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70D|S1 DickWinters
07-23-2007, 09:05 PM
I am looking to buy a new desktop. Nothing big, just a newer one. I found a refurbished one at CompUSA with 1 Gig DDR2 Ram, And a Nvidia 6150 with 256 MB. I will upgrade in time, as i am on a tight budget. Has XP media center, 250 gig HD, and for $399. I would upgrade in time to run BF2, but want something that can run FH1 on high settings. Open for suggestion.

RX-7
07-23-2007, 10:19 PM
That would be a good rig if it had a different video card, the thing to check is if it has a PCI-E X16 slot in it and buy an inexpensive graphics card like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814153030
also what processor does it have, if it is a celeron I would stay away

70D|S1 DickWinters
07-23-2007, 10:42 PM
AMD X2 4200+ is the processor. I was gonna get the computer and save up and buy the best vid card and another gig of ram. It does have a PCI x16 slot.

RX-7
07-24-2007, 02:22 AM
sounds pretty good I just don't know the power of the 6100 it may only run fh on medium to low settings

70D|S1 DickWinters
07-24-2007, 02:32 AM
Im thinkin of gettin this one. Another one i found is has an AMD athlon X2 4600+, 1 GB DDR2, A 6150LE card w/ up to 319 shared mem, a 320 GB HD, and Vista Biz. Cost: $449 Only problem is it has Vista. Would it be worth getting the refurbished one, thats sold as-is, or should i get the vista PC? If i get the refurb, there is an excellent computer repair company close to me.

ADRIFTER
07-24-2007, 03:49 AM
that card would only run FH on medium setting at best, most likely still low-ish though.

or you could buy the card i'm going to buy soon, the 8800gtx ultra......but that costs more than you're rig :o


if you feel that your up to it, you could probably get parts from newegg or tigerdirect and build the pc by yourself for much less.

70D|S1 DickWinters
07-24-2007, 04:32 AM
Ive considered building my own, but i don't know enough about that to know if i built it correctly. Im wanting to get one that will last a while. i was gonna get the computer then upgrade. I am on a very tight budget, so i have little to work with. I am having to get this and its hard to make money when you don't have a job.

Gj**** Cadyshack
07-24-2007, 06:43 AM
H|SSze.DickWinters;260077']Ive considered building my own, but i don't know enough about that to know if i built it correctly. Im wanting to get one that will last a while. i was gonna get the computer then upgrade. I am on a very tight budget, so i have little to work with. I am having to get this and its hard to make money when you don't have a job.
There's some computer building manuals out there on the internet, and building one does normally cost less than buying a new spiffy pre-made rig.

It actually is pretty simple. All you need to know is where to screw stuff in, and refer to the manual to find the correct wire connections. I think one of the more complicated things would be to install windows (the beginning part with all the CDs and codes).

But, if not, I'd suggest the referbed comp and upgrading it. There's a bunch of good vid card candidates on Newegg that aren't top-o-the-line, nor bankrupting.

RX-7
07-24-2007, 09:50 AM
you could always get a barebone system then all you need is processor, ram, and hard drive or they do have ones with video cards built in like the 6100 in the one your looking at

here is an inexpensive setup
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103733
3800x2 65w Cpu 65.50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820609227
1 gig Ram 43.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856167009
Bare bone 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822144417
250 gb WD hard drive 62.99

It all equals to $263.47 without shipping

if you need an OS you can get a discount version of xp with proof of purchase of a mother board, hard drive, RAM and a CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116056
with this too the total comes to $353.46

and if you wanted to add a video card that is pretty decent you could get either
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130062 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814142061)
7600GT $89.99 which is one of the least expensive cards that can run BF2 on high settings
with everything it would be $443.45 from newegg without shipping

also building this should be fairly easy just slide in the ram, processor, hard drive, and/or videocard

70D|S1 DickWinters
07-24-2007, 02:03 PM
Sweet guys. This has been a lot of help. I will certainly take these comments into consideration. You guys are always a lot of help.

Buzz Adams
07-24-2007, 03:31 PM
Buy the machine you are talking about, get the best processor possible, and find you an X850 XT pe to slide in there. You can run FH1 on full settings, and BF2 pretty well with that setup.

The second gig of ram will definitely help also. You will probably load a bit faster and the game may do better, although you will not see any substantial change from 1g to 2g as far as how the game runs.

YkS Hickle
07-24-2007, 04:46 PM
[QUOTE
if you feel that your up to it, you could probably get parts from newegg or tigerdirect and build the pc by yourself for much less.[/QUOTE]

The problem with this is sometimes (people like me :)) get lazy and just put Linux on instead of Windows which can run into some problems. I just don't feel like paying for an operating system that comes back and bites me in the ***.

You're better off buying a computer with an OS already on the hard drive as it makes things so much easier. Ya it's more expensive in the long run but the nice thing is you can get a good warranty from some of the major computer companies opposed to newegg and geeks which may only give you a year or two and only under certain conditions.

RX-7
07-28-2007, 04:58 PM
H|SSze.DickWinters;260077']Ive considered building my own, but i don't know enough about that to know if i built it correctly. Im wanting to get one that will last a while. i was gonna get the computer then upgrade. I am on a very tight budget, so i have little to work with. I am having to get this and its hard to make money when you don't have a job.

http://images10.newegg.com/UploadFilesForNewegg/itemintelligence/NI_Motherboard/NIC-How-Motherboard_Installation_Guide.swf
their are guides and people like me to help you out if you take this option

Paasky
07-29-2007, 12:04 AM
Yeah, and really: It's not THAT hard. Only trcky part is the power-up & HD-light cords, but the MoBo should have instructions on those.

70D|S1 DickWinters
07-29-2007, 03:23 AM
I've found two im thinking about. Here's the links:

http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?pfp=BROWSE&N=200005&Ns=display%5Fprice%7C0&product_code=346653
$399.99

or

http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?pfp=BROWSE&N=200005&Ns=display%5Fprice%7C0&product_code=343942
$449.98

I was also gonna get another gig of ram no matter which one i bought plus a Geforce 7600 vid card. I would prefer to buy it rather than build one.

70D|S1 DickWinters
07-30-2007, 02:52 PM
This one looks nice:
http://www.buy.com/retail/Product.asp?sku=204450637&adid=17737&SearchEngine=Guidester&Type=DF&Keyword=204450637&Category=Comp&GSID=34847630&GSESID=gkdzijumjofqyqyk23esk045&GSCID=11

opinions?

RX-7
07-31-2007, 02:39 AM
Looks pretty good it should run FH1 on high settings and bf2 on medium high settings

H62|Pv AARP
08-07-2007, 09:56 PM
I have a GeForce 7600 GT and I love it. It can run all the games perfectly. I really nice setup that I have is that card and an AMD Athlon Dual Core 4200.