I'm considering getting this prebuilt system as a mid-range gaming PC, just wondering if there is something I've overlooked or am unaware of. I'm looking to play Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, and Total War: Shogun 2 - all on medium to high settings. I'd also like to be able to play something like Crysis 2 smoothly, even if this one is on lower settings.
Also, wondering what you think about future games, if there is something that needs upgrading on this PC soon, let me know.
Not bad and it would be fine for moderate gaming. High settings may give you trouble... At that price you may be better off with an Intel build. The one below has a better GPU, solid CPU and can be upgraded down the road if needed...
Even though I can build my own, and have in the past, I've been considering buying the prebuilt ones because I can get an extended warranty, which may not seem like a big deal, but considering if I were to buy and build myself I'd probably end up with some cheap parts and run in to problems down the road.
Another thing is that with the PC I linked up top, the PSU should be able to support a better GPU somewhere down the road, which is something I'm willing to upgrade in a year or two, the RAM should be sufficient at 8GB, even though I'd like a Mobo that could reach 16GB, 8 should be fine for the lifespan of the overall tower.
Probably the weakest thing on the tower would be the CPU, the FX-4100 is rated as a low-budget Bulldozer model that is excellent for the price, and reports to easily overclock by 1 full Ghz (bringing it to 4.6Ghz) using the BIOS and default power voltages. So I'm thinking this pre-built tower is fairly good, but will need at least a GPU upgrade in 2 years from now.