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December 24, 2012 3:45:12 AM

Hello,

I'm looking to buy a p.c. My price range is anywhere up to $1,000 (although I would perfer something with flexpay (pay a certain amount per month)). My main goal with this p.c. is to play p.c. games. I'm mostly interested in the upcoming game Marvel Heroes and Guild Wars 2.

Marvel Heroes asks for these requirements:
2.1 GHZ Core 2 Duo or better
2 GB ram or better
GeForce 8800 GTS vith 320 MB VRAM or better
10 GB free space

Now I don't know a thing about computers due to me being a past console gamer but I want to buy a p.c. that could run the game for hours flawlessly. Any help or links to some computer choices that meets those specifications would be appreciated. Thanks for reading.

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December 25, 2012 2:20:05 AM

Now are you building a computer, or just purchasing a pre-made one? If you are building one, http://www.newegg.com/ and http://www.tigerdirect.com/ are both excellent places to start.

If you are purchasing a pre-made one (which will run you a bit more cash-wise), the above websites are still viable options, but it usually takes a bit more involvement to purchase one. And rather than bore you with techno-babble trying to explain what to get (of which there are copious amounts), I would suggest you actually go into a dedicated computer department store (NOT OfficeMax or Office Depot), and ask for help there. It's their job to explain things simply and help you make a purchase, while in forum like this, you are more likely to get a long argument involving which particular brand, chipset, or cooling method is the best. Simply ask an employee, "Can this computer run this game reliably?", and boom (and, just so you know, you're going to want a computer quite a bit more powerful than the requirements you posted).
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December 25, 2012 6:21:31 AM

Whatever the base requirements are, multiply them by 2.5 or even 3.0
- You'll save money in the long run if you do this and enjoy the performance that the developers actually envisioned gamers getting.
- The minimum, and sometimes even 'recommended', requirements for titles are just to get it to run at 15fps to 25fps (average).
- Most 'normal' people expect 30fps (weighted minimum) and an average of at least 40fps if not 60fps otherwise the titles will appear jerky, etc.

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December 25, 2012 7:07:08 AM

I'm going to give build you two PC builds.The first one is going to allow you to play he games you want on their maximum settings with silky smooth frame rates (at least twice higher than the Xbox 360/PS3).
Just keep in mind that it's just a list of parts so you either have to assemble it yourself or you have to pay someone else to do it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($366.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $892.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-25 03:59 EST-0500)

Note that building it yourself isn't really that hard.I'm sure you'll be able to do it by yourself.
This PC is about 8 times more powerfull than the one which you listed as the minimum.


And here is the second PC.It will allow you to play pretty much every game you want with graphics way beyound what consoles can offer but still no match for the first PC.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($63.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $602.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-25 04:06 EST-0500)

It's a lot cheaper though.
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