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July 18, 2012 12:14:41 AM

hey everyone. first off, i just want to point out that i am not tech savy and have little to no experience in computers and components (and by that i mean with processors, graphics cards, etc. i know how to use a computer lol) so i am a 17 yr old, and im looking to buy my own desktop computer. i have been playing computer games on this one my whole life (tibia, then runescape, and now WoW.) and this computer sucked at handling them. had to play settings low for everything. so i want to buy my own gaming computer, within a $600 budget. i would build but i have no idea how or what id need. a premade would be much easier lol. so i was thinking this one http://www.bestbuy.com/site/iBuyPower+-+Gamer+Power+Des... what do you guys think? also, i would need to bring this cpu with me to college in a year so id need it to run like... microsoft powerpoint, office, etc...as well as having a solid internet speed. but my MAIN FOCUS is gaming. hows it look? (processor, graphics card, etc) please help me out lol

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July 18, 2012 12:39:28 AM

I think everything is fine... for a mid-gaming computer. You are going to run smoothly WoW with that computer.

Good Luck!
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July 18, 2012 12:47:25 AM

miimario221 said:
I think everything is fine... for a mid-gaming computer. You are going to run smoothly WoW with that computer.

Good Luck!



thanks. but by smoothly, do you mean high settings without problems? im no hardcore raider but i may want to get into them if my computer permits it
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July 18, 2012 12:50:49 AM

Hi :) 

The graphics card is rubbish.... it will play most modern games on LOW at best....

All the best Brett :) 
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July 18, 2012 1:25:37 AM

The computer you are looking at looks to me to be a rather good value.
It comes with a dual core processor, a fairly good graphics card, a generous amount of ram. I think it'll leave you wanting (more) in a few years but looks to be an upgradable foundation.
I am going to put a "bug in your ear" about possibly building your own - there are advantages other than cost. The biggest advantage is being able to repair your computer. If something breaks or goes wrong, you'll know what the parts are and how to go about replacing them. That means you don't have to drag yor computer to the shop for a week or two right before finals. Much higher quality, you choose the quality of your components. Granted it does take some research to find out what is quality vs. marketing hype but much of what we do here at Tom's is just that - we can help there.
The last and I think most important aspect of building your own is upgrades. Your computer from BestBuy has a socket 1155 motherboard - that means there are a few i5's and i7's (4 core CPU's) that are options to upgrade to in the future - you'd have to bring it in to a shop for that - not so if you built it yourself. Here are three videos although a little long, I think are super informative as they explain the unknowns of computer innards and what it takes to build one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls&feature=play...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok&feature=play...
You may just find it's not so intimidating in there.
Enjoy
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July 18, 2012 2:41:14 PM

C12Friedman said:
The computer you are looking at looks to me to be a rather good value.
It comes with a dual core processor, a fairly good graphics card, a generous amount of ram. I think it'll leave you wanting (more) in a few years but looks to be an upgradable foundation.
I am going to put a "bug in your ear" about possibly building your own - there are advantages other than cost. The biggest advantage is being able to repair your computer. If something breaks or goes wrong, you'll know what the parts are and how to go about replacing them. That means you don't have to drag yor computer to the shop for a week or two right before finals. Much higher quality, you choose the quality of your components. Granted it does take some research to find out what is quality vs. marketing hype but much of what we do here at Tom's is just that - we can help there.
The last and I think most important aspect of building your own is upgrades. Your computer from BestBuy has a socket 1155 motherboard - that means there are a few i5's and i7's (4 core CPU's) that are options to upgrade to in the future - you'd have to bring it in to a shop for that - not so if you built it yourself. Here are three videos although a little long, I think are super informative as they explain the unknowns of computer innards and what it takes to build one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls&feature=play...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok&feature=play...
You may just find it's not so intimidating in there.
Enjoy



thank you very much this helped LOT lol. i think im actually going to just build it if its more cost effective. thanks again :) 
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July 18, 2012 10:05:14 PM

t2thejayyy said:
thank you very much this helped LOT lol. i think im actually going to just build it if its more cost effective. thanks again :) 

An excellent choice (IMO). Going to direct you to this sticky in the "New Build" section of the forum - you'll find quite a bit of help (and a few opinions) there.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...
Happy reading/posting.
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July 19, 2012 12:10:41 AM

t2thejayyy said:
thanks. but by smoothly, do you mean high settings without problems? im no hardcore raider but i may want to get into them if my computer permits it


With medium setting or low settings. But if you want high setttings upgrade the GPU. :wahoo: 
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