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BlazeYDH Jun 18, 2008, 05:56am EDT Report Abuse
Wow, I haven't been on this site in forever!

Anyways lookin into a decent gaming rig, wonderin' what you guys thought of this one and if its capable of running Vista Ultimate.


Intel Dual Core 3.0GHz processor
Cooler Master Hyper48 Fan with cooper thermal pipes
2 GB DDR2 memory
80 GB hard drive
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO GDDR2 128bit 256 MB video card
All format DVD-burner
Modem
Network Gigabit ethernet card (10/100/1000 Mbps)
7.1 sound card
500-Watt power supply with 2 fans and blue LEDs
APEX mid ATX tower

I'm def gonna get a bigger hard drive. anyways this rig is for $330.00 comes with XP, but would want to upgrade to Vista. Doesn't include monitor.


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Maestro Jun 18, 2008, 06:28am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Decent rig?
Hmm...when you say decent gaming rig, what do you mean? A 2600PRO is by no means as**t card, but it isnt really a gaming card...And when you say 3.0 dual core, what do you mean? A core2? An old netburst?

And the PSU? What brand?

Dublin_Gunner Jun 18, 2008, 06:51am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Decent rig?
$330 is certainly cheap, but that is in no way a decent gaming rig.

The CPU - what is it?

2600pro - absolutely terrible. I'd rather not play games with it.

And thats a terribly small HDD, especially considering how cheap they are these days.

Do you have a budget to work within?

I mean, you're asking if its a decent gaming rig, yet in the same breath dont know if it will even run the OS you want??!!!

It will of course run Vista Ultimate - but you'd be better off saving the money on the OS (go for home premium) and investing in better hardware

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Bungle Jun 18, 2008, 12:45pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Decent rig?
at $330 its gotta be an old Pentium D..

the chip isn't terrible but its by no means stellar either, you could game with that system if it had a decent video card, that 2600 is not going to cut it.

If you decide to get this system unless you upgrad to 4+ GB of RAM I would stick with XP, less overhead for that old chip, and unless you're going to be running a 64bit OS vista offers no real tangible benefits.

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Dublin_Gunner Jun 18, 2008, 01:01pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Decent rig?
Jim H said:


If you decide to get this system unless you upgrad to 4+ GB of RAM I would stick with XP, less overhead for that old chip, and unless you're going to be running a 64bit OS vista offers no real tangible benefits.


Well I have 2GiB and Vista, and no issues whatsoever. And Vista is just so much better than XP when you get used to it - more intuitive.

It looks a lot better too

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Phenom II x3 @ 3.5Ghz
4GB DDR2-800
ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II
Bungle Jun 18, 2008, 01:14pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Decent rig?
DublinGunner said:

Well I have 2GiB and Vista, and no issues whatsoever. And Vista is just so much better than XP when you get used to it - more intuitive.

It looks a lot better too


I agree, I like Vista more than I liked XP, however you (and I) have a far more powerful CPU and video card than the system in question. If I were using that system to game on I would be using XP since it has less overhead which results in faster frame rates and Its not like that system is going to be able to run any game in DX10 mode at anything that resembles an acceptable level anyway.

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Corsair AX1200 PSU | Corsair 650D | Windows 7 Ultimate x64
BlazeYDH Jun 18, 2008, 05:58pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Decent rig?
What I posted is what I know.

And I've already got Vista so I'm not throwin' away money.

Budget is $300

What monitor you think I should get for it?

I will worry about upgrades to the RAM and HDD in the near future.

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Maestro Jun 18, 2008, 06:32pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Decent rig?
I dont live in the US so Im not sure what the prices are over there, but here in australia, for $300 you can build a real borderline system with like maybe a E2xxx series or if you are lucky, an E4xxx system, 2GB ram, a real tinny HDD and a cheapo motherboard with either a VIA chipset or an antiquated Intel Chipset. And as far as graphics cards go, you are pretty much limited to either second hand or real low end models like the 2600 you have suggested. While the 2600 cannot really be said to be a particularly bad card, it is not a gamer's card. Hell, the 8400GS in my laptop is probably about the same speed, and I can barely play FEAR at decent settings, and thats quite a few years old!!!
Maybe save a little more then invest. Because if you build something now, inevitable certain part/s are going to limit you in the future, in particular the Motherboard and PSU. Whats the point of spending 300 on a system now if in a month you will need to spend another 300 to get it to what to the point that it is actually usable for gaming?
Either that, or just resign to the fact that if you buy this computer, you will not be able to game decently for a while until you do some further upgrades. Up to you :D

Sean Costello Jun 18, 2008, 11:40pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Decent rig?
it'd just be a waste of money, to be honest just save up some more.

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Meats_Of_Evil Jun 19, 2008, 01:43am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Decent rig?
DublinGunner said:
Jim H said:


If you decide to get this system unless you upgrad to 4+ GB of RAM I would stick with XP, less overhead for that old chip, and unless you're going to be running a 64bit OS vista offers no real tangible benefits.


Well I have 2GiB and Vista, and no issues whatsoever. And Vista is just so much better than XP when you get used to it - more intuitive.

It looks a lot better too


Very true indeed, Vista works great with 2 gigs of ram.

Although I would recommend for you to save some more money to get a real decent gaming rig, with everything so cheap now a days and with the new cards from Ati and Nvidia arriving as the days pass, things will surely get cheaper.

I'll make a cheap rig and post it here. ASAP

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Dublin_Gunner Jun 19, 2008, 05:02am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Decent rig?
I have to agree that your budget needs widening for a decent gaming rig, or your money will be wasted.

Doing things on the cheap, with sub-standard parts will have you wishing you spent more money the very first time you turned it on.


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