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Need help on choosing a gaming desktop

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January 21, 2013 2:15:21 AM

So I am thinking of buying the alienware x51 desktop for gaming.(To be able to play Planetside 2 on ultra or high with no lag)
So which one is the best...


One has an 3rd gen i5 with a GTX 660 and the other one has a 2nd gen i7 with a GT 545.
I don't really know the difference so I would also like to know why it's better than the other.
(If theres a better desktop with prices around 1000 please tell,it also has to be in best buy.)

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January 21, 2013 2:31:44 AM

Hi. The i5 with the GTX 660 is the best of the two and all desktop less than $1000 at Best Buy if you must buy one from them.

Edit: It's funny and sad that the next best GPU is a GTX 650 and a lot of GT 630 and GT 620. If you're willing to build one, you can get a much better desktop for that budget.
January 21, 2013 2:42:46 AM

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January 21, 2013 2:43:26 AM

Ok, thank you I'm going to buy it now :D .
January 21, 2013 2:48:00 AM

You're welcome. I can't help but feel a little sad inside. :cry: 
January 21, 2013 2:58:51 AM

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January 21, 2013 3:02:27 AM

sagat231 said:

You can build a computer twice as good for the same price.
January 21, 2013 3:07:14 AM

What tiny voices said but I understand that not everyone can build a PC for various reasons.
January 21, 2013 3:08:00 AM

tiny voices said:
You can build a computer twice as good for the same price.

Ya, I would build it my own if I had any experience or help with it.
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January 21, 2013 3:12:44 AM

With your budget you could build a computer that can max games for a while and a few years down the road still play games on high settings.

This alienware will only get you high settings within a year and won't be very upgradeable.
January 21, 2013 3:13:35 AM

It's not very hard if you're willing to try. Everyone has to start somewhere right? But you are entitled to make your own decision and we're just here to help. Here's a building guide with videos just so you get some idea of how it's done even if you're going to buy a PC. Who knows it might come in handy someday: :) 
January 21, 2013 3:23:32 AM

Ok, I'll try to look into it and learn some things.
If it really is easy then maybe I'll build it if not then I'll stick with pre-builds.
Thank you for all your help and recommendations.
January 21, 2013 3:26:23 AM

You're welcome and remember that we're here to help if you need it.