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Buying a new desktop

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#1 CluelessGamer


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Posted 28 February 2010 - 03:21 PM

Looking to buy a new desktop. Some of my games won't work on Mac, so I'll be sticking to Windows. I'm prepared to spend about $500 (just a guideline, a little higher is okay) on this thing, just looking for a good setup right off the shelves. I'm going to be using it for gaming, so I need one that can handle some pretty intense graphics. Obviously for $500 I won't be getting a top-of-the-line system, but I wanted to upgrade from what I got now, as some of the cooler games are starting to move out of my capabilities. Right now I have an AMD Athlon XP 3200+ running 2.20GHz, 2.0 GB RAM, with a GEForce 6600 LE. Hopefully y'all can tell me what to look for (there are a LOT of numbers on computer adds, and I don't know what they all mean) so I can get the most power for my money.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 01 March 2010 - 10:29 AM

I don't game...but I would not expect to find any sort of gaming system for $500 that would justify the expenditure.

Rather than go that route, I would think that it would be wiser to upgrade the motherboard/CPU, RAM, and GPU...and therefore (IMO) get more bang for your bucks. Maybe a new PSU also.

You might take a look at http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/...ay_crysis_40fps, bearing in mind that it's now 2010 and chances are that systems such as the one mentioned...probably cost a tad less now.


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#3 djsi


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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:52 AM

If you're willing to venture into a custom built pc surely 500 can get you a very good machine for gaming if you're a little savvy with your hardware shopping.

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