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New Gaming PC - Would love some advice

Question: New Gaming PC - Would love some advice

Hello, I built a computer back in 2006, since then I haven't kept up with the game, so I don't know much about current parts.

I'm looking to build a gaming PC for about 1000 USD, and hope for it to be relevant for 2+ years.
I mostly play DOTA 2, but play a variety of games including Skyrim, Bioshock: Infinite, The Witcher 3 etc.

I have put together a build on pcpartpicker which falls into my budget.
Here is the link to the build:
I'll be using my TV as a monitor for the time being.

Are there any parts which are too low-end/high-end relative to the rest of the build?
Is the case an appropriate size for my parts?
Any recommendations of parts to swap out?
I've had problems with overheating in my PCs/Laptops in the past, should I invest in better cooling?

I'm living in Japan, so I will be buying from local sites/shops, so depending on local prices the build may change a little and I may post another thread. However, I haven't found good cheap retailers yet.

Thank you for your time and any advice you have.

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Preferred Solution: New Gaming PC - Would love some advice

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Answer: New Gaming PC - Would love some advice

Those games will easily play on that system. The i5 is considered the sweet spot for gaming. You picked good parts. The only advice I would give is two fold: 1) Western Digital's Black Series is considered a better build quality with a 5 year warranty and 2) Love Corsair power supplies but I would go 650 watts myself (always rather have a bit more than needed).

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Ok you will have to bear with me as Im not a super tech dude but I have a problem when playing games.

My compter seems to "chug" or slow down for a few seconds every minute or so when I play any game on my system, other wise they run fine.

I have a brand new system running on Windows XP with service pak 2

AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual core processor 6400+ 3.21 GHz and 2 gig of RAM

my graphics card is a Leadtek PX8800 GT (PCI)

I have installed the latest NVIDIA driver and what not. I don't understand why because its a brand new machine and the games should run sweet, especially seeing im only trying to play older games like Half life2 and counter strike. Its not an online thing cause offline games do it as well.

Someone help please!!!!!

Answer:For the love of good gaming I need help

Seems unusual, make sure your drivers are all up to date firstly.

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I am looking for a new computer under $1,000 which will give me good speed to render videos after editing then uploading to youtube. I am very new to all this and will be uploading content every week, but would love any recommendations or what are the most important things that i need to know when looking.

I will likely get final cut pro or Sony vegas for editing


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ok, well i got some spyware, now i also have hijack this. i'm familiar with the software, yet i have no idea where this spyware is. here's my hijack log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:26:51 AM, on 3/27/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Edit by chaslang: Unrequested inline log removed

I understand that it's a lot but please help...

Answer:For the love of god!!!! I need advice!! SPYWARE!

You have an HSA hijacker. We require that you follow the steps in our sticky threads before posting HijackThis logs and we also have guidelines on when and how to post the logs. Please follow the steps below.

You should also uninstall LimeWire as it is a source of adware/spyware.

- Run ALL the steps in this Sticky thread READ ME FIRST BEFORE ASKING FOR SUPPORT: Basic Spyware, Trojan And Virus Removal Make sure you check version numbers and get all updates.

- Very Important: Make sure you tell us the results from running the tutorial...was anything found? Were you unable to complete any of the scans?...Were you unable to download any of the tools?...Did you do the on-line scans as suggested? etc.
After doing ALL of the above you still have a problem:

- Download HijackThis 1.99.1

- Unzip the hijackthis.exe file to a folder you create named C:\Program Files\HJT

- Do NOT run Hijack This from the Desktop, a temp folder, or a sub-folder of C:\Documents and Settings, or choose to run it directly from the downloaded ZIP file.

- Before running HijackThis: You must close each of the following:your web browser, e-mail client, instant messenger, and programs like notepad, wordpad, MS Word etc. And any other unnecessary running programs.

- Run HijackThis and save your log file.

- Post your log as an ATTACHMENT to your next message. (Do NOT copy/paste the log into your post).

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Hey guys, network noob here (more of a hardware/software kind of guy) wondering if I could get a bit of advice from one of the more well-informed members here.

So here's my issue:
I currently have xfinity as my ISP with a 150 down and 20 up plan. Internet speeds are great, no complaints--- when plugged in directly to the gateway they provided.

Now here's where the issues come in. The WiFi signal the gateway gives off sucks. Big time. Speeds are mediocre at best and there are tons of dead-zones in my house, most importantly, my front/living room is a dead zone and my Smart TV is unable to hold a stable connection to our WiFi. Unfortunately, the gateway is upstairs, on the other side of the house in my office, so the signal has some walls and ceiling to go through. I've tried range extenders, didn't help. I'm at the point where I am just going to bridge my gateway to use as a modem and invest in a nice router (probably in the ~$100 range).

Here are my questions:

- Is investing in a good router my best bet?

- Should I be looking at wireless N or AC routers?

- Are there any better alternatives?

Thanks in advance guys, I really appreciate it.

Answer:Bit of a noob with networking--- would love some advice.

IMO, you should wire everything possible no matter how much hassle it is. You only have to do it once. No matter what you buy you'll never get the endless/solid reliability you'll get from ethernet with wireless.

If you have dead zones, you could buy access points and wire them up around the house. Just use the same SSID/Password and you can roam. Range extenders usually aren't very good/reliable. Powerline networking is probably going to be as horrible as range extenders.

If you're just looking for a suggestion on a wireless router combo consumer thing, then they're a dime a dozen and good luck. There is already a thread for that.

If you want to set up a solid network that doesn't fail you, you can look into getting a solid router (edgerouter, pfsense, or something else decent), a few ap's (unifi, or something else decent) and a good switch (HP 1810g or some zyxel, used dell/hp/cisco, or something else decent).

There are endless options if you want to go for great reliability, and endless options if you wanna blow 200 bucks on consumer junk.

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I used to have I have 5 Lumias (625, 920, 930, 1020 & 1520). I love everything about the Lumias, from great build quality to amazing PureView cameras.
I love Windows Phone, it's so secure and it looks great with live tiles. I believe the closed nature of IOS is a good thing for Windows Phone to follow so we do not get viruses like on Android. IOS and Windows Phone are very good at making the most out of weaker processors and little RAM, giving a lag free performance.
I am productive on my smartphones, using Office mobile on the go and OneDrive for my storage. I'm deeply entrenched in the Microsoft ecosystem. For me, there is no 'app gap'. I've got everything I need.
I love Lumias & I love Windows Phone. Looking forward to Windows 10 and future flagships. I want to see Windows Phone make a dent to the IOS & Android duopoly. Competition is good!

Answer:I love Lumias & I love Windows Phone

Just out of curiousity, but what do you usually use your 5 Lumias for? Does each Lumia have specific duty/function?

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I keep coming back into this forum from time to time, checking to see what is new with this coming OS. Love it or hate it, this is a huge transition for Microsoft and I for one am quite curious to see how this all plays out after launch.

What I keep noticing as I peruse these forums is that most in here fall into 1 of basically two categories. There are those who cannot stand the new interface (metro, lack of start button, start menu) and who are very frustrated with the changes after trying it out. This group I suspect is the larger of the two... Then there are those who love Windows 8 (they find it to be snappier, use less ram, etc). Most folks in this latter category have either managed to embrace the new UI and metro, or more often it seems, they have managed to use some 3rd party program to get Windows 8 to behave like good ol' Windows used to.

So what you see around here, are thread after thread where we have people posting their frustrations with the OS, and then we have people replying to them telling them that all they have to do is install this 3rd party app and everything will be peachy, it will behave just like 7 did.

To me this is no solution to the core problem, which is that Microsoft has once again taken away the power of choice from the end user. We don't get to choose. We are not smart enough it seems to know what we should like. I think they are in for a rude awakening. Can they not see that there is something completely wrong with having... Read more

Answer:Even most of those who love it, have to use 3rd party apps to love it!

There is something not quite striking the right note in MS Product Management.

I don't know what it is. Either they have the wrong people as Product Managers, or someone keeps overriding them.

They are trying something very big and risky here.

I don't get why they are breaking the rules.

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Question: Gaming PC advice

Hiho,Noob PC builder in need of urgent advice....I am building my first ever pc from scratch and am now in the process of purchasing my parts. Before I press the huy button on I just wanted to check that my spec sounds ok?Processor: Phenom II x 4 955 3.2ghzMobo: MSI 790FX GD70Hard disk: Samsung spinpoint F1 1TBCase: Antec twelve hundredGraphics: XFX xxx DDr5 4890 1gbPSU: Be Quiet 650w dark proDoes this sound ok? Can someone please recommend RAM and cooling (if required)Let me know if I have missed anything!!!ThanksPaul

Answer:Gaming PC advice

HDD, DVD Wtr. Windows Software

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Im a big gamer and have been for many years, I have always had Win 98 , win98_SE. I have recently upgraded my RAM to 1 GHZ DDR 400 - 3200. Now Win98_SE doesnt like it as much as I thought. So I thought maybe after all these years I must change my Operating System. But im not sure to what for online Gaming. Im not keen on XP - Looks good but what else does it have to offer for the Big Gamer "UM" ......So what about Windows 2000 some one said to me that Win 2000 is a very good option..I have it but never put it on...

So what I would like to know is from all you PC freaks out there what operating System I should change to and Why...

Please advise as I dont want to Format - put on the new Operating system and then realise I dont like it...

Thx in Advance .....


Answer:Gaming Advice please....

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I've been using a gaming laptop for the last 2 years and it's time I got a dedicated gaming PC. Can you please give me recommendations on the best gaming PCs out there and the specs I should get? I don't have a budget. Thanks

Answer:Need advice on gaming PC

Well to really answer this properly we need a budget. Can you or a friend build your own?

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I am about to buy a new pc to replace one that is more than 5 years old and I want it to be as future proof as possible ( without spending silly money ). I also want it to play all the latest top end games that I have been missing out on - crysis etc. I am customising one from Chillblast with the following specs...4gb pc2 6400 ram8800gtx graphics cardI am stuck between choosing a core 2 duo 8400 or core 2 quad Q6600 - is quad core overkill at the moment ? I am better off going for the core 2 duo 8500 ?Also, the model has 500W PSU - is that sufficient or should I go up a step to 620W.Thanks in advance for any help given.

Answer:advice on new gaming pc

I would get the quad as games are starting to be made that can use quad, there are some out already, supreme commander, half life ep2, and the upcoming assassins creed.I would also get the 620 psu. chillblast may pre overclock the 6600, it go's to 3.6.

