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post #1 of 20 Old 11-25-2010, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Whats the difference in a gaming pc and regular pc?

I'm trying to decide which to buy.

I'm trying to stay in the $500 range and I need a pc for doing my work and basic computer stuff, but I also want to play flight simulator x on it and use multible monitors.
Do the gaming computers do the same as regular ones?

Here are a couple that I am looking at. Which is best for what I need?
Also the reviews for cyperpower and ibuypower are not so good.

#1 $498
CyberpowerPC Gamer
Processor Type: AMD Athlon II X4 640
Processor - Clock Speed: 3.0GHz
Hard Drive Size: 1TB
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Monitor Size: N/A
Graphics Type: ATI Radeon HD 5450
Resolution: N/A
System Ram: 4GB
Model No.: GUA103SE

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HP Black Pavilion p6653w
•AMD Athlon II 250 dual-core processor
3.0Ghz, 4000MHz System Bus, 2MB L2 Cache

•5GB DDR2 system memory (expandable up to 16GB)

•1TB SATA hard drive

•ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics

#3 $548
iBUYPOWER Gamer Power WA910i
Processor Type: Intel Core i3-550
Hard Drive Size: 1TB
Processor - Clock Speed: 3.2GHz
Multimedia Drive: Yes
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Monitor Size: N/A
Graphics Type: ATI Radeon HD 5450
Resolution: N/A
System Ram: 4GB
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The 3rd one.

Gaming PC = more powerful processor, more (and faster) ram, better (and non-integrated) video.
A decent actual gaming computer would run around $1000..and best built by yourself.



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The 3 most critical components for gaming are going to be the CPU, Memory and Graphics card. The more the merrier. Just an FYI, on any system offering more than 3GB of memory, it must have a 64bit OS to actually be able to use it...

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Here are the full specs on the 3rd one, if I wanted to add an additional video card to support more screens, what would I need. The current one supports 3 seperate video outputs. Could I just add the same card or would I need something else to have more than 3 seperate video outputs?

Processor INTEL Core I3 550 3.2GHz
Socket LGA 1156
Graphics ATI Radeon HD5450 512MB
Main Memory
4GB (2GB x2) DDR3-1333
Total Memory Slots: 2
Available: 0
Max Capacity: 8GB
Hard Disk
Drive 1TB Serial-ATA-II
Optical Drive 24X DL DVD+/-RW Drive
LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
Audio 8 Channels
Software MS Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)
Chassis Echo Gaming Tower
Power Supply 480Watt Power Supply
Front Ports
2 x USB 2.0
2 x Audio Jacks
1 x e-SATA (based on motherboard availability)
Rear Panel
Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
8 x USB 2.0
1 x D-Sub
1 x DVI
1 x RJ-45
3 x Audio Jacks
Expansion
External Bays:
4x external 5.25” drive bays
Internal Bays:
5x internal 3.5” drive bay
Slots:
1 x PCI-Express x16
1 x PCI-Express x1
2 x PCI
System
Dimension 20.55" x 8.11" x 18.07" (D x W x H)
System Weight 28 LBs
Box Dimension 25” x 12.5” x 21.3” (D x W x H)
Total Weight 34 LBs
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Here are the full specs on the 3rd one, if I wanted to add an additional video card to support more screens, what would I need. The current one supports 3 seperate video outputs. Could I just add the same card or would I need something else to have more than 3 seperate video outputs?

