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Old 07-21-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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Post Are these good specs for a low-end gaming PC?

some of you probably hate my constant bickering but, oh well...

I was wondering what everyone though of these specs for a low-end gaming PC (specs subject to change by end of year). I used Tom's Hardware charts, along with game release dates, game system requirements, Yougamer's recommended system requirements, and my budget. I hope you'll agree with these specs:


AMD Phenom II X3 710 2.6GHz $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103648

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128392

Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1066 $29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148149

HIS Hightech H467QT512P Radeon HD 4670 $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161252

Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136098

RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156062

LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106276



I have this junky computer me and my brother share, and he's saying that when I get a new computer, he keeps it all. I really don't agree with that, but if worst comes to worst...


Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 $24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121014

Microsoft Black PS/2 Wired Standard $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823109035



The MAIN problem is the operating system. I definitely cannot afford all that hardware AND an operating system. I hear Windows 7 is coming out. Is it before the end of the year? And can I get it free? I hear when it comes to Windows Vista, there are to bits: 32 and 64. I don't really know the difference, and even more, I think there are more problems with 64-bit compatibility issues with software and hardware. Please reply--
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: Are these good specs for a low-end gaming PC?

That's a decent build. I would suggest adding another 2GB of memory. 4GB is the sweet spot for Vista/W7 and gaming.

Well, if you do get a new comp, he should get the old one. Seems fair to me.

You can download the release candidate of Windows 7 for free and use it until June 1, 2010. That should give you some time to save up for an OS. I would suggest getting the 64-bit version. With your new machine, there will be no compatibility issues and all the newer software is designed for use woth it.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:28 PM   #3
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That looks about as good as you're going to get.

I'd go with an X2 550 BE. It is a Black Edition, meaning an unlocked multiplier. Plus there is a good chance that you will be able to unlock the the two other cores, if you are successful, it becomes almost as fast as the 955 flagship, pretty damn good for $99. Just make sure your board supports ACC (Advanced clock Calibration)
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:00 PM   #4
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I have 6 choices: (all come with AMD Phenom X3 II 710, and a ATI Radeon HD 4670)
1. 420 watt PSU + 2GB RAM
2. 500 watt PSU + 2GB RAM
3. 420 watt PSU + 3GB RAM
4. 500 watt PSU + 3GB RAM
5. 420 watt PSU + 4GB RAM
6. 500 watt PSU + 4GB RAM

Which configuration(s) would be sufficient? (i.e. just enough power and/or RAM for everything to work fine together)
Which configuration(s) wouldn't be sufficient? (i.e. not enough power and/or RAM for everything to work fine together)
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