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June 25, 2011 6:22:52 PM

Hey! I'm looking for a somewhat cheap gaming computer. I have $730 in total, and I am willing to spend most/all of it. I don't care if it's a laptop or a desktop, but desktops must also cover the prices of Monitors.

I want to use the computer for gaming, obviously. I mainly want to play Starcraft 2 and some steam games. The Recommended specs for SC2 are:
Windows Vista®/Windows® 7
Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
2 GB RAM
512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon® HD 3870 or better

The Graphics card is obviously very picky, so I'll probably end up getting a computer with a bit/lot less.
I at least want to run SC2 on medium at around 35-50 fps.
I've searched all around and can't find a good computer, so I'd appreciate any help I can get!
June 25, 2011 7:03:55 PM

Building a computer is incredibly easy and it really is the only way to get the best bang for your buck on a gaming computer.. People look at them and think you need an engineering degree to build one, not true. Just following a guide like this: http://www.build-gaming-computers.com/how-to-build-a-pc..., you can put one together as a first timer in under 2 hours.

If you really don't think you can handle it, go to cyberpower and get something like this http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Gamer_Xtreme_2200/
a b 4 Gaming
June 25, 2011 7:21:36 PM

The HP DV6/Lenovo Y570 can be had for ~$750 after promos with 2410Ms and HD6770M/GT555M, so its a good deal if you want a laptop.

For desktops, a custom build would be my recommendation, but heres a solution if you are comfortable with switching PSUs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $705 ($665AR) +shipping

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June 25, 2011 8:10:22 PM

Timop said:
The HP DV6/Lenovo Y570 can be had for ~$750 after promos with 2410Ms and HD6770M/GT555M, so its a good deal if you want a laptop.

For desktops, a custom build would be my recommendation, but heres a solution if you are comfortable with switching PSUs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $705 ($665AR) +shipping

Thanks! Are you sure the new Graphics card and PSU will fit with the hardware and motherboard of the computer? Will I have to get any extra cables?
a b 4 Gaming
June 25, 2011 8:18:09 PM

AfirAwesome said:
Thanks! Are you sure the new Graphics card and PSU will fit with the hardware and motherboard of the computer? Will I have to get any extra cables?

Nope, should be just a couple of screws and plugs. It will either be an Asus or Biostar H61 board (likely the latter).
Would work with any 2100 machine though, since its all just uATX cases.
June 25, 2011 8:56:31 PM

Timop said:
Nope, should be just a couple of screws and plugs. It will either be an Asus or Biostar H61 board (likely the latter).
Would work with any 2100 machine though, since its all just uATX cases.

Great! Although what would be the reason to replace the PSU if the PC comes with 450 watts, and the PSU has 430?
Yeah, I know nothing about computers, but I'm learning =P
a b 4 Gaming
June 25, 2011 9:01:04 PM

Theoretically that PSU would work, but companies like CyberpowerPC is notorious for putting in overrated/bad PSUs in their systems to save a little money. Look at their website, something must be wrong when their "850W" is $100 cheaper then a branded 650W.

With the PSU powering everything in your computer and the possibility of shorting expensive parts like the GPU or CPU, spending the extra dollars on a reliable PSU is worth it IMO. Besides, with higher efficiency, you can save a little on your power bill also.
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