I just clicked "Buy it Now!" on a refurbished PC from the Curries/PC World Outlet, but I want to get some comments on it's suitability. (I may cancel depending on the comments here)
I'm on a really tight budget and I was pricing up an own build system based around an Radeon 6850 and a sub £80 AMD CPU (maybe a Phenom II 965, FX4100 or 6100). My understanding is, a Radeon 6850 would usually be the limiting factor and more CPU power wouldn't raise the frame-rates in most games. The budget was going to be £350-ish, while re-using my current HDD, OS (Vista 64) and monitor (only a 18" 1280x1024).
So here is the spec of the refurbished PC......
Processor: Intel Core i5-2320 Quad Core 3.0Ghz
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Hard Drive: 1.5TB
Graphics: AMD 6672 2GB graphics (probably a typo, but appears to be a 6670 with 2GB of DDR3 - not great)
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
More detail can be found here Ebay Listing
Extra CPU Power
More HDD space (not in my original budget, a bonus)
Upgrade to Win7 (also not included on original budget)
Price (assuming everything works out, a risk I'm willing to take)
Relatively crap GFX card
Can it be expanded? (is there enough space, will the PSU allow it?)
Generic cheap parts - PSU, MB, Case etc.
The main reason I'm buying is to play ARMA 2 (+Day Z) and Skyrim - and other games later. I also want 4 proper cores for my general usage, encoding video and music files, tinkering with virtual machines.
Is the weak GFX a show-stopper? Am I going to be happy with the performance in ARMA and Skyrim, versus my own build ideas?