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Rate these Potatoes - Buying best of the worst pc to get friend back online

Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by Ðudeth, 12 Jul 2019.

  1. Ðudeth

    Gangster

    Joined: 24 Nov 2012

    Posts: 235

    Location: UK Nottingham

    Hi all, i need some guidance on this as it is a unique situation.

    I have a friend in the US (2 actually, husband & wife) who's pc (which is an old rental office one from HP) has pritty much given up the ghost.

    I have been looking all over a number of sites (which i wont mention by name) for pre build/build to order and used/refurbished pcs. I am pritty strapped for cash at the moment but want to get them a replacement ( all of the ones i have found are on the Californian Craigs list - they live in the USA.

    The targetted spec is this (for a particular game)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2 GHz or AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 B60 3.3 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 460 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB (must support shader 5 model)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    Please can you help me vet these possibles. Im currently edging towards the XPS 8500 with the i7.

    Dell OptiPlex 3020 SFF
    cost £ 147.72
    Cost $185.00
    CPU i5 4590
    Frequency 3.30
    Cores 4

    Memory Type ddr3
    Memory Volume 8gb

    Board unknown
    HDD 500gb
    Graphics Card Has PCiE slot but no gpu, need psu and board pwoer info
    ----------------------------------------------------
    GAMING PC on a Budget! Windows 10 R9 270
    cost £ 199.63
    Cost $250.00

    CPU i5 660
    Frequency 3.30
    Cores 2

    Memory Type ddr3
    Memory Volume 8

    Board unkown
    HDD 500gb sata
    Graphics Card r9 270 2g
    -----------------------------------------
    Dell Optiplex 7010
    cost £ 158.9
    Cost $199.00

    CPU i5 3470
    Frequency 3.20
    Cores 4.00

    Memory Type ddr3
    Memory Volume 12gb

    Board - Optiplex 7010 SFF Socket 1155 0WR7PY
    HDD 128ssd +500gb sata
    Graphics Card AMD 6450
    Extras Middle of the road processor, terrible GPU (but has pcie slots on board)
    ------------------------------------
    Gaming Dell Studio XPS 8100
    cost £ 223.58
    Cost $280.00

    CPU i5 660/650
    Frequency 3.20
    Cores 2

    Memory Type ddr3
    Memory Volume 8gb

    Board unknown
    HDD 256gb sd
    Graphics Card AMD 5770

    --------------------------------
    Dell XPS 8500 Desktop
    cost £ 159.7
    Cost $200.00
    CPU i7 3770
    Frequency 3.40
    Cores 4

    Memory Type ddr3
    Memory Volume 8gb

    Board - Believed to be - DH77M01 CN-0YJPT1 YJPT1 LGA1155 H77 motherboard
    HDD 1tb
    Graphics Card AMD 7500
    Extras Struggling to identify the GPU

    ------------------------
    GAMING PC vr AMD 6-CO FX 6300
    cost £ 319.4
    Cost $400.00

    CPU fx 6300
    Frequency
    Cores 6
    Memory Type ddr3
    Memory Volume 8

    Board unknown
    HDD 128 ssd + 1tb hdd
    Graphics Card GTX 1050
    Extras good optioin, bit pricey

    ---------------------------------------
    1080p Gaming PC
    cost £ 319.4
    Cost $400.00

    CPU i5 4460
    Frequency 3.20
    Cores 4
    Memory Type ddr3
    Memory Volume 8

    Board ASROCK - h97m-itx
    HDD 250ssd + 500gb sata
    Graphics Card GTX 970
    Extras good Motherboard, and GTX 970 is best card here


    Thanks to all who provide feedback, just so its clear, they have no knowledge/abaility to build one, i cant build and ship as too expensive. This means im stuck with the above or very similar option.

    Happy spudding
     
    Last edited: 12 Jul 2019
  2. ExoMale

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Jan 2016

    Posts: 3,633

    Location: Derbyshire

    The last 2 are you best options just because they more modern and for the prices probably as old as you’d wanna go, but can’t help think you can get 1151 systems for those prices.


    Whoever is selling that pc with the i5 660 at that price is deluded, it’s the oldest and weakest system there, it’s about 40-70 quids worth.
     
  3. Ðudeth

    Gangster

    Joined: 24 Nov 2012

    Posts: 235

    Location: UK Nottingham

    Thanks for your input. I also saw that one as the best option hardware wise, but taking in to account the price, would you say that the i7 is the next best option?
     
  4. ExoMale

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Jan 2016

    Posts: 3,633

    Location: Derbyshire

    An i7 as long as it’s a 4 core 8 thread will always be a worthy choice in the long run, but the prices of those systems do seem questionable a bit and for an i7 you need an 1150 or 1151 socket to be worthy, the i7 options for that system with the i5 660 will still be old and weak.