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Looking for a low budget prebuilt gaming pc need suggestions

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March 6, 2014 10:24:08 PM

Hello,

Recently my six year old computer has finally called it quits and now I need something new. Given that I like to game I would like something that can play more modern games. My problem is that I need to buy a prebuilt pc for various reasons. I know that building one is more effective, but it's something that I cannot do.

I'm not the most computer savvy person around, though I am trying to remedy that, so some things I just can't quite get as it were. Probably doesn't help that I'm borrowing an old laptop and have limited time with it.

What I have been able to ascertain is that prebuilt gaming pcs don't have great graphics cards or power supplies. I do have in my dead computer a Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 and a Corsair TX 650w power supply, so I don't believe that replacing those is needed quite yet. What's more important is getting a comp that works.

So my question boils down to: What would be a good budget pc for me to get. I'm not sure if I actually need a so-called "gaming" one or even what really differentiates one from a "normal" pc. I really just need a cheap pc that I can replace the graphics card and power supply without much fuss and that won't be too obsolete or worn out for a few years.

Probably too much to ask on the most latter, but it'd be nice. But any help I can get at all would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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March 6, 2014 10:30:25 PM

sure would be nice if we had any idea of what price you were looking at.....................
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March 6, 2014 10:39:17 PM

First you say you want a pre-built machine and then you say you don't need to replace the PSU or graphics card. You won't find a pre-built machine without a PSU so I don't know what the point is there.

Maybe you should look into taking your current machine to a local shop and have it repaired. While you're there you could look at their budget machines.
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March 7, 2014 1:49:28 AM

woltej1 said:
sure would be nice if we had any idea of what price you were looking at.....................


thx1138v2 said:
First you say you want a pre-built machine and then you say you don't need to replace the PSU or graphics card. You won't find a pre-built machine without a PSU so I don't know what the point is there.

Maybe you should look into taking your current machine to a local shop and have it repaired. While you're there you could look at their budget machines.


...And now I feel like an idiot for not thinking of a repair shop. I've mostly been listening to friends of friends and other non-professionals, just too stressed to think straight. So stupid.

But on to the other thing. Pre-built just seemed like the best option since I'm not able to build one and since it is years old. Replacing the graphics card and psu just seemed akin to an upgrade like when I first purchased the card and psu.

I found a repair shop with good reviews on Yelp so I'll try that next. Thanks for that reminder of common sense I really feel dumb.

As for the price in case I do need to replace it then under $1000 at the most though anything cheaper would be nice.
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March 7, 2014 11:15:52 PM

Thank you for your responses, but it seems that I lucked out a bit. A family member of mine has graciously decided to help me pay for my comp so I no longer have a too restrictive budget. Thank you again for answering me so quickly.
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