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).
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.
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