Looking for a gaming computer! Need some help!

I'm looking for a gaming computer that can max out (or close) games like Guilds Wars 2, Team Fortress 2, Minecraft, Battlefield 3 (this only like medium-high), and Skyrim (this also med-high). I don't want to spend more than around $950, including monitor, mouse, keyboard, OS (I'm getting it a bit cheaper, only $75), with some $50-$100 extra for games to buy, and hopefully a nice gaming headset.
If there is a laptop that's able to achieve this, then please suggest one (with a link). I'd rather get a laptop if possible since I'm running around sometimes and would like the ability to bring my computer with.
Preferred stores are ones that offer next business day shipping for a reasonable price. Some stores that you can choose a computer and customize it to your liking (HP, Dell, etc). Also local stores like Microcenter and Best Buy (I live in Shakopee, Minnesota if you need to know).
Thanks! :D
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  1. I'm assuming you don't want to build it yourself. Here's my thoughts on that:

    You want to be a race car driver, but you need a car. You've got about $20k to blow on a race equipped car. What would you do?

    1) Buy a new Corolla.

    2) Buy a kit car and make it yourself, specifically made for racing, and do much better in the race instead of finishing last with a Corolla.

    That's how I think of it. You can go buy a computer made by someone like HP or Dell, which are made with low quality components and are more for a good all around computer. These computers are no good for gaming.

    If you build it yourself, you can pick much higher end components for cheaper and higher quality. For $950, HP nor Dell is going to give you anything that can max out or run any of those games on high.

    I can piece a computer together for you specifically for gaming for a much better deal than HP or Dell.
  2. No I am willing to build it. I just would like to have a computer ASAP. I don't mind.
  3. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gA4j

    Tried to put in a quality mouse/keyboard combo but to cut costs you can down-grade them. The 620w Antec Neo Eco PSU is a Seasonic unit as well. Have a nice day!
  4. If you're building yourself and can spare an extra $100, then here -
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($312.55 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($65.17 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1062.12
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-04 21:08 EDT-0400)
  5. This is what I had planned to get. Fits great with my budget, only around $830 with next day shipping.
    I customized it to have a backlit keyboard, the next higher up processor, 8GB RAM, and the GT 650M w/ 2GB of memory.
    http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/B4T90UA?HP-Pavilion-dv6-7020us-Entertainment-Notebook-PC
  6. Quote:


    This is actually a pretty nice build :D Thanks
  7. Quote:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gA4j

    Tried to put in a quality mouse/keyboard combo but to cut costs you can down-grade them. The 620w Antec Neo Eco PSU is a Seasonic unit as well. Have a nice day!


    If you could try looking up these pieces/or close ones on Microcenter, that would be awesome. Make the Twin Cities option your store and it'll show the deals and such. I saw I could get some items a lot cheaper there.
    Here's your build I customized a bit just to put it my monitor. The mouse/keyboard can be standard, not gaming. I'm not really looking to spend a load of cash on those parts.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gA72
  8. Quote:
    If you're building yourself and can spare an extra $100, then here -
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($312.55 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($65.17 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1062.12
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-04 21:08 EDT-0400)


    I honestly can't spare any money, since I'm already pushing it with $950 as a max with all the shipping parts too.
  9. swap 7950 for the 7850 or 7870.
  10. This topic has been moved from the section Graphics & Displays to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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