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Looking for a gaming desktop

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#1 curiositykat


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Posted 07 November 2014 - 07:39 PM

I'm debating buying my first desktop computer and would like some directional advice. Black friday is coming up and wondering if it would be best to snag a prebuilt system or try building one. The other option I have been considering is buying a used likely-custom built system off craigslist after the holidays, but not sure about the risks in doing that. My budget is around $400 for the case and components, so a budget system basically. I'm not looking for a top of the line system but I do want something that will still be a decent computer 6 years from now. Currently I have a 6 year old HP Pavillion DV6700 laptop which has done very well for what it is over the years.


Any advice and suggestions are appreciated

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#2 bludshot


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Posted 07 November 2014 - 08:57 PM

If you are up for the job, building one is better. I wouldn't buy a used custom built off craigslist, who knows what you will get - buy a prebuilt over that any day.


What types of things do you use the computer for? If it's gaming at all, the computer will not be decent (for that) 6 years from now without upgrading it.


What you want in a custom build is stuff that can still be upgraded later on to extend the life of the computer.


Post what sort of things you will use it for and if you will play games, because that determines how much of the budget goes towards better graphics capability.

#3 Kilroy


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Posted 09 November 2014 - 12:45 PM

When you're talking low price you can't build for what you can buy, the main reason is the operating system is going to take $100 or more out of your budget.


If you're okay with refurbished that can get you more machine for the money also.  I recommend keeping an eye on Woot! (an Amazon company).  Check in daily as their deals are for 24 hours.


Barring that Black Friday, or Cyber Monday, will probably have a deal for you.

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