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Question: PC Gaming Advice

I'm not 100% sure if I'm posting this in the correct forum spot but I'll give it a go here anyway. I'm looking into buying a good gaming PC that can run League of Legends, Steam games, and stuff like that. The main game I play is League of Legends and I at least would like it to run at max for that game. If anyone could help me that would be great.

Answer:PC Gaming Advice

What is your budget? Also, what resolution will you be gaming at?

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Yeap it's me again, I have a Dell Triniton 22 inch CRT for my games. I was wondering what is a good 22"TFT/LCD HD screen to buy.I have looked at this ViewSonic VX2245WM LCD 22" is this any good ?thanks

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Question: Gaming Rig Advice

Hi, I lucky have just stumbled onto this site :)I want to get a new gaming rig but only have a budget of 350-400 pounds.I was hoping u guys could give me some sites that would give me info about pc parts, ie what chipset goes on what board etcBut I have a few questions for you guys :)Will ddr2 memory work on the same Motherboard asa graphics card that runs on ddr3 ?Whats PCI express SLI ?What should I look for when buying a graphics card ? for example i see alot of 8800 graphics cards for sale from 100pound up to 200pound I cant understand how much the prices differes for a similar card.Lastly given my budget what can i compromise on ?for example should i get less ram and a better graphics card or vice versa ?thanks in advance

Answer:Gaming Rig Advice

click here... this should help you.If your gaming, you should spend most money on the graphics card. Personally, I would say get an Nvidia 8800 series graphics card. 256mb if your gaming on a 19" monitor or less. 512mb if your 20" or higher. 256mb can be had for around £130 and the 512mb versions are around £170. SLI is when you run 2 graphics cards. ATM, no games take advantage of this.Hope this helps

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Hi all im not after help with the actual building of the computer but need your input or advice.Heres what I want to do.Build a gaming Pc, what i want is advice on what motherboard to use. Oh I prefer AMD motherboards if possible, One that can if needed have dual graphics Cards, prefer nvidia but am open to your advice.As i know some boards out now will take nvidia or ATI in SliI have a Brand new 19in WS TFT monitor waiting.I want to see what System I can build on a budget of between £500-£600 and its only the Comp I need have Keyboard and as said Monitor.So all advice and input will help bigtime.

Answer:Advice on Gaming Pc

abit fatality fp-1n9 sli 650i £75, a core2 duo, 2g ram, 8800gts 320 memory version. core 2 duo overclocks well. amd have nothing to compete till they bring out their new stuff and it has had a lot of delays.

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I have been talking about building a real good gaming computer on TSG for awhile now. Im rilly hiting a wall when it comes to an SLI mother board. The ASUS A8N Sli Preium MotherBoard was supposed to come out this past Monday a Vender told me and i called again and he now says in a few weeks. Im rilly disapointed, b/c i have been waiting to build my new gaming rig for awhile now. Im ready to build just need a mother board to come out.

Anyway, heres the direction im going with for the build........

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 FX55 Socket 939 Processor
Mother Board: Unknown (ASUS A8N Sli "Preium", if i can ever get one)
RAM:CORSAIR XMS 1GB 2 x 512MB (2GB 4 x 512MB if possable with Dual Chanal)
Video Cards: 2x eVGA 256mb Geforce 6800Ultra 256MB (512mb vid RAM Total)
Hard Drives: 2x Western Digital Raptor 73GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150
CD/RW/DVD/R/RW: 2x PLEXTOR (sata drives)
Sound:CREATIVE Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum (7.1) Channels PCI Interface w/front Panal
Video Capture: Kworld Video Magician PCI Interface Video Editing Kit w/front panal
Power Supply: Antec TruePower 2.0 TP2-550 EPS12V ATX12V 550W
OS: Update Microsoft Windows XP Professional With Service Pack 2
Monitor: HYUNDAI L90D+ Silver 19" 8ms LCD Monitor
Mouse: Logitech MX510 (red)
Keyboard: Saitek Black USB Eclipse Keyboard (with blue back lit keys)
Case: Ultra Demon FX 2B (my current case i love it, led fans, cold cathode, uv sensitive, etc...)
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Answer:My Gaming Sli Rig, Any Advice or Changes?

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Hiya Everybody!!

I've posted here in the past when I needed advice and it was always GREAT so I thought I'd try again. I would totally appreciate it if you could give some advice again.

I was just informed that for my Birthday I will be getting a new computer! WhoooHooo! The one that I have now ...I built almost 5 years ago and I HATE it! Plus it took a beating from Hurricane Charley and it's just not workable anymore for my games. So this is where I'm stuck.

I will be given $500 to pick out a built computer. I absolutely HATE Dell and would never buy from them again so that's not an option. I've been having a problem finding a rig for that amount of money including a monitor. So basically I need to find a decent system that is very upgradeable as I get more money here and there. All I really want for now is something that is Fast (I have a AMD 1300 and it CRAWLS & Lags!) and something with Decent graphics. I have a Geforce 4 right now and it's VERY old! The rest I can upgrade at a later time.

Soooo...I'm just gonna give this computer to my kids and work on getting a good foundation computer to build on with time. So $500 is my limit. I've found places online that lets you customize what you need and this is where I need your help. What are the absolutely MUST HAVEs to start with??? And does anybody know of a good place that sells them like that? I've been checking Gateway, Ibuypower and Alienware. I don'... Read more

Answer:Help! Have $500 for new PC but NEED advice for Gaming Rig!

Hi there!

Have you considered building your own computer? It is not very hard, and in some cases it comes out cheeper then buying a prebuilt system.


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Question: Gaming PC advice

click here budget is about £500.
I probably want to run Battlefield/metro/skyrim at 60fps on high/ultra at 1920x1280
Will this achieve it and if not what could it probably achieve?
what major changes would you make also, thanks.

Answer:Gaming PC advice

I'm not sure you've got quite enough there to achieve what you're looking for. Others on here will tell you you'll get more from an Intel i5 - but you'll also pay quite a bit more. My son has a similar AMD processor for e.g. Skyrim, Planetside and so on and gets on fine with it. I think you need to budget more for your graphics card - that one is distinctly mid-range. For another £40 or so you could get e,g, a GTX660. I'm guessing - and it's a total guess - that the system you've configured will give you around 20-30 fps at max resolution. Up the graphics card by about £40, and you'll probably get mid-40s fps. To achieve what you're looking for, you'd probably need to spend about twice as much on the graphics card.
Others on here are more knowledgeable about gaming PCs, though.

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Hi! I've been scouring the Internet for the past week reading reviews and comparing hardware as I'm building a new PC! I found Cougar Extreme after a link someone had given on here and they seem the best value.
I have gone for the following system:
? Intel Core i5 2500k Quad Core,
? Asrock H61M-VS Motherboard,
? 8GB DDR3 Corsair 1600 (2 x 4Gb),
? Integrated Sound Card,
? Manufacturer Supplied Cooler,
? DVD+/- RW - 22X Samsung SATA,
? 1000Gb SATA Hard Drive SATA 2,
? No Secondary Hard Drive,
? 2 x ATI HD 6850 1024MB,
? No Monitor,
? CiT Vantage Black Midi Gaming Case HD Audio Black Interior 4 Fans Card Reader No PSU,
? Powercool 650W High Efficiency Black PSU,
? No Operating System,
? No Additional Software,
? 12 Months Warranty,
The reviews said that for gaming the i5 2500k was as good as the i7 2600k so I downgraded and went for the i5.
If anyone has any recommendations or changes that I should make it would be much appreciated! My budget is £600 (I already have mouse, keyboard, monitor and speakers)
The 2 things specifically that I got stuck on was whether to get 2 x 6850 or 1 x 6950, and whether the motherboard is OK for this? Also is it worth adding a proper soundcard - they are only £30?
I would like to run games like Diablo 3 and Skyrim - will this system be good enough?
Thanks a lot if anyone can get back to me on this!

Answer:Advice on new gaming PC

I would change the motherboard to a Z68 rather than the H61, I would look at getting a better brand of PSU than a Powercool. Case is pretty naff in my opinion. I personally would not bother with a separate sound card, but that is your choice. Your motherboard is m-ATX and can only handle one card there is no SLI so you cannot put to 6850's in that board.
Have a look here,Page 2. There is a few set ups you might like to look at.

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Hi, I need some help/info about a new gaming pc. Its going to be mainly used for flight sim so i think ill need something different, im looking to spend between £400-£800. Ive seen a few that i like the look off but was wondering if having an sli/crossfire x setup is worth the extra cash or is there not that much difference anyway? ive seen this which i like the look off click herebut how would that compare to say a lower priced gaming pc with just one graphics card? i was thinking about doing a self build aswell but it seems like it wouldnt cost much extra just buying a pre built machine.ThanksMartin

Answer:Help, New gaming Pc advice

Having not played a flight sim for a while I can't say for sure if sli or xfire are really needed. However, some of the most graphics intensive FPS games around don't *need* dual graphics to use (very) high settings.You're right on the cost of difference on pre-built. Just be aware that overclocking (if that's your thing) and some of the finer BIOS controls are not available on most shop bought PC's.

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Basically guys as im sure atleast some of you have read I plan on dumping a truck load of money into a new gaming rig pretty soon. Im no expert and figure you guys will know whats best so basically I come to you for advice on the specs. I am limited to this site as they have excellent customer service for the most part and I need to take advantage of the BNPL loan they offer.





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Answer:New gaming rig advice...


It seems like you want to dump a buttload of cash into your new system and that is fine and dandy, but there are a few things that you can do to cut the price down a tad.

A.) The QX6700 really isnt a gaming CPU, it pulls about the same FPS when paired with a 8800GTX as a E6700. Yes, more games in the future will be multi threaded, however I doubt that even multi threaded games will utalize the full potential of a E6700 within the next 2 years. However if you are into graphic design and such using programs that utalize more than 2 cores then this puppy is for you.

B.) The Striker Extreme is a great mobo, not questions asked, however most of the features will not be used by the average enthusiast. I can see that you do not want to get into overclocking too terribly much due to the fact that you want to air cool, not water cool. This board is meant for extreme overclocking and such. It offers no benefit however on average OC's of around 500mhz and at stock, depending on wich site you read the reviw at, the board benchs about the same all around as motherboards $200 less.

Conclusion: Everything else you have listed will due you just fine. You just need to take into concideration what you are going to use this comp for. As you stated its for gaming so configure it for gaming, not workstation software.

With that said, I'd probably go with a E6700 for half the price and get the same performance in games.

