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(Help!)Looking for cheap gaming desktop that will run Skyrim, The Sims 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Minecraft on highest settings?

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April 7, 2014 7:02:28 PM

I know it probably isn't easy to find a gaming desktop that's cheap that will run these games on high quality, high performance with no lag, but it's worth a shot. I'm looking for a system that can do this that is around $1000. (Or around $500 or under, would be better). I don't need a monitor, keyboard or mouse, just the system itself. I play a lot of games and graphic quality is huge for me. I also enjoy using mods, so I would hope that the system can run these games with high quality and high performance so that I can use a lot of mods and play for hours, while enjoying high quality graphics. I have a tight budget, so this won't be easy. I'm honestly not looking to build my own (due to laziness, lol) But I am looking for something that runs games smoothly with great quality. Preferably a big casing so I can upgrade it when I need to, put extra parts in, etc. I currently have a Dell Inspiron laptop that cannot run games for its life. Although, it does have a powerful Nvidia graphics card. I may take this thing to the shop and get the graphics card taken out, then I may install it in the system itself for dual graphics cards. I'm not really an expert with all of this stuff, but is that a good idea? Any recommendations for a cheap yet high end gaming machine?
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April 7, 2014 7:13:56 PM

You cant change the GPU in your laptop. It is built into the mother board. If you would like we can help you build a PC... it is the most cost effective option. if you just want to just buy one Id recommend this http://www.digitalstormonline.com/ its prob your cheapest option but still vry expensive compared to what you can make yourself.
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April 7, 2014 7:15:36 PM

you can't take out a laptop's graphics card to be used on a desktop.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($180.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($83.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $852.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 22:13 EDT-0400)

spare an extra $50 to have a shop assemble it for you. you shouldn't be paying more than that to have it build for you.
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April 7, 2014 7:26:11 PM

I was in your position about a year ago with a similar budget. I bought an off the shelf pc and it would overheat on new games. I had to replace the heatsink on the cpu, and I ended up buying a nice corsair psu for longevity. If I could do it all again, I'd build my own from the start, or find a barebones kit starting with a quality brand power supply. Corsair power supply of around 650 watts.. then chose a budget motherboard capable of 16gigs of ram and maybe a 650ti graphics card. I would consider this a great budget gaming pc. Youtube has alot of great step by step videos for installing hardware.
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April 9, 2014 8:25:02 AM

What's the exact model of your laptop and video card model that is in it? If it's really "powerful", it should run games as well as a lower end desktop.

Jcarpen15 said:
I know it probably isn't easy to find a gaming desktop that's cheap that will run these games on high quality, high performance with no lag, but it's worth a shot. I'm looking for a system that can do this that is around $1000. (Or around $500 or under, would be better). I don't need a monitor, keyboard or mouse, just the system itself. I play a lot of games and graphic quality is huge for me. I also enjoy using mods, so I would hope that the system can run these games with high quality and high performance so that I can use a lot of mods and play for hours, while enjoying high quality graphics. I have a tight budget, so this won't be easy. I'm honestly not looking to build my own (due to laziness, lol) But I am looking for something that runs games smoothly with great quality. Preferably a big casing so I can upgrade it when I need to, put extra parts in, etc. I currently have a Dell Inspiron laptop that cannot run games for its life. Although, it does have a powerful Nvidia graphics card. I may take this thing to the shop and get the graphics card taken out, then I may install it in the system itself for dual graphics cards. I'm not really an expert with all of this stuff, but is that a good idea? Any recommendations for a cheap yet high end gaming machine?


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April 9, 2014 8:27:48 AM

Hazle said:
you can't take out a laptop's graphics card to be used on a desktop.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($180.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($83.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $852.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 22:13 EDT-0400)

spare an extra $50 to have a shop assemble it for you. you shouldn't be paying more than that to have it build for you.


It will take a few hours to put together a system, install the OS and drivers and test it. I doubt any real store will charge only $50 for that. Maybe $50 to put it together and make sure it turns on, then hand it over without the operating system and drivers.

You can probably find a teen or someone working out of their house to do the work for $50 though.
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April 9, 2014 9:00:44 AM

hang-the-9 said:
Hazle said:
you can't take out a laptop's graphics card to be used on a desktop.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($180.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($83.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $852.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 22:13 EDT-0400)

spare an extra $50 to have a shop assemble it for you. you shouldn't be paying more than that to have it build for you.


It will take a few hours to put together a system, install the OS and drivers and test it. I doubt any real store will charge only $50 for that. Maybe $50 to put it together and make sure it turns on, then hand it over without the operating system and drivers.

