I can get this HP for $359 with a 20" LED monitor...
---HP Pavilion p7-1026b Desktop PC Bundle---
AMD Phenom II 840T Quad-Core 2.9GHz
HP 2011x 20" LED Monitor
ATI Radeon HD 4200 Integrated Graphics
SuperMulti DVD Burner
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
I'm looking for a gaming computer but I'm a little strapped for cash. Is this a good starter machine? Also, could I upgrade it down the road including adding in a new case? I realize I'll probably need a discrete graphics card.\
It's an OK deal. The 6GB you should probably drop one stick when you get it since AMD doesn't run Triple Channel, but dual channel. Plus you won't really need that much ram, 4GB is enough and the speeds will be optimized since it'll be dual channel.
As for the motherboard, can you find out the motherboard model?
At max, how much are you willing to spend?
The machine is actually a solid starter machine. I think the case would need to get replaced, the PSU as well. But other than that. Not much else. Other than also adding the discrete card.
I couldn't find anything on the MOBO. I had priced out a $900 gaming rig but then realized I needed to go out of pocket to pay for college and then found out my car needed fixing, so the less I spend the better. If I could spend under $500 and play Battlefield 3 comfortably, I'd be happy, but I'm guessing that's a little too much to ask for. I don't mind spending the money over time, I'm just afraid that I'll end up with a half obsolete rig by the time I'm done building it.