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How is this for a gaming pc?

Natnotgnat Avatar
2y, 2w agoPosted 2 years, 2 weeks ago
Specs: Intel Pentium E5400 Dual Core(2.70GHz), 8GB DDR3 Ram, 160GB Hard Drive, DVD-ReWriter Drive, Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 1GB DDR5 Dedicated Graphics Card

http://microdream.co.uk/complete-set-of-gaming-pc-dell-780-dual-core-2-70ghz-8gb-gtx-750-windows-7-desktop-pc-computer-refurbished.html#.VKaM-yusUxE £299.90

Backstory: I have always been a console gamer but am a bit let down with next gen consoles so I'm thinking of going to PC in future. My current laptop is ~4yo now so at first I tried to look for a gaming laptop but desktops were so much better for the price and specs. So instead I was thinking of getting a gaming desktop for less than £500 and a ~£200 netbook/light laptop. I don't know anything about computers though. I like games like Fallout, Skyrim that sort of thing and would love to be able to play on the higher settings. Thanks!
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2y, 2w agoPosted 2 years, 2 weeks ago
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[mod][Mod Team]#1
Pretty poor imo.

I'd be looking for Intel Core i5 minimum for gaming, not pentium.
160GB hard drive won't hold many games

It says it has a dedicated GTX 750 card, photos only show onboard VGA though.
#2
That CPU is awful for gaming.
#3
Check out this channel on YouTube and look through all the different PC builds then pick one in your budget:
http://youtube.com/user/MrDantheman2050
#4
too cheap you need to spend a minimum of £500 on a basic gaming rig
[mod][Mod Team]#5
gr8h8me
too cheap you need to spend a minimum of £500 on a basic gaming rig

That's really a poor argument. If this PC happened to be £500, would that make it good for gaming?
#6
Avoid.

That CPU was part of Intel's budget line back in the Core2Duo era, circa '07 or '08. The system is basically just an old PC with a low-end GPU added, and although it'll certainly play games, it won't do it especially well. It'll play games at 720p 30fps at medium settings, but the whole point of PC gaming is that you get a standard that's a bit higher than only what the Xbox One offers.

Look into http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc for advice on building your own unit. You'll get an order of magnitude more PC for your money for only an extra £200.
#7
BeerDrinker
gr8h8me
too cheap you need to spend a minimum of £500 on a basic gaming rig

That's really a poor argument. If this PC happened to be £500, would that make it good for gaming?

It wouldn't be £500..simple reply
#8
If you are looking to upgrade in the future then on a budget it would go with.

Intel G3258 (buy i5 when you have funds)
Asus Z97-P mobo
8gb DDR3
120gb SSD
2tb hard drive.
80+ power supply
Case of your choice.

For graphics the minimum would be either a 750ti or 260x
But it you can head more in the direction of a 760 or R9 280 the better.

If you dont plan on upgrading then an AMD 860k and a 78/88x mobo with vrm heatsinks.
#9
I think the price is really steep for what it is.
The system is very similar to the refurbs my company buys, minus the 750ti and we pay around £110 (monitor included) per unit
The GPU can be found for around £80-£90 so thats £220 at a push.
Spend some time doing your research and look at building your own. Its not as difficult as it sounds and there's loads of help in online forums to the point where you can put up your components and people will tell you if they will work together. (Building also happens to be the best part of being a P.C gamer!).
You can get a decent system for your £500 budget, just make sure you plan for future upgrades as odds are you will get the bug and will be looking at upgrading to keep your 60fps 1080p 6 months down the line!

Edited By: Deaa on Jan 02, 2015 14:47
#10
Deaa
I think the price is really steep for what it is.
The system is very similar to the refurbs my company buys, minus the 750ti and we pay around £110 (monitor included) per unit
The GPU can be found for around £80-£90 so thats £220 at a push.
Spend some time doing your research and look at building your own. Its not as difficult as it sounds and there's loads of help in online forums to the point where you can put up your components and people will tell you if they will work together. (Building also happens to be the best part of being a P.C gamer!).
You can get a decent system for your £500 budget, just make sure you plan for future upgrades as odds are you will get the bug and will be looking at upgrading to keep your 60fps 1080p 6 months down the line!

£500 won't get you 1080p @ 60FPS on a majority of the new games.
#11
It's not good for gaming, it's only useful for general web browsing/using Microsoft Word.

If I was you and on a budget, I'd go with an FX-6300 and get a motherboard like the Gigabyte UD3P and overclock it to at least 4 GHz. It's a good board because of the heatsinks on the mosfets as well as the added extras. Stick 8GB RAM in there, get a 240GB SSD, a 750Ti GPU and an XFX 550W PSU and choose whatever case you like the look of. Get an OS courtesy of the internet (I won't cite anywhere :) ) and you're good to go (oh and add a couple of nice case fans).




Edited By: rikkif1990 on Jan 02, 2015 15:11
#12
I'd be looking at throwing your full budget at a desktop machine and keep the laptop you already have, you probably will find you don't even need the laptop anyway as it's more a convenience item and a tablet probably would suffice (the recent Windows Linx7 tablets are a good option if you need portability.

As it stands if you want to replace the laptop later then it's easily done and you can wait for a good deal, but you'll be underwhelmed by the desktop machine you are looking at and you wont get a very good laptop either for that kind of money.
#13
Quad core needed for framerates these days I tend to find.
#14
£300 is far too steep for that six year old machine, you can get a brand new machine with higher performance for the same amount of money. The £190 zoostorm with a PSU and graphics card upgrade for example.
#15
BeerDrinker
gr8h8me
too cheap you need to spend a minimum of £500 on a basic gaming rig

That's really a poor argument. If this PC happened to be £500, would that make it good for gaming?


lol

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