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June 16, 2012 9:31:26 AM

Aight, so I am looking to buy a new PC when I came across this deal that a computer shop offers for 350$:

Computer Specifications:

• AMD FX 4100 BULLDOZER QUAD CORE 3.6GHZ (TURBO 4.2GHZ) WITH 12MB TOTAL CACHE
( Upgrade to a 6 Cores processor for only $75 more )
• GIGABYTE AM3+ MOTHERBOARD ( SUPPORT UP TO A 8 CORE FX PROCESSOR)
• 4GB DDR3 HIGH PERFORMANCE MEMORY
(Upgrade to 8GB DDR3 for only $50 more)
• ATI HD3000 GRAPHICS WITH HD READY AND TOTAL 2GB MEMORY WITH 512MB DEDICATED WITH VGA AND DVI PORTS
DUAL MONITOR SUPPORT READY FOR MORE SCREEN ROOM
(Upgrade to 1GB GDDR5 video card to play all the latest games like Diablo 3 MW3 or BF3 and more on HIGH to Ultra settings for only $125 More)
• 500GB SATA HARD DRIVE 72000RPM (Uprade to 1TB of HD for only $25 and 2TB is only $50 )
• 24X DVD BURNER DRIVE
• GAMING CASE WITH 250MM BLUE LED FAN ON SIDE PANEL TO MAXIMIZE COOLING
• 500WATTS POWER SUPPLY
• FAST ETHERNET PORTS (Upgrade to Wifi for only $25 more)
• OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
• Office 2007 & Nero 7 Ultra

And I am a rookie when it comes to computer knowledge so I was wondering what I should upgrade if I wish to use this computer for gaming like WoW, Diablo, Minecraft, etc. And also for making HD videos. Help is appreciated! P.S. I don't want to spend too much so basically, the basics and necessities I need to upgrade to run the games on Max Setting. Thank you

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June 16, 2012 10:05:23 AM

you might want to upgrade the cpu/mobo to a z68 or z77 platform, but definitely upgrade your gpu. Also the psu is probably cheap and might blow up :p  so upgrade that too.
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June 16, 2012 10:44:07 AM

usually deals like these have some questionable parts mixed in, that's why they tend to be cheap.
Hotshot805 said:
Aight, so I am looking to buy a new PC when I came across this deal that a computer shop offers for 350$:

Computer Specifications:

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• AMD FX 4100 BULLDOZER QUAD CORE 3.6GHZ (TURBO 4.2GHZ) WITH 12MB TOTAL CACHE
( Upgrade to a 6 Cores processor for only $75 more )

if you do upgrade, you add $75 to your $350 budget. for gaming fx cpus are not good enough anyway. for gaming a 6 core bd won't add much of performance.
what kind of cpu cooler would it have?

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• GIGABYTE AM3+ MOTHERBOARD ( SUPPORT UP TO A 8 CORE FX PROCESSOR)

your deal does not specify which gigabyte motherboard, which chipset, if the fx cpu has appropriate bios update to run on the motherboard.


• 4GB DDR3 HIGH PERFORMANCE MEMORY
(Upgrade to 8GB DDR3 for only $50 more)


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• ATI HD3000 GRAPHICS WITH HD READY AND TOTAL 2GB MEMORY WITH 512MB DEDICATED WITH VGA AND DVI PORTS
DUAL MONITOR SUPPORT READY FOR MORE SCREEN ROOM
(Upgrade to 1GB GDDR5 video card to play all the latest games like Diablo 3 MW3 or BF3 and more on HIGH to Ultra settings for only $125 More)

this is motherboard's on board gpu which uses system ram. it's not suitable for running latest games on max settings, not even close. if you spend $125 on a gfx card (not that a $125 card will max out demanding games like bf3, metro) that already adds to your $350 budget.


• 500GB SATA HARD DRIVE 72000RPM (Uprade to 1TB of HD for only $25 and 2TB is only $50 )
• 24X DVD BURNER DRIVE
• GAMING CASE WITH 250MM BLUE LED FAN ON SIDE PANEL TO MAXIMIZE COOLING


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• 500WATTS POWER SUPPLY

this is usually the most widely exploited part of a cheap combo deal. it doesn't specify which brand/model/specs. a gaming pc must have a good psu. corsair cx 500 v2 is a good psu imo.


• FAST ETHERNET PORTS (Upgrade to Wifi for only $25 more)
• OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
• Office 2007 & Nero 7 Ultra

And I am a rookie when it comes to computer knowledge so I was wondering what I should upgrade if I wish to use this computer for gaming like WoW, Diablo, Minecraft, etc. And also for making HD videos. Help is appreciated! P.S. I don't want to spend too much so basically, the basics and necessities I need to upgrade to run the games on Max Setting. Thank you

if you want to build a gaming pc, choosing an appropriately configured intel platform would get you the best performance. if you want to stick with this deal and upgrade, you'll end up spending more money than the whole deal.
edit: if you want to just play w.o.w., minecraft, diablo3, an fx might suffice. add a decent enough gfx card like radeon hd 7770 or 6870, replace the psu with a quality one and you should be fine.
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June 16, 2012 12:39:25 PM

im just wondering how does 8gb of ram cost 50 more dollars than a 4gb kit
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