I need to upgrade my desktop and I am on the fence about buying prebuilt or attempting to build my own. The only thing I have ever done with a computer is upgrade my graphics card. I am looking to spend no more than $1500 (the lower the price the better!) The desktop would purely be used to run the game The Sims 3 plus the expansions, so I would just need something that would run that game on max settings. I have a 1gb Radeon HD 6770 graphics card now, but I would be willing to upgrade if there is something better. Does this sound like something a newb would be able to do or is prebuilt the way to go?
Thanks in advance.
You can save a lot of money building your own system plus you get to hand pick every component inside (with help from here). Pre-built systems are fine but you have less control over what goes inside. You can build a VERY solid and fast gamer for less than 1500.
Look on NewEgg in the wishlist section in the public wishlists and you'll see a lot of people's examples of gamer systems for every budget. I created one called "MIDRANGE GAMER" but it probably won't be posted until tomorrow sometime. My example came to 1200, including a 23" HD monitor (same one I have), and you can pop your 6770 in and should be good to go!