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Old 04-10-2010, 11:37 PM   #1
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Default Need a cheap new computer for games (mostly)...what do you think?

My old computer looks like it is really dead, it might be fixable, but hardly worth the money I think. So I am reluctantly looking at new computers to last 1 or 2.5 years, I went to Brandsmart and this is what they had

Athlon II X2 Dual-core
4GB DDR3 memory
GeForce6150 SE integrated graphics
PRICE 488.88

Athlon II 240 Dual Core
5GB DDR3
ATI Integrated Graphics
PRICE 698.88 (Includes 20 inch monitor)

Gateway SX2800-07
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300
4GB DDR3 memory
Intel integrated graphics
PRICE 478.88

Athlon II X4 630 Quad Core
6GB DDR3 Memory
GeForce 9100 Integrated Graphics
PRICE 598.88

Best Buy also had a few that I was looking at

Gateway DX4831-01e
Intel Core i3 530
6 GB DDR3 memory
Integrated Graphics
No Price

HP AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core 250
4GB DDR3 memory
no graphics card information
PRICE 509.99

So those are the ones I was looking at. I tried to include important information that was available on the box, let me know if I forgot something. I have the monitor from my old computer that I think I could use so I wont be spending money on that. I already think that I will have to get a new graphics card for anything I get, right? But do the other specs look decent enough for a few years worth of games? I would like to be able to play Fallout3, New Vegas, STALKER, Far Cry 2, stuff like that. none of those will play Crysis very well will they?

Also looking for suggestions for a good graphics card to go with these builds, again cheap, hopefully under 100$. Im not looking for top of the line, just something good enough.

I hope that all of these builds are better than the one I have now, which is 1.5 GB memory AMD Athlon 3400+ with a GeForce 6200.

I would really appreciate any help, thank you very much!
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Old 04-11-2010, 12:22 AM   #2
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ASUS Radeon HD 4350 EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) Video Card
Item #:N82E16814121310
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$39.99
$34.99
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Foxconn M61PMP-K Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813186189
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-$3.00 Instant
$46.99
$43.99
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Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820148194
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-$4.00 Instant
$58.99
$54.99
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COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3 500W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817171031
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$49.99
$39.99
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AZZA Orion 202 black/black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811517003
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-$13.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$49.99
$36.99
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AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor
Item #:N82E16819103688
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$57.99
Grand Total: $268.9

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add 100 bucks for HDD and optical
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^ Looks good, but you will get nowhere with that 4350.

Get a HD 4850, HD 5670, or 9800 GT.

Newegg is your best bet to get them cheap.
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6150se graphics blow. Seriously. Pretty much any integrated graphics aren't gonna take you far with gaming. I say 5770 if you can squeeze it into your budget ^_^
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6150se graphics blow. Seriously. Pretty much any integrated graphics aren't gonna take you far with gaming. I say 5770 if you can squeeze it into your budget ^_^
The 5750 is actually a better card for the money if you watch for a sale. I got mine for $130 a while back, and the last sale was $120. The only real downside is that it does not have voltage control, so I had to voltmod it.
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