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So this will be my first ever computer that is home built, I'm completely UN aware of components that are viable for use, compatible ect so I've been asking others for good builds. I aim to run sc2 at high fps on any quality ( even low )' my budget is ?500, it may be able to stretch but not much. I don't wish to save at the moment as I don't have much to do and really need a new computer. Here is the current computer build I'm going to run: recommendations are greatly  appreciates, but if you can please include whY it would be good, as I can't understand computer language some simple English would be nice  anyway thanks for all your help guys, its greatly appreciates!

Answer:Need advice on my gaming pc

For an Intel build this looks good. I'd go with a Core i5 for gaming, but a Core i3 will work with a good video card as you have linked. This build also I dont see any problems with. Gigabyte is a good brand of motherboard etc. Only suggestion I have looking at the hardware is that if there is an option to get 1 x 8GB stick vs 2 x 4GB sticks, you may want to do that instead, so that down the road when you upgrade to more RAM, your not stuck throwing away 4GB sticks to populate it with all 8GB sticks, but instead you can add more 8GB sticks for 16, 24, 32GB etc with 2, 3, or 4 sticks later on. * 8GB by the way is plenty for now. I have a new build with 8GB RAM of the DDR3 1600 and the most memory I have consumed so far is 4.5GB of it with  3.5GB free and that was gaming with 2 copies of World of Warcraft running at the same time so that I could solo a Raid which requires a group of 2 minimum players and so I had my wifes acct active on a minimized duplicate launch of WoW while I played on the other instance of WoW, while also multitasking other stuff, and playing music on Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium with my new build with old CPU quadcore awaiting price of the 8-core AMD FX-8350 4.0Ghz/4.2Ghz Turbo to come down which would max out the supported processing power of this new build. Intel is the way to go if you have the money for it. I have been mainly an AMD customer for last 11 years with no complaints in performance. Although Intel is currently in the lead perfor... Read more

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I'm after some advice please!! My 11yr old is after his first gaming pc. He has had a dell laptop for a couple of years which just isn't cutting it anymore. He moans constantly about lagging and glitching (I'm baffled!)
The games he tried to play generally come from steam?
We have a budget of no more than £600 (and that's with all the family contributing for his birthday) Please give me some pointers on what I should be looking for. It needs to last him a good couple of years at least!

Answer:Advice for gaming PC for 11 yr old

This is in your price range but not got a clue whether there is anything better for the price. it is just something to look at till someone can give you proper advice.
Maybe think about 2nd hand or refurbished laptops I am sure someone will be able to advise you what is best to go for.
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Hi all,I'm pretty new to computing gaming wise and I was looking at a few PC's from friends recommendations but when I'm spending a lot of money i want to be completely sure. I want a pretty badass powerful PC which can run games on ultra like BF4 but also be good with music to an extent (I know Mac's are the best for music generally) but yeah.I've been looking at these computers so far, tell me what you think and if you have other recommendations, please feel free to say! btw I'm in the UK!Thanks! Links below!

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Please reply asap as really need help!

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Recently, I downloaded a demo for a game which I think a lot of people are familiar with, called Crysis. I'm not that much of an enthusiastic, hardcore gamer (due to the pricey tags on PC components) so only for about 1 or 2 hours perday is what I dedicate to the hobby. Now, I have  software sensor which monitors the temperatures on the CPU's cores, and while playing this game for about 25-40 minutes, the temperatures sky-rocket to 80-83 degrees Celcius. I've been playing games that are very graphic intense such as "Prototype", Dirt 2, and Crysis for as long as I've had my laptop and nothing unusuall has happened, yet. So, my biggest concern is whether this would have a long term effect on the life of the CPU, graphics card, or motherboard. If so, what measures should I take in order to cool down my CPU temperatur?  --------------------------------------------------------------------- Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 15.6"Intel Core i5-450m @ 2.4GHzATI Mobility Radeon HD 57304GB of DDR3 RAM @ 1066MHzWindows 7 Home Premium


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Answer:Gaming advice!

Honestly, the chips are designed for this. Most Core2Duo chips can safely operate up to 95 degrees celcius. I believe the hardware shuts the PC off once 95-105 is reached... it varies based on the laptop motherboard and the CPU's settings. Now, that temperature of yours does seem a tad bit high. There's a good chance you've collected dust in your laptop's grill over time that needs to be flushed out. Under heavy load, my Y550 sits around 65 or so. If you remove the largest panel on the underside of your laptop, you'll see the fan, and the thin grill. Purchase a can of compressed air from your local computer store, and blow in both directions of the vent to clear out. Hope this helps!

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hey all, just after a little advice on buying a new pc rig. I have no idea what I'm doing, and have a budget up to about 600, I'm after a gaming PC. I found this system on Novatech, to me it seems pretty good but as I said I don't really know what I'm doing... I'm after a gaming rig, something that will play games high-end and won't become obsolete in 2 or 3 yrs, or is at least easily ungrade-able? This seems a really good price, am I missing anything/something? most 'gaming' rigs I've seen on sites are a grand plus? it was the pro version I was going for. doesn't say anything about wireless connection or modem, would I have to get that seperately? Any help would be great!thanksclick hereIntel Core 2 Duo E84002GB memory640GB hard drive2 x Nvidia 9500GT 512MB SLI graphics

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If you want something to last and be upgradable I would suggest you go for a quad core unless you know the motherboard on this one can accept them otherwise when you want to upgrade you will have to pay out for both pieces.

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Hi all,new to this so please bear with me!After my old pc has finally given in its time to buy new,planning on just upgrading mobo,processor,ram and graphics card.What im really after is a bit of advice on which combo is the best option to run newer games,i have been looking at something like a Asus AM3 AMD 785G ATX DDR3 with AMD Athlon II X2 250 AM3 3Ghz 2Mb and something like a ATI Radeon 4670 HD 750Mhz 1GB PCI-Express 2.0 DVI...then a couple of gig of ram.Any ideas on if this setup would be up to it?Also looked at this click here or click hereThankyou in advance for any ideas,help,Oh and my budget is around £150 if i can!regardsChris

Answer:Hi ! New gaming rig,advice please!

My 4 year old pc has an ATI Radeon 4670HD 1Gb by Palit which I bought from Novatech click here 4670 last year for my son's use. Will run Dragon Age Origins for example above the minimum requirement but not the recommended graphics kit. Depends on what games you play. 2Gb RAM seems low.

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I have never built a pc before, let alone one for high end gaming. I'm looking to spend between $1000 - $1400 on this. Preferably the best for the lowest price. I don't need components with pretty specs that won't come into use for another 5 years either.

Please don't harass me if I did something stupid, as I'm inexperienced in this and only seek your advice. This is what I have decided to buy so far; subject to change as enough of you deem fit.

Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Price: $119.99

Power supply:

Thermaltake Toughpower W0116RU 750W Modularized w/14cm Fan Power Supply (Black)

Price: $185.03
Video Card:

SAPPHIRE 100200L Radeon X1950GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Price: $128.99

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Price: $174.99


AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor

Price: $159.99


Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 "Perpendicular Recording" ST3250820A 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM

Price: $64.99

G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Price: $109.99

DVD Burner:

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Answer:Advice on custom gaming pc please

Power supply:
Thermaltake Toughpower W0116RU 750W Modularized w/14cm Fan Power Supply (Black)
Price: $185.03Click to expand...

Overkill imho, but it should last for future-proofing.

Video Card:
SAPPHIRE 100200L Radeon X1950GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
Price: $128.99Click to expand...

For your budget, i wouldn't buy anything less than something in the 8800 series, if you don't wanna be updating again for a while. The X1950GT is a great card, but quite a way below an 8800GT and not DX10 compatible.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 "Perpendicular Recording" ST3250820A 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
Price: $64.99Click to expand...

Personally, i'd go the sata route, purely for ease of cable management and general speed. Although not all sata drives are faster than Pata drives.
I'd highly recommend the Samsung SpinPoint series, excellent drives, and silent.

Don't forget your operating system buddy.

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Alright. I decided that I want to build a gaming computer. Something about building one myself will give me more satisfaction than just buying one as I'm sure most of you agree. My question is, whats a good Intel processor that I should consider getting. I'm consider getting a XFX nForce 680i SLI Motherboard along with a XFX GeForce 8800 GTS Extreme Video Card. Haven't decided on the RAM and what not. I can't afford the new Intel Extremes. Looking to spend maybe $200, possibly $300 but thats a last resort. Any suggestions?

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Hi, for a long time I've been considering building a new PC and have been looking for parts for quite awhile now. As I'm not familiar with prices, I was wondering if anyone could give me some suggestions for parts to buy to make the system.

More specifically, I'd like to know what parts I can get at the best price for performance to run a game like Oblivion (or any of the newest PC games at full settings with good results)
Basically, I need reccomendations for

-The best video card(s) for the price that will run these games at high settings
-The best motherboard/processor for the price
-How much RAM I would need, and what type will work best for me
-Other things that I might need to run the system, if you have any ideas (Cooling apparatus, etc.)
I realise this is kind of alot to ask but if anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appriciated.

Thank you!

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Hi all, i am a bit stuck with a choice to make between to desktop systems and the best choice to make. ill start of by saying i need a system for playing wow, and my options are as folows, option 1 is the dell inspirion 580 cpu (2,9Intel® Core? i3-530 Processor (2.93GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 4MB Cache)
Ram (6GB (3X2GB) DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz Memory
+NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) G310 512MB DDR3.

the second option is the Gts gamer (AMD 3.0 GHZ dual core)
Ram (4gb ddr3 1333MHZ)
video card (gt240 1gb)

i know the intel cpu probally is the better choice, but which graphics card is better? (or the newer of the 2?)

pls some advice would be greatly apreciated.

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Please do not double post. Please see this thread for continuation of your question:

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hi, my friend builds computers and he is making me one for around £500,all i wanted to know was if this is a suitable video card to play games (such as Crysis, Age Of Conan) at maximum possible graphics (3.0 shaders dx10) with no lag click herethe computer itself is going to be top spec with a quad core, ddr4 etc (sorry i don't know all the technical terms, i'm just going off what he has told me).cheers for any help

Answer:advice on a gaming computer

if i was you i would go for a ati 4850 as it gets better reveiws at the momentclick here read the 13 reviews hope this helps also do you know what power supply he is putting in it has he told you?

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So I know this is not about games, but it is related to games and it was the only category I felt would fit for me to post. Sorry in advance if I screwed up. I need some advice about building a budget gaming pc; specifically using parts I already have mixed with new to form a pc that has a decent upgrade path in the future.

Here is a list of what I have already:

MSI GTX970 graphics card, virtually new power supply (750 watt i think), 8gb ram and 2tb hard disk drive.

I need a new case and I have decided on the NZXT phantom 410 mid tower, if someone can point me in the direction of a cheaper case that is better or similar in terms of specs (i.e. fans, space for upgrades) then that would be fantastic.

