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December 7, 2010 7:51:44 AM

Hello there! I've been looking to find somewhere to get advice on the purchasing of a gaming capable desktop, and after some asking around, was pointed here. So thanks ahead of time for any advice. On to the question though:

I'm looking to get a computer for medium to high-end gaming. I'd like to be able to play Bioware games such as Dragon Age 1 & 2, Starcraft 2, and Civilization 5 on the highest settings if possible, but am not looking at the moment to make a PC that would be capable of maxing the most intensive games (not much interest in the FPS's on the PC).

The budget that I am looking at is around $600-800, and at the moment I've been looking at the following pre-built computer from Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Description: iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 549D3 Athlon II X4 635(2.9GHz) 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity ATI Radeon HD 5770 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

So what I'm wondering is how good that PC is relative to the market in general (something I have a poor grasp of) and whether or not I could get a significant improvement in quality within my price range by either looking at a different set of pre-built models, or by building it myself. I've never built my own computer, but I am a pretty technically savvy guy where most things are concerned (at least I'd hope so, or working on a degree in Comp. Eng. would be pointless) so I would be willing to give that a shot, as I have no problem taking the time over the break to do the necessary research online in putting the computer together.

An important thing to note, if I were to build the computer myself, is that I have access to a few things that I could bring over to the new PC. I have access to an OS (Windows 7 32- or 64-bit, XP, etc.) and the Office suite through my university's software alliance, and I own an external HD with a terabyte of space, meaning I can skimp a bit on the desktop HD. Also, not to worried about the peripherals for the computer, as I have a TV I can co-opt for the time being and I expect some desktop peripherals (speakers, possibly a monitor) for christmas at any rate.

I think that sums up what I wanted to ask here. I live in the US if it makes a difference so it should be easy enough to take online prices as is for the most part.
Anyways, thanks again!

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a b 4 Gaming
December 7, 2010 10:15:13 AM

That's about right for the price, and would get you good graphics on a 1680x1050 monitor (but probably not the absolute best graphics).

However, some of the parts in the build are poor quality. Mainly the PSU... they have used a 700W because it's cheap junk and can probably only deliver 400W, but that's all the power you need. Far better to have a quality 430W PSU in the build. You can likely do better building one yourself.

Given that you have access to an OS, I think it's the best choice.
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December 7, 2010 7:17:29 PM

Proximon said:
That's about right for the price, afd would get you good graphics on a 1680x1050 monitor (but probably not the absolute best graphics).

However, some of the parts in the build are poor quality. Mainly the PSU... they have used a 700W because it's cheap junk and can probably only deliver 400W, but that's all the power you need. Far better to have a quality 430W PSU in the build. You can likely do better building one yourself.

Given that you have access to an OS, I think it's the best choice.


AFD? Unsure of what that abbreviation stands for.
Also, as I said, I would be willing to build it myself (especially since I have the OS). Where's a good starting point? Can you point me towards something to help me get started on what I should get?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 8, 2010 5:20:53 AM


Gigabyte 890GX board and AMD X4 955 -255
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Can handle a second 6850 should you get the urge.

DDR3 1333 CL7 1.35V -70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte 6850 1GB -190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TP-650 -90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Can handle a second 6850 should you get the urge.

Antec 300 Illusion case -70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Spinpoint f4 -43
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A very fast little drive.

There you have it. That beats up the ibuypower rig and then takes it's lunch money :)  Prices are good.
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December 8, 2010 6:17:14 AM

That looks damn good for the price :) 
And that's a lot of information to absorb. I'm going to take notes on it tonight and get back in more detail tomorrow. Just looking at it though...

1) Looks like I'll still need a keyboard. That's no problem though, just means I'll use one of the old ones at home or take the time to look into a nice one.
2) I don't seem to see an optical drive. Can you suggest a cheap dual-format DVD drive?

Again, I'm going to look into each part more in-depth (if anything, it'll help me later on if/when I purchase it all :)  ) and check out how it all works together.
Thanks again for taking the time to do put that list together for me!
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