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I need help choosing between these four gaming computers.

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September 19, 2013 3:21:31 PM

I am on a low budget and an AMD fan. I was wondering which of the following would be best for gaming. I plan on playing minecraft, planetside 2, star trek online, ghost recon online, blacklight retribution, and a couple others.

[Computer 1]: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/iBUYPOWER+-+Desktop+-+4GB+M...
[Computer 2]: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/iBUYPOWER+-+Desktop+-+8GB+M...
[Computer 3]: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/CyberPowerPC+-+Gamer+Ultra+...
[Computer 4]: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/iBUYPOWER+-+Desktop+-+8GB+M...
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September 19, 2013 3:28:34 PM

Easy answer: none of the above. Cyberpower and IBUYPOWER are horrendous vendors and if you search these forums there's tons of users who have posted horror stories about them. Do not buy any of the above. Instead build your own, you'll get a better system for less money.

September 19, 2013 3:33:16 PM

Could you build a sample rig for me around the same price with pcpartpicker? Every time I try to build a similar rig, the price is about a two hundred dollar difference.
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September 19, 2013 3:58:41 PM

StarTrek2013 said:
Could you build a sample rig for me around the same price with pcpartpicker? Every time I try to build a similar rig, the price is about a two hundred dollar difference.


I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the rapidly escalating RAM prices (for instance 8GB of G.Skill Ares was $59, now it's $81, an 8GB set of $65 now it's $89). Same with HDs, it used to be building a system on a tight budget was easy, but with those two parts rapidly fluctuating in price, it's no longer so.

Maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.97 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $582.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-19 18:58 EDT-0400)
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September 19, 2013 4:03:25 PM

G-units build except drop the processor to an FX 6300 . Its an identical part clocked a bit slower and you can overclock it yourself very easily

Use a cheaper but good enough quality power supply to save anther $$20 or so

And suddenly you have enough in the budget for a stronger Radeon 7850
!