Answered Newbie to PC gaming

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm a proper noob when it comes to gaming, I would appreciate any help or advice.

    I purchased a gaming PC the other week for a good price. As I needed a new PC, I thought 'why not!?'

    The question is; why does it lag so much when I try to play a game? I understand if I play high res games it would be laggy, but surely my spec is more than enough to run 'command and conquer Tiberium wars 3' in high quality!?

    Please help, as I'm getting frustrated and keep thinking I got mugged off buying this PC.
    I've uploaded a pic of the spec sheet.

    Many Thanks in advance!

    Leo
     

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    No real idea what the graphics card is there, and I'm not au fait with the AMD processors, but that seems like a very cheap PC for gaming. I take it this is new?
    What resolution are you running?
     
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    Hi Eddy, thanks for your reply.

    Yes it's a new machine. I thought it was cheap too. But, I was looking at the spec and thought it wasn't too bad.
    Went to my local computer for the first time ever and bought this!
    I was running 1920 as I was told I could, but had to turn it down to 720. Even that isn't very smooth.
     
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    Sorry to burst your bubble mate but what you have there is a glorified word processor. The GPU and CPU are so weak they really are only good for web-surfing, e-mail and the odd game of solitaire. If you're after even an entry level gaming PC, you'd be looking at twice what you've paid there.
     
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    Hi boltlock, thanks for your reply.

    I thought it was too good to be true!

    I did call him last night to say I wanted to return it.

    He kept saying it's the best I'll get for the money.
     
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    Do you think I should send it back and buy a proper one?
    Where's the best place to get a half decent gaming PC?
    I haven't got a clue how to build one, otherwise I would!!
     
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    Hi mate. Yeah he's probably right saying that but he's not sold you a gaming PC at all, regardless of what he thinks. Some retailers will try to blind you with numbers and fancy wording to fool you into thinking you're getting something much better than it really is. If you can send it back then do so and look at retailers that know their stuff. Overclockersuk and Scan would be as good a place to start as any. :smashin:
     
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    I know I'm gonna lose out on postage now, but at least I'll get something decent once I've researched it and spoke to you guys, rather than impulse buying!!!
     
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    You unfortunately bought what is known here as an "Ebay Special" - nothing more than a calculator with a big screen tbh. You really need to spend £500 and over on a gaming PC for it to be any good, any less than that, and you will get a better playing experience with a Xbone or PS4.

    edit - your first warning should have been the numerous spelling and grammatical errors on that receipt - a "grat Priceing" is an example
     
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    Impulse buy is not good. I was just listening to him and not read it!!
     
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    As others have said , it's no good for gaming , send it back , yes you'll lose a few quid in doing so, but the money will give you start in putting together a proper gaming pc all be it a budget one .
    but saying that you will have spend twice as much as what you have just paid for that .

    starting off from scratch putting together a gaming pc can be very expensive ,
    £500+ will be the min budget to do this ,
    you may have save for a few weeks/months , ( unless you have the funds now to buy/build something a lot better now)

    you may need to think about have much you really want to spend , if £500+ is too much for you , them maybe a console ps4/xbox maybe the way forward .
     
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    like everyone has said the A8 with the built in r7 gpu is a very basic cpu. If you did not want to lose money on postage sending it back, You could take out the board and cpu, The ram should be ok and stick a a new intel board in there like a i5 and put a separate gpu in there like the Nvida 950 it would do the job at a good price.

    Or demand your money back as it was a miss-sold as a gaming PC and maybe look at scans pre built systems like this for just over 500
    Scan Value Gaming PC G25i, Intel Core i3 6100, 8GB Corsair DDR4, EVGA GTX 950 SC, 1TB HDD, DVD, Win 10
     
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    If your budget is under £300 and you're only interested in gaming, get a console, you won't regret it.
     
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    Thank you guys. I'm going to send it back and get a refund.

    Is the Nvidia shield any good?
     
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    I30tse, trust me, a PC is the easiest thing in the world to build, watch a few YouTube video's on how to do it! I taught myself how to do it 20 years ago when I was 11 years old! would be more than happy to help you with what you need to buy and if you give us a budget and a list of what you have like monitor, keyboard etc then we can get you the most for your budget
     
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    Thanks Brett! That would be amazing. I would appreciate any help!
    I just need tower itself as I have a screen (40" tv), keyboard, and mouse.
    I'd say I'm happy to spend £500 on a decent spec PC that'll play games smoothly, play HD films etc.
    I do have an old PC I could convert I suppose?
    As I said, any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    Do you know the specs of the old pc? What Windows version you running etc if we can grab things like ram and power supply, hard drive etc out the old one then you might be able to get like an i5 processor with a nvidia gtx 970 which would be excellent for 1920x1080 gaming
     
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    The thing is over 10yrs old and still running Vista!! 2GB ram @ 1.80GHz. A good friend of mine built this for me and was very good at the time. Obviously it's out dated now. Is it any good to rebuild or start a fresh!?
     
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    Just seen this local to me, what's it worth?

    NZXT kraken ltd ed case
    Asus sabertooth X58
    Intel core i7 950 3.07ghz
    ATI R9 270x 2gb gpu
    12gb ram
    250gb crucial SSD
    1tb HDD
    XFX 850w psu
    Hydro CPU cooler
    Windows 10 pro 64 bit

    Thanks
     
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    Wouldn't bother with it mate, your looking at 5+ year old kit for some of the components.. and its still not a great GPU.

    As people have said above, your not going to get far for £300, your minimum would be about £500 for new parts. You might have some luck with Gumtree..
     
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    Thanks. That was from gumtree!
     
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    Agreed wont do any better for that money. Great buy.
     
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    That's a really good starter machine, fair bit of potential there.. Im half tempted to get an offer in myself!
     
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    Agreed GMC. I think the only thing that could possibly be better would be a mates rates machine.

    It has mate. Although the CPU is non clockable, the GPU is solid and would make up for any shortfalls. Add in a 250GB SSD and this system would easily be fine for 1080p. It wouldn't surprise me if this went pretty sharpish tbh.
     
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    Only an afternoons there n back road trip for the OP too.
     
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    Maybe it's an omen!! :laugh:
     
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    Yep jump for that, flog the gpu in it, get what you get for it and drop your savings on a gtx 970 or a r9 390 and you will have a top pc!

    The fact that the cpu cannot be clocked is a non issue here, op doesn't strike me as interested in trying to overclock his cpu
     
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    isn't the 780 almost on par with the 970 to not make it worthwhile upgrading yet? I mean it'd be about £100 for very little gain that'd be better spent elsewhere like on an ssd and hdd
     
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    Depends more vram and a mate of mine upgraded and said he saw an extra 10 - 15% fps increase on average. But yeah I didn't see the note there that said the hdd was not included
     

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