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Old 01-19-2010, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking of getting a gaming computer. Problem is, I'm unsure of whether to upgrade my current one, or just buy a complete new one. So I wanted to ask for some opinions.


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System Information
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Time of this report: 1/19/2010, 18:53:10
Machine name: OWNERPC
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090804-1435)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: D850MV
System Model: MV85010A
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.20GHz
Memory: 1024MB RAM
Page File: 643MB used, 1821MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

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Display Devices
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Card name: Matrox Millennium G550 - English
Manufacturer: Matrox Graphics Inc.
Chip type: Matrox G550
DAC type: Integrated, 360 MHz
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_102B&DEV_2527&SUBSYS_0F84102B&REV_01
Display Memory: 32.0 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (75Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: G400DHD.dll
Driver Version: 6.12.0001.1930 (English)
DDI Version: 7
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 9/14/2004 10:35:40, 2395904 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
VDD: n/a
Mini VDD: g400dhm.sys
Mini VDD Date: 9/14/2004 10:36:48, 348800 bytes
Device Identifier: {D7B71ECB-6667-11CF-1174-852FA2C2CB35}
Vendor ID: 0x102B
Device ID: 0x2527
SubSys ID: 0x0F84102B
Revision ID: 0x0001
Revision ID: 0x0001
Video Accel:
Deinterlace Caps: n/a
Registry: OK
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled
DDraw Test Result: Not run
D3D7 Test Result: Not run
D3D8 Test Result: Not run
D3D9 Test Result: Not run

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Sound Devices
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Description: Intel(r) Integrated Audio
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2445&SUBSYS_010A8086&REV_04
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: ac97intc.sys
Driver Version: 5.10.0000.3523 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 8/17/2001 07:20:04, 96256 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Microsoft
HW Accel Level: Full
Cap Flags: 0xB5B
Min/Max Sample Rate: 8000, 48000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No
Registry: OK
Sound Test Result: Not run

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Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
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Drive: C:
Free Space: 26.8 GB
Total Space: 58.6 GB
File System: NTFS
Model: IC35L060AVV207-0

Drive: F:
Free Space: 9.8 GB
Total Space: 19.5 GB
File System: FAT32
Model: Maxtor 2B020H1
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Build new, your current computer is pretty outdated, and not worth it to upgrade.
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You know and recommend any good places/deals/products? I live in Canada btw.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You can take a look at:
NCIX.com - Canada's Premier Computer Store - Great Technology, Service and Selection.
TigerDirect.ca- Computers, Computer Parts, Computer Accessories, PC Components & Electronics
Newegg.ca - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

What kind of budget are you looking at spending? It will give us a better idea on what components you're able to get. Also, do you need other things like the operating system, mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc?
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I need an OS, but no keyboard/mouse/monitor.

I don't know much about parts, so I just prefer to get everything already assembled and ready to go.

Budget is a few hundred dollars. I don't need top of the line or anything. If it can run 2007 games like Bioshock (run well of course), then I'm happy :P

Here's a few deals I found. I'm looking whether I'm getting a good deal or not.

$300
"Amazing condition. NO problems
2GB ram
512MB Geoforce 8400 graphics
3.06 GHZ 2CPU pentium 4
Zalman cpu fan (with blue LED glow) the fan is very quiet, and has an external dial to up the speed) retails for 59.99 a few months old
ACER 17" flat panel display
6 USB ports
Lightscribe drive
Great looking case with a carbon fiber look to it
This computer plays crysis on low spec with absolute ease so most other games should be fine on mid spec.
It also comes with:
Black keyboard
Black mouse
Wifi adaptor for wireless internet
adaptor to use wireless Microsoft accessories for gaming retail for around $30
Crysis Maximum edition with 3 crysis games 49.99 in stores
the soundcard is sound blaster audigy 2 i think"


$700
Cooler Master RC-690 Case
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 at 2.5 ghz (Thats 4 Processors running at 2.5ghz)
Intel DG33TL Motherboard
ATI Radeon 4600 Series Graphics Card (1 gb of ram)
2 Gigs of Motherboard Ram
Two (2) 500 Gb Harddrive - Use one for Operating System and one for files
500 Watt Power Supply
Sony DVD Burner
Also will include a U.S. Robotics Wireless MAXg USB Card and Puretrack Talent Precision Gaming Mousepad (The best on the market)
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nvm, i secured a deal for the $300. Trading my guitar for it :P
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I'd try to pull out of that deal if i were you. Way too out dated, its about as old as yours. The 8400 video card will good for old games like cs:source, but i wouldn't even try to run new games with it.
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'd try to pull out of that deal if i were you. Way too out dated, its about as old as yours. The 8400 video card will good for old games like cs:source, but i wouldn't even try to run new games with it.
Really? Is is just the graphics card that's outdated or the whole computer?
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the cpu is dated too, its only a single core.
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how much would it cost to upgrade the processor?
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