Description

This Machine is made for gaming and video rendering for YouTube. I bought this system during a Christmas Sale at Best Buy and on Newegg.com for about $360 (not including the wireless card). It's a cheap, good performance build and I would really recommend it to anyone looking for something for casual or entry level gaming. (see Notes)

Watch gaming videos using this build - youtube.com/xMrSparkzzHD

Pros: 
    Since the graphics are integrated, I can record with little to no FPS drop.
    Very Powerful considering Price to Performance.
    Over 30 FPS in most if not all games, older games can be maxed out and still run at 50+ FPS
    Since the latest BIOS update I have been able to upgrade my VRAM from 512MB to 2GB (very helpful)
    The power of the cpu helps in games like Minecraft as well as in games I create using JAVA
    The integrated graphics out perform many up to 3 year old mid performance graphics cards
    Ability to install an basic PhysX driver
    The fast hard drive is great for recording to and moving/converting big files

Cons:
    Using the stock cooler there seems to be many overheating problems (fixed by changing the location of the fan)
    Sometimes the Graphics Drivers will just crash out of no where while in Full Screen applications
    Many Benchmarks overheat the system as well as dropping many frames
    3D rendering and games with lots of PhysX cause low FPS

Notes: I would recommend adding an aftermarket cooler to keep it cool, especially since it's been so hot lately.

Overall, for the price this is an amazing computer. There are many upgrades available to me, but I think I'm just going to upgrade to an intel/Nvidia based rig so I can get the Advanced PhysX and better render times. It also seems that the 3DMark 11 scores may be lower than what they should be, I think I should be getting around P3000, not P1559.

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

hyper 212 evo ! use it

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I've heard of it, and I was planning on getting one, but I'm planning on building a whole new computer anyways.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Respire t40

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Which 1 year old high end cards are you able to outperform?

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Nevermind, for whatever reason I thought that the Radeon HD 6000 series came out last year, that's why I said it.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe you should invest in some fans.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I mean I live far up North and usually room temp is around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

would this be able to run LOL, Guild Wars 2, or Diablo 3?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL: Medium-High settings 60+ FPS Guild Wars 2: High settings 30-60 FPS Diablo 3: Medium-High settings 60+ FPS

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  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought it during Christmas Sales and got it for around $360 (not including the wireless card)

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  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep it civil. This is your only warning.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Who knew that the final price of my computer would cause such a nasty dispute? :S

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  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I needed a PSU and I was on a tight budget, there was also a good sale on the Thermaltake TR2 430W, so I decided to just pick that up while it was on sale.

I didn't want to totally cheap out and get an unreliable one or spend too much and break the bank.