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Old 10-09-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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Default What do you think of this barebones + Bluray drive?

I've been keeping an eye out for a budget gaming/bluray computer for a while now and stumbled upon this. Any thoughts on how well it would work with Windows XP plus a bluray drive.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...441&CatId=2254
plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827118013
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I'm considering that, or something with this as a starting point:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103210
plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186141
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I've been keeping an eye out for a budget gaming/bluray computer for a while now and stumbled upon this. Any thoughts on how well it would work with Windows XP plus a bluray drive.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...441&CatId=2254
plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827118013
_______________________________________________

I'm considering that, or something with this as a starting point:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103210
plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186141
Dude, go with CyberPowerPC.com, they got bluray and amazing prices.
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F CyberpowerPC. Its better to build your own.
i wouldnt go with the XFX motherboard, it seems outdated, and its made by nVidia, only go with nVidia boards if you want SLI. Other than that, dont consider it.
I wouldnt get barebone because they are only about $5-$10 cheaper, at least for the things i want. and you usually wont get the bundle you want.
The AMD 5200+ is a pretty good processor, but i wouldnt get the foxconn board because its an Micro ATX, and will be hard to assemble if you are builging a gaming rig, or if you have big hands.
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I'm not planning on constructing anything fancy. My budget is <$400 not because I don't have the money, just because I see no reason to spend more.

It seems the foxconn with its decent onboard GPU and HDMI output should work very well in combo with a bluray drive all on its own. If I feel I need a bit more oomph I can always throw in a dedicated GPU that will work with the onboard video ("SLI" I think?)

Basically I want something that can play 1-2 year old games (World of Warcraft, Command and Conquer, The Orange Box) at mid/mid-high graphics settings, be able to play bluray without a hitch and also have a bit of speed to do a little bit of video/photo editing. Nothing crazy though.

At the moment I'm running a lighting fast 1.8ghz P4 with 512MB ram and a Nvidea GeForce 6200. So as you can tell it won't take a lot to "Wow" me with speed.

Thanks for any more help/options.
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i think its best to have a graphics card if you plan to play a game.
you could go with that board if you want, but if you put in like one of the latest cards, it might be hard to take apart later on.
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What would you suggest in replacement of it at a similar price. I have a full size ATX case already, and I think the processor is a good choice. Keeping the MB and GPU under $100 what would you suggest for a gaming/movie machine?
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well if you want a graphics card that can set most games out right now on High, then you will probably have to spend $100+ on a card, though there are exceptions like, do you play with AA, what resolution you play at, etc.
Im not really good finding a mobo and graphics for under $100.
so i will leave it up to the others that will help you.
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Like I said, I don't need nor do I want to play games on the high settings. Spending a few hundered extra dollars to get a few more pixels isn't worth it in my book. I'm the kinda guy who just bought an Xbox360 thinking its NEW!

I'm a firm believer in paying $400 for 75% of what a $3000 computer can do. I don't need 200fps nor do I need 1800x1200 resolution. What I'd like is something that plays bluray @ 1080i (or p) without hiccups over HDMI (or DVI) and can play some newish games at mid settings. Some mild photo/video editing thrown in shouldn't be much of a problem.

Again, I thank anyone for any advice. I'm not trying to insult anyone, my glut is photography (newest and best). When it comes to computers, I just want something that works without going crazy.
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Well, the biggest problem is your monitor size. Even if your computer can play that resolution. You still need a high resolution monitor to fully utilize it.
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I'm not planning on constructing anything fancy. My budget is <$400 not because I don't have the money, just because I see no reason to spend more.

It seems the foxconn with its decent onboard GPU and HDMI output should work very well in combo with a bluray drive all on its own. If I feel I need a bit more oomph I can always throw in a dedicated GPU that will work with the onboard video ("SLI" I think?)

Basically I want something that can play 1-2 year old games (World of Warcraft, Command and Conquer, The Orange Box) at mid/mid-high graphics settings, be able to play bluray without a hitch and also have a bit of speed to do a little bit of video/photo editing. Nothing crazy though.

At the moment I'm running a lighting fast 1.8ghz P4 with 512MB ram and a Nvidea GeForce 6200. So as you can tell it won't take a lot to "Wow" me with speed.

Thanks for any more help/options.

Foxxcon is an epic fail. Forget you even heard the name.
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