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Windows 7: Is this a Decent gaming build?

21 Nov 2012   #1
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Is this a Decent gaming build?

Dell Black Inspiron 570 Desktop PC with AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processor, 6GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive and Windows 7 Home Premium with Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Option: Computers : Walmart.com
My Dad is buying me this PC on Friday. Is it any good for any type of gaming at all?
(This will be my last thread asking this :P)

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21 Nov 2012   #2
whs

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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would call it an 'entry model'. The graphics are weak, but you can play some games. See here:

Gaming on integrated graphic Ati radeon HD4200 - YouTube

You can always add a better graphics card later. Check whether it has an available PCI x16 slot.
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21 Nov 2012   #3

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Looks like you could put card in it. I would advize that over the onboard graphics.

http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...n/cs/cs_en.pdf

Quote:

System Board Connectors
Memory four 240-pin connectors
PCI one 124-pin connector
PCI Express x1 two 36-pin connectors
PCI Express x16 one 164-pin connector <<<<<
Power (system board) one 24-pin EPS 12V connector
(ATX-compatible)
Processor fan one 4-pin connector
Chassis fan one 3-pin connector

Front USB connector three 9-pin connectors
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21 Nov 2012   #4

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

It also says it has a 300 watt power supply so depending on what you put in it, I would also say you might need a better PSU....

Graphics cards are relatively inexpensive for something that will play modern games. I have a Radeon 6750 6850 in one of my PC's and it does well... was only about $100 $130 from newegg
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21 Nov 2012   #5
AC

 
 

Thanks for the responses. What PSU and Graphics Card would you advise?
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21 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not a terrible build, but if I were you I'd build my own. It's a little bit more tricky than just buying a prebuilt, but it could save some big cash and you could get better parts. Plus, when something goes wrong, you know exactly how to take everything apart to troubleshoot for error.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 714 View Post
Thanks for the responses. What PSU and Graphics Card would you advise?
It really depends on what you like and how much you're willing to spend. I'm an NVIDIA fan, so I just upgraded to a GTX 560. If you've got the cash shoot for an upper 600 series. If you like AMD, there are some pretty sweet GPU's out there like the upper 6/7k series. AMD is the cheaper choice, but NVIDIA has always been my favorite. For the PSU I'd recommend looking in to how much wattage you're going to need. Most mid-high end PSU's are 600+ watts. I wouldn't recommend anything less than 600. I'm going to need more than 600 before long here. Make sure you get one with a good efficiency rating as well.
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21 Nov 2012   #7
AC

 
 

I'd love to do that, but my dad just really wants to surprise me with this, ever since my laptop mobo failed, I've been using his. But he seems really set on buying me this one because it's on sale at Walmart with speakers and a 24 inch monitor. The only reason I know he's getting this is because I heard him talking to my mom about it like two hours ago.
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21 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well then. In that case I'd say just throw a few upgrades in to it. A new GPU and PSU would still be awesome. Just make sure everything can fit in to it properly.
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21 Nov 2012   #9
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What PSU and GPU would you recommend?
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21 Nov 2012   #10

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

I think from lowest price/best pricepoint:

meh: HD6750 - $100 Slightly better is HD7750 - $100 Newegg.com - Radeon HD 7750

Comparison: Video Card Comparison - GPUReview.com

then there is HD 7770 - $120 Newegg.com - Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition

If you go up to next price point, HD6850 -$140 (this is way better than 6750 and 7750 and just higher than 7770)

Comparison: Video Card Comparison - GPUReview.com

Comparison: Video Card Comparison - GPUReview.com

or if your budget is higher, the 7850 - $180

Comparison: Video Card Comparison - GPUReview.com


It depends on your budget... also look at the space in your case. You might need a slim card or a shorter card due to case constraints.

you can look at the specs to see if you need a better PSU here: eXtreme Power Supply Calculator


Note: these are just the options for Radeon, you can also look at Nvidia as Kobra mentioned. Use the GPU comparison site I used above. it is a great tool.
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