Processor INTEL Core I3 550 3.2GHz
Socket LGA 1156
Graphics ATI Radeon HD5450 512MB
Main Memory
4GB (2GB x2) DDR3-1333
Total Memory Slots: 2
Available: 0
Max Capacity: 8GB
Hard Disk
Drive 1TB Serial-ATA-II
Optical Drive 24X DL DVD+/-RW Drive
LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
Audio 8 Channels
Software MS Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)
Chassis Echo Gaming Tower
Power Supply 480Watt Power Supply
Front Ports
2 x USB 2.0
2 x Audio Jacks
1 x e-SATA (based on motherboard availability)
Rear Panel
Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
8 x USB 2.0
1 x D-Sub
1 x DVI
1 x RJ-45
3 x Audio Jacks
Expansion
External Bays:
4x external 5.25” drive bays
Internal Bays:
5x internal 3.5” drive bay
Slots:
1 x PCI-Express x16
1 x PCI-Express x1
2 x PCI
System
Dimension 20.55" x 8.11" x 18.07" (D x W x H)
System Weight 28 LBs
Box Dimension 25” x 12.5” x 21.3” (D x W x H)
Total Weight 34 LBs
Accessory MB Driver disc
Well I hate to say it but 512mb for a graphics card is the bottom end of things. So either upgrade it or add another in SLI. You do not need to add another card to support another monitor, one card can do 3 depending on the system board. Depending on the games you are gonna play tho 512mb can come up short on performance...

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512 is plenty if he's not doing heavy gaming. Flight Simulator X is a game that's been around for a few years. It'll be a little taxing..but not impossible.
But on-board graphics are never good.
Also that computer has one PCI-E slot..so no SLI hypurone..even though Crossfire is better.

If you start adding videocards then you'll probably need to replace the power supply, too. 480watts isn't much.



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SLI and Crossfire are both useless. I had SLI for years and could play every game wonderfully!

I haven't had SLI for years and I can play every game wonderfully, except I also saved $500 on another card!
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Crossfire is known to have less issues than SLI, as well as working better in general.

But either way..off-topic since the computer brandon is looking at only has one PCI-E slot.



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* Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 / Vista
* PC with 1 GHz equivalent or higher processor
* 256 MB of system RAM for Windows XP SP2 / 512 MB Vista
* 14 GB available hard disk space
* DVD-ROM drive
* 32 MB DirectX 9 compatible video card required
* Sound card, speakers or headphones required for audio
* Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
* 56.6 Kbps or better modem for online play

These are the specs of the game he wants to buy. Any of those computers should be able to handle it at full load with everything set on high.

IF I wanted to play it better safe than sorry I'd upgrade the graphics card to an Nvidia http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121391

You get a free game and free shipping with that, while keeping you under $1000 budget. You won't need to upgrade your card for a LONG time.

I despise ATI. I used to be a huge supporter until 3 cards back to back failed on me. The longest lasting one was a year, 2 others didn't work out of the box. Nvidia has never done this to me.

The only other downside is you'd need to upgrade your Power supply unit to about 650WATTS. I don't know how computer savvy you are, upgraded these two parts isn't really hard, but if you've never done them you're going to want to print out some instructions before going in.
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* Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 / Vista
* PC with 1 GHz equivalent or higher processor
* 256 MB of system RAM for Windows XP SP2 / 512 MB Vista
* 14 GB available hard disk space
* DVD-ROM drive
* 32 MB DirectX 9 compatible video card required
* Sound card, speakers or headphones required for audio
* Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
* 56.6 Kbps or better modem for online play

These are the specs of the game he wants to buy. Any of those computers should be able to handle it at full load with everything set on high.

IF I wanted to play it better safe than sorry I'd upgrade the graphics card to an Nvidia http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121391

You get a free game and free shipping with that, while keeping you under $1000 budget. You won't need to upgrade your card for a LONG time.

I despise ATI. I used to be a huge supporter until 3 cards back to back failed on me. The longest lasting one was a year, 2 others didn't work out of the box. Nvidia has never done this to me.

The only other downside is you'd need to upgrade your Power supply unit to about 650WATTS. I don't know how computer savvy you are, upgraded these two parts isn't really hard, but if you've never done them you're going to want to print out some instructions before going in.
I don't care about videocard brand..I go for whatever is the best at the time. And the past 2 times I got cards those were ATI. I used to have a old Geforce 3 that was nothing but problems..but not so much so with ATI.



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