I have 300 pounds at present, which I know will not stretch far. As long as the motherboard for instance will allow me to upgrade to i7 later down the line then that's perfect. The motherboard needs to be good value but leave me enough room to at least buy an intel pentium processor for now to keep me going. No AMD unless it is huge value for the price, in my experience AMD processors etc have pathetic reliability and performance.

Thanks in advance!

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Hello everybody, I?m looking for some advice about building a new system. I?m planning to spend around 1500 USD total without monitor I already have a 22? ViewSonic X Series VX2235WM . I would like to take (or at least try) full advantage of 64-bit platform, Main use of my computer will be gaming, video edition and music/video storage. So I know I need a powerful system for this since the current one is very slow now for this purpose and I?m stuck on AGP and P4 is kinda old now. This is what I have now: P4 3.4Ghz ASUS P4P800-Dx 2GB DDR400 EVGA 7800GS

I keep my eye on building a Core 2 Duo, I would like the E6600 or E6700 but I guess the E6700 is still very expensive (over $300) I really need advice for Mobo, I definitely want to stay with ASUS but I?m not sure which one can offer best compatibility for everything I want: Fastest RAM possible (also need advice on this one), eSata, SLI support, 64-bit, etc. I?ve think about this models but please let me know if you have some experience with these ones or know any better ones.

P5b deluxe
P5n32 premium

Maybe Abit IP35:

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Answer:Advice Building new Gaming PC

For a processor, either choice you list will work just fine. Since you mention video editing, you may consider a quad core, like this(from what I could figure, it would almost fit in the budget, depending on your case/psu choices).
It is a good bit of cash though, and only an improvement in multithreaded apps.

I think this board would be a nice one for you (and reasonably priced too). P5N-E SLI
The Abit you list seems pretty nice too, but I don't think it support sli.

You should get a ddr2 800 kit with a cas of 4.
Here's what I'd suggest. G.Skill DDR2 800 C4

Or this ram if you want 2x2GB(easier future upgrades, due to empty slots), but it's slightly slower ram at cas5.

I'd suggest an 8800 card, even though the drivers are not perfect yet.

The difference is the memory size on the cards you list, as well as the 640mb being an overclocked edition(pricier).
If you game at high res(like on your 22" lcd), you will want the more memory, if not, then the 320 will be fine. EVGA makes good cards, so I'd recommend them.
This 640Mb evga is cheaper, which makes the difference $100USD.
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Im planning to buy a PC and i want to hear advise if this setup is good enough at least run new games on low settings? This setup is given to me by a friend but im a little worries about the CPU, you guys think this is good enough? I could go for a i3 2120 but i need to sacrifice the GPU if that happens what GPU would u suggest?

CPU: Intel Pentium G630
RAM: G.Skill Value 4GB DDR3 1333
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB SATA3
PSU: Antec VP450 450W
GPU: PowerColor HD 7750

Thanks in advance

Answer:[Help] I need advice, Low budget Gaming PC

Well your CPU is a Dual core at 2.7Ghz
Your MOB can fit 16GB of Ram if Needed
Your Video Card is Pretty Decent.

I would get MSI After burner for the Video card fan so you could adjust the fan Speed.

Sounds like a good small Gaming computer at lest its up grade able in some spots.

Looks like you can add these Cpu's

But if you want to add more memory make sure you get windows 64bit 32bit only allows 3.5gigs of ram
Supports 2nd Generation Intel® Core? i7 / i5 / i3 in LGA1155 Package

But it looks like a good one to me.

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I need advice or things that will help me make my decision between:
icemat siberias (white no usb soundcard)
Sennheiser HD-515 Audiophile 500 Series Headphones
I mainly need my headphones for games, ( i play css and cod2 for the most part)

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Preferred perfomance and purpose: Gaming at mid to high settings. Hoping to achieve around 150-200Fps in csgo, will play games like: Rainbow Siege, Battlefield one, H1Z1 King of the kill, Elite dangerous and last but not least, The Stanley parable :P
Budget is strictly under: 1000 Euro / 1085,60 Dollar / 3987,21 UAE Dirham / 863,12 British Pound
Please comment with any suggestions, for example: Consider the new Rx series GPUs, for example the...
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Hi,I have the following set up:ASUS M2N4 Sli motherboardAMD x2 6000+ CPU2gb RAM (2 x 1bg DDR2 PC5300)Geforce 8800GTS 320mb Video card.I recently built this with the intention to play games on highest video settings, but after testing it seems I have been rather optimistic. Some of the latest games (i.e. MOH: Airborne) don't even run smooth on low graphics settings! What I want to know is... What do I upgrade?Shall I get better RAM? Some faster pc6400 800mhz ones perhaps?Or should I get a new video card? My motherboard is sli so I could get another one and link them, or I could just sell this one and get a 8800GTX 740mb. Basically I want to only spend what I NEED to spend to achieve smooth gameplay on high settings. What shall I upgrade? Thanks,Mike

Answer:Upgrade advice - GAMING

A wonderful thing...You would have been better off with the 8800GTS with the extra memory. Your system should otherwise be fine.You could go for the 8800GTX which eats anything at all, but is pricey. You could go down the sli route, but frankly I don't think you will gain that much.Have you installed the latest drivers for the card?click hereMake sure you select your operating system from the menu displayed.

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I put together a pc on amazon are these parts good....
Cpu: Amd Fx-9370
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+
Gpu: Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7950
Psu: Corsair RM Series 850 Watt
Data Drive: Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SSD
Hard Drive: WD Blue 1 TB
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500r...or a Fractal Design Arc Midi R2
Cpu Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H80i

My Budget is under $1500

Answer:Building a gaming PC, need advice

Doesn't look like a bad setup but you still need RAM and I would suggest a DVD or Bluray drive. Also, do you have an operating system, monitor(s), mouse and keyboard already, or will you need those also? You could save money by shopping around (if you have that option - example NewEgg / Tigerdirect / etc). You could also save some money by looking at alternative items.

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I built my system over a year ago and was limited to a budget but the result was fantastic for my purposes at the time. I know that this isn't the best system in the world but I am trying to figure out what I should focus on upgrading first... I have had some FPS issues in new games like GW2, Planetside 2 and even Firefall. I'll post the CPU-Z image of certain components and please tell me what you think needs help.

I do have concerns about the RAM. It came out of a prebuilt HP PC and not something I bought new. I doubt that 8GB of DDR 3 is too little but it it maybe just low performance RAM? If this is possibly the issue what should I be looking at for replacement?

Quadcore i7 860... wouldn't imagine this being an issue but let me know what you think!

^ My motherboard.

This was my first suspect however everything I have been able to find about my card is telling me that the card isn't outdated and should perform well.
Anyway I thank anyone who can offer advise in advance! If you need more information about my rig or anything else feel free to ask and I'll respond ASAP. I haven't been reading up on components or really keeping up on that sort of stuff for some time so it puts me at a disadvantage when I try to research upgrades.

Answer:Need a little advice on what to upgrade for my gaming rig

Ram is standard speed pretty much...CPU should be fine...I honestly dont know. Planetside 2 requires quite a PC as far as I have played...might be your graphics card at this point although its honestly not awful..CPU shouldnt be a bottleneck, as far as I know.

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I have now decided to wait until later in my college career to get a laptop and have settled on a desktop. Im thinking on getting a computer with these specs, can u guys tell me how it will run Oblivian, WoW, Half Life 2, F.E.A.R, Quake 4 and other new games. Thx for any help.

Case ( Raidmax Ninja-918 ATX Mid-tower Case w/450W Power Supply Silver )
Case Lighting ( None )
Power Supply ( Standard Case Power Supply )
Processor ( [939-pin] AMD® Athlon-64 3500+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology )
Processor Cooling ( Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink )
Motherboard ( Gigabyte GA-K8NF9 nVidia nForce4 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 PCI-E Motherboard )
Memory ( 1024 MB [512MB X2] DDR-400 PC3200 Memory Module Corsair-Value or Major Brand )
Video Card ( Nvidia Geforce 7600GS 256MB w/DVI + TV Out Video )
Hard Drive ( 80 GB HARD DRIVE --- [iBUYPOWER Free double the size to 160GB] [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 8M Cache] )
2nd Hard Drive ( None )
Raid Configuration ( None )
CD/DVD Drive ( None )
CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive ( [** Special !!! ***] 16X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black )
Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
Speaker System ( 600W PMPO 3 PCS Super Bass Subwoofer Speaker System )
Fax Modem ( None )
Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
Floppy Drive ( None )
Monitor --- Free Shipping Now ( None )
2nd Monitor --- Free Shipping Now ( None )
Keyboard ( PS/2 104 Key Windows 98 Keyboard Beige )
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I'm looking to build a new gaming pc. (or should I say have it built for me). I don't know that much about hardware but through research I have found I can save hundreds of $$$ by buying components from Newegg.

This computer will used mainly for gaming and occasionally for video editing.
I would like to keep the price around $1,800 to 2K.
From the reviews I've read I like the Intel core duo.
I'll also need (2) 250 gig hd's.
I'll need everything from the OS to the mouse
I'm also staying with XP and don't plan on upgrading to Vista for quite a while.

I plan on ordering this within a week or so - any advice is greatly appreciated.

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I have a budget of ?1000 and i am looking for a gaming laptop which will play Hl2/CS Source and supreme commander.

Reason i want a gaming laptop is because i travel abroad quiet alot any ideas on the best laptop to get?

Answer:Gaming laptop advice

Asus A7SV-7S011C Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz Vista 2048MB 410GB Hdd(250gb + Ext 160gb) 17" WXGA+ Colour Shine TFT Integrated Webcam Bluetooth Vista Home Premium

Asus F3SA-AS006G Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz 2048mb 410GB Hdd(250gb(4200rpm) + Ext 160gb(5400rpm)) 15.4" WXGA Colour Shine TFT Integrated Webcam Bluetooth Vista Ultimate

Asus G1S-AK005C Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz 2048MB 160GB 15.4" Widescreen Integrated Webcam Vista Premium

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i have decided to get a new laptop because my old one is old lol, i have a desktop pc but would be nice to sit on the sofa instead of at my desk, so i have decided to go for a new one but i am stuck between 2, i know these are not gaming laptops but im hopeing to be able to play games i.e Aion, STO, on medium to high setting, the 2 i have decided to go for are:

The Medion 18"4 Akoya P8610 Laptop
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T6500.
2.10GHz processor speed.
2MB cache.

18.4in screen size.
Resolution 1680 x 945 pixels (HD).
16:9 Widescreen.

