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PostSubject: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:27 pm

http://www.dinopc.com/shop/pc/Mass-Effect-i5-3450-94p1369.htm

Do I or don't I? It seems to me like a fairly good PC for a pretty decent price...but I'd like other opinions.
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PostSubject: Re: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:34 pm

Looks like a good deal, but I would add more RAM
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PostSubject: Re: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:39 pm

Yeah I was planning on adding another 4GB, I know 8 is pretty much the best amount to have and I think it only costs another 15 or so to add on Very Happy

Also, this is probably a horribly facepalm-worthy noob question but...you can connect computers to TVs with HDMI cables can't you?
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PostSubject: Re: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:40 pm

Yes, as long as you have an HDMI slot, I can do it with my laptop.
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PostSubject: Re: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:02 pm

Nice, I was wondering so that then I could just use my TV as a monitor to save the expense of buying one. I'm thinking this plus more RAM and a slightly better graphics card should run ok. Do you think it'll be ok for running fairly high end games, like say Skyrim or The Witcher 2?
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PostSubject: Re: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:14 pm

I've checked, and it seems to meet the requirements of both those games, so I think you'll be fine with it Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:34 pm

You should check out tomshardware.com for advice, computer experts there. I would check the max RAM upgrade on it. I recently built a system with 8GB (16GB cap) so i'm pretty set for life on gaming for awhile. 4GB isn't bad but with experience of having lack of RAM i went for the 16GB RAM motherboard.
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PostSubject: Re: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:35 am

That's an alright PC, but seriously... build your own. It's easy as fuck and much cheaper. My rig is better than that, all around, and it only cost me about $700, or 430.

A lot of people are off put by building their own PC, but it's not as much work as you think. It's basically like buying something that has required assembly. Pretty much everything has a dedicated spot, with dedicated plugs and ports.


But, if you don't want to build your own, that's fine. That rig will do alright. It will definitely run Skyrim and the Witcher. Maybe not on the highest possible settings (although it might.) If you upgraded tp 8gb of RAM (or even better, 16, if your motherboard allows)

Actually, after looking into the GPU, you definitely won't be running Skyrim or the Witcher 2 on the highest settings. You could definitely play them on medium settings with that, but also another thing to consider is upgrading the GPU at a later date. You could either crossfire the GPUs (get another GPU and run with two rather than one. I've never done this myself) or just get a better graphics card down the road and replace that one. That's actually what I did with my computer, because it had an integrated graphics card on the motherboard that wasn't very good. I invested in a very nice, very cost-efficient Radeon card that only ran me about 170 bucks and now I am running both Skyrim and the Witcher 2 on the highest possible settings, with a high framerate and while keeping my rig cool. Hell, I even have a bunch of super high res texture packs on skyrim and it runs flawlessly. So you could definitely do that. The processor is up to par (the Intel i series is a great line of processors, that i5 should work wonders) It doesn't have a very big hard drive, but again down the road you can invest in an external for storage for very cheap. Or get an SSD and really improve the speed of your computer and it's loading. The choice is yours.

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PostSubject: Re: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:39 am

Also, you could definitely run HDMI to your TV. But, your TV likely has DVI input so I would use a DVI cable instead. It's far superior to HDMI. Also, I'd definitely invest in an actual monitor down the road, they are general much better quality for computing. I used my tv for a long time before getting a dedicated high definition monitor, and the difference is astounding. My monitor was on sale for like 120 bucks, and it's like ten times better. Better resolution, better contrast ratio, LED backlight, the works

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PostSubject: Re: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:35 pm

I've heard a lot of people say building is usually the best option, but to be completely honest...I'm lazy. Plus, I really don't think I'd have the time (or space in my uni flat) for it now that I'm at uni. I'm happy with paying a little extra to get one that'll perform well.

Yeah I'll definitely invest in a monitor at some point, but the TV's a decent alternative whilst I save up the money.

Also, I changed my mind to this I think, which, although more expensive, is apparently quite a beast of a machine for it's price...thoughts?

http://www.dinopc.com/shop/pc/Mass-Effect-i5-4-3Ghz-89p1248.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:33 am

It's actually pretty fun, i recently have done my own build and i ended up doing it around the time i was feeling depressed. The project boosted my morale up Smile It's up to you but i found building computers fun. Really anything to do with computers is enjoyable for me.


That unit does look better then what you had i think. And i always tell people now if your going for a monitor or a new tv, always get a fairly big one to your liking. I made the mistake of buying a tv that was like 20" or less back in 2001 when i could have bought a nice 50" one, i ended up settling with a 40" HDTV but it's a sony and i use it for PC gaming, videos. Sometimes browsing the internet but i'm still using my puny desktop monitor.

Anyway if anyone is interested here are my specs for my 2012 PC

AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517004
Intel i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115071
Gigabyte GA-P67A Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128478
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM (PC3 12800 -2x4GB): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

(Don't make fun of my video card lol, i pulled this from my older system, works fine with Skyrim and Dead Island Smile)
ZOTAC ZT-84GED2M-HSL GeForce 8400 GS 256MB 32-bit DDR3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500220
Hard Drive 500GB WD SATA 6.0Gb/s: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795

And a 2 TB hard drive that was in my older system as well, it's a 5,200 RPM green model tho.
Keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109240
Mouse: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826105042
KVM Switch (works well with 2 systems hooked into one monitor): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182157
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PostSubject: Re: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:14 pm

Well, building your own PC doesn't actually take up too much space. Basically if you have a table or something that will do fine. Start to finish it only really takes like an hour or two to build.

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PostSubject: Re: Requesting Assistance From PC Gamers   Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:01 pm

Yeah, but honestly I'm struggling for space as it is haha. Plus, I doubt I'd be very good at it. I think I'm gonna go for that second one once I have the money (I had the money but uni's whittled it down quite a bit...), which'll probably be Christmas.
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