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January 12, 2012 10:31:43 PM

Hello,
I'm currently looking for a gaming computer (preferably a desktop). My budget is probably around $550. Games I'll probably play on this computer are Dragon Nest, Minecraft, League of Legends, and maybe A.V.A. Thnx in advance!

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January 13, 2012 12:32:20 AM

I've been doing more research and I found a couple of good Lenovo Desktops. I don't think the games I want to play are that demanding. I just want at least medium settings without any great lag for these games(Dragon nest, minecraft, league of legends, ava) especially Dragon Nest ...my budget is actually around $450, but I'm just stretching it a bit...Are any of these fine? I also heard Lenovo computers are well designed for great prices. Thnx in advance for those that response!


$450
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+-+IdeaCentre+Desktop...

or this one?

$470 (I was thinking of this one)
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+-+IdeaCentre+77231KU...
January 13, 2012 9:16:00 AM

okay honestly both of those PCs dont have a dedicated video card i don't think they can run any of those games well other than minecraft.. i was reading the specs and one is intel HD 2000 witch is junk for games and then their is the other one with the radeon 3000 witch is better but still old.. if you can go down their id ask them to check if ether if them have a PCI-Express slot on them 16X slot and just add a video card to it if it dose.... i know minecraft would probally be fine but i know dragon nest and league of legends probally demand a litte more you have to spend atleast 50 dollars more on a video card... i know a few good sites for video cards..


http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=XW4600-C2D266-M...
this computer has windows XP on it so i hope your okay with that..

you could but this for 250 bucks and spend the rest on this

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=R6850-CYCLONE-P...
that will cost 124 bucks

so far at 374 and spend the rest on

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a decent power supply cause usually the ones that come with PCs like that are not powerful enough for video cards..
as long as your okay with swapping power supply out..
.60+374=434

so that would be good enough to play mostly anything just newer games you might not be able to cause of CPU but it will def run the games you want...

also leaves room for a quad core upgrade...
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January 13, 2012 11:08:36 PM

Thnx a lot for the response, but I don't know exactly how to swap the power supply and mess with graphics cards. I know that building the computer is much cheaper and better, but I'd probably just go with prebuilt ones. Oh and I found a pretty good laptop, but the graphics aren't good. The processor is great though for the price. And I saw some gameplay videos of left 4 dead on youtube with this computer, so I thought it might be worth to check out.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23...
January 13, 2012 11:10:52 PM

laptops are usually not preferred for gaming...but it looked like it was good. What's your opinion on this?
January 14, 2012 3:21:43 PM

I have a used desktop gaming PC that I paid over $1,500 for that I am looking to sell. I'd be more than happy to settle for a price within your range.

Here are it's parts:
SONY DVDR Burner
WD 640GB HDD
Antec Nine Hundred Case
EVGA 9800 GTX+
PC Power & Cooling 750W PSU
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
OCZ Reaper 4GB RAM
Zalman Cooling Fan
Sony DVD-ROM Drive
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme
Fantom Drives 1TB HDD
Saitek Eclipse II Keyboard
Razer Lachesis Mouse

If you don't want all those listed parts included than I would be willing to sell you only what you want.

I can also take the 1TB HDD out of its external case and install it in the computer for free if you'd like.
January 17, 2012 12:44:30 AM

Where are you located? I might have a whole one, that can even play BF3 on High...

If you are interested, send me a mail at mmhbloom@gmail.com
January 18, 2012 4:46:26 AM

@verdenshersker--post your build so we can let him know if it's worth the money.

@OP--If you're dead set on pre-built (instead of learning to build it yourself), then a laptop is a great way to go if you're open to it. Desktops are great too--but those are better built yourself. A $550 gaming laptop on a sale will outperform the one posted by dklax77.

Let me see what I can find on laptops...if you're looking for gaming performance, try to find an AMD A6 or A8 with a Radeon 6650M for $410 or so. That laptop you linked doesn't work anymore. I suggest something similar to this, but only not out-of-stock: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'll see what I can find.

EDIT: To be clear, I'm aware a 6650M doesn't match a 9800GTX+/GTS 250. However, at the 1366x768 a laptop uses, it will appear to match/beat it.
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