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Old 06-24-2008, 01:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Thinking of geting this from a local seller. Few questions.

I’m thinking of getting the following from a local seller:


AMD Phenom quad-core processor 9600 2.30GHz, 2MB L3 Cache, 3600MHz System Bus

2x1024MB modules & 2x512MB modules 667MHz Dual-Channel DDR2 SDRAM

Hard Drive 2x500GB hard drives Serial ATA II/300 hard drive w/ 16MB cache

Optical Drive Hybrid Blu-Ray/HD DVD Player and SuperMulti Format DVD-RW DL Drive

ATI Radeon HD 2400XT 256MB Discrete Video Memory with Dual DVI, S-Video and HDMI Supported

Operating System Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)

Analog/digital TV tuner with 3D comb filter and PVR (personal video recorder)

Audio 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio

*Sorry I don’t know motherboard/psu/case/brand names


Few questions.

1.Idk much about the AMD processors. Is it safe to assume that's it equal to Intel c2q 2.3ghz?

2. I know the ATI Radeon HD 2400XT isn’t the best for gameing but will it run 95% of the newer games? Its low ram but its DDR3 if that matters.

3. How much would you think it would normally go for?
(I did google most of the items I think I'm getting a fair deal on it)

4. On a scale 1 to 10 what would you rate it?
(I know its hard to rate/price it with out knowing more info)
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Old 06-24-2008, 02:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Thinking of geting this from a local seller. Few questions.

1. Intel is faster than AMD right now.

2. That video card will not run the newer games well.

3. I don't know.

4. 6/10

2x1024MB modules & 2x512MB modules... why are you buying 2 sets of ram like this??
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Default Re: Thinking of geting this from a local seller. Few questions.

So what would the amd be equal too?

ya kinda figured I'd need to get a better video card. But it should work for most of them. (rite?) on lower settings.

Idk its the way the ram is. (its all together)
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Default Re: Thinking of geting this from a local seller. Few questions.

I think the slowest Intel quad is the Q6600 which is 2.4GHz, so an AMD will probably need to be around 2.7-2.8Ghz to match it. I'm not 100%. However Intel is faster clock for clock speed for sure.

That cards is not suited for any of the newer games IMO, will probably work on the lowest settings.
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Default Re: Thinking of geting this from a local seller. Few questions.

The card would play games on low, but your probably better looking at something like a 8800gs which is cheap and good.

Also go with newegg if possible. Where are you?

If your gonna get ram only get the 2x1gig or get 4x1g/2x2g and a 64bit OS (for 4 gig+)

I would also look at a e7200 for Intel (dual core) or a q6600 (quad core)

Don't buy an Audio card unless you need it, Motherboards have good enough inbuilt.



Depending on where you live we could hook you up with a good system for the best price/performance. Just tell us what you need the system for and anything special you need (like a blue ray player etc.)
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Default Re: Thinking of geting this from a local seller. Few questions.

Don’t think I’m going find a better deal. The guy was asking $900 but lowered it to $700 if traded in my old computer it’s only worth $150-200.


Cpu = at lest $200
Ram = $60
Hd = $150
Cd rom = $150
Video card = $50
Mb/case/ect = $200 (probably less)
Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit) = 90

Total guess: 900 +/- 100
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Default Re: Thinking of geting this from a local seller. Few questions.

It is definitely worth $700, even the $900. If you plan on gaming you will want a better card, though. The 2400 is fine for a media center, but who would use a quad in a media center?
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Default Re: Thinking of geting this from a local seller. Few questions.

If you could get him to upgrade the vid card to something in the 8800 series you'd be a lot better off. Realistically this would only cost another $75 maybe? Then it would be an excellent gaming machine. The 2400xt will limit you to low settings on new games, it's just not fast enough.

The price, $700, seems real good, especially since you're getting Blu Ray.

Oh and I believe the Phenom you're getting is around 10% slower than a Q6600 but it's also around 20% cheaper so it kinda evens out. I doubt you'll notice any realistic performance difference but I don't know about your overclocking options since I'm not into that. OCing may not even matter to you, tho.
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Default Re: Thinking of geting this from a local seller. Few questions.

10% slower isn't bad.

Don't think he'll upgrade the video card with out charging full price for the new card but I can always upgrade it myself when needed. It should run all he games I own atm.

I’ll pick it up some time tonight.
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I talked to the guy (via phone) and he said he had a:

Intel Core 2 Q6600 2.4GHz Quad Core *according to to jorsoft it's about 10% faster
500GB 7200 SATA II HD *1x500gb hd less (not a big issue)
Some kind of cd burner * Doesn't read the blu/hd (was kinda looking foreword to that)
NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT *256MB I think
Doesn't have a Analog/digital TV tuner *but don't think I'd use it much anyways.

The rest is basically the same.

for $600. *$100 less

Would the 8500gt be acceptable?
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