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Hello,

Apologies for the stupid question here. I want to get back into PC gaming (mainly Total War: Rome II)

I have seen a couple of prebuilt PC desktops that seem too cheap to be true on sale on Ebay = Example

My question is, is the price too cheap for a decent desktop, what is the catch and finally is it worth getting a gaming desktop or getting a normal one?

Thanks
 

DSzymborski

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A gaming desktop really just means it has a good GPU. Most of it's just marketing; a PC that's good at gaming will be good at pretty much anything.

The catch on the linked PC is that the PC is ancient and pretty lousy at gaming. An i5-2400 is a low-midrange CPU that will be ten years old in a few months. A GT 710 isn't remotely a gaming GPU; a GT 710 is basically so you can actually see Windows on a PC with a CPU that doesn't have integrated graphic.

In other words, this is a decade-old office PC. It will not be a pleasant experience playing Total War Rome II on it, even with the game being from 2013.

I wouldn't buy from this seller under any circumstances given the number of blatant lies in their ad.
 

DSzymborski

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A gaming desktop really just means it has a good GPU. Most of it's just marketing; a PC that's good at gaming will be good at pretty much anything.

The catch on the linked PC is that the PC is ancient and pretty lousy at gaming. An i5-2400 is a low-midrange CPU that will be ten years old in a few months. A GT 710 isn't remotely a gaming GPU; a GT 710 is basically so you can actually see Windows on a PC with a CPU that doesn't have integrated graphic.

In other words, this is a decade-old office PC. It will not be a pleasant experience playing Total War Rome II on it, even with the game being from 2013.

I wouldn't buy from this seller under any circumstances given the number of blatant lies in their ad.
 

hang-the-9

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One of the funny things about that link is "The PCs are made USING BRAND NEW COMPONENTS EXCLUDING THE MOTHERBOARD, RAM, AND CPU " so the main parts of the computer, motherboard, RAM and CPU are used parts. It's like saying "well you have a new body except the heart, lungs and brain".
 

animekenji

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What you'll probably end up getting is an old computer with more RAM and a newer video card installed that is being called a "gaming machine", but really isn't. Putting a GTX 1650 or 1660 and 16 or 32gb of RAM into an old Dell or HP with a Core i7-3770 or 4770, does not make it a gaming machine by any reasonable person's definition. Those machines are built for suckers who don't know any better. Don't be a sucker.
 

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