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eMachines T6524 for gaming?

by DMand1 / December 15, 2005 1:54 AM PST

Is this a good desktop for gaming?
This was reviewed by Cnet: eMachines T6524
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 3500+; ATI Radeon RS482 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated ATI Radeon Xpress 200 graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; WDC WD2000BB-22GUC0 200GB 7,200rpm ATA/100

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if upgraded, yes
by linkit / December 15, 2005 2:09 AM PST

Eventually you will have to purchase a decent gaming video card and a larger Power Supply Unit (PSU) for quality gaming.

You will also need to purchase a monitor and speakers.

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What PC needs no upgrade???
by DMand1 / December 15, 2005 2:34 AM PST
In reply to: if upgraded, yes

I don't know enough to upgrade the T6524. Is there a brand name PC desktop that comes with everything needed for gaming and home use without upgrading?

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gaming means upgrade
by linkit / December 15, 2005 4:19 AM PST

Essentially, all gaming PC's get upgraded. Either you do the video card upgrade; or Dell, HP, CompUSA, or BestBuy does it. Some get a neighborhood teenager to do it for a pizza or a $20 electronics store gift card.

You will spend at least $1000 for budget gaming PC if you want it done by someone else. Home builders can get it done for about $800.

I'd look at the HP a1250n
$849 CompUSA

There is one bundled with a 17'' LCD for $1020

Get a 16ms or less 17'' monitor. The the lower the response time, the better it will be for gaming (8ms is better than 16ms).

I like the ViewSonic rebate special 17'' (12ms) monitor at NewEgg.com and other places.

Have the kids play games using the integrated video until they realize they need a good video card. They will learn this when they can't play the latest games at a high setting. Then, they can save up for one ($130-200). Something like a nVidia 6800GS.

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Some....
by Eddiefromalienwarecomps / December 15, 2005 9:37 AM PST

as linkit said, all pcs will need upgrading in the future. But if you want a pc now that won't need upgrading for another 10-15 years, then you are talking high-end. There are pcs that come with overclocked graphices cards in SLI, overclocked dual core processor, 1gb of RAM, and etc. These pcs will set you back 4-5 grand or even more. You will need to configure what you want. But say you want a pc for everyday tasks such as surfing the net, or word processing then a cheap pc will suit you fine. There are PC desktops that come with everything for gaming and home use, but it will set you back alot of $$$.

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