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July 15, 2014 1:18:13 PM

Hi. I am looking to buy a gaming desktop. I'm new to this computer business, so i would rather buy one than build. I need recommendations. My budget is $900, but I would prefer lower. I already have a windows 8 disc so the operating system doesn't need to be included.

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July 15, 2014 1:26:56 PM

Can you build your own? It is cheaper.
July 15, 2014 1:29:39 PM

TechyInAZ said:
Can you build your own? It is cheaper.

I can.
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July 15, 2014 2:02:50 PM

Hi -

Let me start by making an assumption that you're ok with playing games on only moderate settings, and your intent is primarily the entertainment of the game. That's a different perspective than many of us who like to tweak our custom-build systems for peak performance. I only start with this because depending on your perspective, the advice is different.

Also, if you can tell us which games you want to play, we can help make a better recommendation.

I'll give you some general specs and a few of my comments. If I'm in your shoes I'm looking for a machine with the following basic specs:
CPU: Intel Core i5
At least one free PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot - so that you can add a graphics card

You'll need to add a video card, and I'd probably go with an NVidia 660 or higher with at least 1GB.
The potentially tricky part, now, is confirming that the PSU will support the video card. You'll need to know the total wattage of the PSU and the Amps available on the 12V rail. You don't really need to know what any of this means, but it has to be enough to support the video card. (For example, if the video card wants 42 Amps and the PSU only has 40, you'll either need to select a different video card or replace the PSU.)

Other folks on this board may recommend an AMD CPU, and that's fine too. I'm kinda hooked on Intel, probably for no really good reason, but it makes me feel good.

If I go back to my assumption up top, lots of configurations will work. It's the video card that will really let you play games.

Hope this helps.