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May 31, 2014 5:06:36 PM

Hi, I am looking for a PREBUILT gaming computer. I want a prebuilt because there is no way that I could build one, I am horrible with parts and building stuff. I thought of building one, but after I looked up a tutorial on YouTube, I decided I could never do it. OK, now that's out of the way, I also don't want a Cyberpower or an Ibuypower because I have heard some bad stuff about them.

Anyways, I am looking for a computer between $500 and $600. I want to be able to play games at 30fps on medium or high settings. Here are some games I would play: Battlefield 3 (probably the most graphic intensive game I would play) , League of Legends, Plantside 2, Minecraft, Gary's Mod, etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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May 31, 2014 5:16:06 PM

Very few prebuilt "gaming" systems are worthy of being called gaming systems - at least not at the low-end. Most of them are heavily imbalanced between CPU and GPU (when they have a discrete GPU at all) and often cut corners on the PSU or elsewhere.

Building a system is really simple. You just need a little bit of common-sense and take your time to triple-check everything if you feel like you have to.
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June 1, 2014 11:32:50 PM

^ agree. It took me a 2-3 weeks to finally buy all my parts for my first build and after hours of researching, I think I must have checked my build 20 times lol.

Basically, if you can use a plug-in, you can put a computer together; it just plugging in different parts together. It's really much simpler than it's made out to be.
http://www.build-gaming-computers.com/

If you are set on a prebuilt, prepare for a REALLY bad power supply and probably a very bad motherboard aswell. A $600 cyberpower is probably comparable to a $400-450 custom built.

Cyberpower and Ibuypower are the only brands you will find in this budget... the reason you hear bad things about them is only because of what invaliderror and I have mentioned.

Here you can find the GPU you'd need for BF3
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/400

So far since I've been part of tomshardware, I've seen many 13 year olds and even a mom or two build a PC. It's really worth a shot and we are here to help :) 
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June 2, 2014 1:56:38 PM

I would really recommend building a PC too. It's really not that hard, and it is fun and rewarding using it knowing it's all your doing. You get your personalised PC out of it and learn how these beasts work cus we're all gonna have to know to survive in the future.
If you are going to buy even a decent PREBUILD you are looking at A GRAND at least because they want to make money as much as the component suppliers. Sorry but I hope you do decide against prebuilds cus really anyone could eventually build a PC. Just listen to these guys!
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June 14, 2014 5:12:19 AM

Building is the best :'( 
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June 18, 2014 2:11:28 AM

If you don't know what parts to choose, choosemypc.net/ is a really helpful tool for people with no experience about parts. For just below 600$, you can get this: http://choosemypc.net/build/?budget=600&oc=false&option...
A R9-270X which is already in the mid-end zone (good for gaming), and a very good buget CPU. You can play around with the budget, and things so on.
If you don't know how to build these parts up: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=how+to+build+a+PC

ron ellis said:
To build a pc is ok but why build one when you can just buy it

Because building one gives you full control on how you want to build and customize it, and no matter how cheap these OEM make these desktop PCs, building one youself is 95% of the time cheaper.
That build on that link is 700$, and the OP has only 500$ to 600$, and you could literally build a sub-600$ with a tier higher on GPU.


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