500GB SATA GB hard drive.

Blu-ray player /Multi format dual layer DVD RW optical drive.

nVidia GeForce 9600M GS DirectX 10 with Hybrid SLI featuring HybridPower technology and HDMI digital audio/video output.
VRAM 512MB GDDR2graphics memory.

Media card reader - compatible with SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO.
3 + 1 eSATA/USB 2.0 USB ports.
1 Gbit Ethernet LAN 10/100/1000 Mbit/s.
High definition audio with 2 integrated loudspeaker and 1 subwoofer Dolby Home Theatre certified.

1.3MP webcam with microphone.
Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/draft-n.

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Bit with new Media Centre user interface, including Service Pack 1 installed

Software included:
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I am currently looking for a cheap gaming laptop. It would be mainly used to play WOW and Starcraft II. I don't necessary need something super compact, as long as it's easier to transport than a full desktop tower + screen, because I often go to LAN parties.

From what I have seen, new gaming laptop aren't cheap. I recently found a used one on Ebay, so I am wondering if it's worth it or if you have any other suggestions.

Here is the link so you can check out the specs:

It seems all I would need to do is to replace the video card. There is a 8800 GTX SLI on Ebay for less than $200, so I am thinking that for less than $500 I could get a decent gaming notebook, do you think it's a good idea ? I have never installed a video card in a notebook before but I know how to install one in a desktop so I'm guessing it should not be that difficult. Any advices? Thank you!

Answer:Need advice for gaming notebook

I don't think I could do that. Too much of a gamble.

You'd also need a new battery, the screen has issues that can't be fixed, and a couple of 'should be ok' comments in there too.

That's my two yen.

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I'm building a new system completely from scratch, and I have two main questions:

I want to make sure that I don't have any hardware compatibility issues.
Also, it would be good to know if everything will fit in the case I picked out.
It will be a family computer, but I also like to game a lot. Laptop has hard time with Dishonored. I want a powerful, yet quiet system. Also, my wife isn't too into flashy or huge cases, which is why I picked out the one I did.

My soft budget is about $2,500, but I'm willing to go a little above that if needs be. In the past, we've been using laptops (I have a Dell XPS 15-L502x) for all our computing needs, but our kids are getting old enough to need to use the computer as well as me and my wife, so it's time to get a desktop.

The only component I already have is the OS. Other than that, will need to buy everything. I chose to not get a liquid cooling system, as I'm not very savvy when it comes to those. If you guys have any upgrade suggestions, please let me know.

Here are the specs (all pricing from shipping and slightly cheaper than Newegg):

Motherboard:................. ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX .......... $314.99
Processor:..................... Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155.. $319.99
CPU Heatsink Fan:........ Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus .......................................................................... Read more

Answer:Gaming PC build advice

A couple things:

Firstly, you have a MOBO & CPU incompatibility. Your MOBO is for socket 2011 CPU's while your processor is LGA 1155
Here is a compatible motherboard for your build.
Asus Sabertooth Z77 LGA 1155 ($239.)

Secondly, I wouldn't waste my money on the: Network card, extra case fans,HDD fan,PSU gasket, and fan mounts. I would put all that money in your CASE budget and look for a more solid case. All those fans would do the exact opposite of what you'd like to achieve. You want a quiet machine, you do not put 9+ fans inside of it.

Thirdly, Id recommend buying something like the Corsair H100i for your cooling needs. I did notice you said you're not "Savy" enough for liquid cooling. However, these closed loop solutions require no real experience to install. Furthermore, they require zero maintenance.

Also, I wouldn't grab the 4GB 670. You will not need all of that VRAM. Instead, go with the 2GB version it's much cheaper.

Your power supply is also overkill. Unless you plan on running 3 GPU's 1000 watts is not necessary. I would go with aCorsair HX Series 850W. This will give you some room for future upgrades.
Even then, If you want. Id grab the 650 or 750w variation of that PSU. It will save you some money.

EDIT: Added GPU recommendation & PSU recommendation

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I had posted a long time back that I was looking to build a new PC:

However, I put the whole idea off due to finance and other priorities. I wish to now do this for real, but I have little knowledge. I'm an amateur. And I'm not sure how much I should spend. My budget is £1,200 and I'd prefer to buy the parts separately and put it all together. But how much money will this save me? Realistically. Is the learning curve steep?

I'm also aware that the following companies/websites sell pre-built machines but there's so much choice it kills my brain. My last PC had a Pentium 4, 3.4GHz. Tech has developed so much since then. I just don't know where to start.

Answer:Build or buy Gaming PC? I could really do with some advice

Realistically. Is the learning curve steep?Click to expand...

Realistically, it would save you very much money at that price point, well worth it.
Since everything plugs right in, if it doesn't fit in that slot you're doing it wrong, so its fairly easy to build a computer shouldn't take more than a couple hours at most. Again, well worth it.

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I have an Athlon 2600+ system with a gig of ram and a GeForce 5600 Ultra 128 meg card. I've been debating whether to try and patch my current system up with a better graphics card, say an AGP card with a 256 bit memory bus, 12 or 16 pipelines and DDR3, or hold out for piece by piecing an upgrade to whole system. I've found some AGP cards that fit the bill on newegg for 130-180ish, but I'm wondering am I going to see enough performance gain to justify the cost. I've done some pricing of system components on newegg and I could throw myself together a nice little system upgrade for $450ish, the problem being that if I do it for my system, I'll have to do it for my wife's system too and that'll wind up costing close to 1000 bones which is more than I wanna spend right now. And if I spread the cost out and piece by piece it, I'll have to do hers first and I won't see my upgrade until after the end of the year. Plus there's the whole issue of Vista looming large and if I just patch my current system with a new video card, give em a little time to let the public beta test Vista some, I'll have gotten another year or so of acceptable use instead of buying a system upgrade now only to find out I need to upgrade again when I decide to switch to Vista.

I mainly play Everquest 1 which has really started to bog down my computer with the newer expansions and I'd LIKE to be able to run two windows of it (which I can do currently ... Read more

Answer:Advice on upgrades for gaming

It just seems like your video card is bogging you down. Just get a Geforce 6 or 7 AGP or a radeon x800 or higher (more preferred x1k series) AGP card.
Go there and get a x1600... just watch for the reviews + price. Its pretty cheap for a good card.

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Im just starting to look into a new gaming headphone, i am a hardcore WoW raider and long hours of wearing my $12 walmart mic is actually pretty painful on the ears. (its one of the cheap plastic rap around the back of your head and supported on ears ones) Now im young, so i normaly jump into buying something pretty and flashy. Now im willing to spend up to around $100, as of right now ive found

PC Gaming Headset with 5.1 Surround Sound | Ear Force Z6A | Turtle Beach

I'm completely open to any suggestions i figure the majority of you here know much more then i do.

Also this is what i have now:
jWIN Polaroid PC Headphone with Microphone -

Answer:Need advice on a gaming headset


Originally Posted by Devinwesolowski

Im just starting to look into a new gaming headphone, i am a hardcore WoW raider and long hours of wearing my $12 walmart mic is actually pretty painful on the ears. (its one of the cheap plastic rap around the back of your head and supported on ears ones) Now im young, so i normaly jump into buying something pretty and flashy. Now im willing to spend up to around $100, as of right now ive found

PC Gaming Headset with 5.1 Surround Sound | Ear Force Z6A | Turtle Beach

I'm completely open to any suggestions i figure the majority of you here know much more then i do.

Also this is what i have now:
jWIN Polaroid PC Headphone with Microphone -

I have turtle beaches and love them, but it's really what fits you and what you like.

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Well, I have finally decided that it is time to upgrade my computer. With all the new games coming out, I'm trying desperately to keep up with them. Unfortunately, if I want all the eye candy turned up, I usually need to set my resolution to 800x600. I can run 1024x768 with medium graphics. Anyway, I need to know your opinions on what the best upgrade(s) would be for my budget of around $100. Actually, why don't we say the best for $100 and the best for $200 (not sure if I'm willing to kick out 200 right now though ). Here is my current setup:
Aluminum Chieftec Dragon Case
40GB 5400RPM HDD
160GB 7200RPM HDD
Thermaltake PurePower 420W PSU
HP 9100 CDR/RW Drive
Floppy Drive
Asus A7N8X Mobo
2x 256MB Dual Channel RAM @200MHz (2-3-3-7)
Sound Blaster Audigy 5.1 Gamer
AMD Athlon 2600+ @ 3200+ (Same as regular Athlon 3200+, less heat, cpu multiplier unlocked because Mobile)
10/100 Ethernet / LAN Card
Aerocool Deep Impact Heatsink w/ 2 fans attached
ATI Radeon 9500 w/ L shaped memory

Newegg has some awesome deals on some refurbished items. They have a couple 9800 pros for around $75-$90 that would be in my price range. Anyway, let me know what you guys think! All opinions are appreciated!

Answer:Advice for Gaming Upgrade

X_Gamer7 said:

Well, I have finally decided that it is time to upgrade my computer. With all the new games coming out, I'm trying desperately to keep up with them. Unfortunately, if I want all the eye candy turned up, I usually need to set my resolution to 800x600. I can run 1024x768 with medium graphics. Anyway, I need to know your opinions on what the best upgrade(s) would be for my budget of around $100. Actually, why don't we say the best for $100 and the best for $200 (not sure if I'm willing to kick out 200 right now though ). Here is my current setup:
Aluminum Chieftec Dragon Case
40GB 5400RPM HDD
160GB 7200RPM HDD
Thermaltake PurePower 420W PSU
HP 9100 CDR/RW Drive
Floppy Drive
Asus A7N8X Mobo
2x 256MB Dual Channel RAM @200MHz (2-3-3-7)
Sound Blaster Audigy 5.1 Gamer
AMD Athlon 2600+ @ 3200+ (Same as regular Athlon 3200+, less heat, cpu multiplier unlocked because Mobile)
10/100 Ethernet / LAN Card
Aerocool Deep Impact Heatsink w/ 2 fans attached
ATI Radeon 9500 w/ L shaped memory

Newegg has some awesome deals on some refurbished items. They have a couple 9800 pros for around $75-$90 that would be in my price range. Anyway, let me know what you guys think! All opinions are appreciated!
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yeah, 9800pro 256mb if you can find one in your price, which you may be able to. The other card thats a little better is the 6600GT, that would probably be $150 to $230 range new.

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I am building my first gaming pc and I'd like it to be able to play all current games at maxed settings as well as being fairly future proof. I'm not certain about the compatibility of all the parts and if this is the best I can do for budget. Any advice would be appreciated.

-Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

-Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H

-Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K

-EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2678-KR

-Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10)

-Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX
OCZ Technology 128GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive

-Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 700-Watt Power Supply (RS700-PCAAE3-US)

-Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers - Black

-Windows 7 OS

Target Budget - No more than $1500

Answer:Building a first gaming pc and need advice.

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 700-Watt Power Supply

is one of their lower quality units

silent pro model better

look for 5-7yr warranty

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

i have one of these used for 1 day and replaced

for me there is not enough space from the back of the m/board where sata plugs into the the edge of the m/board and the back of the drives

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I am going to be heading off to Africa in about 6 months from now, and I am going to stay there for a while. Anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. I will be in the middle of the African Savannah, and between woeking and sleeping I will not have a lot to do.

After dark it is really not recommended to go outside so I will need a decent gaming laptop that will be able to play games easily, and preferably play games that will come out in one years time. (High hopes for my price range, I know, lol)

So if anyone knows anything about gaming laptops, please help me out. I know I'm not likely to get anything under a $1000 (Australian Dollars, not American) But I really do not want to go over$1500 or at the worst $2000. Also, Newegg doesn't ship to Aus, neither does TigerDirect.

I have an 8800GT and Q6600 in my desktop at the moment, what sort of GPU would I need in a laptop to get similar or better performance when playing games?

Is there a chart that someone knows of that shows a rough relation between desktop and mobile GPU power or benchmarks?

Any information would be helpful, and I would appreciate it very muc.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Advice on a gaming notebook, please?

My girl friend has a HP Pavilion DV6 (dv6-2153eo) and it's a rly good
gaming notebook that dosn't cost much! We payed 729? for it.
AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core @ 2.5GHz, 6Gb DDR2 Ram, w7 Home Premium and so on....

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Hi guys i'm helping a friend out who lives in Canada. She doesn't know much about laptops but i'm afraid my knowledge on laptops is not very good either.

This is the first option - ASUS G Series G51Vx-X3A NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8700(2.53GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M - Laptops / Notebooks

Is the cpu and the gpu good in that one?
This is the second option - ASUS N51 Series N51Vn-X1A NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8700(2.53GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M - Laptops / Notebooks

this has just about everything the same except the video card which is a GT 260M.
This is the third option - ASUS N51 Series N51Vn-X1A NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8700(2.53GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M - Laptops / Notebooks

This comes again with a GT 240M but with a quad CPU now.
Firstly is it worth getting a quad cpu if its 500 mhz lower then the dual core one?

The other thing, is there a huge difference in the performance between the GT 240M and the GT 260M?

If you guys could recommend anything else or one of these that would be awesome!

Budget around $1000

Answer:Advice on a Gaming Laptop

Gaming laptop's are useless. Crysis will crush them on high, which is the only option to play unless you can go higher. Build a new pc and spend what you save on laptops on new games. The best laptop chipset is either a 280m or one of ATI's - and that isn't saying much, a desktop 4890 is vastly better. Dual core is best unless you get a quad core with a high clock like a Phenom 955 @ 3.2GHz - equal to an E8500 in dual core games.

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am looking to spend £1100 maximumwant a good graphics card, at least 512mb least 2gb Ram2ghz processor (preferably intel core 2 duo)a 7200RPM Hard Driveand a good resolution screenany recomendations?

Answer:Want to buy a gaming laptop - advice please?

click hereclick hereI really reccomend Alienware for pc,s,I have one myself and im an obsessive gamer,But i wouldnt generally reccomend a laptop for gaming unless its essential.Also try and increase your budget a bit if possible, you get what you pay for.

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This is what I'm looking at for my gaming rig:

Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe
CPU: i7-3770k
Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance (4 x 4GB)
Hard Drives: 2 x Corsair Force GT 120GB Raid 0
Video: EVGA Superclocked Geforce GTX 580
CPU Cooling: Corsair H100
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 80 Plus 1000 watts

I already have a 1TB 7200 RPM HD for storage.

How does this sound, what improvements would you make?


Answer:Gaming Rig/Advice on Config

Hi and welcome to TSG.

Personally, for a gaming rig I would go Core i5 not i7. The i7 is a faster CPU but the i5 is better suited to gaming, the loss of performance is negligable for gaming but the cost difference can be significant.

Any reason for water cooling? If you aren't overclocking, personally I don't see the point in the additional cost when a well setup air cooled system is perfectly good.

I always buy RAM that is on the motherboard manufacturers memory support list myself, just for that added bit of protection in case of problems.

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Hi all i am about to order my new PC.
it will be 90% for gaming maybe little music and movies, but gaming is only thing realy its being built for.
The site i am buying it from is iBUILD™ Intel i7 Extreme Gaming Custom PC | Power Computing | Custom PCs, Gaming PCs, Laptops, Motherboards, Workstations i am needing some advice as what parts i should add to it. I know im going to be told to build it myself, but there is 2 problems with that.
1= i have never built one before tho im pretty sure i could. 2= but main problem is that i live in the UK and prices here with tax is like 40% higher then USA. i priced the items up and all i would save is 100?.
So if you could look at this site and check that i have picked the right parts please guys it would be greatly appreciated.
The specs i have picked so far are as follows. Also guys money isnt realy an option as i plan on this pc lasting me for a few years. tho would like to keep it around the ?2k mark. and remember parts here are way above what you guys pay for them in America.

1. CoolerMaster HAF932 (i like the look of the case.)

2. ASUS P6X58D Premium ( i was told that it will support the new processor chips coming out in few years.)

3. Intel? Core? i7 920 2.66GHz (the said they will overclock it to 3.8 for me should i take them up on this? )

4. CoolerMaster 1000W Silent Pro M1000 Modular (want it to be future proof)

5. Noctua NH-U12P i7 Fan & Heatsink & CPU Overcloc ( tho they said that they can pu... Read more

Answer:Some advice needed for my gaming rig.

That would be an awesome gaming rig mate!
Now for the suggestions -
If they are going to overclock your i7, make sure you keep those temps low by paying ?20 for the domino water cooling.
ATi drivers are getting better, and if you are going to keep this rig for a little while, the drivers will mature. So for the GPU go for 2x 5850. Stick with the GTX 295 if you aren''t going over 1920*1080 on screen resolution.
Have you got a monitor, keyboard and mouse to go with all of this?

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Can anyone offer me some advice?I'me buying a new PC in March, budget £1200.I only have limited knowledge these days regarding what spec will be furture-proof.Do I need duo-core or quad core?How much to spend on graphics card? etcAnyone with ideas your help would be appreciated... even where to buy etc..regardsHelvornak

Answer:New Gaming PC Advice WANTED!

I can recommend PC Specialist, Bought a Core 2 Duo 6600, 2 GB PC6400 DDR2, 400GB HDD, NVIDIA 8800GTS, 2 Optical Drives, 52 card reader etc B4 Xmas for £1100. You'd probably get that with a 19" Monitor for £1200 now.

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I was in the process of building a new gaming box a few months ago but I had to put the plans on hold for a bit. Now I'm back in the saddle and I should be pulling the trigger on the parts in the next month or so. These are the parts that I have so far:

Case - Antec 900
Monitor - Acer 22" with max resolution of 1680 x 1050
OS - Vista 64 bit​
I need some help picking out the rest of the components. I haven't built a pc in over six years so it's going to be a work-in-progress. The new pc is going to be used primarily for gaming (MMO, FPS, and strategy games) with some video editing on the side (HD home videos of family).

I know that there is no such that as building a "future proof" pc. However, I would like to be able to put together one that I will be using for the next 2 -3 years without a lot of problems. I have never OC'ed a pc and to be honest, I'm really hesitant to do so unless the machine can't handle current games and I can't afford to upgrade it. I'm afraid that I'll stress something to the point of no return because I had no idea what I was doing and fubar it.

This is what I have in mind so far. Please feel free to interject and let me know if there are better options out there.

CPU: E8500/E8600 or Q9550 (age old faster duo core vs. slightly slower quad core dilemma)
CPU Cooler: ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 120mm (seems to have solid reviews)
MOBO: No idea
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Answer:New gaming box advice needed

Future proof imo would be a xfx 790 motherboard with 3 way sli(for future added cards) or you can go with a striker 2 extreme from Asus. Throw a 9800gtx in there for now, those run a little over 200 usd if I remember right. Then you can add 2 more in the future...if you'd like. 4 Gb's of ddr3 of your liking.

Those items will run you about 500 usd or so all together. That's as future proof as you're going to...until the "future" comes that is.

I'd say go with the quad so you wont have to upgrade your cpu anytime soon.

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Ok, my pc has met the final death. Which isn't a big deal it was outdated and I was planning on a new one after the first of the year anyways. The thing is my new job has me in hotels a bit now days.

My original plan was a new gaming pc and a netbook for email/browsing on the road. Then I started looking at some budget model "gaming" laptops. I basically just play some HL source shooter mods right now like Day of Defeat :source. I would like to get into some newer shooters and I want something that will handle Guild Wars 2 when it arrives.

The 3 laptops im looking at are:

Acer Aspire AS7551G-582

ASUS Republic of Gamers G51JX-X3 Laptop

Any recommendations between these 3 (or any others)? Would like to stay around the $1,000 range or lower.Or should I just stick to my original plan of a pc and netbook? On the road gaming appeals to me. Would be a good way to break motel room boredom.

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Advice on gaming laptop.

Your link labeled "Shopping Cart" isn't showing anything but an empty cart. I'm not really up on Laptops so I'm not qualified to give you a good recommendation. With that said I would go with the Asus model.

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Hi all, i am a bit stuck with a choice to make between to desktop systems and the best choice to make. ill start of by saying i need a system for playing wow, and my options are as folows, option 1 is the dell inspirion 580 cpu (2,9Intel® Core? i3-530 Processor (2.93GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 4MB Cache)
Ram (6GB (3X2GB) DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz Memory
+NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) G310 512MB DDR3.

the second option is the Gts gamer (AMD 3.0 GHZ dual core)
Ram (4gb ddr3 1333MHZ)
video card (gt240 1gb)

i know the intel cpu probally is the better choice, but which graphics card is better? (or the newer of the 2?)

pls some advice would be greatly apreciated.

Answer:system advice on gaming

Well as far as I can tell (this would depend on the package you choose I think) but the Dell 580 has intergrated graphics (onboard) so I personally wouldn't even consider it for a gaming machine.

The Gamer machine sounds better depending on price, do you have a link to where you are looking at these machines?

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Hi folks,

I posted a thread up here a while ago about getting a gaming laptop but have now changed my mind and want to buy a PC Gaming unit instead.

