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October 22, 2011 5:43:37 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-ii-overclock...



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I want a second computer so I can game with my boyfriend, but I want to know if it'll be better than my first computer.

Is it better than a Gateway DX4840-15?

Processor: 3.2GHz Intel Core i5-650
Memory: 8GB DDR3
Storage: 1TB hard drive
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 320 (1GB)
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)



The system builder is really a 619$ build, once you factor in 100 dollars for an OS. So, in addition to my first question (how does it stack up agains the above build? How much better / worse is it?) if you had another 100-150 to throw at the original build, what would you change?
October 22, 2011 6:04:55 PM

That's not a bad build, although I personnally don't care for the case much. However the system you have is weak in the graphics area, the HD6870 is much superior for gaming.
For $120, some folks would tell you you'd be better off with an i3. I disagree, mainly because newegg currently has a promotion for the X4 955 for $105.

I think the SBM build is faster for gaming.

A better question is why can't you upgrade your current PC for gaming?
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October 22, 2011 6:10:12 PM

I'll definitely upgrade my pc for gaming, but it's more important for me to get two computers that can game right now so me and my boyfriend can both play. (We live together, but only have the one computer & a laptop). I know my pc is kinda weak, but it works very well for right now, so we've decided to concentrate on a new build so we can both play & then upgrade the old one.


& thank you for the advice
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October 22, 2011 7:05:21 PM

the system builder is much better, the above build is extremely weak graphically, the only thing it realy needs is a graphics card change, a 6850 or 460 should be enough to play anything at low settings
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October 22, 2011 9:08:22 PM

slink6 said:
I'll definitely upgrade my pc for gaming, but it's more important for me to get two computers that can game right now so me and my boyfriend can both play. (We live together, but only have the one computer & a laptop). I know my pc is kinda weak, but it works very well for right now, so we've decided to concentrate on a new build so we can both play & then upgrade the old one.


& thank you for the advice


Oh sorry, I assumed he had his own PC.
So what would I change? I think I'd go with a AM3+ motherboard so I'd have an upgrade path. AM3 and AM3+ motherboards are comparable in price. I'd probably also get the Samsung F3 1TB drive. I picked mine up for $60, its faster and better than the Seagate.

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October 22, 2011 10:49:25 PM

I tried to come up with a $500 build with an FX4100 ($129) but failed. Mostly because I couldn't find a $40 HDD and because I refuse to use a 430W PSU for a new build.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL
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1 Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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October 23, 2011 10:56:57 AM

dont bother with the fx 4100 its no better than the phenom x4
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October 23, 2011 2:16:52 PM

the SBM $500 system will be a fine gaming system.

for your gateway, I would replace its 300W Power Supply with a Corsair 430W ($45, $10 rebate) and replace the 320 with a HD6850 ($145).

In spite of Delroy's concerns, I run a 6850 just fine on this 430W PSU.
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