Question personalized for just me
Im looking to purchase a new computer, laptop or desktop. im leaning towards desktop for all the well known reasons. But i wanna game on it. Im not talking about serious gaming like FPS types, but more MMO like WoW and SWTOR that will be coming out. Can anyone help me out in detail please.
What you could do is build yourself a decent gaming desktop for around $500, and buy yourself a laptop for around $500.
Newegg has some decent laptops around the $400-$500 range. This should be able to give you the best of both worlds,
able to game on a desktop while doing schoolwork on a laptop.
suggestions for desktop:
PII x2 955 or AthlonII x3 or x4 ~ $100 (or a cheaper AthlonIIx2 ~$60)
DDR2 mobo + 4GB DDR2 RAM ~ $140 (DDR2 is MUCH cheaper when buying used)
DDR3 mobo + 3GB DDR3 RAM ~$140
Good 500watt PSU ~$60
5670 or 4850 ~ $100
Case ~ $40
HDD ~ $40
DVD ~ $20
~$500 for a desktop
Or you can go all out on a desktop and spend $1000 on it.
ok I can get on board for building one. Idont even know where to start, im assuming there are youtube videos for this, mind sending me some reliable links for the building, could I also message you if i needed any help? question though bluescreen, with the little research iv done i thought the athlon was the bottom end of the AMD line
anandtech part guide
maximumPC part guide and how to
Tom's new system build forum
ct1615 said:its kind of loaded question
I would personally get a corsair PSU, 450 or 550w
a different case (just personal taste)
use a different HSF and OC the CPU
but none of those are really make or break changes
I would suggest the ATI 5770 to run the display they have, the 4850 is fine for a 20"
what does "use a different HSF and OC the CPU" mean exactly
HSF = Heat Sink Fan
OC = overclock.
You can usually increase the speed of your CPU quite safely these days by increasing your FSB clock on your motherboard, often being able to achieve a small boost without changing any other settings
For example I am running my 2.66Ghz CPU at 3.56Ghz, but I am using a huge Scythe Mugen 2 air cooler instead of the stock intel HSF
Tip for a system builder:
Get a good case and PSU. These are worth investing in because they will last you for years, if you get good enough ones, that is.
Also in real world situations getting a really good graphics card is a good idea, you will get the most performance form that. The new DirectX11 cards are out, get a good one if you can and it will last you a long time also. A Radeon 5850 is the best performance/$ at the moment if you can get a good deal.
I would go for an 1156 motherboard and an 15 750 CPU, and 4Gb of DDR3 RAM.
I wonder if you could squeeze that out of $1000. I wonder if there would be enough room in the budget for an i7 860 instead......
I dont know what US prices are like.
US is the computer wonderland of sorts. The trends are that our hardware prices are much lower than what people will pay in many other parts of the world (though VAT may have something to do with that).
Also, I know that since most of here have at least moderate experience, I'm not sure if the OP would be comfortable with overclocking his computer. I think it would be a safer bet to try to avoid a system that needs to be OC'd (if at all possible).
Though I think at his resolution it shouldn't be hard.
I agree with cscott_it about the OC'ing.
You could check out newegg's DIY PC combos. They have several systems at all price ranges, so you can pick what you are willing to pay.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194 this case is looking like a front runner, considering no case is perfect
ok this is probably gonna sound really stupid but if i get this drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136162 is it gonna be the only one i will need or am i gonna need a seperate simple one to load my games onto the computer? please limit laughing to a 5 min maximum lol