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iBuyPower PC's Good for budget gamers?

by ed_woodjr / August 7, 2010 12:46 PM PDT

Hey all I'm in dire need of a affordable gaming machine. I'm playing dragon age origins atm on low and it still lags a tad. I can't complain as I have an eMachine with a nVidia 8400gs in it I bought for STO Online (and quit playing). So I found this PC, and I've not heard anything "bad" about iBuyPower PC's, however is this machine worth it? Will I be able to play most games that are out on high settings? Thanks ahead of time for checking it out, any helpful reply is welcome!

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by ed_woodjr / August 8, 2010 1:03 AM PDT


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I'll write no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 8, 2010 4:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Anyone?

That's near the bottom of gaming machines. If your emachine is a dual core CPU with 2 or so GB RAM why not treat it to a much better video card like a Nvidia GT 240 1GB?

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Power Supply
by ed_woodjr / August 8, 2010 5:32 AM PDT
In reply to: I'll write no.

I have a 300w (came with it), any good graphics card takes 450+, normally 500. Also how can anyone buy something in the thousand dollar range in this economy? Would you or anyone show me a standard yet good gaming PC that's affordable (300 every 2 weeks hurts, especially with bills).....

Also ATI Radeon HD graphics cards are normally the best....why nvidia?

I'm sure with text my reply seems aggressive, however I do not mean it that way, I'm just looking for a affordable machine ($500-$650) Range so I can play and buy games without worrying they won't work on even medium settings. The only game I play that can be played on high is WoW, Thanks I hope you'll reply with more helpful info.


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Oh and about the Power Supply..
by ed_woodjr / August 8, 2010 5:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Power Supply

After looking on newegg/tigerdirect I can only find a suitable PSU that is 60dollars (that obviously doesn't count the new graphics card, plus I'd like to have a machine just for gaming and use this one for storage, and other things).


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Let me share the rig I have.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 9, 2010 3:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Power Supply

It's a HP d4999t with the usual quad core, 4GB RAM and a GT240 1GB video card by Zotac. I went with their fanless card to cut down on noise and since it's a big case, zero heat problems.

On the P3 Watt Meter (see google) it's under 99 Watts during web, email and such and goes up to 120 Watts during game play. I use the stock 350 Watt PSU which as you can see is not being overtaxed at this point.

Hope this helps,

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