Will this do?

By FrederikNeertof
May 23, 2010
  1. Hey guys. One of my friends is moving to Croatia for a year, so he's selling his desktop computer. It's from 2007 and has the following specs:

    Processor: Intel core2 quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
    Graphics:Nvidia geforce 8800 GT OC
    Ram:2 gb cosair twinx ram (I'm putting 2GB extra in it, resulting in 4GB total)
    and a 300gb HDD

    I will be using it for gaming.. Will this computer do for playing the latest games from now on and a couple years in the future? I'm paying around $253. A 22'inch flat screen monitor + keyboard and gaming mouse is included in the price.

    thanks in forward,

  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    That's a nice system and you're getting it at a very good price. The 22" monitor included is a good deal.

    I suggest that in the near future you should replace the nVidia 8800GT with a better GPU.
  3. FrederikNeertof

    FrederikNeertof TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Alright, thanks Ritwik :) can you recommend any cheap GPU thats better than the nvidia 8800gt?
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Hi Frederik,
    Two things....
    1) define cheap
    2) is DX 11 important to you?

    if it is a HD 5770 can be had for as little as 139.00

    if DX 11 is not important, then something like this

    both will give you good performance at 1920 or 1680 res with details on high for most games.

    If you need to get to the $100.00 mark, then these are the best alternative. (DX 10.1)
    or (DX 11) (DX 11)

    as far as the rest of the system, what Rit said :)
  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    I suggest that you run the games you want to play on the existing card and see if you're happy with the performance. If you are, wait a while before buying a new one.

    In case you get one right now, the HD 5770 / HD 4870 is the best choice (in terms of low cost) as red says.

    @ red1776 - Would it not be better to get a 1GB HD 5770 rather than the 512MB version?
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    It absolutely would, I listed the 512 version only because he said "cheap" and I had the caveat "as little as". if his native res on the 22" monitor is 1680 x 1050, the 512 will be good, if its 1920 x 1080 the 1gb would be better. that's why i asked him to define 'cheap' :) if you can swing the 1gb version, get it.
  7. FrederikNeertof

    FrederikNeertof TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37


    Thanks for your replies guys. I'll try to see how far the 8800GT will get me, haha. I will be playing games such as CoD4, MW2 and maybe a couple of newer mmorpgs, on medium graphics at least.
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    8800gt is a decent card, i'm still on an 9600gt and its great.
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