Want to buy a cheap gaming pc

By IcyChill
Jun 17, 2007
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  1. hey guys i wanted to buy a cheap gaming pc that can play up to date games. I need some help. I already have a Dell dimension 2400 and i was wondering if i can take any parts from it to reduce the cost. Any help help would be appreciated.
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    do you know the specs in that thing?
  3. IcyChill

    IcyChill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Processor:
    2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
    8 kilobyte primary memory cache
    512 kilobyte secondary memory cache

    Operating System
    Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

    Bus Clock: 400 megahertz

    Drives
    79.96 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    384 Megabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-111D [CD-ROM drive]
    3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

    ST380011A [Hard drive] (80.00 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 3JV5ERB6, rev 3.16, SMART Status: Healthy

    Memory Modules c,d
    254 Megabytes Installed Memory

    Slot 'DIMM_1' has 256 MB
    Slot 'DIMM_2' is Empty

    Display
    Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller [Display adapter]
    DELL E773c [Monitor] (15.7"vis, s/n 6418038T32T4, August 2003)

    Controllers
    Standard floppy disk controller
    Intel(R) 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 24CB
    Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
    Secondary IDE Channel [Controller



    got all this info from a scanner. hope its alll you need
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    the cd rom drive looks ok, floopy is ok, more than likely you wont need it though. If you wanted to you could use your p4, depends on what you want to do. hard drives can be reused,

    So looks like you need a mobo, ram, decent power supply, and a video card.
  5. IcyChill

    IcyChill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  6. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157106

    your processor isnt even sold many places anymore. This board will leave you a little headroom just incase you want to spend 60 bucks on a 2.8p4 or something. Has a pcix16 slot as well. some others may have some experience with p4's as I only owned one, but if you need anymore help just post here.

    that board you picked out is amd based, processor that you have wont fit, although its not a bad board
  7. ColdFusion1990

    ColdFusion1990 Newcomer, in training Posts: 141

    My old computer is pretty much the same thing you have. I added as much as I could to it, and made it the best it could be... and it still can't play Battlefield 2 well.
    So I'd suggest getting everything new except the hard drive. You may want to keep the CD-Drive too, but all you need is one DVD drive.
    Make sure you get a dual core processor, preferably Core 2 Duo,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115015
    That may be too expensive, but its really nice.
    You need a cheap motherboard thats compatible with C2D, and has a PCI-Express slot. Doesn't really matter the type of memory, just make sure you get the right type for the motherboard.
    Most important for games is the video card... I'd suggest this...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150230
    Also, if too expensive just make sure its DX10, otherwise its probably a waste of $$$.
    Well, good luck, hope it helped.
  8. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    very nice, lol. went to the same place I did. I think he may be shopping on a bit of a budget.

    Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own, unless you`re only replying to a specific section, in which case you would only quote that section. ;)
  9. ColdFusion1990

    ColdFusion1990 Newcomer, in training Posts: 141

    yeah, but I don't want him to buy something worthless like a single core or DX9. But his decision
  10. IcyChill

    IcyChill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    is there a good up to date video card for under 100 bucks. thanks for your help so far.
  11. ColdFusion1990

    ColdFusion1990 Newcomer, in training Posts: 141

  12. IcyChill

    IcyChill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    k that looks likea good one

    so if i got those all i need is RAM and a power supply? whats the recommended ram for games? If i buy a case will it come with a power supply?
  13. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

     
  14. IcyChill

    IcyChill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    if i buy the power supply will i still need a new case?
  15. ColdFusion1990

    ColdFusion1990 Newcomer, in training Posts: 141

    Yeah, you can find some nice cases with a power supply. A Gig of ram is recommended. Thats not too expensive these days.

    Dell cases don't have good ventellation. But there are cheap cases w/ power supplies.
  16. IcyChill

    IcyChill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ok looks like i got all the info i need. BIG thanks to both you guys!
  17. ColdFusion1990

    ColdFusion1990 Newcomer, in training Posts: 141

  18. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    Thread tidied.

    Please don`t double post, use the edit button instead. Thanks guys.

    Regards Howard :)
  19. IcyChill

    IcyChill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    o one lat question. Can i just use any kind of 1gb ram card or does it need to be a specific one?
  20. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    The best thing is to check with your mobo manual or mobo manufacturers website for what brands/sizes/speeds of ram are supported by your mobo.

    Using incompatible ram can cause you lots of stability problems.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  21. IcyChill

    IcyChill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  22. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    No problem, you can find your mobo manual HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
  23. IcyChill

    IcyChill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  24. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    That definitely looks like it`ll be compatible.

    Regards Howard :)
  25. IcyChill

    IcyChill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    alright well looks like thats it thanks!
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