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Is this a good deal on a gaming desktop for $400?

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April 3, 2012 5:19:41 PM

It has both SSD and HDD. Windows is installed in SSD.
specs:

CPU : Intel Core i3-2100 Processor 3.1GHz
HDD: 500GB
RAM: 8gig
Graphic Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1235-LR GeForce GT 240 Video Card - 1024MB DDR3, PCI-Express 2.0, DVI, HDMI, VGA
Power Supplier : Thermaltake W0379RU TR2 Series Power Supply - 500 Watts, ATX


windows 7 professional 64 bit.

it also has CD/DVD rom.

This is a used computer, i want to play Diablo 3 and i saw the graphics card can run on medium. I also can upgrade, but i thought for $400 this seemed like a pretty good deal given the case and parts. Just wanted to know what you guys thought about this setup.
April 3, 2012 5:38:57 PM

Well it looks fine except the graphics card is VERY weak. I'm not familiar with the requirements of diablo but that is an old, slow card. Of course you can throw another one in, but the 500w power supply is not gonna give you huge headroom.
April 3, 2012 5:45:54 PM

Max1s said:
Well it looks fine except the graphics card is VERY weak. I'm not familiar with the requirements of diablo but that is an old, slow card. Of course you can throw another one in, but the 500w power supply is not gonna give you huge headroom.


Yea i know the graphics card is weak. I looked at this site for running diablo 3 (http://diablo.incgamers.com/forums/showthread.php?80979...) 500w should be fine for a radeon 5770 right?
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April 3, 2012 5:47:50 PM

Max1s said:
Well it looks fine except the graphics card is VERY weak. I'm not familiar with the requirements of diablo but that is an old, slow card. Of course you can throw another one in, but the 500w power supply is not gonna give you huge headroom.


My alternative would be this computer:

http://www.officemax.com/technology/computers/desktop-c...

and just buy a new PSU and graphics card. I choose this because i have $400 is officemax credit as it is anyways. Just didnt know if the build i posted was better or not.

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April 3, 2012 5:52:45 PM
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yea you should be fine....just get a new power supply (fully modular power supply preferably 600 watt) and a GTX 560 ti...Diablo 3 should be perfect now running near max
April 3, 2012 5:55:24 PM

k1ngkev1n1 said:
It has both SSD and HDD. Windows is installed in SSD.
specs:

CPU : Intel Core i3-2100 Processor 3.1GHz
HDD: 500GB
RAM: 8gig
Graphic Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1235-LR GeForce GT 240 Video Card - 1024MB DDR3, PCI-Express 2.0, DVI, HDMI, VGA
Power Supplier : Thermaltake W0379RU TR2 Series Power Supply - 500 Watts, ATX


windows 7 professional 64 bit.

it also has CD/DVD rom.

This is a used computer, i want to play Diablo 3 and i saw the graphics card can run on medium. I also can upgrade, but i thought for $400 this seemed like a pretty good deal given the case and parts. Just wanted to know what you guys thought about this setup.

Well lets add it up:
Item 1 = $125.00 (new)
Item 2 = $ 80.00 (refurbished)
Item 3 = $38.00 (cheapest)(new)
Item 4 = $135.00 (only found 1)(new)
Item 5 = $40.00 (new)
Item 6 = $140.00 (OS)(new)
Item 7 = $17.00 (CD/DVD)(new)
Plus the value of the case.
Total (w/o case) = $575.00 - 25% for being used = $430.00 (approx)
What do you think?
April 3, 2012 6:16:21 PM

Chaz21 said:
Well lets add it up:
Item 1 = $125.00 (new)
Item 2 = $ 80.00 (refurbished)
Item 3 = $38.00 (cheapest)(new)
Item 4 = $135.00 (only found 1)(new)
Item 5 = $40.00 (new)
Item 6 = $140.00 (OS)(new)
Item 7 = $17.00 (CD/DVD)(new)
Plus the value of the case.
Total (w/o case) = $575.00 - 25% for being used = $430.00 (approx)
What do you think?


So you think this preowned build would be better then a new computer i posted with new psu and GPU?
April 3, 2012 6:31:07 PM

k1ngkev1n1 said:
So you think this preowned build would be better then a new computer i posted with new psu and GPU?

I just tried to show what it was worth. I didn't say that the pre-owned was better.That would be your call but I found some more info for you here:
http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/model/PT.GCPP2.0...
What I don't like about it is the 300 watt max PSU.
I didn't see any new GPU with the new PSU.
April 3, 2012 6:32:24 PM

Chaz21 said:
I just tried to show what it was worth. I didn't say that the pre-owned was better.That would be your call but I found some more info for you here:
http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/model/PT.GCPP2.0...
What I don't like about it is the 300 watt max PSU.


yes i would buy a new PSU and graphics card, I just posted office max computer becuase i have officemax credit anyways thats why.
April 3, 2012 6:41:54 PM

k1ngkev1n1 said:
yes i would buy a new PSU and graphics card, I just posted office max computer becuase i have officemax credit anyways thats why.

Well - new is usually better. Make sure you can add the PSU (and the GPU) that you want. Some motherboards may not accommodate what you want to add.
I don't know what motherboard the new PC has. It doesn't say a thing about PCIe slots.
I don't know what Mobo the pre-owned has - but I do know it can accommodate that GPU and a 500 watt PSU.
April 3, 2012 7:01:33 PM

I'd buy the Gateway and upgrade it. The used PC will need a PSU and GPU upgrade anyway (the graphics card is very weak, and the PSU is an overrated piece of near-junk). The Gateway also has a moderately stronger CPU, which may matter because neither can be overclocked.
The SSD (not described in your specs) is likely to be an older, 1st-gen whatever that is probably too small. They're nice to have, but you can always add a SSD yourself later. With $400 in OfficeMax credit, that looks like the better way to go.
April 10, 2012 12:00:54 AM

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