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avatar Captain Terror 20th December 2013, 18:48 PM

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Quick Specs
i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor, 3.4GHz, 8MB Shared Cache
8GB DDR3-1333 RAM
1TB 7200 rpm SATA HDD
Nvidia GeForce GT630 2GB
SuperMulti DVD Burner
15-in-1 Memory Card Reader
Wireless-N LAN card
Beats Audio
Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate

Price: $539(Used)

After using the same laptop for the past 6 years, this will be the first desktop system I've owned in recent times.(My last desktop was a p4! :o)

This was definitely and impulse buy and i'm sure i could have found something much better, but i consider it more or less a bandaid, until i get my new high-end gaming notebook this spring/summer.

I will upgrade the video card if i need to, but compared to what i'm using now, the GT 630 2GB is like pure gold =)

Now that i've purchased it and it's shipped, anyone feel free to tell me what is wrong with it, and/or what upgrayedds you'd recommend for optimal performance. Also, i've 30 days to return it with free shipping if not satisfied, so..


avatar Ghost129er says: 20th December 2013, 18:57 PM
LOOKS good.. Dunno about insides; couldn't give a flip to read it... But lookies nice! :D
avatar Crollo says: 20th December 2013, 18:58 PM
An impulse buy is okay so long as you realize it's an impulse buy.
I initially thought a x30 card would be complete shit, but a second look on youtube shows it's actually a pretty solid card for gaming. Easily enough to hold you over until you upgrade to a faster card.
avatar Captain Terror says: 20th December 2013, 19:00 PM
I only noticed after i bought it what a low-end gfx card it comes with(i understand the distinction of Nvidia model numbers now), but hopefully with the other specs i should have a major performance increase from what i'm using now =)

What card would you recommend Elliot?

Ghost: i will add the specs, ty ;)
avatar Crollo says: 20th December 2013, 19:17 PM
If money is tight, I'd suggest an older high end card.

Nvidia 8800GTX, 9800GX2, GTX 260\GTX 295. All of those are solid cards, but the 8800gtx is the lowest end of the selection, and really only if you're truly hurting for money.
avatar Captain Terror says: 20th December 2013, 19:18 PM
Thanks man! =)
avatar Ghost129er says: 20th December 2013, 19:33 PM
Dude! CT!

If you do have or plan on getting a new GFX card, PLEASE let me know! I'm stuck with a NVidia GTX 450 and could REALLY do with a new one!! Used or not...

I know there are tonnes on the net, but just, like... Lemme know.. If you decide not to sack it off.. Archie beat me to it and sacked his off before I could grab it...

(Can talk more on PM, trying not to flood your post. ;) )
avatar Captain Terror says: 20th December 2013, 19:42 PM
Sure man, but isn't a 450 a better card then the 630, or do i not understand Nvidia's classifications correctly?

check this ghost before offloading your card ;)
avatar Ghost129er says: 20th December 2013, 19:48 PM
Take that back, it's a crappy "zotac" 450 gts Eco 1Gb... I think 2 gb would end up doing me better; getting lagged here and there and know this system has WAY MORE POTENTIAL.

Repeat: It's a Zotac GTS 450 1GB ECO graphix card.
avatar Captain Terror says: 20th December 2013, 19:49 PM
Ah ok =) Ya i'll let you know man. if i upgrayedd i'll have no use for the old card so, ya np ;)
avatar Ghost129er says: 20th December 2013, 19:50 PM
Thankies~ Means a lot.
*eyes lighten up, like kawaii jello*
avatar Crollo says: 20th December 2013, 21:20 PM
Yes, you understand the naming scheme correctly. A x60 will kick the ass of a x30 generations ahead of it.
avatar Captain Terror says: 23rd December 2013, 01:46 AM
Also btw since there are 4 memory slots, i will probably max the memory to 16GB by picking up 2 more 4GB sticks, just because they are relatively cheap ;)

I see some specs say that the max memory is 32GB, but then i couldn't reuse the old sticks, and besides, i don't think i need that much =P
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