My laptop recently broke and I am in need of a new computer. I want to play Starcraft 2 on ultra quality, as well as upcoming games on high quality. My problem is, I have never bought a computer , I've been using my brother's old one for the last few years.
Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this week to about 2 weeks from now.
Budget Range: $500-800 after rebates.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the web, school work, watching movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none
Country of Origin:US
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Maybe (don't really know what it is )
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (don't really know what it is)
Monitor Resolution: up to 1400 x 1050
Additional Comments: Which would be more cost effective- building my own pc or ordering one pre-built from companies like HP? My concern with the pre-built would be that I have no experience in building so I would have to completely rely on online guides and that I would also have to buy an operating system (most likely windows 7) along with all the other parts.
I customized this off hp.com
Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edit
Processor AMD Phenom(TM) X4 830 quad-core processor [2.8GHz, 2MB L2 + 4MB L3 shared, up to 4000MHz] edit
Memory FREE UPGRADE! 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs] from 4GB edit
Hard drive FREE UPGRADE! 750GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 500GB edit
Office software Microsoft Office Starter 2010 edit
Security software Norton Internet Security(TM) 2011 - 15 month edit
Graphics card 2GB ATI Radeon HD 5570 [DVI,HDMI, DP, VGA adapter] edit
Speakers No speakers edit
Primary optical drive LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive edit
Networking Integrated Ethernet port, No wireless LAN edit
Front Productivity Ports 15-in-1 memory card reader, 1 USB, 1394, audio edit
TV & entertainment experience No TV Tuner edit
Sound Card Integrated sound edit
Keyboard and Mouse HP USB keyboard and optical mouse edit