I need it to do the same things as previously mentioned:
This is the first post I am submitting and I am hoping that someone can help me...
I now have a budget of £800 initially (plan to upgrade month by month eventually) but need to get cracking with a decent spec for a gaming/music production but still haven?t a clue what to buy!!!

I will be mainly using it for music production but want one powerful to play racing games like Grand Prix 4, NASCAR Racing 2003 (with all the mods) and Grand Prix Legends.

I've had a guy who I don't know very well who works at Maplins offer to build it for me but people have said I'd be better of getting it custom built from PCSpecialist or some other website. However, this was the list of things he researched for me:

There are soooooo many possibilities when it comes to processors, RAM, graphics cards, SSD's(?) etc etc that I have been swamped with information on what I could buy so much that my brain is FRAZZELED!

Is anyone able to do a little research for an invilid and actually find me the sort of spec pc I will need to do what I need it to do with Windows 7?...

Hope someone out there can help as I want to get it ASAP and would be eternally grateful!




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I am going to buy a new gaming pc late this month or early next month. Below are my component options.
CPU, & MOBO :- 1. i7 870, msi p55 gd 65
2. i7 950 , gigabyte ga x58a ud3r
3. i7 875k , msi p55 gd 65
i7 950 system (including ram) will cost me $150 more if the price of i7 950 drops later this month. Will the performance be high enough to justify the higher price? What about their overclocking?
Keep in mind that I wont upgrade my cpu for atleast 3 years. But I will upgrade gpu and may use sli or crossfire. So the cpu must not cuse any bottleneck. Plus x58a ud3r has dual 16x pci-e rails, supports tri sli and xfire. i7 875k setup will cost almost the same as the i7 950 setup. So which one is the best option?
RAM :- I am a little bit confused about ram. Which is more important, speed or timing? Which will perform better? A 1333mhz with 7 sec timing or a 1600 mhz with 9 sec timing? If I choose lga 1366 setup, I am thinking of buying 3*1 gb kit for now and buy another one later. Will 3 gb of ram be too low for gaming? And how does 6*1 gb setup performs compaired to 3*2 gb setup?
GPU:- Here is my gpu options and their prices in India....
1. galaxy gtx 460 768 mb stock - Rs 11500 ($ 250)
2. zotac and palit gtx 460 1 gb stock Rs 14500 ($ 315)
3. radeon hd 5850 -Rs 16000 ($ 350)
4. radeon hd 5870- Rs 22000 ($480)
5. gtx 470 -Rs 22000 ($480) review shows that gainword gtx 460 (fac... Read more

Answer:Need advice on buying gaming PC

Hi spac18. I assume you're from India. Just give us your maximum budget and we'll recommend the best possible combination of components for your system.

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Hi - just curious about the following...using Yahoo voice chat to talk to friends - at the same time, trying to bowl in . Everyone in chat can still hear me but I can't hear them. They are all still talking to each other and playing. I seem to be the only one not able to do both things. Once I leave the room, I'm able to hear them again. Any suggestions???? This is driving me insane...have downloaded any updates to yahoo...i'm assuming it's my computer, since I'm the only one unable to play & hear chat at same time.....thanks in advance

Answer:VoiceChat/Gaming ??advice pls.

This is a tough question to answer.

It would depend on your system, your sound card, I am sure it is duplexed and you have it set up right.

Memory, cpu all of the things have something to do with the sound.

Some sound cards will not or can not handle two programs at once or two sounds at once.

Can you play a cd and also go to c:\windows\media and play one of the files there at the same time.

My suggestion would be to contact the manufacturer of the sound card and ask them.

I know this sounds lame but I just don't know what else to tell you and it looks like no one else has a suggestion either. That is why I am responding to this so you just aren't sitting and waiting.

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I need some advice on buying a new computer for gaming (pre-built). I'd probably be playing things like WoW, AA (America's Army) and so on. As for a budget I'm looking to spend around $1,000. I'd prefer it to have Intel Core 2 Duo and 2GB not sure on what i would need graphics card wise confused.

Also, would it be a bad idea to get Vista?. I've heard some programs like HackShield, and punkbuster (AA) don't support Vista, so would it really be worth getting or would i be better off holding out on that?.

Answer:Advice on gaming computer

A pre-built one is going to be hard to find w/ a Core 2 Duo and 2G... honestly its cheaper to build one.As far as a video card, I would be looking for at minimum a 7600 series nvidia or 1900 ATI. Vista - I'm not sure, personally I'm staying as far away as possible from Vista until the bugs are out. I'll go look around at some pre-built sites and see what I can find.

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I'm looking to build a gaming pc. My budget is around £500. I've came up with this, would it be any good?
Any advice/changes greatly welcome!
AMD FX 6300 £90
click here 970A-G43 Motherboard £52**
click here Corsair DDR3 1600 MHz RAM £27**
click here PNY XLR8 Edition GeForce GTX 660 £147**
click here Western Digital Caviar Blue £40**
click here SH-224DB/BEBE £13**
click here OCZ CoreXStream £35**
click here Jupiter V2 Case (2 x 120mm Blue LED Fans) £30**
click here 7 Home Premium 64 - Bit OEM £54**
click here

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Hi all,
I'm looking to buy a gaming a PC, I seen these guys at an event a few months ago and I was very impressed with the build quality of their systems.
Now I'm in the market for a gaming PC and I am thinking of this one MZ Simulators Stage 3 Gaming PC
I know there is a fair few other options out there but most are out of my budget or of poor/unknown build quality.
What do you guys think of this system? is it a good choice?

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Okay so, first of all, just so that you're aware, I am pretty much Crocodile Dundee when it comes to computers...
Okay, so here's an image of my current PC specs: click here well, I want to be able to play my current games on high settings, like Skyrim. I can play it on low/medium settings right now. But I would like to be able to record it with Fraps on high settings...
I also want to be able to play games that are coming out soon, like Grand Theft Auto 5 (even though a PC relase hasn't been announced yet, lol) The Crew, Watchdogs, ect. They all look really demanding though..
My dad said it's the graphics card that needs upgrading, and he said this would be a good one to get: click here (sorry, not sure if i'm allowed to post links here) But he said he wasn't sure if it would work on my PC, because it's Bus Type is PCI express 3.0... I have no idea what that means, lol
But yes, any suggestions on what parts to get or anything, I don't mind too much about the price, as long as it's reasonable...
If you need any more info on the parts I have now, just ask.

Answer:Need advice on upgrading my PC for gaming

This is the spec of your motherboard. It supports PCI Express x16, so no problem there. So far as the GTX640 that your dad has recommended - it's a good card, better than your present one and will allow you to play at higher frame rates/resolutions. However, to get what you're looking for - including FRAPS recording - I think you may have to spend around twice as much. If you go that route, you may find that you need to upgrade your power supply. Your CPU is pretty good, but may also be a limiting factor.

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Im building myself a gaming rig, and I dont know eveything I could. Below is a list of eveything im planning on getting so far. As you can see I didnt go with a dual core, and thats for two reasons. 1 I just want to game really, and I havent read anything that makes me think it would warrent the extra price, 2 the extra price. I am trying to keep this under $2k after shipping.
So please tell me if this looks good, and give me any suggestions. Thank you very much.
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Processor Model ADA4000BNBOX - Retail
ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce SPP 100 ATX AMD Motherboard -
OCZ S.O.E 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZSOE4002GK - Retail
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
XFX PV-T71F-YDF9 GeForce 7900 GTX (665MHz) 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card -
ViewSonic VX2025WM Black-Silver 20.1" DVI 8ms gray-to-gray (avg.); 16ms white-black-white (typ) Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail Read more

Answer:Building a gaming rig, some advice please?

For 30.00 more you can get a samsung 204B 20.1" 5ms response time, 800:1, and 1600X1200 resolution.

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Alright so here is what I got so far.'ve already got the case ordered, next week I was thinking of ordering the motherboard. Could you guys take a look at what I have so far and give me some advice on where I could do better with around the same budget as I have so far? I haven't found a video card yet, still haven't decided on one.

Answer:First gaming pc build advice

So far that looks pretty good.  Only part I would consider changing is the motherboard for a better brand such as Gigabyte or ASUS - AsRock are a lower end brand yet aren't that much cheaper than a much better one.There is no real point buying parts at different times, I'd just wait and get them all at once.  That way you won't have any issues with return periods or wasting part of your warranty while you order the rest of the parts.  Also, if you are buying multiple parts from one retailer you will usually save on the postage as this will combine with ordering multiple items at once.

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I'm planning on moving to pc from console and I have tried to do as much as possible. I will be building it myself and I need advice on what parts to get. I have decided to go with a gtx 760 or 770 but I am trying to save money. Got any advice on a build which I could use with any one of these cards which is cheapest it can be but with no bottlenecking?

Answer:New Gaming Build advice?

What is your budget?

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hi guys and girls, dont know much about pc gaming but i have found this tower and want to know what games i can expect to play on it, and is it worth the price £360 please help as i dont know what much of this means.
· AMD Bulldozer FX 4100 running at 4.0Ghz Quad Core Processor / CPU
· 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz RAM
· AMD / ATi HD7750 Graphics Card With 1GB Dedicated DDR3 Graphics Memory
· 1TB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
· CD / DVD-RW Optical Disc Drive
· MSI 760GM-P21-(FX) uATX Motherboard (Full specifications of this board can be found here)
· Galaxy Bubble Desktop PC Gaming Case
· Fast Ethernet 10 / 100 LAN Port
· 6 X High Speed USB 2.0 Ports on Back Plus 2 On Front
· 8 Channel HD Audio
· 4 X SATA II 3GB/s Ports
· 1 X PCI Express X16 Slot
· 1 X PCI Express X1 Slot
· 1 X PCI Slot
· 2 X PS/2 Port (For Keyboard / Mouse)
· 1 X VGA Port
· 1 x DVI Port
· 1 x HDMI Port (With Audio)
· Dual Monitor Support
· UK Mains Cable Included
· All Relevant Driver Discs & Manuals Included
· PLEASE NOTE: An Operating System is not included with this PC

Answer:Help please advice needed gaming pc!

Not the greatest graphics card but dependant on what games you want to play and the size of your monitor then it should be fine at medium/ possibly high settings.
Is this a private buy or from a retailer?

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Hello everyone, im about to buy a new gaming computer but not sure which one would be better, my price range is around 1500 new zealand $$. ive found a few complete systems il post below. would apriciate some expert advice on which is better or how to go about geting a good gaming computer. im not keen on building one because i think its to much hassel and i kind of just want it asap cheerz.

sorry theres quite a few. would apriciate al the help cheerz.

