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Would this computer be good for gaming?

I have been looking to upgrade my computer and I stumbled on this computer, seems like a really good deal. Would I just need to add a good graphics card to make this a decent computer? I really only play starcraft 2, minecraft, and might get back into WoW.
http://www.amazon.com/Dell-745-Interlaced-Performance-Professional/dp/B0037U95U6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1349904504&sr=1-1&keywords=gaming+computer+desktop
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  1. The idea is sound and the system supports 1x PCI x16 slot at full height.
    Your problem with this would be finding a better PSU for your graphics card.
    The system comes with 305W power supply.

    http://www.dell.com/us/dfb/p/optiplex-745/pd
  2. So as long as I upgrade the power supply, and upgrade the graphics card, this computer would be able to run starcraft 2/Wow smoothly? It just seems like a really great deal which is why I'm hesitant to buy it. lol
    This will really help! :D
  3. How much Watt should I get for the computer?
  4. Which power supply to get will depend on which graphics card you get.
    With a decent graphics card($150+) it will run the games you want to play and probably almost close to max graphics settings.
  5. Would graphics card work if so, how much wattage should I get?
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69558&vpn=AX7850%202GBD5-2DH&manufacture=PowerColor&promoid=1061
    Sorry for so many questions, first time making purchase that im planning on upgrading.
  6. I would not go for it.
    Im sure that 3,4 Ghz Dual Core is an old Pentium 4 - which is not really a dual core. I would be one my self, if I was you. I have a decent computer and I play games like Starcraft II with Ultra settings in 1600*1200 and I paid total of $240
  7. ReallyBoredMan said:
    Would graphics card work if so, how much wattage should I get?
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69558&vpn=AX7850%202GBD5-2DH&manufacture=PowerColor&promoid=1061
    Sorry for so many questions, first time making purchase that im planning on upgrading.


    That card would be bottlenecked by that dell. Just get a hd 6670 and a 400w psu.
  8. verdenshersker said:
    I would not go for it.
    Im sure that 3,4 Ghz Dual Core is an old Pentium 4 - which is not really a dual core. I would be one my self, if I was you. I have a decent computer and I play games like Starcraft II with Ultra settings in 1600*1200 and I paid total of $240


    I'm guessing you meant build one my self. :P
    I have no idea what I would be doing if I was to build my own computer. When I use pcpartspicker I keep on getting systems that are 800+
  9. Best answer
    I would agree that this is not a good deal. Verden is right, that cpu is ancient and it uses DDR2 memory. If you were looking to already replace the GPU and PSU, just build your own. After all is said and done, you would get a better performing computer for about the same cost.

    Check out Tom's last $500 build.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-overclocking-pc-building,3273.html

    Keep in mind you would also need to get your hands on a Windows liscense. If you are a college student anywhere, this can be done very cheaply.

    The system build was done a few months ago, so you could use that as a basis and use the forums again to see if anyone else has any recommendations on improvements that may have occurred do due price reductions and/or tech refresh.

    Cheers

    Shep
  10. Best answer selected by ReallyBoredMan.
  11. ReallyBoredMan said:
    I'm guessing you meant build one my self. :P
    I have no idea what I would be doing if I was to build my own computer. When I use pcpartspicker I keep on getting systems that are 800+


    Don't worry about building the PC. If you use the parts outlined in the article linked, and watch a youtube video or two... building a computer is crazy easy.
    The only people who think it takes a genius to put a computer together are the people who can't be bothered to learn anything new.
  12. As additional food for thought, you could become one of the early adopters for AMD's Trinity platform. This has integrated graphics on die with the processor. What would this do for you? If you went with the high-end "AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D" you could ditch the dedicated graphics altogether at the beginning. As you start to play some of the newer games or want higher settings, you could then purchase a dedicated GPU. For the games listed you could play at good/high settings at 16x10 or 19x10 resolutions.

    So in the system's build you would swap out the processor for a ...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280

    and the motherboard to an AMD FM2.

    Potential build A10 build with a different case and RAM - also includes W7 64 bit Home Premium if you need it and can't get it cheap through college.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jYS3

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jYS3

    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jYS3/by_merchant/

    CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $492.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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