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Urgent Decision! Help!

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December 30, 2011 6:06:29 AM

Laptop or Desktop?

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a b D Laptop
December 30, 2011 6:21:24 AM

Mobility- laptop
Stationary and performance- desktop
December 31, 2011 12:36:21 AM

Well I'm a freshmen in high school, I only play world of Warcraft , Minecraft, and browse The Internet. I have a budget of $1000. Do you recommend I get a laptop or desktop?
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a b D Laptop
December 31, 2011 5:02:08 AM

Do you need a laptop in the classroom in the school you are attending?
December 31, 2011 6:10:36 AM

December 31, 2011 6:10:55 AM

I guess desktop would be logical
December 31, 2011 6:16:01 AM

Can you recommend a good desktop for or under $800. I play World of Warcraft, Minecraft, and etc. I wanna play WoW on at least high. I also want Bluray capability (optional). I don't necessarily need a gaming desktop, a regular brand desktop such as asunder, Lenovo, or hp would suffice.
a b D Laptop
December 31, 2011 6:25:29 AM

You are old enough to build a desktop alone. Do it. You will find the skill is useful later in your life.
December 31, 2011 6:41:09 AM

a b D Laptop
December 31, 2011 8:43:28 PM

$1000 would give you a VERY strong system.

Go over to cyberpower. google them, also use the cyberpower foum on this site,

Look at intel i5 based builds. The i5 will be i5-2300, i5-2400, i5-2500, i5-2500k. You want any of these, but should not be paying a big premium for any of them. Hold off overclocking until you can afford to fry a system -- i.e. don't do it.

Look for a video card that is HD6850 or better. This article recommends cards, but more important -- the last page compares all cards so you can see which cards are teh same as HD6850 or better.

I think you can find a great system for less than $1000. Try starting with a system with i5-2500K and step down to i5-2400, step down on MB to H61 no z68. Step up to hd6850 video = $900.

Aside, See if you can get the change from $1000 put in a STEAM account for you (do you use STEAM, if not take a look. It beats the heck out of needing DVDs to play games and trying to remember where you put keys when you change PCS or wipe out a hard drive).

EDIT: I picked intel i5 because 2 years from now you can slop in a new video card and play this system for another 2 years. IF you need to save $$ now, go to intel i3-2300 based system. That should knock another few hundred off price and still be strong enough to drive the 6850 for gameplay. It just won't have as long a life before it gets too slow. Avoid the new high end AMD 'bulldozer' based systems -- they have a few performance bugs to work out before you want to go there.

EDIT 2: I see your budget went down from $1000 to $800. Go to the cyberpower forum adn ask over there what systems they recomend at that pricepoint.