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Is this Dell set up good for gaming?

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November 27, 2012 9:04:40 AM

Here's the specs:
Model: Dell XPS8500
Graphics: Nvida GT640
Processor: Intel i7 3770 3.4 GHZ
1 TB SSD

What do you think?

-e-coli



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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2012 9:19:42 AM

I think there are other XPS8500 models that would serve better for gaming - Core i5 processor, better graphics than the GT640 (a GTX card minimum IMO).
What price range are you looking at?
Have you considered building it yourself? We can help there.
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November 27, 2012 9:38:35 AM

Actually yes, I am considering choosing all the parts myself but I think I will only focus on the graphics card for now. BTW my budget for the graphics card alone is $180.
Also to my understanding $180 is more than enough to buy a GTX card but is there any AMD graphics cards you could recommend to me that are the same performance and also about $180.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2012 9:58:18 AM

Honestly, my knowledge of graphics cards, especially comparisons and most notably, mid range cards is very limited to say the least. Fortunately, Tom's already has us covered here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
That should help some in deciding which way to go
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November 27, 2012 10:00:31 AM

Thank you again for yet another useful sticky Friedman.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2012 10:03:15 AM

Same - nevermind
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November 27, 2012 10:06:33 AM

I think I have pretty much have my heart set on the GTX 640.
Do you happen to have a good knowledge on CPUs, if so could you please give me a bit of your personal advice about it.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2012 10:16:56 AM

Cpu's, I can help. Why I say the i5 is preferable for gaming is probably what you are wondering. Here's why - first let me clarify that the i5 is not a better processor but the advantage the i7 brings is through a process called hyper-threading (I will not go into what that does but in a nutshell it allows for more data processing). Gaming (currently) does not take advantage of hyper-threading so, in essence you are paying extra for a technology that won't be used. That's it, one simple difference and a price difference. It just comes down to value, an i7 can be used but... why?
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December 6, 2012 1:20:44 PM

VRAM ? How many gbs?
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