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#1 SCMunnerlyn1

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:33 AM

I'll start by saying i'm not advanced on my specs but I can tell if something is completely teh suck. Right now i'm buried with a 148 gb hard drive.

Graphics card is a NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430(ass balls to say the least)

Rest of my specs are...

Processor - Amd Athlon II x2 215 2.70 GHz

Ram - 3.0 GB (2.7) usable

Win-7 64 bit.

Looking to upgrade with something more fit for gaming. Willing to spend 3-600 I don't have to have something awesome. Something with the ability to emulate PCSX2 (ps2 emulation) requires something decent. Other than that I don't really care, I've made due with under 200 gb of space my entire life so 500 gb or less is fine.


Also do not need a monitor. I use a cord that connects my pc to my tv. So this is all just the tower i'm worried about.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:37 AM

how long do you need the machine to last?

unless you're building for the future, i'd go with an i5. if you want to spend a little extra for "future proofing" then go with an i7.

top of the line amd 8 cores are relatively inexpensive but benchmarks show they're only as good as an i5

how tech savy are you? can you swap out a psu?

my suggestion is an i7 with an ati video card. go with newegg refurb if you're not comfortable doing your own hardware.

http://www.newegg.co...82E16883229285R

there's a dirt cheap gaming rig that's decent. personally i'd swap the psu out of that one for a corsair 500w

http://www.newegg.co...pk=corsair 500w

something like that

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:41 AM

how long do you need the machine to last?

unless you're building for the future, i'd go with an i5. if you want to spend a little extra for "future proofing" then go with an i7.

top of the line amd 8 cores are relatively inexpensive but benchmarks show they're only as good as an i5

how tech savy are you? can you swap out a psu?

my suggestion is an i7 with an ati video card. go with newegg refurb if you're not comfortable doing your own hardware.


I personally am not tech savvy to the point where I can go in and tell what my computer needs done to it in the tower. My tech savvy is limited to what I can do while on my computer which is a lot. Which is why I didnt need something super expensive to make up for my lack of knowledge. However, I have a friend that is an IT at the college here in town that can do things like that. Preferably a 5 year lifespan at least is what i'm looking for. Like I said i'm into gaming but I don't care if my specs rape other peoples im perfectly content with running games at average settings.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:43 AM

definitely want an i7 for a 5+ year lifespan in gaming

save up the extra couple hundred. the difference between an old i7 and a newer one is pretty minor for the quad cores. i edited my original post.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:44 AM

definitely want an i7 for a 5+ year lifespan in gaming

save up the extra couple hundred. the difference between an old i7 and a newer one is pretty minor for the quad cores. i edited my original post.


preciate it , let me take a look right quick.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:46 AM

http://www.newegg.co...82E16883229285R

there's a dirt cheap gaming rig that's decent. personally i'd swap the psu out of that one for a corsair 500w



That's what the fug i'm talking about right there. +rep and you can sleep with my sister.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:46 AM

if you wanna take a chance on an open box model and have your friend put the new psu in it, then bookmark this page. they seem to add new open box deals every day at 8-9pm est

http://www.newegg.co...TabStoreType=99

as far as power supplies go, i only know corsair and antec for quality. maybe someone else can recommend some good alternate brands.

you just missed this one for 681$

http://www.newegg.co...82E16883229331R

i almost bought that one instead of the one i ended up with, but the 550 ti is slightly better than the 7770

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:49 AM

That's what the fug i'm talking about right there. +rep and you can sleep with my sister.



lol don't buy that yet. its amd. not the greatest processor. i was just using that as an example. still needs a new psu.

the good thing is, you've waited this long and dealt with your current rig, you have the luxury to wait for a really good deal.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:50 AM

lol don't buy that yet. its amd. not the greatest processor. i was just using that as an example. still needs a new psu.

the good thing is, you've waited this long and dealt with your current rig, you have the luxury to wait for a really good deal.


Lol I wasn't going to just yet it was more of my being happy you finding basically what I asked for immediately after I posted without having to ask me numerous questions :P.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:52 AM

k. last thing i want to recommend is a system that only has 2-3 years left for viable gaming

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:54 AM

k. last thing i want to recommend is a system that only has 2-3 years left for viable gaming


Mmk so basically if I went with the first model you showed me , then swapped the processor .. about how much do you think i'd be paying based on just that exact scenario?

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:56 AM

that really wouldn't be worth it since the processor is generally the most expensive component. not always though.

save up about 800$ and get an i7 processor with a 7770 video card with a good powersupply

or cut corners and get an i5, which should still be viable for gaming for the next 4-5 years

either way, i'd stay away from AMD personally unless you need a space heater

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:58 AM

that really wouldn't be worth it since the processor is generally the most expensive component. not always though.

save up about 800$ and get an i7 processor with a 7770 video card with a good powersupply

or cut corners and get an i5, which should still be viable for gaming for the next 4-5 years

either way, i'd stay away from AMD personally unless you need a space heater


kk i'll prolly look around for another few weeks or so but before I decide to buy somethin i'll prolly pm you and let you take a look at it first if that's cool with you.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:01 PM

i see iminicus lurking. wish he'd chime in.

currently no games use the hyperthreading that i7 uses other than battlefield 3. but when the next gen consoles come out, games will more than likely make use of hyperthreading soon after.

which is why i recommend the i7. for next gen games. i5 is a damn good processor though.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:04 PM

this might be gibberish to you, but it'll help you see the pecking order http://www.cpubenchm...h_end_cpus.html

this is even better:

http://www.cpubenchm...3770K @ 3.50GHz

so if you wanted the most bang for your buck then an amd 8 core is in order


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