Sunday, July 24, 2011

My New Under $500 Powerful Gaming Desktop For Second Life.

I just bought a high-end gaming desktop computer on Ebay for under $500.00.  I want a better desktop to do better videos,  and get high end graphics with. This computer, similarly configured on Ibuypower, was around $900.00 inluding shipping today.  I have had luck with refurbished PC's in the past, and do not mind buying them off Ebay.  However, anything can happen and I need to see if this one will be good or a lemon.

It is a refurbished Gateway DX4320 Six Core 8GB 1.5TB Radeon 1GB Desktop PC.  The cost, including shipping (no tax) was $460.00. The only think I need to add is an upgraded power supply to run the high -end Radeon gaming card which ran me $30 dollars today.  I will buy a Square Trade one-year warranty for $66.00 once it arrives,

It has 8 gigs of fast memory, a 1.5 tb drive that can store everything I have, and runs Windows 7.

Here are the details:

* AMD Phenom II X6 1035T Processor 2.6GHz with TurboCore Technology up to 3.1GHz
* Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* 8GB DDR3 Dual-Channel 1333MHz Memory
* 1.5TB SATA Hard Drive (Green Product--variable RPM)
* ATI Radeon HD 5750 Graphics with 1024MB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
* 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive
* Multi-in-One Digital Media Card Reader
* 802.11b/g/n Wireless

The processor, an AMD 6-core Phenom 11 is mid high-range according to the ratings at Passmark Software, up there with the new Intel Sandy Bridge I-5 and I-7 processors everyone is raving about:

The ATI Radeon HD 5750 Graphics Card is also very highly rated in the mid high range.  It will be much better than the one I am running now in my HP Laptop.

I will keep you informed on how my new system works once I get it and refresh the power supply week.  The deal at this price seems almost too good to be true, so I am keepning my fingers crossed that it will work. 


  1. Congrats to the new computer, Eddi!

    I have always found that ATI doesn´t work as well in SecondLife as NVIDIA, but let me know how it turns out for you.

  2. At this price if it does not work I can buy a top of the line NVDIA card, like the GTX 560, and still come out way ahead.

    My last NVDIA card died and destroyed the underlying motherboard due to overheating. It was a widespread problem with some of them due to fan problems.

  3. Looks good but I am leary of purchasing a computer from anyone other than Dell. Gateway for a long time was the best, but over time there customer service became very poor. Of course you will not be dealing with there customer service. It could well be a good deal for it sound like it is. I have my fingers crossed, Let me know how it goes.

  4. The main thing is my two-year warranty-- if it breaks, I get it repaired or a new one. AFter owning this computer for 6 months, I can tell you that it has caused no problems.


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