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Asus v. Lenovo: a discussion and need a recommendation for a desktop.

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November 7, 2013 6:02:04 PM

Hello All,

Long time lurker, first time poster :hello: 
I am in the market for a new desktop PC. I do not want to exceed over $1,000. I already have a nice monitor, speaker system and other peripherals; so essentially just the actual tower/computer. I would like to be able to game on this computer. While I do a lot of my gaming on consoles, I also like using the desktop PC for certain games. StarCraft II, Diabo III, Total War games(both old and new alike), Civilization, the Sims and then occasionally a game such as Mass Effect. However, RTS games and Total War games is where I do most of my PC gaming. I would like to play those games on a higher tier settings and I know it doesn't take that much to either(for those games that is).

I was hoping you could recommend me a gaming rig that could accomplish that for $1,000 or less. Obviously a dedicated video card with (DVI, HDMI), lots of storage and RAM. I want to not have to worry worry about anything desktop wise for a solid 5 years. I know I can get more bang for my buck if I build my own PC. And to be honest I actually have, and liked building my own PC. The fact of the manner is that I simply DO NOT have the time for it at the moment. I need this things ready to show up ready to go.

Upon my own research and advice from people my search has been narrowed down to Lenovo or Asus. I've owned Asus desktops in the past and have found them to perform well. What do you guys think about those two companies in general?

What PC would you guys recommend? I've narrowed down to the Lenovo IdeaCentre K series or the Asus Essentio CM6870 (my only problem with this is that on sites like Amazon, they have so many different models), or is there something else within those two companies I should look at? Or perhaps an entirely different company all together??

Thanks for your time and help guys!
November 8, 2013 12:26:39 PM

Asus and Lenovo make very good pre-built products. If you had the time to build your own PC I'd suggest it 100% as you'd save a LOT of money.
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November 8, 2013 12:43:03 PM

Neither. Unless you've got the money for an uber-system from Origin, Digital Storm, or Falcon Northwest, don't bother buying pre built systems. They're all pretty much garbage anymore. And the reason is that these companies that sell pre built systems overload the operating system with so much bloatware and junk software that you don't need and it makes them almost unusable. Add to that extremely weak graphics cards and junk power supplies that will blow up or short out after three months' use, and you'll be looking for a new rig within a year guaranteed. The best thing to do is to build your own, it's not as complicated as you'd think and you'll get a system that will last for years as opposed to one year.
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November 8, 2013 1:51:51 PM

Is there software that can help eliminate the bloatware that comes on name brand (i.e. HP, Asus, Lenovo, Acer, Dell, etc...) desktops?


g-unit1111 said:
Neither. Unless you've got the money for an uber-system from Origin, Digital Storm, or Falcon Northwest, don't bother buying pre built systems. They're all pretty much garbage anymore. And the reason is that these companies that sell pre built systems overload the operating system with so much bloatware and junk software that you don't need and it makes them almost unusable. Add to that extremely weak graphics cards and junk power supplies that will blow up or short out after three months' use, and you'll be looking for a new rig within a year guaranteed. The best thing to do is to build your own, it's not as complicated as you'd think and you'll get a system that will last for years as opposed to one year.


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November 8, 2013 2:36:09 PM

Iskandr said:
Is there software that can help eliminate the bloatware that comes on name brand (i.e. HP, Asus, Lenovo, Acer, Dell, etc...) desktops?


No there isn't. In the event that I do buy such a system I generally wind up wiping the hard drive, manually loading Windows from a disc, and then installing the necessary drivers and that's it. But otherwise stay away from pre built systems. A good 97% of the off the shelf ones you could buy are complete garbage.
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November 8, 2013 2:52:24 PM

Iskandr said:
Is there software that can help eliminate the bloatware that comes on name brand (i.e. HP, Asus, Lenovo, Acer, Dell, etc...) desktops?


g-unit1111 said:
Neither. Unless you've got the money for an uber-system from Origin, Digital Storm, or Falcon Northwest, don't bother buying pre built systems. They're all pretty much garbage anymore. And the reason is that these companies that sell pre built systems overload the operating system with so much bloatware and junk software that you don't need and it makes them almost unusable. Add to that extremely weak graphics cards and junk power supplies that will blow up or short out after three months' use, and you'll be looking for a new rig within a year guaranteed. The best thing to do is to build your own, it's not as complicated as you'd think and you'll get a system that will last for years as opposed to one year.




You can uninstall bloatware; it isn't even that hard.
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