I have no actual experience playing computer games much wilder than Mahjongg for DOS. My guess is that to be best prepared for what is coming later an AMD Athlon 64 processor would probably be best. A fancy graphics card is supposed to be important. I don't know if you can get much of a graphics card within your budget, but you could upgrade later. One model that might be what you want is the eMachines T6212, which is $580 from CircuitCity, and probably similar price at other big box stores. It has 128MB of shared video memory.
I had my eyes on this:
Processor brand Intel®
Processor type Pentium® 4
Processor speed 3.06GHz
Frontside bus speed 800
Level 2 cache 1MB
RAM expandable to: 4GB
Drive bays available One 3.5"
Total expansion slots 3 PCI
Available expansion slots 2 PCI
USB 7 USB 2.0 (3 front/4 rear)
Parallel port 1
Network Interface Card (NIC) Yes
Video memory Up to 128MB (shared)
Audio card Intel® High Definition audio, 8-speaker configurable
Speaker type N/A
Pointing device HP scroll mouse
Warranty Parts 12 Months
Warranty Labor 12 Months
Height 15.0 inches
Width 7.2 inches
Depth 17.0 inches
Weight 24.0 lbs.
HP Pavilion Desktop PC (A1020N)
The basics: Pentium® 4 519J processor (3.06GHz), 512MB of DDR2 SDRAM, 200GB hard drive.
Dual optical drives: Create pro-quality discs with the DVD+/-RW/CD-RW drive. You can burn any recordable DVD or CD format, or use special double-layer DVD media to burn up to 8.5GB of movies, music or data onto a single disc. The separate CD-ROM drive is perfect for playing music CDs or running other software.
LightScribe technology: Laser-etch labels and images directly onto your discs with the same DVD drive that burns the data—no more messy labels! Requires special LightScribe media.
Tons of ports: With seven USB 2.0, two FireWire, one parallel and two PS/2 ports, you’ll be able to add all of your favorite peripherals quickly and easily.
9-in-1 media reader: It's perfect for transferring digital pictures and videos. Accepts Smart Media, xD™, MultiMediaCard, SD™, Compact Flash I/II, MicroDrive and Memory Stick®/PRO™ memory cards.
Multimedia keyboard: Use this cool keyboard to swiftly connect to the Internet, access photos, print documents and more—all with just one touch.
Software bundle: The package includes Windows® XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2, as well as software you can use to create home videos, manage finances, organize your music and more.
Note: Monitor sold separately
Its the HP Pavilion Desktop PC (A1020N).. Im kinda wanting one, do you think this would be a good gaming computer? Maybe just upgrade it a little such as better videocard and such?
I also seen that th Emachine was a ' eMachines Desktop PC (T6212)
EMA T6212 • AMD Athlon™ 64 3200+
• ATI Radeon® Xpress 200
• Double-layer DVD+/-RW • Separate CD-ROM drive
• 160GB hard drive
• 8-in-1 media card reader '
I though well....wow!
I read th reviews and im thinking of getting the amd athlon but Im just not so sure about Emachine... I never heard of it, and their name makes their products sound fake.. anyone ever had a emachine?
Personally, I'd strongly recommend against any machine with an onboard/shared memory video card.
You can generally get a decent machine with an AGP or even PCI-x slot and put in a great video card that way. With onboard video, your processor also has to take some of the load along with your memory controller. I real video card removes this load off the CPU and the memory controller and greatly improves performance.
Originally posted by StanSQL Ok guys I ended up going with the EMachine! I THANK you all for the REPLYES! and Disgruntled thank you for the notice about the circet city!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks everyone for everything!!!
I am going with the eMACHINE! woo hoo lol thanks all of you guys! laters - pm me in about 2 weeks if you want to know how the preformance goes if you plan to buy it
Thats not a good gaming computer for $600 you wont get more bang for your buck, personally i would build my own computer to my own specs, Good luck
Personally I (and I expect to get flamed) bought my computer as a Dell refurbish. I loved the specs, loved the price, and now I absolutely loved the comp (despite the fact the power supply fried after 6 hours -- free replacement 2 days later, been running lean and mean ever since)
3.4 / 1 GB / 250 GB HD / GeForce 6800 - $850
Good luck with the new machine though! (I wouldn't choose the eMachine due to gaming though, as Naz.A said)
Ive heard mixed comments about Dell i guess, but if your happy with them thats okay.
Also however if you do decide to buy a refurbished computer make sure you check warrenties and stuff, Unless your really confident, If your new id also get extended warrenty too.
Good luck with your new system whatever you decide
It came with 1 year of on site service Hell of a deal. They go through 3rd party and all, but they express shipped the parts (motherboard to power supply and everything in between -- it's like he brought a whole new comp) and it's been working absolutely fine I don't know why Dell has such a bad reputation, besides that one problem (and the fact that support is outsourced) it's been great!
Well Dell mainly targets bussinesses i think 91% of all there sales are for bussiness and not for personal or Home use, There parts are pretty low quality i believe as one of my friends used to work at a dell assembly plant, Would you believe they charge there supplliers more for having stickers on the parts they supply to dell.
Well either way there Dell XPS system seems a hell of a system at a hell of a price.
I would really recommend people stay away from eMachines for gaming use. I have an old eMachines T2260, and for some reason, the motherboard won't let me use ATI video cards. Also, my hard drive failed when the system was still in warrantee, and it was a struggle to get a replacement.
For your price range, I'd say it would be pretty hard to build a gaming machine up to your specifications. I'd do some research if I were you.
If it's for gaming purposes I'd strongly recommend against going with an eMachine. I've heard that they've gotten better recently but you really don't want onboard memory/shared video memory. The cases tend to be smaller too so it's a lot harder to upgrade. Buy a Dell if you can't build your own.