Recently I decided to sell my laptop in order to buy a better computer. And to make the switch to a desktop. I don't know much about computers or really what I need to make it do the things I'd like. So I am hoping I can get some advice on it. I looked up a few different "builds" and found some that are close to my price range. But I want to make sure before I buy the parts that it'll do what I want it to.
My main concerns are playing up-to-date games at a good frame rate and all that jazz. I don't need the game to have max settings. I just want it to look good and run well. The computer I have now is the Alienware M14x R2. And for me it's pretty much done everything I've needed it to. But I want what I buy next to be an upgrade. Which I'm sure it will be, since this computer is now almost 2 years old.
I also want to be able to play Minecraft well on it, and use the Shaders mod. As well as record whilst playing. That is my main want currently. I don't want to lag heavily while playing. It doesn't really do that now, but I'm sure using that mod won't help it. I do know I'll need at least 8gb of RAM for the mod. Although I'd eventually like to have more than 8gb.
I'll be getting about $550 for the computer so with that money I'd like to buy the computer. I would prefer not spending much more since I'll eventually have to buy a new monitor, and definitely a new keyboard. So I want to stay as close as I can to that range.
The builds I found are these:
I also would like to know about how installing Windows works. Is the only way using the Disc Drive? Or is it possible by USB? I have a Windows disc from the Alienware, and if I have to I'm prepared to buy a external DVD.