Most of those are pretty old and overpriced. Don't fall for "sales" it is marketing tactic, and those prices are certainly not sale prices. None of them even have a discrete gpu meaning you cannot even play games on low.
If you are looking only for a prebuilt, tell us a budget and we can find you better deals.
I think the price will go up after the sale ends.
Maybe they put on sales every other week. But at least it's a couple of bucks off the price.
I have an HD Radeon 5670. I bought it because the core 2 duo I'm using right now, only had on board graphics. It's able to play games like Street Fighter IV reasonably well. Though I should point out that my monitor isn't 1080p. It's max resolution is 1440 x 900.
I'm not really into playing the newest and most demanding of games on the PC.
Here's a list of games I would like to play in the future on a pre-built I actually own:
Max payne 3
Super street fighter 4 arcade edition
Street fighter x tekken
Left 4 dead
amnesia: the dark descent
C&C: Red Alert 2
It's not that many, and the most taxing game there is max payne 3.
But if you guys are willing to find me better deals, that would be really greatly appreciated.
As you saw from the links to the systems I was looking at, they all stayed under $400
I guess if I were to have a budget, that would be it.
So as far as systems with the CPUs mentioned above (xeon dual/quad, phenom ii x6, and i3)
How does this i5 fare against them ?
I wish there was a comparison chart of all CPUs, haha, wait there is, they're called benchmarks.
But as a second opinion or an actual human being verifying information, would this intel core i5 be able to handle the games I mentioned, atleast at medium settings, and have the ability to edit media without a problem ?
Tom's does have a cpu hierarchy chart. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o... Although it doesn't list them all, it'll list models that are close. The i5 would be best the option for gaming vs the phenom x6 or i3. The xeon you listed is a core architecture (similar to a core 2 duo), much older and slower, 6 years old in fact.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kOKd No os I got it down to $350. Os puts it to $450. Otherwise the gateway that you linked is the cheapest I can find after shipping as long as there is no tax.
Building your own would mean new parts with whatever warranty each company has while the refurb is only 90 days. The mobo bios will be unlocked but it's not like you can change much anyways. I can easily change to a larger hdd. The fractal case has better better cooling, something you may need if you get a more powerful graphics card. The seasonic psu is better quality plus its 80+ plus which means better power efficiency. Performance wise, nothing really.