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Help choose new Gaming Computer - Please!


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#1 chris96993

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:53 PM

Hello, I am looking to upgrade my current non gaming pc. I had it for a year and it ran fine, but I would like a system that could run on highest settings. Current pc link below if intrested:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pavilion+Desktop+-+6GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/6835576.p?skuId=6835576&strId=10&strClr=true&id=1218809255253#tabbed-specifications

I am not good at building or comparing specs, due to so many variations and options of chose from. I am looking to spend from 600$ - 700$. Also, the only game I will be running is World of Warcraft (an mmorpg, no crazy system requirements). Sorry if it seems like I am asking you guys to do the work for me, but I truly cannot tell if AMD or Intel graphics would be better, etc. I have a few computers in mind, just don't know what areas of specs to prioritize. Thank you so much for looking into my post, any answer will help!

Here are the computers I'm looking at (i didn't go to newegg because of all the weird cheap brands at my price range):

- http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ideacentre-k450-desktop-8gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/3275001.p?id=1219091559948&skuId=3275001&st=pcmcat287600050002_categoryid$abcat0501000&cp=1&lp=1#tab=specifications

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883155944

- http://www.bestbuy.com/site/xps-desktop-12gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/1746157.p?id=1219062510151&skuId=1746157&st=pcmcat287600050002_categoryid$abcat0501000&cp=1&lp=4    (this one looks really good)

- http://www.bestbuy.com/site/desktop-8gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/1822104.p?id=1219065400733&skuId=1822104&st=pcmcat287600050002_categoryid$abcat0501000&cp=1&lp=6

- http://www.bestbuy.com/site/desktop-8gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/1822053.p?id=1219065404328&skuId=1822053&st=pcmcat287600050002_categoryid$abcat0501000&cp=1&lp=10

Thanks again!


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#2 OldPhil

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 08:06 AM

Of your picks I like the one below, the tower is a larger configuration.  A bigger tower is more convenient when you need to do anything inside, I also feel a larger towers generally vent better helps to get rid of heat.  What I do not like is no HDMI output, sucks if you want HD to hook up to a tv.  I would upgrade the processors cooler on any system you buy an added case fan is also good, it will add longevity and help to avoid system issues.  Though I picked the one below out of your list there may be better deals out there wait for a little more input.  

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/desktop-8gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/1822053.p?id=1219065404328&skuId=1822053&st=pcmcat287600050002_categoryid$abcat0501000&cp=1&lp=10#tab=specifications


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 05:23 PM

What do you need to run on highest settings?

 

 



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 06:09 PM

If  I had to pick one of the four, I'd go opt for #4 (the ASUS w/ the AMD, 8 GB RAM, etc.), but you could probably do a lot better if you look around some more. I'd look for a machine that has the following attributes: a) expandability (more slots for more RAM, large case for more stuff to be added as you need - or can afford - it), B) intel CPU and maybe for GPU, instead of one newer card, use 2 - for example - gtx 580s in dual SLI, c) look for a PC that runs cool - - it might sound nuts, but one of the worst things about cheaper computers is the lack of proper ventilation/airflow/cooling apparatus - - find a cool rig (literally), and you'll find yourself infinitely more stable and able to function  at greater speed.



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 06:15 PM

Aah Another vote for the Asus!


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 11:15 PM

From my experiences, Intel is for more enthusiastic gamers or for people who want to use their computer as a big media centre. I find that AMD is more affordable for what you get. I don't think that's really relevant though, because you're buying a system and not building one.

 

From the choices you listed, I think the XPS would be your best option. It is fast and quiet. It has 12 GB of RAM, which will be more than enough (My PC has 8 GB and runs very smooth for what I use it for). You will also have the option to upgrade to 16 GB if you want to, which will be much more than you need (if you're not going to run a server). 1TB hard drive is what you would find on most computers this price range, and that is plenty. The Core i5 processor also looks great, and it would work very well for what you have listed.

 

Of course, all of the ones you listed look good, but I feel the XPS is the best valued. It looks great out of box, without any kind of modifications.

 

the link: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/xps-desktop-12gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/1746157.p?id=1219062510151&skuId=1746157&st=pcmcat287600050002_categoryid$abcat0501000&cp=1&lp=4

 

Hope this helped :)


Edited by EffectiveBones484, 03 April 2014 - 11:16 PM.





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