How good is this gaming PC?

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by davethedave123, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. davethedave123

    davethedave123 First time out of the vault

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    Dec 24, 2012
    Specs:
    RAM: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600Mhz
    CPU: 4th Generation Intel Core i5-4430 processor
    GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 645 with 1GB GDDR5
    HDD: 1TB SATA 6Gb/s
    OS: Windows 7 or 8(my choice)

    It cost $800 and it's a desktop. I was also considering replacing the GPU with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 with 1.5GB GDDR5, however this would raise the price to $1050. Would using this card increase my computers performance significantly or should I stick with the cheaper one? Also how long will this computer last before certain parts become outdated?

    PS dont tell me to build me own computer. I've considered many times and it's not for me
     
  2. TheWesDude

    TheWesDude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 25, 2005
    i would look at the i7 line again

    and the gpu, yea try to find something in the $150 range.

    and make sure your PSU can power that GPU

    and what i prefer for hard drives

    250 gig for OS, 10k RPM

    and then either another 500 gig or more 10k rpm 250gig hard drives.
     
  3. clercqer

    clercqer Senator oTO Orderite

    Feb 14, 2005
    Why not a SSD for the OS instead of that 10k RPM HDD?
     
  4. TheWesDude

    TheWesDude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 25, 2005
    cost and durability

    i still dont like the durability of SSDs.

    they have gotten a lot better, but still.
     
  5. fedaykin

    fedaykin Vault Fossil

    Jul 15, 2007
    Once you go solid state, you can never go back. At least I can't.
    I don't keep all my stuff on it of course, just the OS and FSX at the moment.
     
  6. SnapSlav

    SnapSlav NMA's local DotA fanatic

    Jul 1, 2012
    You can always buy the parts, and pay any PC establishment to build it for you. It's not quite the same as "build it yourself", but you get the same great quality, and it's just a bit more expensive than had you done it all on your own. But if you really can't commit to that, that's understandable. The achilles heal of DIY desktop PCs is their propensity to experience multiple minor crashes and all manner of bugs until you sort them all out, which for the novice can take some time to grow accustomed to the process. If you're not comfortable with the prospect of having a relatively simple problem to fix that you don't know the solution to and don't have the warranty to have it fixed for you, for free, go with the safer option.

    I'd say that the main drawback with that build is the RAM. Speaking from experience, RAM is the thing you wanna go all-out on, not the GPU. The GPU is important, but without enough RAM, your PC will get bogged down by none-too-new games. 8GB RAM should be the absolute minimum, nowadays (I struggle with 4GB), and you should aim for 16 or more. Everything else looks cost-efficiently solid.
     
  7. davethedave123

    davethedave123 First time out of the vault

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    Dec 24, 2012
    Thanks to everyone for the help, I've decided to re-access my options and I am now leaning towards this pc:

    CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.30 GHz Six-Core
    RAM: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB 16X
    HDD: 1TB

    Any better? (same price)
     
  8. valcik

    valcik So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Dec 20, 2008
    Spend some money on a quality PSU and motherboard, that's most important thing in the long term.
     
  9. TheWesDude

    TheWesDude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 25, 2005
    yea, i have windows 7 and i was always running low on RAM with 8 gig after 2-3 weeks from all the services bloating up causing reboots.

    now that i have 16 gigs i rarely have to restart due to low ram, usually i end up restarting over something else before i start running low on RAM.
     
  10. AskWazzup

    AskWazzup Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 21, 2008
    Damn, what programms are you running? I never had problems with 4gb even when running daws, or blender.
     
  11. TheWesDude

    TheWesDude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 25, 2005
    serviceshost is what the main culprit was :)

    couple of them kept bloating up.
     
  12. davethedave123

    davethedave123 First time out of the vault

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    Dec 24, 2012
    So can someone tell me if this is a good PC?
     
  13. AskWazzup

    AskWazzup Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 21, 2008
    I have upgraded my old computer to similar specs (- the 2 cores :)). For some reason many people that i talked to don't like the amd chips, the one (old phenom 4 core) that i changed to an intel, liked being very warm :lol:, i had to keep my case open. Don't know about the new chips, but intel would probably be a safer bet. The graphics card i haven't tried out yet, but it eats up a lot less energy then my previous one did (amd 4850HD), actually half as less.
     
  14. Makta

    Makta The DICKtator

    Jul 29, 2010
    AMD is not bad but Intel is way ahead of them nowadays.. But i still got an AMD due to my old fanboy feelings :)
     
  15. davethedave123

    davethedave123 First time out of the vault

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    Dec 24, 2012
    Yeah the main thing I'm worrying about is the processor, I'm not sure if it will hold back the potential of my computer as I don't know alot about the hardware side of computers
     
  16. Kyuu

    Kyuu Insert Awesome Title Here

    Jul 19, 2007
    Unless you know you run programs that really need more than 4 cores, there's no good reason to choose anything than a Core i5 for your CPU, IMO (assuming you're looking for performance and are running a discrete GPU). A K-series is the best so you can overclock, unless you want to save a few bucks or just don't feel comfortable overclocking.

    Otherwise, it's decent enough. I'd say pick up a 128GB SSD for your OS and performance-sensitive apps. All the "durability" concerns are overblown and what few legitimate issues there were are in the past. Plus they're well under $1/GB nowadays.
     
  17. Sub-Human

    Sub-Human -

    May 31, 2011
    From my own experience, I think it's better to stick with a purely AMD build (that includes an ATI card) or an Intel build with an Nvidia card. An i5-2500 should do the job.
     
  18. Kyuu

    Kyuu Insert Awesome Title Here

    Jul 19, 2007
    There's no reason you can't use an Intel CPU with an AMD GPU (or an AMD CPU with an Nvidia GPU, but again, for a gaming rig with a dedicated GPU there's not much reason to use an AMD CPU at this point).
     
  19. coldroll

    coldroll Fuck Bethesda

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    Jul 4, 2012
    10k rpm hard drives are barely faster than 7200rpm hard drives he'd be better off getting a second ssd or a 7200rpm hard drive.
     
  20. davethedave123

    davethedave123 First time out of the vault

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    Dec 24, 2012
    Hey guys, just an update, I ended up building a much better computer for about the same price:
    8gb RAM
    i5 3470 3.2ghz
    msi OC 7950 3gb DDR5
    1TB HDD