New to gaming

By rebelluver
Dec 22, 2009
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  1. I think I originally posted this in the wrong spot so I will re-post here.


    I am new to this whole thing in general so after trying to search the web for a few days I just decided to post a question on a forum. Basically, I am giving my mom my old computer which was an HP. It had the AMD 5600 dual core processor, 3 gb of ram and a visiontek 1550x 512mb pcie card that I put into it.

    I wanted a more serious gaming computer even though I don't game all that much and bought this to replace it. Link removed because of my first post. It is the ibuypower 528. I got it on sale for $559 also.

    So, how much performance am I going to gain here? I know the graphics card is a step up but as far as the processor goes, I went from a pretty good dual core to the worst quad core correct? Will there be a big difference?

    I also bought an extra 4 gb of ram to throw in the new one for the hell of it.

    Pretty much the only game I play is BF2 right now so how will it do with that? My old system ran it on med settings pretty good. I hope I can go all the way up in terms of settings for that game.

    Any other ideas out there as well. I will have more questions as people comment, I am sure.


    ibuypower 528 specs for those who don't want to look it up.

    General Spec
    Brand iBUYPOWER
    Model Gamer Power 528
    Recommended Usage Gaming
    Processor AMD Athlon II X4 620(2.6GHz)
    Processor Main Features 64 bit Quad-Core Processor
    Cache Per Processor 2MB L2 Cache
    Memory 4GB DDR2 800
    Hard Drive 500GB SATA II
    Optical Drive 1 24X DL DVD+/-RW Drive
    Graphics ATI Radeon HD 4670 1GB
    Audio Sound card - Integrated
    Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
    Power Supply 680W
    Keyboard iBUYPOWER USB Deluxe Keyboard
    Mouse iBUYPOWER USB Mouse
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Special Features NZXT GAMMA Gaming Tower
  2. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,387   +12

    To answer your CPU question, yes you should see a performance increase in it.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=106&p2=30

    That link shows a general comparison which is rather handy. And the 4670 you have is obviously an upgrade. Granted vs top end cards it won't compare but on the lower end its imo the King. Not exactly sure what resolution you will be running but you shouldn't have issues with BF2 at max, 4670 handles newer games at Max then BF2.
  3. rebelluver

    rebelluver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks for the response. You think price wise the new rig is pretty good? From what I hear, it would be hard to build a better PC at that price range and that is about all I wanted to spend.
  4. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,387   +12

    To compare that check out TechSpot's buying guide. But honestly ya for $560 that rig seems pretty solid, especially since you got Win7 and if your new to this its easier to just get a pre-built machine. Granted the self-build from the guide also provides a monitor but it doesn't factor in GPU or OS. From looking up your PC on Newegg most reviewers seem satisfied and from the pictures I've seen you have plenty of room to expand to a better GPU in the future.
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