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Choosing a gaming computer


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#1 Xezat

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:24 PM

Hi everyone,

I've been in the market for a good gaming computer for a while now, and a parent is willing to go in 50-50 with me as well since the main computer blew up a couple of weeks ago. However, he has one kinda lame restriction: he really dislikes Intel chips (some bad experience with them in the past, despite me giving much evidence that any current gen intel blows away AMD), so I pretty much have to scout out something with AMD in it. Anyways, it looks like Best Buy is having a sale on ibuypower brand models, so I was looking at those in particular. Ideally I'd prefer to buy something at Best Buy due to the whole Rewards Zone membership thing, but I'm open to pretty much anywhere with a good deal otherwise. Also feel free to list any ones with Intel, I'm still working him to accept it.

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Price range: $800-$1000
Have AMD cpu
Have pretty much everything else (mouse, keyboard), even a spare 32" TV to use as a monitor for now

So with that in mind, here's the current 4 I'm looking at mainly:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/iBuyPower+-+Gamer+Extreme+Desktop+-+8GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/4911262.p?id=1218575763879&skuId=4911262

Seems to have decent specs (I think that AMD cpu is roughly equal to the i5?) and a Nvidia GTX 560, not bad for under $900.


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/iBuyPower+-+Gamer+Extreme+Desktop+-+8GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/4911305.p?id=1218575763252&skuId=4911305

Cheaper than the above, but with a step down in graphics power. Still, under $800 it is tempting...


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/iBuyPower+-+Gamer+Extreme+Desktop+-+8GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/5036133.p?id=1218601982261&skuId=5036133

The best graphics card of the 4 (Radeon 6870), but conversely the weakest CPU I think...kind of a shame I think, as the price looks good. Would have bought this otherwise, but I dunno how much worse a FX-6100 is compared to the FX-8000 series.


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/CyberPower+-+Gamer+Ultra+Desktop+-+8GB+Memory+-+2TB+Hard+Drive/5857377.p?id=1218697298048&skuId=5857377

Not an ibuypower, but it has nice specs as well as a good cost.


So yeah...if anyone can offer some advice on what to choose and other things to weigh, it'd be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 10:57 AM

I'd choose the one with the FX-6100 and the 6870 because you would want the best graphics card you can get for gaming. The FX-6100 is more then capable of handling games.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 02:05 PM

Well I've made some progress, I've just about finally got the parent to crack on Intels, so with that in mind here is what we're currently looking at:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/iBuyPower+-+Gamer+Supreme+Desktop+-+16GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/5471674.p?id=1218651512404&skuId=5471674

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/iBuyPower+-+Gamer+Extreme+Desktop+-+8GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/5471629.p?id=1218651511326&skuId=5471629

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/iBuyPower+-+Gamer+Extreme+Desktop+-+8GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/5471692.p?id=1218651510989&skuId=5471692

It's now mostly about how much we want to spend I think or whether to save a bit for now, the 16gb of memory and i7-3770k on the first one is a bit overkill, but it also has the better graphics (GTX 560) over the other two. Looking at anandtech comparisons, the HD7770 and HD7750 only seem a touch worse in comparison, so by going down to the i5-3570k and one of those along with 8 gb less memory, it does save...anyone have some thoughts on these? Thanks!

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 08:43 PM

You can save more money by going with the AMD build as that 6870 is the fastest out of the pack.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 10:26 PM

You can save more money by going with the AMD build as that 6870 is the fastest out of the pack.

True, but the AMD processor is what worries me, especially since it's a FX-6100...I mean I know the GPU is the main part that determines good game play, but having a decent processor too also matters in it and for other general computer use.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 02:12 AM

Well guess this can be closed now, bleep Best Buy...I had the one I picked in the cart and was checking out when all of a sudden the bleep promotion ends and it shoots back up about $200 or so. Seriously, bleep you Best Buy...

Unless anyone else knows of a good site to buy a computer?

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 07:42 AM

The FX-6100 is a more then capable processor for gaming and it will not bottleneck the graphics card. A replacement system like this would work, it had the best graphics card that i could find on the site and it has nice well built case.

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