Answer:Need advice! what gaming computer is best?!

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Okay, so I am ready to purchase a nice little gaming laptop. I am looking for something that will be a sturdy replacement for my desktop but offer mobility.

Here's my list of requirements:

Has to have a backlit keyboard.
Decent video card, minimum GTX 560 or equivalent.
17" Screen size with a resolution of 1680x1060 or 1600x900 preferred.
Bland looks, solid case. Something you can bring into a professional environment.

Im strongly leaning towards a Toshiba Qosmio X770, but I'm not liking the fact that it's restricted to the paint job with red accents, plus the body looks kinda weak/flimsy. I don't like the way the ASUS laptops look, I hate the fact that the body extends past the screen. The MSI laptops look decent as well. I'd get a MacBook Pro if they had better video cards. Also, I even thought about building my own from a barebone system, but I cant find any place that sells laptop parts (CPU's, Video Cards).

Thanks for everyone's input.

Answer:Gaming laptop advice

Have you looked at these:,12666825835,901pdb6671

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how much would it cost for a gaming PC i dont have a budget yet i primarily be playing Arma 3 and i dont know how much a PC would cost that would run this game at around medium graphics but i dont want to go into high end computer

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Hi! I am looking for a that can I can use for school and also do some gaming on. I will provide some requirements that I'm looking for, then what I have it narrowed down to. Either help me choose, or if there are any that you know of that fall under this category, please list brand, model, etc...
Note: I am currently a college student. So Portability and Power are key here.
PRICE - UNDER $1,000
Display Size - between 13" and 15"
Resolution: 1920x1080 or 4K //(Doesn't matter)
CPU - 6th Gen i5 or i7 //(if possible)
GPU - NVIDIA GTX 960M w/ 2GB //(or higher in GBs or type = 970M, 980M, etc.)
RAM - 8 GB or higher
Storage - If HDD, Preferably 1TB at 7200 RPM | If SSD, 256 GB or higher
If Computer has both SSD and HDD, even better!
Here what I have it narrowed down to:
Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK or Asus ROG GL552VW-DH71
Help me choose or provide another computer that meets or exceeds these requirements.
Thank you in advance!

Answer:First Gaming Laptop Advice: Help

Windows central youtube chanel posted a vid about a cheap gaming laptop not to long ago,$800 nvida 960m 4gb video card, 8gb ram, Laptop is called Dell inspiron 15 7559

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I am currently looking to purchase a new gaming PC, which I will also use to store all my photos etc. My budget is approx £1100 including monitor, keyboard and mouse. The sort of specs I am looking for are as follows:
3rd generation Intel Core Processor (possibly overclocked)
1GB graphics card (at least)
60GB-120GB SSD
Windows 7 Home Premium
At least 1 years warranty
I'm not looking to build it myself, so would appreciate some advice as to the best pre-built models around at the moment that meet my wish list. Thanks in advance.

Answer:New Gaming PC - Advice Needed

Did you get sorted out with a system matey ?

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Hello, I'm relatively new to these forums, but have got some good advice in the past here so figrued i'd get some opinions if anyone was so inclined. (i'm sure there are probably 100 of these posted a day here...but not by me! )

I'm in the market for a new desktop for Gaming/Multimedia, my budget is in the 3-4 range, and am looking for close-to-bleeding-edge parts for a DIY system.

I can handle the build and BIOS/OS stuff, just would like to get some opinions on hardware.

Processor: I would like to pick up an E6600 conroe chip when they release in a few days, from what i've read it's the best for the price as far as performance per dollar.

MOBO: Obviously I need a conroe-ready board, i've heard "things" about the Intel Bad Axe, DFI Infinity, and a couple ASUS boards.

RAM: I haven't really been keeping up-to-date on RAM advancements over the last couple of years, I would like to drop in 2GB, will need a recommendation here.

Video: Was thinking about picking up the new 1GB Nvidia 7950GX2, but have heard about Nvidia releasing an 8-series line around Q3 this year.

Sound: I've heard nothing but good things about the Creative X-Fi cards, that's probably what i'll go with for my 5.1 surround setup.

HD1: I am going to grab the WD Raptor 150gb 10kRPM drive for sure(maybe 2, RAID it)...unless they're planning on offering a 200+gb at some point in the near future.
HD2/3: I've got a couple 7200's... Read more

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I have been wanting to build my own gaming PC but I would like suggestions on what I should buy. What I know so far is getting a PC case with a compatible motherboard, compatible graphics card, internal hard drive and CPU.
One issue I do have is the area I live in and my room does tend to get excessively hot and I try to cool the room with fans.
The PC will be used for two monitors.
I do not tend to be pricey with any purchase but something that'll be affordable.

I will appreciate any suggestions given and any further advice on how to take care of my PC in the hot weathers.

Answer:Building a Gaming PC Advice

First you need to decide if you want amd or intel. Then we can go on to selecting a motherboard, ram, pw supply, etc, etc.
Do understand that gaming systems are NOT cheap. The parts put into a gaming system need to be able to stand up to the stress and temps of gaming.

If you have never built a system before, I would recommend going intel. I have both an intel 7600k system and a ryzen 1700x system. The ryzen system blows the intel out of the water in multi thread benchmarks however ryzen is NOT for someone who just wants to assemble parts and have it work. The amd systems so take some tweaking in order to run well.

FWIW the ryzen system doubled the intel system in cinebench cpu benchmark. In single core benchmarks, the intel wins however in multi, there is no contest.

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So basically I am building a pc, but I have never done it before so I need a bit of advice when it comes to parts. The pc will be for gaming and streaming, including games with mods, so it needs to be quite powerful but not stupidly expensive, however it doesn't need to be too cheap as I know I'm going to need some good parts. I was looking at triple or quad memory channel motherboards but I'm not sure what motherboards are the best. I need a computer that can run powerful games and stream, I was also thinking of running two or three monitors. If someone could advise me on a motherboard (triple or quad memory channel), RAM that will optimise the performance of a triple or Quad channel motherboard, a processor capable of doing what I ask and a video/graphics card.
Thanks for reading what has turned into a essay, I would appreciate any help or advice anyone could give me.

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Hi I am planning to buy a used gaming PC. I found two local gaming PC. The first one is 2 years old and the specs are as follow :i5 2400 CPU 3.1ghz,8GB Gskill gaming ram, 128gb SSD drive, 500GB storage drive,GTX 560 video card,Asus motherboard,Antec Case,500W Switch powersupply,CPU cooler. This one is for $350.
The other option I have is 6 month old and the specs are as follow :AMD FX-6100 3.30GHz, 16GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Blu-ray ROM/DVDRW, 2x AMD Radeon HD 7750 CrossFireX, Liquid Cooling, LCD Fan Control. This one is for $500.
Please help me decide which one would be better. I really appreciate your help.

Answer:Help and advice regarding buying a old gaming pc

Is any expert here ???????

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'Evening all,
Firstly, thanks for taking the time to click on my post.
I have finally saved up approx £2,000 for a fairly high spec gaming PC. Problem is, I have very little knowledge of value for money when it comes to the specifications. So without waffling on, below is the spec I have my eye on for around my price range:
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake CPU, 4 Cores, 4.0 - 4.2GHz
Overclocking: Up to 20%
Case: NZXT H440 Case - Black / Red
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT Liquid Cooler
Thermal Paste: Standard Thermal Paste
Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING Motherboard
Memory: 16GB DDR4 2133MHz Memory (2 x 8GB Sticks)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Graphics Card
OS Drive: 1TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD
Hard Drive: Seagate 4TB SSHD Hybrid Drive
Optical Drive: Not Included
Power Supply: Corsair RM850x 80 PLUS Gold 850W PSU
Sound Card: Onboard HD Audio
Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
My question is...well, is it any good for around £2,000.
Thanks in advance.
Kind regards,

Answer:Buying a new gaming PC, advice please.

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I am fairly new to the building side of computer. I know quite a bit but I still could use advice.Budget: 1200$Power Supply:RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply A88X-G43 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton) Motherboard AMD A10-7850K Kaveri 3.7GHz Socket FM2+ 95W Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R7 series AD785KXBJABOX X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C9D-16GXH Card: AXR9 280X 3GBD5-T2DHE/OC Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case already have the hard drives and all of the peripherals. All I need is suggestions in what to change if anything.Thanks for your help!

Answer:New gaming PC build advice

Your budget is really high - No reason to go down the route of an AMD APU.  That power supply is also extremely low quality - I wouldn't trust it to power any of my PCs.Your budget can easily accommodate an Intel CPU like an Intel Core i5 4670k which would perform much better than the APU you specified.  You would then be able to get something like a GeForce 760 or 770 video card and a high quality motherboard and power supply (MSI is pretty low end and as already said, that Raidmax PSU is really bad).  As you already have drives, your budget already leaves loads of room to get something like an SSD.I'd suggest something like this which would be much better value for money and perform a lot better in games:

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Hey there, Im planning on building my own gaming desktop, and I wanted your opinions on what you think of my specs.G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRLEVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video CardCORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power SupplyRosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dockASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel MotherboardIntel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80637i53350PSeagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard DriveLG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo Drive Model UH12NS29 - OEM windows 8 64 bit full

Answer:Building a Gaming PC. I would like some advice.

That looks really good, just a couple of pointers.The 750w PSU is overkill, for that you would be more than fine with 650w (I'd stick with the Corsair HX series though, they are great!) - I run an HX650W on my machine (see specs in my profile on left) and it has been running fine for almost a year!Intel have just released their new 'Haswell' chips so look into replacing the CPU and motherboard with themYou have a non-overclockable CPU paired with an overclockable chipset.  While this will work fine, if you plan on overclocking you will need a 'k' series CPU, if you don't plan on overclocking you can happily drop down to a 'H' series ChipsetAlso, if your budget allows it you may want to consider adding an SSD, while it won't directly relate to performance in games, it will vastly help loading times and make the whole machine feel 'snappier'

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I am building my first PC and have very little idea of what i am doing. I have a £500 budget but I am willing to pay up to ~£100 over budget if this will significantly improve specs. I have heard that it is best to put more money into the motherboard, CPU, RAM and the graphics card, but if i can get a Graphics card which is designed to work with a specific CPU for a reasonable price this would be preferable. CPU would ideally be 64-bit quad core. The stated budget does not necessarily include peripherals such as the monitor, keyboard etc.

Answer:Building First Mid-Range gaming PC ADVICE PLEASE

This is an example of what you could get . click here I would personally advise saving a little longer , you will be able to get a much better spec . Its only my opinion , but I think £800 is a sensible budget for a machine that will do todays modern games justice . Good luck .

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