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January 17th, 2007, 01:41 PM
Is this a good computer to game on.

Upgrade Configuration for eMachines
Model : eMachines T3882

System Specs
Type of system: Desktops/Servers
Bus Architecture: PCI/AGP
Hard Drive Bus: Ultra ATA/100
Native OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2
CPU Type: 2.8GHz Intel Celeron D 335

Memory Specs
Standard Memory: 256 MB (removable)
Maximum Memory: 2.0 GB
Memory Expansion: 2 sockets

January 17th, 2007, 10:56 PM
Short answer: Not really. It depends on which kind of games you want to play, and at which framerate. It doesn't say which type of graphics system the computer has, and I can't be bothered to look it up. As people posted before, 256 MB is on the low side for XP and probably many games. A new computer that only offers ATA/100 sounds like rather old technology, or perhaps this is a second hand computer?

You may be interested in visiting a site such as Tom's Hardware CPU charts (http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu.html) which at least lets you compare two different CPUs. On those charts, they don't even bother to list Celeron D. Any gamer worth his salt would probably invest in a true Pentium processor (with more cache memory) to start with.

Anyway, this forum is mainly focused about vintage computers; those who are 15+ years old. Occassionally, computers which are 8-10 years old are mentioned, but considered off topic. You will get better support if you find another forum focused on "bleeding edge" gaming and most modern computers.

Furthermore, more and more gaming seems to move onto video games such as Xbox 360, Wii and the PlayStation 3. Computer games still are written, but who knows how the selection will look like in a year or two? These video games not neccessarily are more powerful than a computer you can buy today, but because all users have the exakt same hardware, software publishers are more inclined to push the limits of a console than optimizing their games for an "inferior" PC. Will you need a powerful computer for more tasks than playing games, and how much are you willing to spend on one?