Greetings everyone, I was shopping around on Ebay for a gaming desktop computer. I found this one for $464 including shipping:
AMD A8 Quad core cpu
AMD HD 6550D Graphics
Slim Micro ITX Desktop Case
Western Digital 500GB HDD
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1866MHz
Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
MS Office 2007
Is this honestly a bargain if I intend on playing games like Diablo 3 and other modern games? Or should I continue to shop around? I'm such a novice when it comes to tech specs on a computer. I appreciate any advice?
Its not horrid, but no I wouldn't call it a "gaming computer". But yes it'll play Diablo 3, but thats not really fair because Diablo 3 has fairly low requirements, it'll do MMOs like WoW, Runescape, League of legends with ease. Its not going to be great for higher powered games like Battlefield 3.
This computer would be more like a semi-powerful laptop than anything.
Hmm...apologies. The mods have my permission to reroute this thread. I'm just treading though Ebay to look for a relatively good pre-built homemade gaming rig. Obviously, I'm a noob when it comes to understanding computer specs; especially good current standards for CPU and graphics cards. I know very little about the topic and just want to make sure I get a lot of bang for my buck. I suppose I had better start learning since I just started IT classes for college...
$600 max. $500 would be more ideal, but I don't mind sacrificing a little more if it makes such a drastic difference. I prefer a processor with quad cores if it makes a vital difference in performance over dual cores. I have a PS3 already, I just need a decent gaming computer that will perform games that I can't get on my console (Diablo 3, Witcher 2 in particular) with good efficiency. So I don't necessarily need stellar performance as I don't really want to sink $1,000 into a computer.
My advice is to set the multiplier on the CPU to 18x or 18.5. You should be able to do this safely on the stock fan. This will effectively give you a Phenom II 980 at the price of a 965 (3.7GHZ) they both ship with the same stock cooler, so it should be adequate.
I just need a decent gaming computer that will perform games that I can't get on my console (Diablo 3, Witcher 2 in particular) with good efficiency.
Pretty much any modern CPU on the market can handle those games, the video card is a bit stronger than it needs to be, but for gaming, thats where you really want to focus on.
As far as duals vs quads, most games only use 2 cores, BF3 multiplayer is pretty much the only exception to this at this current point in time, but quads do have an advantage in other things one might do on a computer such as multitasking.