Thanks for the replies. Let me see if I can explain this a little better.
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Ohhhhh ok. That makes a lot more sense.
Yeah most box PC's are marked up a lot. More reasonable ones are around 20%, companies like AlienWare tend to do 50%, and Apple does close to 100% with some of their models (if you're just looking at hardware specs). Sometimes a company will make one that costs the same or less as you bulding it yourself, and they can do this because they either buy in bulk or manufacture half the parts themselves (ASUS will sometimes have a model or two like this)
Also, I’m not really a gamer but thought it would be fun to try some of the more popular games to see if I like it. I hope that gives you clearer picture.
Define "more popular games". Most of the real popular ones won't run on integrated graphics, and need osme kind of dedicated card.
Frist, I have about $1000.00 to spend for a new system.
New approach - Maybe you guys can recommend a good configuration for the Money I have to spend, or maybe a better web site for research and recommended builds? I could push it to $1200.00 if I need too.
Computer aren't NEARLY as costly as they use to be. A very competent gaming machine can be built for around 450$USD new (minus windows).
That's excluding the monitor though, some cheap speakers, and a controller to play games with though. You can use a TV for a screen that has a HDMI input on it. If you want a dedicated screen, a 1080p monitor can be had for 100$ or less.
Logitech makes a great xbox controller clone for 25$ that's usable with PC- if not, a new Xbox One controller is 50$ new. A cheap mouse/keyboard combo is like 15$.
If you're using a TV with HDMI, the PC will use the TV's speakers. Any ol pair of headphones will work to. Buying new though, cheap PC speakers are 10$, and same goes for headphones. Earbuds/inears being 5$ from any corner store if binaural surround sound is your thing.
A lot of people WAY over estimate hardware required to play video games, or to do anything on a computer.
Even with having to buy all the accessories to go with the computer. You're still at only 600$-ish (as apposed to over a grand). Without accessories being 450$-ish. Today I'm going out to build a gaming PC for my friend, and am only planning to spend between 50 to 100$ on the used parts for it (mins the video card, which I already have).
99% of the time, I edit for type-o's and grammar. I'll note it if that's not the case.
I write near essays for most my responses, and then try to condense as best I can to the introduction of one. Less is more. Let me know if I post to much.
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