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January 20, 2014 4:52:51 PM

I'm interested in getting a gaming computer. Can't really decide between laptop or desktop. Looking for help.

Budget: Can't go over $1500

Type of games: Battlefield, COD, Minecraft, any Steam game

Other uses: Schoolwork

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January 20, 2014 5:46:30 PM

For a gaming computer, don't ever go near any laptops, they are too weak against PCs in comparison their prices, because their goal is being portable, not gaming!! after all, laptop's lifetime is much less than PCs.

For a gaming computer under $1500, i suggest you consider the graphic card first, pick something good, around 500$, CPU shouldn't be so powerful in gaming, something inexpensive but new! other stuffs are same as cpu, no need, you can skip SSDs storage if you were planing to. Motherboard, ASUS 8 series could be nice.
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January 22, 2014 7:49:40 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G55 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($579.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A31 Snow White ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($101.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1442.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 10:45 EST-0500)

The 290 is a great GPU but if you're willing to sacrifice the SSD and get a 780 Ti you can, but it is actually not that wise as the 290 is great and you can still overclock it. This is the non-reference design btw.
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