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Adding onto this tower for gaming purposes?

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#1 AmandaR.


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 12:03 AM



A long time ago I spent $1500 on an ASUS desktop that I used for gaming, and it was totally awesome - but I sold it a few years ago. Now I find myself lacking another $1500 bucks to just throw onto a computer....so I was wondering...if I purchased this computer from Best Buy: HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Harddrive for $249 and just upgraded it with memory/ram and a good graphics card from New Egg if that would be simple enough to do and save some $$$. I am looking to play WoW and Guildwars 2 (all the time, every day) and to browse internet, do downloads (for gaming patches for Wow and Guildwars which are huge at times!) and store pictures/video.

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 01:43 AM

Hi, that's a pretty good idea but the issue you would run into is the case itself is just too small for a sized graphics card to fit and also the power supply needs to be upgraded in order to run a reasonably decent card. I had a look around on the Best Buy website and the best desktop that i could find is the Dell Insprion i3847 which has a i3 processor with 8GB of ram. Any lower then that, is the Pentium territory which is certainly not suitable for gaming and will create a bottleneck once a mid-range graphics card is installed.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 02:07 AM

Like killerx525 has stated, to buil a gaming PC, you're going to need gaming components in the computer when you purchase it.


You'll have to trust me on this one, a $249 computer isn't going to have much of a PSU, CPU, a MB with extra RAM slots. You may wish to jump over to Costco & check out their selection of computers. Oftentimes you'll save $200-$400 over OEM prices (I saved $350 on this one).


You need something worth building onto, or build one yoursef.



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