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#1 nodoubtfan

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Posted 17 April 2015 - 01:28 PM

Laptop or Desktop?

desktop

My budget for the new computer is:

about 500 with taxes

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?

gaming, web browsing, facebook games

What software do you intend on using on the computer?

origin, etc

Do you play games? If so, what type of games?

gta v pc, the sims 3 w/5 expansion packs and 2 stuff packs

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?

I close programs when I am done useing them.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?

no

Will you be overclocking?

no

Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?

walmart, bestbuy, etc

How many monitors are you planning to use?
just one


Do you need peripherals? OS?
I would prefer windows 8.1, but would use wondows 7 if I had to


Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
GTA V pc doesn't run so well on my current computer.

I have a link to  a computer I was eyeing, but not sure if it's suitable.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/iBUYPOWER-Black-Gamer-Power-WA550B-Desktop-PC-with-AMD-Quad-Core-FX-4300-Processor-8GB-Memory-1TB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-7-Home-Premium-Monitor-Not/23745948

 

any and all opinion are appreciated.



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Posted 19 April 2015 - 12:49 PM

You are on a very tight budget trying to go where you want, my opinion get a quality board and processor and 4 gigs of ram.  Get a deal on Win 7 SP1 there is a free update to Win 10 coming.  My reasoning is this with a quality base you will have the ability to upgrade to quality part as your budget allows, any of the later Intel processors have fairly decent graphics built in.  you can get a good Gigabyte gaming board and a i3570 processor known to be a very good game chip, a spinner HD and stay with in your budget.  I am running a setup very similar to that, I have only tried intensive games a couple of time.  Yes they were a bit choppy and had some lag but playable, a decent video card will take care of that down the road.

 

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 02:32 PM

If you're willing to go with a refurbished machine you'll be able to get better performance in your price range.



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Posted 19 April 2015 - 05:43 PM

Added note 8+8.1 had some issues your better off going with 7 and the getting 10 free which is a much better alternative.


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Posted 19 April 2015 - 09:12 PM

If you're interested in a refurbished machine check Woot's computer deal of the day.  New Egg's Daily Shell Shocker is another place to check.  You should be able to find a decent deal within a week or two.

 

I have to disagree with OldPhil on Windows 8 and 8.1 having issues.  I have been running both since release day.  Most of the issues are users having to learn a new way to do what they were used to doing.  There are inexpensive programs, like Start8 to make the transition more acceptable.  Since I am an IT professional I learn the new things as they are necessary, or may become necessary, to do my job.



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Posted 19 April 2015 - 09:59 PM

Kilroy I agree it was more user comfort with a few things.


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