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All I can say is wow
on 19 January 2013
When purchased, my machine included an FX6100 processor (still being used) and a HD6670 graphics card (replaced).
I was deciding to move on from consoles and get myself a gaming PC. I looked at all my options, and this turned out to be the better deal. It took a long time to deliver, but the PC itself makes up for that. The case is a plain black colour- nothing too fancy. Yes, there are LED's in there. After installing Windows 7 (5 awful hours) I wanted to see what this thing could really do.
Internet surfing is very quick and HD videos on YouTube look amazing in 1080p.
Planetside 2: The first contender on this new system, runs very smooth on medium settings (playable on high but expect moderate frame rate drops). It drops the frames a lot in built up areas, but that's the game's fault.
APB Reloaded: Around 45/50fps on high settings, dropping down to medium around 60/65fps.
Blacklight Retribution: I was unable to get the frames on this game, but I can tell you it was very smooth on medium (starting to see the pattern here?)
Cryostasis: This is an obscure, but very demanding game in the graphics region. I was only getting around 25fps on medium settings, dropped a couple down to low and it was at a nice 40fps.
Black Ops 2 (Multiplayer): After taking off the idiotic frame limit, and lowering AA, this game never dropped below 60fps and at times reached the 100's!
SWTOR: 40-60fps on high settings, lovely. Lowering to medium I managed to get 45-70fps.
TF2: Wasn't able to acquire frames, but it was almost flawless on max settings.
Resident Evil 5: Benchmarks showed an average of around 63fps with all high settings but no AA. With 8x AA I got around 40 fps average.
Will add more when I can get more :)
I forgot to mention that this system is incredibly quiet. Even when I was running all these games, I never noticed any difference in fan noise and it never ruined the experiences for me.
Would I recommend this? If you are in need of an upgrade, or you just want to play your games, then yes I would. Fantastic package for a reasonable price.
EDIT: I was looking for a bit more out the system so I bought a new HD 7850 Graphics card. I have no problems running this card on PCI-E 2.0 and most games max out (with the exception of Cryostasis- big surprise there) no problems. The 6670 will be put into another rig where it will stay.
14/02/15 EXTRA EDIT: So, it's been a long time since I created this review, and quite a few things have changed with this PC. Right now, boot up and shut down performance is incredibly poor and painstakingly slow. This probably has something to do with the hard-drive being relatively old now and being used on a daily basis. Performance in games such as BO2 has also dropped significantly. Transferring files is... you guessed it... slower than before.
None of this, however, puts me off using this computer. It still does exactly what it was made to do, just taking a little longer to do so. It is probably time for another upgrade soon, so I'm keeping my eyes open for a good deal on whatever I can find. For the time I've had this computer, it has been massive fun and games, but I guess all good things slowly come to an end.