You can probably find a teen or someone working out of their house to do the work for $50 though.


local shop at my town offered $40, 4-5 years ago, including OS installation and drivers

and based on this vid ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage... , NCIX charges $50 for building, OS install & troubleshooting. other users have claimed as high as $60-70 for the service if i recall, but 40-50 seems like the common price point.

whether they just build it for you w/o the OS/TS, is up to the stores i guess.
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April 9, 2014 12:36:35 PM

13062749,0,357956 said:
What's the exact model of your laptop and video card model that is in it? If it's really "powerful", it should run games as well as a lower end desktop.


Well, I have a Dell Inspiron with an i7 intel processor, a nvidia geforce gt 650. I do not know much else about this laptop to be honest. At first when I got it, games would run on high and everything but it seems like this laptop is burning out or something. It takes literally an hour to load The Sims and it is so laggy I have it on the lowest settings possible. Same goes for Skyrim and Fallout. The laptop gets extremely overworked and it is very slow. I don't know why this is happening, which is why I want to get myself a desktop assuming a desktop would be a better option for gaming. I'm just looking for the cheapest yet best performance one I can get possible with my budget. If I can't get a desktop that will run my games on high and load them fast with my budget, I guess I will have to save up some more cash.

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April 9, 2014 12:36:35 PM

13062749,0,357956 said:
What's the exact model of your laptop and video card model that is in it? If it's really "powerful", it should run games as well as a lower end desktop.


Well, I have a Dell Inspiron with an i7 intel processor, a nvidia geforce gt 650. I do not know much else about this laptop to be honest. At first when I got it, games would run on high and everything but it seems like this laptop is burning out or something. It takes literally an hour to load The Sims and it is so laggy I have it on the lowest settings possible. Same goes for Skyrim and Fallout. The laptop gets extremely overworked and it is very slow. I don't know why this is happening, which is why I want to get myself a desktop assuming a desktop would be a better option for gaming. I'm just looking for the cheapest yet best performance one I can get possible with my budget. If I can't get a desktop that will run my games on high and load them fast with my budget, I guess I will have to save up some more cash.

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April 9, 2014 12:41:37 PM

MalakiArtook said:
You cant change the GPU in your laptop. It is built into the mother board. If you would like we can help you build a PC... it is the most cost effective option. if you just want to just buy one Id recommend this http://www.digitalstormonline.com/ its prob your cheapest option but still vry expensive compared to what you can make yourself.


This looks like a great site! Just curious, how well would you say that the Vanquish II ultimate edition runs games? I may actually consider this PC it looks very well put together.
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April 9, 2014 1:13:16 PM

Your laptop should run games just fine, if it ran fine before you may just need to install a clean setup of Windows on it. Unless it's overheating or the hard drive is going bad, the slowness is probably do to viruses and/or spyware, or possibly just a lot of utilities or resident programs that were installed.

All those computers you linked are bad, slower than your laptop. The only thing they have is a good RAM amount and a flashy looking case. The guts are low range for gaming, and the video cards in most are not close to gaming cards.
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April 9, 2014 2:42:39 PM

hang-the-9 said:
Your laptop should run games just fine, if it ran fine before you may just need to install a clean setup of Windows on it. Unless it's overheating or the hard drive is going bad, the slowness is probably do to viruses and/or spyware, or possibly just a lot of utilities or resident programs that were installed.

All those computers you linked are bad, slower than your laptop. The only thing they have is a good RAM amount and a flashy looking case. The guts are low range for gaming, and the video cards in most are not close to gaming cards.


Ahh I see. Yeah, they looked pretty "flashy" and not impressive lol. I'm really looking at this Vanquisher II. http://www.digitalstormonline.com/vanquish-ii.asp What's your opinion on the level 4 specs? It looks pretty good. Sorry for all the questions I'm just super excited about getting a desktop, I just hope I make a good choice. What do you think I should focus on the most? I really know nothing about good gaming desktops, so what would you assume is most important? Graphics card, processor, hard drive, RAM? (Don't really know what RAM is to be honest)
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April 10, 2014 2:56:07 AM

digital storm is good. it a heck of a lot more than building it yourself but it not as overpriced as sat alien ware. its important to have good everything. if you skimp on GPU or CPU you system will bottleneck. if you skimp on PSU you system might get fried.if you skimp on ram your cpu will be waiting around for it to get its crap together.

Id sugest building you yourself.here is a 3 part web vidie from new egg that will teach you how to build you own computer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw

building you own is exciting and fun and you can get a top notch gaming pc for dirt cheap compared to buying one from a company
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April 22, 2014 2:30:51 PM

Is everyone forgetting specifically which games are being asked to run? These aren't very demanding even with several texture mods running. I bought a laptop for $430 with an amd apu setup with dual graphics and after last months beta drivers were released for my graphics setup I can run skyrim on high settings averaging 45-55 fps. Why pay so much for a desktop setup if these are the target games? I understand the necessity for a bit more power if you wanna play games post 2013.
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