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What do you think of this for a casual gamer?

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October 18, 2011 7:14:38 PM

I am in between building my own and prebuilt, is this one worth the money?

I'm a casual gamer, usually play games like, Team Fortress or Left 4 Dead, and browse the internet, download music. I do use photoshop and other design related software if that makes any difference.

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=222260204


Features
HDMI Yes
DVI Yes
DisplayPort Yes
Controller Type Serial ATA/300
Graphics Controller Manufacturer AMD
Graphics Controller Model Radeon HD 6570
Graphics Memory Capacity 1 GB
Graphics Memory Accessibility Dedicated
Product Type Desktop Computer
Manufacturer Part Number QN559AA#ABA
Manufacturer Website Address www.hp.com
Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
Product Model HPE h8-1020 QN559AA
Product Name Pavilion HPE h8-1020 QN559AA Desktop Computer
Product Line Pavilion
Product Series HPE h8-1000
Brand Name HP
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Standard Memory 8 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Memory Card Reader Yes
Package Contents
Pavilion HPE h8-1020 QN559AA Desktop Computer
Keyboard
Mouse
DVI-to-VGA Adapter
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
Weight (Approximate) 24.21 lb
Height 16.3"
Width 6.9"
Depth 16.2"
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
Optical Media Supported DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media Supported Yes
Solid State Drive Capacity Not Applicable
Total Hard Drive Capacity 1 TB
Hybrid Hard Drive Capacity Not Applicable
Bus Speed Not Applicable
Processor Speed 2.80 GHz
Processor Type Core i7
Processor Model i7-2600S
Processor Core Quad-core
64-bit Processing Yes
Processor Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Model H61 Express
QuickPath Interconnect Not Applicable
Number of Processors Supported 1
Number of Processors Installed 1
Hyper-Threading Yes
HyperTransport Speed Not Applicable
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium with SP1
Operating System Architecture 64-bit
Standard Warranty 1 Year
Product Attributes
Graphics Controller Manufacturer: AMD
Graphics Memory Technology: DDR3
Hard Drive (RPM): 7200
Memory (GB): 8
Memory Range: 4 GB - 8 GB
Memory Technology: DDR3
Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium with SP1
Processor Manufacturer: Intel
Processor Model: i7-2600S

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October 18, 2011 7:43:22 PM

Shouldn't be too bad for those games but it's not really made for gaming and is overpriced.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

^ Also not the greatest price ever but far better for games.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That would be far better again.

If you could build one yourself or get a friend to do it you could get something even better than that, not to mention it would almost definitely have higher quality parts.
October 18, 2011 7:47:04 PM

Thanks for your advice! Yeah, I am still thinking of just building my own, seems like it would be the best route to get the most out of my PC! :D 
October 18, 2011 8:56:39 PM

Well heres a build I have suggested a lot quite recently but it's a great budget gaming build:

Intel Core i3-2100 - $124.99
2x2GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1333Mhz - $29.99
ASRock H61M/U3S3 - $69.99
Sapphire HD 6870 1GB - $179.99
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $59.99
Crucial M4 64GB - $109.99
Coolermaster Elite 430 - $39.99
Samsung DVD Burner - $17.99
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit OEM - $99.99
Corsair CX-500 - $49.99

Total - $792.90 before shipping and $40 rebates

That's about the same cost as that HP but would be massively better in games, have higher quality components, better cooling, super fast boot/load times of an SSD, faster HDD, USB 3.0 and SATA 3.
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