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[Homebuilt] This a good deal?

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December 31, 2011 4:20:52 AM

My friend is offering to sell me his old gaming CPU for around $300 and I'm wondering if it's something I should jump on.
Parts are as follows:

Sound: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: 2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics: 2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: 2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now I know enough about computers to know that most of this stuff is dated and I wouldn't be buying it to upgrade, but if it's enough to run current games like BF3, Skyrim and SW:TOR then I would like to get it. If it's just a waste of time or money then I'd also like to know. Thank you for your input.

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December 31, 2011 6:44:11 AM

This looks like a solid build and if in all working condition should make a sufficient little gamer., wether or not it will work for your needs depends on what you expect out of it. It will play probobly even the newest games providing it has all parts working correctly and updated drivers, but if you want maximum frame rates and a large monitor you may not be satisfied. especially if you want ultra settings on graphics.
The system will play the games tho if that is all that concerns you.
If it is all in working order then it is worth the $300, but if you want it you should show him $250 cash and see if he will accept that. No reason not to try and get a better deal.

You can also go to 3dMark vantage and download the free benchmark suite and run benchmarks with it.
After the test is complete you can go online to view the results. These will tell you how the computer rates with other similar builds and give you an idea how it performs. But more relevantly, you can click the link, how to improve my scores and go to a page that has a link that says "Is your pc ready for BF3" test it now. if you click on that link it scans your system and tells you what is lacking and your most likely experience when trying to play BF3 with that computer as well as what you may need to improve it.
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December 31, 2011 7:26:33 AM

The HDD's alone are worth $300. GTX 280's SLI'ed can probably beat a 560TI. Power supply may die tomorrow or 5 years from now, but 1200 Watts is sweet.
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December 31, 2011 8:55:14 AM

DelroyMonjo said:
The HDD's alone are worth $300. GTX 280's SLI'ed can probably beat a 560TI. Power supply may die tomorrow or 5 years from now, but 1200 Watts is sweet.



Yeah, thats what I was thinking.

And though that is a good thing the graphics are now limited to that point short of maybe overclocking or downright replacement.

That is why I think he will be able to play for sure, but I dont think he will be able to quite max his graphics.

Another good thing about the build is the early rog motherboard. It should have sound power and good overclocking features available. Better built than the other Asus boards of the era.

I think I would still ask my friend for the discount and use the $50 for 2x4g ram.
They do make 4g ddr2 ,don't they?!?
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December 31, 2011 7:46:47 PM

Thank you for the responses. I believe it already has 8GB of RAM, and only 4 slots so I could maybe upgrade to 4x4GB of RAM if they make them in DDR2 and the Mobo supports 16GB.
He lives about 1000 miles away from me and I'll be driving down there in a little less than half a month for a week or so and I'll be getting it then so I can't just head over and check things out.
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December 31, 2011 11:19:27 PM

jlundell said:
Thank you for the responses. I believe it already has 8GB of RAM, and only 4 slots so I could maybe upgrade to 4x4GB of RAM if they make them in DDR2 and the Mobo supports 16GB.
He lives about 1000 miles away from me and I'll be driving down there in a little less than half a month for a week or so and I'll be getting it then so I can't just head over and check things out.


I see, I would check and see if he has internet while I was there and still do the thing I mentioned, about the ready for BF3, if possible. But either way I'm sure it will play the game for you.
IMO I would only get the 2x4g for now. you wont really need 16 gigs at all and would mostly be wasting the cash. Dual channel memory utilizes 2 dimms better than 1 dimm or 4 dimms. It would of course provide you with more memory but it wont be utilized fully anyway and you wont really need the extra.
8g is really more than you need.
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December 31, 2011 11:59:56 PM

rmiiirusty said:
I see, I would check and see if he has internet while I was there and still do the thing I mentioned, about the ready for BF3, if possible. But either way I'm sure it will play the game for you.
IMO I would only get the 2x4g for now. you wont really need 16 gigs at all and would mostly be wasting the cash. Dual channel memory utilizes 2 dimms better than 1 dimm or 4 dimms. It would of course provide you with more memory but it wont be utilized fully anyway and you wont really need the extra.
8g is really more than you need.

Thanks. I'm not really into PC gaming, I'd just like to be able to play those 3 games, especially SW:TOR for the moment. Then Diablo 3 when it comes out. I'll definitely be running checks to see how the PC will fare with games that I'd like to play.

I just want to know if ~$300 is a good price to pay for something that will hopefully be relevant for at least another fall release of games.
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