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Old 01-31-2009, 06:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Little help on a budget

Hello, I've read these forums for some time trying to figure out if anyone is in a similar situation as I am. My old computer is nearing the 6 year mark and is definitely nearing its death and so I decided to look to get a new computer.

I usually game quite a bit, but I also work on my computer. I am not looking to get a machine that would run Crisis at over 30 fps at max settings, but if I could fit it in my budget it would be great I am looking at something that would handle the U3 engine fairly well as that is the engine the game I mostly play is on.

I am looking at something totaling under $650, so far the best I've come up with is I found a fairly good deal (i think) at Costco: Costco - ZT Q8200 Core 2 Quad 4GB DDR2 750GB HDD NVIDIA Graphics

I am planning on adding a video card to it over the build in one: SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

So basically, what I'd like to ask is this. How good is this setup? Is there a better purposed video card I could get within $30-40 range of the one I linked? Is there a possibility of overclocking the 8200?

And lastly if there any any better setups I could get (essentially everything that the Costco one has in terms of hardware/OS + the vid card) around +-$100 price range of what I already have picked out?

Thank you ahead of time!

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Default Re: Little help on a budget - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops - BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards - OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies - SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards - Sony Optiarc Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVDR DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners - Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

puts you right at 682, that is a gamers pc on a budget.

dont get a q8200, the e8400 out performs it.

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