in gaming
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July 29, 2011 6:12:51 PM

That is a subjective statement...it really depends on the game manu 11.

Last I read most games do not benefit from multi-core cpus, but that is changing. Games do get an indirect performance boost as other processes can run on cores not being used by your game.

But for the price posted and for the components you get, that system should do nicely on most games with moderate to high settings and a good resolution. I feel is a better buy than what the author listed, but hey the main thing is to look around you can find good deals, IMHO.
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July 29, 2011 7:29:11 PM

I think I forgot to mention that ANYTHING is an upgrade from my current setup:

Pentium Duo @ 2.2GHz
3GB RAM DDR2?
Ati Radeon HD5570
250GB Harddrive

I can BARELY run TF2 At 640x480 in a small battle.

Thanks for all your help guys, I really appreciate it!
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July 29, 2011 8:05:06 PM

Sorry for the double post but I found this computer as well. IS THIS BETTER FOR GAMING THAN THE FIRST $899.99 COMPUTER?

Processor Type
Intel Core i5-2310

Processor Speed
2.9 GHz

Processor Cores
2 (It says 2, but I think it's wrong?)

RAM
8 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 4GB) (Exp. To 16 GB)

Hard Drive Capacity
1 TB

Hard Drive Speed (Revolutions Per Minute)
7200 RPM

Graphics
ATI Radeon HD 6670 (1GB GDDR5)

Pre-loaded Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

This one is $849.99 CDN
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July 30, 2011 3:58:16 AM

its not nice for gaming, i wouuld say, check the zero's 800 sig, you can get an idea
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