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Would this computer work for a MAME set up?
#264741 - 09/16/11 12:10 AM


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1165207&CatId=4928

I was unsure if the integrated graphics would cut it...



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Re: Would this computer work for a MAME set up? new [Re: New2Mame88]
#264743 - 09/16/11 01:50 AM


I'm pretty sure you want to skip that for MAME.



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Re: Would this computer work for a MAME set up? new [Re: redk9258]
#264749 - 09/16/11 03:12 AM


It seems like a decent computer for MAME to me.

I'd pick up a cheap video card though.
This one should do the job. $19.99 after rebate with free shipping...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127544



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Re: Would this computer work for a MAME set up? new [Re: krick]
#264760 - 09/16/11 06:59 AM


> It seems like a decent computer for MAME to me.

I was going to say, it looks alright to me. If I understand Intel's convoluted product map, a Pentium E5800 is basically a Core 2 Duo with less L2 cache. You won't get top notch performance, but it should be adequate for the majority of games in MAME. I run MAME pretty successfully on a much lower spec machine.

> I'd pick up a cheap video card though.
> This one should do the job. $19.99 after rebate with free shipping...
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127544

I'd be willing the bet the onboard graphics would be OK, as long as you don't plan to take advantage of the HLSL features. Although 20 bucks for a real video card is probably money well spent, assuming the Lenovo has a PCI-E slot.



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Re: Would this computer work for a MAME set up? new [Re: DMala]
#264772 - 09/16/11 03:50 PM


> I'd be willing the bet the onboard graphics would be OK, as long as you don't plan to
> take advantage of the HLSL features. Although 20 bucks for a real video card is
> probably money well spent, assuming the Lenovo has a PCI-E slot.

Problem is the specs don't say it has an available PCI express slot and even if it does, The user has no way of knowing if the card would even fit in that tower, or if the PSU would even support it's power consumption and/or even have the proper hookups to connect to modern gfx cards.

I recommend staying away from prebuilt rigs and either have a PC shop or a friend custom build one for you if you don't happen to know how to accomplish it.






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Re: Would this computer work for a MAME set up? new [Re: New2Mame88]
#264776 - 09/16/11 05:31 PM


> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1165207&CatId=4928
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> I was unsure if the integrated graphics would cut it...

Two relevant questions:

1) What games do you play or plan to play in MAME?
2) Do you use/want to use the HLSL feature?

Those will determine the right PC for you.



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Re: Would this computer work for a MAME set up? new [Re: B2K24]
#265110 - 09/26/11 04:25 PM


I agree,

get one of your mates to help you you could spend the cash on a better LGA1155 mobo and CPU.

Initially I got an Asus P8P67 and a Intel i5 and a reasonable ASUS EAH5770 Graph card (1GB GDDDR5). I paid about $600 Australian for all that with 8Gb of ram, a new CD/DVD Drive, HDD and a power supply. I used an old case that I had lying around.

Find the cheapest enthusiast computer shop near you or do your research and buy the bits online.

I use Ebay in the USA to buy high end CPU's and ram. I have found that its better to buy the motherboard where I live due to high failure rates in the past with DOA motherboards bought in stores. (Its easier and quicker to negotiate a return with a store than online.)

Later on I upgraded to the Intel i7 2600K and bought a Corsair H70 cooler unit with a view to overclocking the CPU later.

To mount the Corsair water cooled fan I had to carefully measure and cut a hole in the top of my case to mount the 120mm radiator fan between my power supply and CD-DVD drive.

If you built the computer yourself, or get a mate to help, you can spec it how you want and upgrade it later on as you can afford it.

Those prefabricated boxes like your looking at usually have lower spec motherboards, graph cards, ram and slower CPU's than what is ideal for gaming, or other high end graphical applications such as video editing or photoshop. (they are also about twice the price of putting one together yourself).

Just make sure when you buy the motherboard it is compatible with the most overclockable CPU in single core applications for running MAME.

At the moment the Intel 3.4ghz i7 2600K is king, able to run stable at 5.1ghz overclocked in single threaded applications (MAME).

If you cant afford that CPU, around $250-350 off eBay, then start with an LGA 1155 i5 on an LGA 1155 mobo and upgrade later to an i7 2600K when you can afford it.

I use and recommend ASUS motherboards.


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