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December 5, 2012 1:35:00 AM

I found 2 desktops (towers only) for sale. Specs are:

1)
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600
4 gb ram
250gb hard drive
nvidia 8800 gt video card
windows 7

2)
AMD A6 3670K
AMD HD 6530
ASUS Motherboard
500 watt PSU
Raidmax Case
500 gig hard drive
8 gb ram

Obviously the first one is cheaper, but I want to know how much you guys would pay for each one

ps. They 're both pretty good (except the 8800gt that needs upgrading) for modern gaming right?

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December 5, 2012 1:52:31 AM

Not really. Both GPUs aren't very good for gaming, and both CPUs aren't great for gaming either. I would build your own if you could as you can get better performance for less. What is your budget?
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December 5, 2012 1:59:37 AM

My budget is $100-150, $200 if I sell my current pc lol. I'm too broke to build my own, but I want a system that will play some games moderately until I can afford to upgrade. But do tell how much each one is apprx. worth, I wanna know if this is a deal and if there's room to negotiate (the guy selling them has a lot more experience than me)
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December 5, 2012 2:02:06 AM

And why is neither cpu good for gaming? they 're quad cores... I thought any quad core with a good gpu can play most games
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December 5, 2012 2:06:47 AM

What are your current PC's specs? For that low of a budget it'd be worth just to save more as both have no real upgrade path (other than the GPU).
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December 5, 2012 2:09:22 AM

igna86 said:
And why is neither cpu good for gaming? they 're quad cores... I thought any quad core with a good gpu can play most games



The Q6600 is old and has poor per core performance. The A6 3670k is newer but is still low end.
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December 5, 2012 2:12:07 AM

they're not ideal. but if it we're me i'd go for the first one. I wouldn't pay more then 200 for it though as long as the tower was complete. 150 without an OS. I've have a few friends that still use that setup. you can play many older games. and it will do well with a cheap video card upgrade later down the road. something like a gtx 650. borderlands 2 runs at 1080p on low-medium settings.
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December 5, 2012 2:38:44 AM

The tower is complete (I think). The guy's asking $200 for the first and $330 for the 2nd. I was planning to offer him $160-170 for the first one (I'm sure he'll take it). BUT, I do plan to upgrade the gpu (which would you recommend?) and want to make sure it will be worth the investment-or should I keep the 8800gt? I'm not an extreme gamer just want to be able to play mw3 or black ops (whichever's the least demanding) maybe a driving simulator too like TDU2 and euro trucks 2. Will I be ok?

My current pc is not even worth mentioning (a430n), my other pc has an athlon 64x2 but still will need another $150 in graphics and power supply to play anything, and still not beat the Q6600 (I think)
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December 5, 2012 3:27:14 AM

Really neither are that great. The Core 2 is really old at this point and weak compared to todays computers. The A6 is new but in terms of CPU power it's in the low end area of APU's.
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December 5, 2012 3:37:11 AM

I'd go with the first one. Just get a Radeon 7750 or GTX 650 and you'll be fine until you can afford a new computer.
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December 5, 2012 5:17:45 AM

whatever gpu you can get for about 150. I have a few friends that run the q6600 and a gtx 460 and are playing modern games at decent settings. Like I said before the 8800gt is a bit long in the tooth. most modern games will only run on the lowest settings. It can barely run borderlands 2 at 1080p but there are still plenty of older games it will run well.
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December 5, 2012 8:01:06 PM

Thanks guys. Luckily I sold my bike today and have $200 extra. Now I'm thinking of getting something better and found this: Quad core intel i5 - 2400 3.10GZhz, 6GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, 2 PCI-e slots, Win 7 does not have a graphics card. Guy's asking $425, I figure I'll need to spend another $150 for a good card and maybe more for power supply. It'll end up costing me at least $600 but is it worth it? Should I get this or the one for $200?
Also, what exactly is a pci-e slot?
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December 5, 2012 10:08:12 PM

The I5 is good but the 2400 but it has a locked clock so it can't be overclocked. This is fine if you don't want to overclock but if you are you will want to look at a 2500k. As for graphics I think you are confused. Physical graphic prduction has nothing to do with Windows 7 it has to do with hardware. Video signal is created by a graphics chip integrated into the CPU or from a video card which is plugged into the PCI-e slot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express
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December 5, 2012 11:17:28 PM

No i know that. I should have put a period after "win 7", I meant the computer does not have a graphics card (other than the integrated) and will have to install one to play games. And I'm not really interested in overclocking-not sure how to do it either.

The i5 is better, but comparing the specs from the first pc (with the Q6600) to this, is it worth the +$225? I'm not talking solely based on the processor but which machine is the best bang for the buck as a whole (ram, hard drive storage etc).

If I do get the i5 with $425 then I'm back to being broke with not much cash for a graphics card- but if it's worth it I can wait another week to buy one.

If I get the first pc for $200, I can get a card the same day for $100+ and still have saved $125..and I can still play some games if I decide not to upgrade the card right away

ps. is the 2nd one (w/ amd a6) really not worth the extra $130? It's a complete machine and I can use it right away, and other than the cpu (which is low end, yet new) it has pretty good specs, including a good graphics card (saving money there)

I really don't know which to choose-help me out before I spend my money on something else and end up playing solitaire on my a430n!! (hey, no lag whatsoever)


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December 5, 2012 11:34:40 PM

You could build your own for $450 and get a better deal with more room to upgrade.
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December 6, 2012 1:26:16 AM

I agree with montosaurous. There are plenty of budget builds for about 600 bucks. However I would spend the 600 on the newer machine vs. 350 on the much older one.
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December 6, 2012 10:49:45 PM
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