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globe
02-06-2011, 09:21 PM
Just swiped these specs from CL forum. I'd want to add win7 to it bringing the total cost up to about $1370. Would probably change the case to something a bit subtler but hoping that will not change the cost too much.

1.Is this machine worth while ? Was thinking i3 to allow future upgrades. Machine would be used for light gaming, web, some photoshop that sort of thing.

2. would I be better to get a higher spec graphics card and if so any suggestions ?

3.Alternatively would I be able to upgrade GPU at a later date with this set up ?

All feedback welcomed, thanks



Raidmax Tornado Entry Level Gaming Case (Black), Side Window, 500W PSU - $129.00
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS 32MB SATA 3 6Gb/s - $95.00
Combo Deal: - $521.06
Combo: Gigabyte GA-H67MA-D2H-B3 Intel H67 DDR3 USB3+SATA3 LGA1155 PCI-E
Combo: Intel Core i3 2100 Sandy Bridge 3.10GHz 3MB 65W LGA1155
Combo: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1600 Kit CL9
Gigabyte nVidia Geforce GT430 OC 1GB GDDR3 PCI-E (GV-N430OC-1GL) $135.00
LG GH22LS50 22x LightScribe Black SATA DVD Writer $59.00
Microsoft Wired Desktop 600 $29.00
ViewSonic VA2231WM 22" 5ms Full HD 1080p Wide LCD Monitor $219.00

globe
03-06-2011, 12:31 PM
no thoughts anyone ?

SolMiester
03-06-2011, 01:11 PM
Okay, my thoughts, what is the point of the H67 chipset when you are getting a dedicated GPU anyway, although you will be able to do quick sync!
GT430 will be a bit light for HD gaming, at least a GT450!
4GB RAM is fine
OMG, your right!, the case is nasty...eek!

gretag34
03-06-2011, 01:22 PM
If you use a discrete graphics card, you can't use Quicksync for video encoding.

You only need a discrete graphics card to play games, anything else, integrated is fine.

globe
03-06-2011, 01:30 PM
Okay, my thoughts, what is the point of the H67 chipset when you are getting a dedicated GPU anyway, although you will be able to do quick sync!
GT430 will be a bit light for HD gaming, at least a GT450!
4GB RAM is fine
OMG, your right!, the case is nasty...eek!

and a 450 would run ok in this set up you think ?

pctek
03-06-2011, 03:01 PM
[QUOTE=globe;1022000]
1. Was thinking i3 to allow future upgrades. Machine would be used for light gaming,

2. would I be better to get a higher spec graphics card and if so any suggestions ?


[I]Raidmax Tornado Entry Level Gaming Case (Black), Side Window, 500W PSU - $129.00
Combo: Intel Core i3 2100 Sandy Bridge 3.10GHz 3MB 65W LGA1155
Combo: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1600 Kit CL9
Gigabyte nVidia Geforce GT430 OC 1GB GDDR3 PCI-E (GV-N430OC-1GL) $135.00

1)It's OK. Not great. NEVER use a bundled with case PSU, especially not Raidmax. Overclockers (the supplier) has just announced they aren't selling Raidmax cases with the PSU anymore. Damn good decision, they're probably sick of the high number of failures.

get a Corsair PSU instead.

2)Depends what games you play, but that is quite low end. people always pay attention to CPU and RAM with PCs and GPU last - for gaming the GPU is the SINGLE most important part. GPU, CPU then RAM, in that order.

But if gaming is low end and not important it would do. yes, you can change any and all parts later if you want/need to.

I3 is low for gaming too, I'd go I5 instead.

SolMiester
03-06-2011, 04:24 PM
and a 450 would run ok in this set up you think ?

Be fine for casual gamer!

globe
03-06-2011, 08:35 PM
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globe
03-06-2011, 08:38 PM
Cheers for all the great advice so far. Anyway I happened past PBtech on the shore today so I popped in to see what they could offer. They came up with this for $1512 inc gst

intel i5 2300
8g ddr3 ram
1TB sata3 hdd
gts 450
cl 460w case
lg 23" led monitor
wired mouse and keyboard
win7

Seems a pretty good deal but i see that the i5 2300 appears to have been superseded by the 2400 and then (?) the 2500 ? Is this quite an old spec that I should steer clear of ? Again cheers in advance.

Or for $250 less they offered an i3 2100, 4g ram, gt210, 1tb hdd, but when I asked the guy about upgrading the GPU he said the power supply couldn't handle a better card.