Suitable Gaming Computer

I am looking to buy a new computer as my laptop is not made for gaming at all, honestly. I want a desktop PC that runs Windows. I own a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, speakers, my own WiFi, and a copy of Windows 7 (minus $100 right there). My price range is somewhere around $700 but I have leeway. It would be amazing if I could get a few options. I'm 15 but I'm pretty good with computers (currently learning Java and C++) but never actually took one apart/made one. I don't have any preference to being pre-built or DIY.
What I want the computer to do is run games (ie:Minecraft) with full graphics and recording (ie:Fraps). No lag allowed. I also am going to need at least 8 GB RAM because my 4 GB is "a word I should not use on forums." Anyone can help me out here?
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  1. Thanks so much o1die. Definitely going to look into this. :)
  2. o1die said:

    Only $677 (plus tax and S&H)! I don't think that I will need 1 TB, honestly. I have a 250 GB external hard drive already. If a company like iBuyPower was selling this, it would probably cost around $1,000. Amazing deal. Thanks for the help.
  3. nekulturny said:


    Though you did get a better video card you downgraded a few other things. I'd be willing to pay an extra $60 to get a video card two tiers higher on the list here here. I'll just swap out the video card and that's it. It's only just above $700. How much do you think S&H will cost in total?
  4. Newegg ships many items for free.
  5. Antelopeking said:
    Though you did get a better video card you downgraded a few other things. I'd be willing to pay an extra $60 to get a video card two tiers higher on the list here here. I'll just swap out the video card and that's it. It's only just above $700. How much do you think S&H will cost in total?

    Depends, like o1die said, newegg does a lot of free shipping on items. The 6870 is a very competent video card, I have problem with Tom's "Hierarchy Charts", they aren't very informative.

    Take for example the GTX 560 TI, now that article has it a run above the 6870. Okay, yes the 560 TI is a little better than the 6870, but how much better for the extra 60-90 dollars?

    Lets take a look here:

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=330

    If one were to ask me based on that chart, not very much at all. But absolutely, its your system so you're the one that has to be happy with it, just keep in mind that a more expensive part doesn't necessarily give you better performance. At that price range however, I would consider a 7850 over say a 560 TI.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125419

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=547
  6. I agree that it should show more in-depth charts. Maybe it will get updated later on.
  7. Yea.. Well, really benchmarks have to be taken with a grain of salt anyway. Theres just so many factors that go into system performance, and with gaming, different resolutions, different settings, what programs are being run in the background, some games aren't very graphic intensive, and some are very CPU intensive etc. The benches are good for reference but its not always consistent. All of these factors, theres no way a review site could test them all.

    Overall however, at least how I interpret the various benchmarks of the 6870 vs the 560 TI, I feel pretty confident to say the 6870 is the better buy for the money. And at the price point of the 560 TI, the 7850 is a better buy.
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