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June 26, 2012 11:43:39 AM

Hi im looking at building/buying a pc for playing the likes of command and conquer, civ 5 and the sims 1,2,3 on a budget. im looking at using =
tower Vantage black
cpu Amd fx 6100 3.3 x6
mobo Gigabyte m68mt-s2
Hdd Seagate 250gb
ram Patriot 2gb @1333
gpu Ati 6450

would this system be able to play the said games and everyday use for a family of 3? i know the bulldozer cpu isn't great but money comes first. would i be able to upgrade the gpu at a later date with that mobo or would i need to get a new mobo for a better gpu?

any help would be grateful.
thanks lee

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June 26, 2012 1:55:41 PM

yellow_snow said:
Hi im looking at building/buying a pc for playing the likes of command and conquer, civ 5 and the sims 1,2,3 on a budget. im looking at using =

would this system be able to play the said games and everyday use for a family of 3? i know the bulldozer cpu isn't great but money comes first. would i be able to upgrade the gpu at a later date with that mobo or would i need to get a new mobo for a better gpu?

any help would be grateful.
thanks lee

I'm not a fan of the nvidia chipset on that mb. I suggest this MB instead
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you listed a $140 6 core CPU, which is over kill for what you really need. I suggest the FX-4100 or switching to a intel platform with a G8xx CPU. put the money saved into a more robust GPU. an ATI 6450 isn't that powerful, though the games you listed aren't that taxing. what resolution is your monitor?

2 Gbs of Ram is ok for win xp, but 4 is better for win7.

I never heard of the Tower you cited, and I didn't see a power supply noted.

If you post your budget and fill out this form the community can better advise you. post what city you are in as there maybe a MicroCenter near you and sometimes they have great in-store only deals.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

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June 26, 2012 2:20:03 PM

jerreddredd said:
I'm not a fan of the nvidia chipset on that mb. I suggest this MB instead
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you listed a $140 6 core CPU, which is over kill for what you really need. I suggest the FX-4100 or switching to a intel platform with a G8xx CPU. put the money saved into a more robust GPU. an ATI 6450 isn't that powerful, though the games you listed aren't that taxing. what resolution is your monitor?

2 Gbs of Ram is ok for win xp, but 4 is better for win7.

I never heard of the Tower you cited, and I didn't see a power supply noted.

If you post your budget and fill out this form the community can better advise you. post what city you are in as there maybe a MicroCenter near you and sometimes they have great in-store only deals.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...


the system ive mentioned above is pre-made. im trying to find out what the psu is just waiting for a reply. and ive no idea what res ill be using :S. im in the uk (middlesbrough) the system cost around £230 ($359) and i plan on upgrading the ram once ive got the £££.
June 26, 2012 5:37:47 PM

the CPU is a little over kill and the GPU isn't quite enough.

it seems to be a good value for the money, with the knowledge that you will need 2 GB more of Ram and and a better video card (Radeon HD 6670 is a good starting point).
June 26, 2012 5:58:03 PM

at the 300 dollar price point, id suggest getting a prebuilt system. they can offer more performance at this level of cost
June 26, 2012 6:32:52 PM

would the mobo take a better gpu down the road??
June 26, 2012 6:42:05 PM

If it has a PCIe slot, yes.
June 26, 2012 6:55:40 PM


1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
1 x PCI slot

so i take it that it will.
June 27, 2012 4:32:17 AM

TheBigTroll said:
at the 300 dollar price point, id suggest getting a prebuilt system. they can offer more performance at this level of cost

it is a pre-biuld system
June 27, 2012 4:43:37 AM

yellow_snow said:
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
1 x PCI slot

so i take it that it will.

the system seems to be a good starting point as long as the PSU is good. you can add Ram and a GPU.
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