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Fester53D&E
Member
+3|5978|Los Angeles, CA
Costco (major US membership warehouse retailer) is now selling iBuypower gaming computers.  I understand iBuypower has disappointed some folks in the past, but Costco has a great return policy which eases my mind about buying a computer from them.  I also got some gift certificates from Costco for the holidays so I would come out of pocket about $600 to buy this machine.

I have 2 questions, 1) will this play BF2 and COD4 (which I don't own yet) on high settings and is it a good deal for the money?  I suppose I could always upgrade the video card in the future as it looks like the weak link, or will I get BF2 on all high settings with it?

Thanks as always!

$799.00 USD

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor E6750 at 2.66GHz 4MB L2 Cache
2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz expandable to 8GB
MSI P35 Neo-F 1333-FSB Mainboard
320GB SATA II Hard Drive
18x DVD+/-RW drive with Double Layer Support

256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8500 GT graphics card with TV-out

802.11g WLAN
Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
8-channel surround sound

Expandability:
5x 5.25" drive bays (external)
5x 3.5" drive bays (1x external 4x internal)
1x PCI-Express x16
3x PCI-Express x1
2x PCI

6x USB 2.0 ports (2x front 4x rear)
RJ-45 (LAN)
2x Audio Jacks (front)
1x DVI Port
1x Parallel Port   
1x Serial Port
2x PS/2 Ports 
8-channel audio I/O port
Media Card Reader

Operating System: Microsoft® Windows Vista Home Premium
Power Supply: 450 Watt

NZXT Apollo-Black Gaming Tower
Zimmer
Un Moderador
+1,688|6304|Scotland

Crap GFX, crap mobo and pointless add ons.

Not the best.
Kurazoo
Pheasant Plucker
+440|6232|West Yorkshire, U.K
It's really cheap... Just needs a new graphics card, 8800GT would do it
We also have costco in the U.K
chittydog
less busy
+586|6383|Kubra, Damn it!

You'll get BF2 on high, but it won't get you to COD4 on high.
']['error
Banned
+630|6192|The Netherlands

Zimmer wrote:

Crap GFX, crap mobo and pointless add ons.

Not the best.
aimless
Member
+166|5673|Texas
You could get that about $100 cheaper off newegg.
Yellowman03
Once Again, We Meet at Last
+108|5783|Texas
About the same as a dell.
Fester53D&E
Member
+3|5978|Los Angeles, CA
So about average huh?  OK, I've never put one together myself but have a buddy who did so maybe I'll wait a bit and hit newegg to put together a really good system.
Shaguart
Titties
+56|5917|Calgary, Canada

']['error wrote:

Zimmer wrote:

Crap GFX, crap mobo and pointless add ons.

Not the best.
Computer_Guy
Member
+54|6245

Shaguart wrote:

']['error wrote:

Zimmer wrote:

Crap GFX, crap mobo and pointless add ons.

Not the best.
Yellowman03
Once Again, We Meet at Last
+108|5783|Texas
If you fear buidling a computer...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227041 this might be an option. However, i really recommend 4 gb of ram for vista.

My build for the summer is about the same price. PM me if you want a looksee.
geNius
..!.,
+144|5990|SoCal
It's fine for the price with a new GPU.

The only answers you'll get around here translate into "it's not shit unless I pick the parts for you".
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Dragonclaw
Member
+186|5853|Florida
Honestly its a piece of shit and a waste of money but if you dont want to build your own then go for it.
Freezer7Pro
I don't come here a lot anymore.
+1,447|5745|Winland

Zimmer wrote:

Crap GFX, crap mobo and pointless add ons.

Not the best.
Yes.

chittydog wrote:

You'll get BF2 on high
No.
The idea of any hi-fi system is to reproduce the source material as faithfully as possible, and to deliberately add distortion to everything you hear (due to amplifier deficiencies) because it sounds 'nice' is simply not high fidelity. If that is what you want to hear then there is no problem with that, but by adding so much additional material (by way of harmonics and intermodulation) you have a tailored sound system, not a hi-fi. - Rod Elliot, ESP
nukchebi0
Пушкин, наше всё
+387|5872|New Haven, CT

Fester53D&E wrote:

So about average huh?  OK, I've never put one together myself but have a buddy who did so maybe I'll wait a bit and hit newegg to put together a really good system.
This is a good idea.
ig
This topic seems to have no actual posts
+1,199|6070
building your own is really the only way to go imo
S3v3N
lolwut?
+685|6066|Montucky

ig wrote:

building your own is really the only way to go imo
Little BaBy JESUS
m8
+394|5697|'straya
I ran BF2 on high with similar specs (ive upgraded though) but u wont get COD4 on high...

personally its not to bad (especially for the price) but that video card needs to be thrown out the window...

8800 would be ideal... but i mean i run crysis and COD4 on high with a 1GB OC'd 8600GT... and u can pick one of those up for $150 AUD
David.P
Banned
+649|5822
Can someone please explain to me why when they push gaming pc's it's all about the cpu and ram? I mean is it that hard to say it's all about the graphics card?
aimless
Member
+166|5673|Texas

David.P wrote:

Can someone please explain to me why when they push gaming pc's it's all about the cpu and ram? I mean is it that hard to say it's all about the graphics card?
CPU's and RAM do make a noticeble difference in a computer. Try pairing up an 8800Ultra with an AMD 3000+ and 1GB of 466Mhz ram.
_j5689_
Dreads & Bergers
+361|6265|Riva, MD

chittydog wrote:

You'll get BF2 on high, but it won't get you to COD4 on high.
Probably won't even get BF2 on high with that thing.
Poseidon
Fudgepack DeQueef
+3,253|6086|Long Island, New York

_j5689_ wrote:

chittydog wrote:

You'll get BF2 on high, but it won't get you to COD4 on high.
Probably won't even get BF2 on high with that thing.
Yeah. With an 8500, I highly doubt it. And 8600, yes.
nukchebi0
Пушкин, наше всё
+387|5872|New Haven, CT
No, because the card sucks.

I have CoD4 as low as possible at 1440x900 just to get smooth enough frame rates to play with this card (waiting for a step-up)

aimless wrote:

David.P wrote:

Can someone please explain to me why when they push gaming pc's it's all about the cpu and ram? I mean is it that hard to say it's all about the graphics card?
CPU's and RAM do make a noticeble difference in a computer. Try pairing up an 8800Ultra with an AMD 3000+ and 1GB of 466Mhz ram.
That would be the most expensive 7900GTX in the world.
unnamednewbie13
Moderator
+2,023|6320|USA

S3v3N wrote:

ig wrote:

building your own is really the only way to go imo
Not everybody knows how or cares (/has time) to do the proper research. In cases like these, I point my finger at Dell, which pretty much has the most solid pre-built PC's I've ever encountered for the price range.
Spazz
Member
+7|6114
this is the same pc i have!!!!!!

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