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 Post subject: This PC worth it?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:50 am 
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Hey guys,

I am one of the most clueless people when it comes to pc hardware, but I am looking into beginning my pc gaming career. I was looking to build my own but I found this pc locally for $650 and it is both my price range and seems to be a little stronger than what I was going to build. Is this worth the $650, and is buying a used pc a bad idea?

Here are the specs:
Core i7 930 unlocked CPU
Socket LGA 1366
6GB of DDR3 @1600 GSkill Gaming Series
DIAMOND 6970PE52G Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
1TB Seagate 3.0 sata
Corsair HX 750w Modular power supply
CD/DVD Burner Asus
EVGA X58 sli Motherboard
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Artic White Steel/Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Acer 24" monitor 1920 x 1200
Razer Tarantula keyboard
Razer Death Adder 3500dpi 3.5G infrared sensor

I recognize the items such as the Radeon 6970 and the i7 as upper tier items, but is there anything here that will bottleneck the power of these parts that I am unaware of? So any tips, precautions of local buying, or better ideas?
Thanks ahead of time!


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 Post subject: Re: This PC worth it?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:35 am 
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For that price? Yes. But the CPU is three generations old and the GPU is a generation old. If you have $650 for parts, http://www.logicalincrements.com/ should get you going (otherwise I'll come back with a pcpartpicker.com list)


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 Post subject: Re: This PC worth it?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:33 am 
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Would I be able to build a better pc for say $550?
All I ask is that the pc plays modern games at decent fram rates


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 Post subject: Re: This PC worth it?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:07 am 
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See if http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1rxw1 works out for you.


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 Post subject: Re: This PC worth it?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:41 pm 
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there were monitor, keyboard, mouse in the buy it used one, which he may need, and you didn't include. no operating system mentioned in the op or your build.


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 Post subject: Re: This PC worth it?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:22 am 
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The monitors and keyboard and mouse are needed, but I do not need gaming quality mouse and keyboard to start with.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh455l3348s.
Here is a build of a "Steam Box" pc which seems right up my alley. This guy seems to be right on track with what I am looking for power and game wise. My only concern is how will this pc handle next-gen titles? Will it be worth it to add $100 to this build and make it a little better for games like Battlefield 4 and others? Like I said I need a monitor as well.


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 Post subject: Re: This PC worth it?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:01 am 
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1rTKH

Configured that build with everything and it came out to $494 with shipping and promotional discounts. Will it play current games? For a lot of them, yes it'll play them just fine. For games going on next generation consoles? Probably not so much. At best you're probably looking at <30FPS on maximum settings at 1080p. Otherwise you're going to have to tone everything down. If you spent $100 more on a video card, you could get a GeForce GTX 660 or a Radeon HD 7870 which has double the performance of the HD 7770.

It really depends on how much you care about graphical quality. If you care, then you're going to have to increase your budget to about $800.


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 Post subject: Re: This PC worth it?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:35 pm 
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Would I be able to build a better pc for say $550?

I think we need to perform a comparison again. The original post specs an i7 930 with a 6970. Compared to the celeron with a 7770 for $600 (the 7770 wasn't listed in the $494 so I've added ~$100), I'm leaning towards the the i7 930 even if it is used.

Now. Did you find this on Craigslist, or is this a friend that's selling their computer? If it's from Craigslist, I would ask the owner to perform Sisoftware's SANDRA benchmarking tool in your presence. It will take a while (I think it's 30 minutes or so but it's been so long I can't remember for sure), but if there are major problems with the computer, it will crash during the testing. If it makes it through - while it isn't conclusive - it should give you some assurance that the build is pretty reliable.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: This PC worth it?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:14 pm 
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If it was me, I'd run the PC thru hell and terror....stuff like Prime95 for a bit etc. and also see if the seller with take oh $550 or so for it. I'm still rockin a seriously overclocked i7 950 with all the bells and whistles...I know the i5 3570K I have at my girlfriend's makes a mockery of the i7 in processor based stuff....still a damn solid gaming rig imho.


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 Post subject: Re: This PC worth it?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:21 am 
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LatiosXT wrote:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1rTKH

Configured that build with everything and it came out to $494 with shipping and promotional discounts. Will it play current games? For a lot of them, yes it'll play them just fine. For games going on next generation consoles? Probably not so much. At best you're probably looking at <30FPS on maximum settings at 1080p. Otherwise you're going to have to tone everything down. If you spent $100 more on a video card, you could get a GeForce GTX 660 or a Radeon HD 7870 which has double the performance of the HD 7770.

It really depends on how much you care about graphical quality. If you care, then you're going to have to increase your budget to about $800.


Thanks so much for the help guys. I think I am going to follow this route with the HD 7870.


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 Post subject: Re: This PC worth it?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:09 am 
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MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD

SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit

AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

With 2 gigs of Ram.

If I add another 4 gigs of ram and swap the 7770 for a 7870. How would this compare to the youtube build?


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