awthetp Apr 24 @ 2:42pm
New to computer gaming, looking for advice on possible purchase
I just recently bought my first computer game (The Golf Club) and it runs on my laptop, but not very well. I've been looking to buy a desktop for a while and found one, but to be honest, all the different video cards and processors confuse me. The specs on the computer I might pick up are below. Is this something that can run games like The Golf Club and similar specs or is it not even worth getting for a couple hundred? Thanks in advance.

Dell Optiplex 755 tower
Intel Dual Core 2.4 ghz processor
6 GB RAM (on a a 64 bit processor)
500 GB Hard drive
400 watt power supply (replaced the old 305 watt)
nVidia GT 620 video card (2 GB)


Just for reference, my laptop is

Processor: AMD A6-3420m APU with Radeon HD Graphics 1.50Ghz
6 GB of Ram
Video Card is
Chip Type: AMD Radeon HD 6520G
3072 mb memory
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Rumpelcrutchskin Apr 24 @ 3:00pm 
It's weak PC with weak graphics card that is no better then processor integrated graphics those days. Stay well away from that one.
When it comes to gaming dont try to buy office bundle PC that costs less then $600, never ends well.
Things to look for:
CPU - Intel i5 or AMD FX-8000 series or i3 / FX-6000 series if you are really short on cash.
8 Gb RAM.
1 TB hard drive.
Windows 7 or 8.1, 64-bit.
Dedicated graphics card, none of that integrated bs.
Graphics card hierarchy chart:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

Entry level for gaming PC graphics card those days is tier 9, never go lower then tier 11. Tier 6-7 are medium range graphics cards. Tier 4 and 5 are for running games maxed out on one 1920x1080 monitor.
STANKMAN Apr 25 @ 12:04pm 
DONT BUY IT!
Here's a tip. If you're really wanting a PC ASAP but low on cash then best bet would be the AMD CPU + AMD GPU they are the cheapest, i recommend the FX 4350 + HD 7770. But if you're not tight on cash then i3 4340 + GTX 650TI should be perfect for you and future proof for about a couple of years or so. TBH never buy gaming pc in a rush...believe me, save up and buy a really good one.
HBZK100 Apr 25 @ 12:08pm 
Originally posted by ChinkyBiscuit:
DONT BUY IT!
Here's a tip. If you're really wanting a PC ASAP but low on cash then best bet would be the AMD CPU + AMD GPU they are the cheapest, i recommend the FX 4350 + HD 7770. But if you're not tight on cash then i3 4340 + GTX 650TI should be perfect for you and future proof for about a couple of years or so. TBH never buy gaming pc in a rush...believe me, save up and buy a really good one.

^This.

Another tip, you could just get a A8 Richland apu and just use the intigrated graphics inside of it until you can afford a new gpu.
STANKMAN Apr 25 @ 12:12pm 
Originally posted by HBZK100:
Originally posted by ChinkyBiscuit:
DONT BUY IT!
Here's a tip. If you're really wanting a PC ASAP but low on cash then best bet would be the AMD CPU + AMD GPU they are the cheapest, i recommend the FX 4350 + HD 7770. But if you're not tight on cash then i3 4340 + GTX 650TI should be perfect for you and future proof for about a couple of years or so. TBH never buy gaming pc in a rush...believe me, save up and buy a really good one.

^This.

Another tip, you could just get a A8 Richland apu and just use the intigrated graphics inside of it until you can afford a new gpu.
i agree!! definetly the APU series! buy the A10 7850K actually and then save up to buy the R7 250. They can be crossfire together. A10-7850K on its own can play BF4 on medium settings with 30+ FPS
HBZK100 Apr 25 @ 12:14pm 
Originally posted by ChinkyBiscuit:
Originally posted by HBZK100:

^This.

Another tip, you could just get a A8 Richland apu and just use the intigrated graphics inside of it until you can afford a new gpu.
i agree!! definetly the APU series! buy the A10 7850K actually and then save up to buy the R7 250. They can be crossfire together. A10-7850K on its own can play BF4 on medium settings with 30+ FPS

The A10-7850K is would be the best one to get, but if your REALLY on a budget then just get the A10-6800K which is around 60 bucks less.
awthetp Apr 25 @ 2:37pm 
I really appreciate the responses. It sounds like the only way to really go about is doing an actual build and not buying someone else's rig. I did find one more for sale that seems to be pretty close to what you guys were referencing. This is the last time I'll ask for opinions. If this one's not up to par, then I'll just start saving up and look at custom building with some of the pieces you folks have mentioned. The other one I found, this is what he had listed...

-DIYPC Solar-M1-R Black/Red SECC ATX Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Computer Case
-Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
-Intel Core i3-4130 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 54W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4400
-RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply
-ASUS GTX650TI-OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
-MSI H81M-E33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
-Wireless USB Wifi Connector
grim (Banned) Apr 25 @ 2:50pm 
Originally posted by awthetp:
I really appreciate the responses. It sounds like the only way to really go about is doing an actual build and not buying someone else's rig. I did find one more for sale that seems to be pretty close to what you guys were referencing. This is the last time I'll ask for opinions. If this one's not up to par, then I'll just start saving up and look at custom building with some of the pieces you folks have mentioned. The other one I found, this is what he had listed...

-DIYPC Solar-M1-R Black/Red SECC ATX Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Computer Case
-Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
-Intel Core i3-4130 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 54W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4400
-RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply
-ASUS GTX650TI-OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
-MSI H81M-E33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
-Wireless USB Wifi Connector

That would run most games on medium to high settings with around 30-50 fps. You can always upgrade it later with a better CPU & GPU. If you get that then I suggest you immediately replace the PSU with a Corsair CX 500w or 600w. Raidmax make terrible products. That PSU would put out dirty unstable power & probably die on you in a year or two.
HBZK100 Apr 25 @ 4:24pm 
Originally posted by awthetp:
I really appreciate the responses. It sounds like the only way to really go about is doing an actual build and not buying someone else's rig. I did find one more for sale that seems to be pretty close to what you guys were referencing. This is the last time I'll ask for opinions. If this one's not up to par, then I'll just start saving up and look at custom building with some of the pieces you folks have mentioned. The other one I found, this is what he had listed...

-DIYPC Solar-M1-R Black/Red SECC ATX Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Computer Case
-Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
-Intel Core i3-4130 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 54W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4400
-RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply
-ASUS GTX650TI-OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
-MSI H81M-E33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
-Wireless USB Wifi Connector

I like it!

However, I would go with a geforce 750 or 750 ti if that can squeze that in your budget since they are newer and will have a longer lifespan aswell as higher performance than 650 ti.

Also, make sure you get two memory sticks so you can use dual channel capability in your pc.
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