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Gateway gaming FX series desktop

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July 22, 2010 4:37:22 AM

Hello,
Are these good gaming computers. I'm not gonna run crysis but I do play Wow and planning on getting sc2. I do want to build my own but I don't know how to. My budget is $1,100.

Heres the specs:
Intel® Core™ i7-860 Processor1 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost2 Technology up to 3.46GHz (8MB Smart Cache)6
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)7
Memory 8GB DDR3 Dual-Channel 1333MHz Memory (4 x 2048MB)8
Memory Capacity 4 DDR3 Slots Total (0 Slots Available)
Hard Drive 1TB SATA hard drive (Green Product - variable RPM)4
Video ATI Radeon™ HD5770 Graphics card with 1GB of Discrete Video Memory8
Optical Drive 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive
Power Supply 500W Power Supply
Application Software Microsoft® Works & Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (60-day complimentary trial period)3
Audio High Definition Audio with 5.1 Audio Support
Available Expansion Slots Available: 0 - PCI-E x16, 2 - PCI-E x1, 1 - PCI
Chassis High performance, black glossy design with trendy red accents and lighting effects
Dimensions (Box) 12" (H) x 20" (W) x 24" (D) or 304.8mm (H) x 508mm (W) x 609.6mm (D)
Dimensions (System) 17.7" (H) x 7.5" (W) x 19" (D) or 449mm (H) x 191mm (W) x 482mm (D)
External Ports (10) USB 2.0 (4 Front, 6 Rear), HDMI™, (2) PS/2, (2) DVI, (3) Audio, (1) High Definition Headphone Jack, (1) High Definition Microphone Jack
Keyboard Multimedia Keyboard
Media Card Reader Multi-in-One Digital Media Card Reader with PhotoFrame Button5
Motherboard Systemboard with Intel® H57 Express Chipset
Mouse Optical Mouse
Network 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
Security Software Norton™ Internet Security 2009 (60-day trial)9
Warranty 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty with Toll-Free Tech Support10
Weight 31 lbs. (14.1 kg) system unit only / Approximately 38 lbs. (17.2 kg.) box
July 22, 2010 1:18:29 PM

Read some guides on building, like the really good one found through the stickies at the top of the forum. It's really easy.

That machine isn't worth anywhere near $1,100. You could build something better for $700. I'd highly recommend doing it yourself.

If you insist on buying it, here's what I'd change. Drop the i7-860 to an i5-750. Drop down to 4 GB of RAM. Try to up the GPU to an HD 5850, if you can afford it. It's more power than you'll need for the game s you listed, but it'll allow you to play others as well. Chances are that all of that will be mroe expensive.

If you want to build it, here's what to look for:

CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $285 after rebate (with free game)
GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and XFX 750W $440 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $73
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

Total: $1,078

That's basically the best gaming build you can get for $1,100. However, given your uses, you could easily switch the GPU for an HD 5850 and not have any issues. HD 5850 and XFX 650W $335 after rebate. You could get by with a 5770 if you really wanted to save money. HD 5770 and XFX 650W $225 after rebate.
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