Good Specs?

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Auradyme started 04/30/2015 11:09 am
_ENDER_DRAGON_ replied 04/30/2015 11:50 pm
Is this good for gaming (I've bought it, just wondering how it will fare)
GeForce GT 640
Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40 GHz
RAM: 16.0 GB's
64-bit OS
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04/30/2015 11:50 pm
Level 24 : Expert Dragon
$1800? Damn. @ArchAbraxas , well it would have to be from 2013 or later.

It's the graphics card that isn't that good. For minecraft it should fine though.
I got a used system from a friend that has a GT 120 and a Core 2 Quad :p ~80-100 fps.
04/30/2015 11:49 am
Level 6 : Apprentice Artist
I guess a good question to ask would be, when did you buy this system?

$1800 seems quite expensive for that system, it could have been hand built for probably less than $800. (In the US at least.)

To check the power supply you should be able to take off the side panel and check the label on it. It will display the max output wattage and it will also have an 80+ badge if it's 80+ certified, if it's not then it's probably not that good of quality. Keep in mind the brand is also important if you can get that info while you're at it.

Here's an example system I threw together real quick that would eat your current system for breakfast for $1800

(1440p Monitor and OS Included. $1790.17)

(Replace monitor for a second GPU and OS included $1732.58)

(No OS or Monitor with single card. $1289.60)
04/30/2015 11:14 am
Level 6 : Apprentice Artist
The GT 640 will be the biggest hit in performance, it's not that great, I'd recommend getting a decent card like the R9 270x, GTX 750ti, GTX 960 to get into modern triple A gaming at good settings sub $200, but for things like LoL, Minecraft, etc, that system will do fine with the 640. If you want high end gaming, I'd suggest a decent 500-600w PSU and a GTX 970, it's price to performance is amazing for $300-350.

It sounds like you got an off the shelf pre built system, they normally give decent hardware and cheap on the power supply and GPU. The CPU and RAM however will last you for years to come.

I'd look up the power supply in the system, check it's wattage and make sure it has 80+ certification before bothering with a new video card, if it's some offbrand with no 80+ label I wouldn't trust it with a mid range/high end GPU and I'd probably replace it with an EVGA 500-600w 80+ PSU since they're probably the best on the budget end for the money. Don't cheap on the PSU however, if you can, shell out $80 get a nice 750w-900w and make it the last power supply you'll ever need to buy for that machine, because replacing them incrementally when you need more headroom for upgrading your system is a hassle and very expensive in the long run. 600w 80+ Bronze however should be fine for most single GPU systems.

I hope this helps, best regards with your new system.
04/30/2015 11:33 am
Level 28 : Expert Birb
Thanks! How do I check the exact wattage usage?
And yes, it is a pre-built system I got for around $1800
04/30/2015 11:47 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Warrior
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