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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,

    Regards
     
  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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131328&cm_re=hd_5770-_-14-131-328-_-Product

    if DX 11 is not important, then something like this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125256&cm_re=hd_4870-_-14-125-256-_-Product

    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.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150482&cm_re=hd_4850-_-14-150-482-_-Product (DX 10.1)
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150448&cm_re=hd_5750-_-14-150-448-_-Product (DX 11)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131354&cm_re=hd_5750-_-14-131-354-_-Product (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

    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: 3,430   +143

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