Originally Posted by dtfgator
I'm fairly new here and I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right place, Feel free to move it if I got it wrong.
Just last week, my friends computer died (an old HP), and he hastily went to Bestbuy and purchased a new one. Disregarding my warnings to do research and possibly to just build his own computer, or have me build one for him, he ended up going with an Asus desktop, the CM1730_03. (http://www.asus.com/Desktop/Entertainment/Essentio_CM1730/#specifications
The Bestbuy salesman apparently convinced him that CPU and GPU power are irrelevant for gaming, and the RAM is what you really need (this is where I tried to convince him that the salesman was a retard). Apparently the salesman is an "Avid gamer with a $24k computer", so he "knows more about computers than I do", according to my friend.
So my friend ended up going with this setup:
-AMD Athlon X2 Dual core (2.8Ghz)
-ATI 560v Graphics card (similar to the 4350) -- (I knew it sucked the second they advertise FULL 1080P VIDEO on the site, lol)
-16gb of 1333 DDR3 RAM
-1tb SATA HDD
For a grand total of ~$1k.
So, to settle our dispute and conclude our bet, as well as to hopefully convince my friend otherwise and get him to cancel his order, who was right? Is 16gb of RAM really good for gaming with the low end CPU and GPU, or should he have invested more into the hardware and less in the RAM?