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Old 12-07-2011, 05:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I budget is pretty small, I'd like to keep it between 400 and 500, but she really doesn't need anything special. This is a quote from her:

" Mostly for video storage and gaming, and also occasional internet browsing and what-not. Games I play range from internet checkers to Minecraft."

I'm not familiar with "video storage" or "Minecraft", so could you tech-savvy people tell me if say a computer like this would suit her needs?

Gateway SX2803-US20P Specs - Desktops - CNET Reviewsny other recommendations would be appreciated. Thanksss ^_^
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Video storage, save videos on your hard drive. Easily done on any system.

Minecraft is a game: Minecraft
About any current system can play that.

I wouldn't get that Gateway.

I would get something like this: Newegg.com - iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 520D3 Desktop PC Athlon II X2 245(2.9GHz) 4GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 1GB Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
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Minecraft is a game: Minecraft
About any current system can play that.
When you say that ^^ do you mean any desktop because my brothers integrated graphics on his laptop dont even support minecraft on tiny render distance.
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Well, integrted video won't get you anywhere, in any game.

This is the system requirements: Minecraft System Requirements and Minecraft requirements for PC Games

You need an 8400/HD2400 to play it. That is around year ~2008. He probably can't play because he is using up his system RAM and CPU power to do so. I works fine on my laptop, and I have a 540M.
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Well, integrted video won't get you anywhere, in any game.

This is the system requirements: Minecraft System Requirements and Minecraft requirements for PC Games

You need an 8400/HD2400 to play it. That is around year ~2008. He probably can't play because he is using up his system RAM and CPU power to do so. I works fine on my laptop, and I have a 540M.
Hmmmm, my brother has a Hp, 3GB RAM, i3 processor (2.26ghz clock i think) and only bought it a few months ago. Even with nothing else open it doesnt run well.
When the heat kicks in after half an hour or so its impossible to play on
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Hmmmm, my brother has a Hp, 3GB RAM, i3 processor (2.26ghz clock i think) and only bought it a few months ago. Even with nothing else open it doesnt run well.
When the heat kicks in after half an hour or so its impossible to play on
your brother's laptop probably also have integrated graphics.
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