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#1 joggiwagga

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 02:23 PM

A friend of mine is looking to sell a computer, and I'm considering picking it up. Here's an utter failing of mine, I'm really not that good at comparing video cards and processors. I know the processor is from a line that was produced in 2008, but for all that it seems pretty good. For gaming I mostly play WoW, Portal, and Half-Life, though when money allows I'm intending to pick up Portal 2 (and when its out, Duke Nukem). I'm pretty sure that this will be plenty to cover those needs, but I'm also hoping to not have to buy another computer for a number of years.

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MB: Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2/M2N32SLI_DeluxeWireless_Edition/)
Proc: AMD Phenom™ X4 9550 (http://products.amd.com/en-us/desktopcpudetail.aspx?id=400)
Ram: 2GB DDR2 6400
Vid: Gigabite Radeon HD 4350 (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2924#sp)
HD: 250GB 5400 rpm
Rom: DVD Burner
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#2 killerx525

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 04:41 PM

That processor should be fine and the graphics card is not to bad for gaming. But you might want to save up for a new graphics card.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:29 AM

If you are trying to have a "future" proof system I would recommend more RAM, possibly a slightly larger Hard drive, and the graphics card. The system is decent overall. How much is he asking for it?

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:42 AM

Or get a Phenom II processor which is way fast then the original Phenom.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 05 June 2011 - 09:19 PM

What price range are you in? These new computers are getting cheaper and cheaper everyday, don't overpay for an outdated fossil. Not saying this is a bad tower, just requesting you look around. For what you spend on upgrading and the price of it you might be in the price line of new PC tower.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:18 PM

They want $400 for it. It was pointed out to me by someone off forum that the motherboard will not support more than 8 GB of RAM, which is not something I had realized at all. It seems that while its a decent machine if I'm looking for a little more longevity I should keep shopping around.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 01:14 AM

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz - $115 - You will need to update your BIOS to the latest one.

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $200 - Hopefully your power supply has enough wattage and amps to power the card up.

Ram: Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 - $30 - You might want to have at least 4GB of ram for gaming.

Total: $345 excluding postage and taxes.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 08 June 2011 - 07:16 PM

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=645624&sku=B69-0379&SRCCODE=WEM2705FB&cm_mmc=email-_-Main-_-WEM2705-_-tigeremail2705 $350. NEW

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=645625&sku=B69-0380&SRCCODE=WEM2705FB&cm_mmc=email-_-Main-_-WEM2705-_-tigeremail2705 $199 NEW

If you needed to they are cheap enough you could tweak them a bit ; )

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 11:29 AM

Anytime...I consideer a used system...the question of value is paramount.

For the price desired for a used system, with possible problems and limited upgrade options...I would compare what's typically available today...either new or refurbished (includes warranty) as compared to what is offered (no warranty).

The money spent on buying a used system from a person and then upgrading components...is probably more than the alternatives I would consider.

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 04:33 PM

The used computer might have some hidden nasties which the seller doesn't know about.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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