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Russell
22-10-2009, 07:59 AM
Hello
I'm not the best with Computer Parts and stuff
I was wandering if this is a good gaming PC

Specifications
CPU

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Dual Core 3.1GHz 6MB L3 Cache
Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Memory

PlayTech Approved 4GB Duo Channel kit (2GBx2) DDR3-1333 (PC-10600) CL9-9-9-24
Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P AMD 770 ATX Motherboard
Hard Drive 1

PlayTech Approved 1TB 7200rpm SATA2 HDD
Graphics

PlayTech Approve Nvidia Geforce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI-E 2.0 x16 PhysX + 3D Vision Ready!!
Audio

High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio
Optical Drive

24X SATA Dual Layer DVD-RW Drive
Network

Intergrated 10/100/1000 GB Network
Power Supply

Vantec ION 2 620W ATX12V Dual Rail Power Supply w/ 135mm Fan
Case

Cooler Master Storm Scout Mid Tower Gaming Case
Anti Virus Sofware

Symantec Norton Antivirus 2009 Gaming Edition *15 Days Trial*
Office Software

Microsoft Office 2007 Professional *60 Days Trail*
Front Connection

1x Audio, 1x Mic, 4xUSB2.0, 1xeSATA
Back Connection

8xUSB 2.0, 7.1 AUDIO/MIC, 2xSPDIF, 2x1394, 1xRJ45, 2xPS/2, 2xDVI-D
Dimension

(D)489 x (W)219 X (H)495.5 mm

It's $1550 NZ dollars $1180 in US dollars.
Is it a good deal or do you think I could get a better one?
I"ll be playing games like Crysis and Call of Duty Modern Warfare

Thanks to anyone who could tell me what they think of it.

Trev
22-10-2009, 08:06 AM
Where are you buying it from.
:)

SolMiester
22-10-2009, 08:12 AM
Gaming PC's need fast graphic cards, the NV 250 GTS is simply a re-badged old chip (9800GTX?) however will be fine for 1280x1024 medium details....what size is your monitor
As for software, I would remove the Nortons anti-virus! and get something else like Nod32

wratterus
22-10-2009, 08:15 AM
As long as you don't install the Norton trial, it's not too bad for the price. Get NOD32.

Bear in mind it is a low end gaming PC, don't expect amazing performance. It will really struggle with Crysis even on lower settings with that graphics card. I would recommend looking at least a GTX 260 or 4870 card rather than the GTS 250. The graphics card is the most important part of a gaming PC, you want the biggest one you can whack in there.

What size monitor/resolution will you (want) to be running at?

pctek
22-10-2009, 08:17 AM
PlayTech Approved

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Dual Core 3.1GHz 6MB L3 Cache
Operating System

Nvidia Geforce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit

Symantec Norton Antivirus 2009 Gaming Edition *15 Days Trial*
Office Software


.

Make sure you remove the Nortons crap from it and install a decent antivirus instead.

The Graphics card is the single most important component in a gaming PC and that's too lame in my opinion.

Get the best card you can and if budget is important make savings with other parts instead.


I would use a Corsair PSU over Vantec.
I would also use Intel over AMD but it's not that major. The GPU is.

This is better:
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/systems/systemdetail.asp?systypeid=4
You can fiddle around with it - bump the HDD back up to the bigger one etc, if you want.

sammo450
22-10-2009, 09:12 AM
Struggle with Crysis? My 9600gt runs Crysis at 1024x768 at medium settings fine. Not the best, but I have a 17" CRT.

wratterus
22-10-2009, 09:17 AM
Struggle with Crysis? My 9600gt runs Crysis at 1024x768 at medium settings fine. Not the best, but I have a 17" CRT.

Exactly - 1024*768. Tiny res by today's standards.

Trev
22-10-2009, 09:30 AM
My computer runs Crysis alright at 1920 X 1080. My system cost about $2300 in June last year excluding soundcard. Just using it for comparison.
:)

pctek
22-10-2009, 09:58 AM
9600gt
Crysis
1024x768
medium settings

Exactly. Who wants to be stuck with Medium? I like seeing all the pretty bits. Without sacrificing FPS.

9600GT wasn't even good when it was new.

evrypc
22-10-2009, 10:58 AM
Yeah, the PC is decent but as everyone else says, get rid of the norton stuff. Trials SUCK. If possible it would be better to get an intel core i5 or i7 but this would cost you an extra $1000+ probably because you have to get a new motherboard and the CPU itself...

SolMiester
22-10-2009, 11:42 AM
Struggle with Crysis? My 9600gt runs Crysis at 1024x768 at medium settings fine. Not the best, but I have a 17" CRT.

I run crysis in dx9 @ 1680x1050 w\ a 9600GT

Thebananamonkey
22-10-2009, 12:14 PM
I run crysis in dx9 @ 1680x1050 w\ a 9600GT

You didn't say that you run it well though. Detail? FPS?

SolMiester
22-10-2009, 12:50 PM
You didn't say that you run it well though. Detail? FPS?

Medium.....seemed fine to me....!

Blam
22-10-2009, 03:23 PM
1. Replace PSU with a Corsair, Antec or Enermac

2. Go for an Intel E5200 rather than the AMD Black edition, then OC to 3ghz

3. What is the "Playtech Approved HD" What brand? Samsung? Seagate?

4. Replace the GFX card with a 4870 if you can. The GTS 250 is not suitable for proper gaming(at a high res)

Blam

hueybot3000
22-10-2009, 04:00 PM
Medium.....seemed fine to me....!

But DX9 should be easy for it, DX10 however is a different story. First time I played through on my old rig I had to go back to dx9 as soon as I hit the snow, otherwise horrible horrible lag, that was on a 8800gts 320mb though

sammo450
27-10-2009, 12:29 PM
If I could afford a GTX295 I would buy it, but the 9600GT seemed like good value for mid range money.

whellington
27-10-2009, 01:29 PM
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Change to HD4890

Software Developer
27-10-2009, 02:50 PM
Looks alright, no problems with medium - medium high settings on the vast majority of the current games.