So for along time I have been envious of PC games because of cool games getting quick looked and superior versions of the games I was already playing.. However, the idea of actually buying a PC and building it myself was not something I could really afford. A decent (or bad) gaming PC fell into my lap at my new job at a pawn shop because the owner had no idea what to do with it..
So for fifty bucks, I got a PC with these specs:
i5-2400 CPU @3.10GHz
GeForce GT 545 w/ 4gb RAM
Thermaltake TR2 800AH2NFB (800W)
Asus P8P67 LE
Onto my questions...
1. Did I forget to list any important components, I don't really know anything about PC hardware, the ones I listed just jump out as important to me for some reason..
2. Which component should I probably upgrade first?
3. What temperature does it start to become unsafe? I moved the PC to the carpet for a more convenient position but I saw the temperature was starting to get ~65C which seems like a lot, but again, I don't really know. I've currently moved it to the corner on my desk with nothing around it. The idle for the CPU and Motherboard are ~30-40C, and during video play back or normal it is ~55C.
I'm thinking (and getting feedback that I need to) of upgrading my video card soon. The new nvidia cards GTX 650 and GTX 660.. What do you guys think of those cards? Also, is my power supply sufficient for what I have now, and would it still be okay with a new video card?
Anyhow, thanks for all the help duders. Feel free to add me on Steam if you want, I play L4D2 a lot it seems and some other stuff! :D
@MethodMan008: As long as everything works fine, it seems like you got a pretty great deal overall.
I'd definitely say your weakest point is the GPU. If you've got the budget, the 660 is a pretty good card. If you're just playing mainly Source games like L4D2, you might not even really need to upgrade it just yet. I'm not too familiar with the PSU, but I'd venture a guess that it'd be alright for a 660.
As far as temperature goes, the temps you are getting on your desk are not bad, I'd definitely leave it up there or find something to keep it at least off the carpet if you want it on the floor.
Yeah, looks like a decent build, but I would try and get something a little beefier in the gpu department. This one is a little cheaper than the nvidia card, and I have had better luck with ati over the years. It is also supposed to be neck and neck performance wise, or maybe a little faster in some things.
As far temps go you're fine, just as long as it doesn't go over 99 degrees Celsius you'll be fine. Anything more than that and it's time to get a new cooling system.
As for the GPU i agree with everyone else, ya should probably invest in a new one. The 660 isnt a bad choice, i'd go with that one personally.