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post #1 of 5 Old 07-20-2014, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap Gaming Computer?

Hi there! I'm a gamer, and I'm looking into buying a decent gaming computer or laptop. Do you fellow gamers have any suggestions on a CHEAP computer I can get? I most likely won't be doing any intense gaming, just games such as G-MOD, The Ship, etc. I don't want to spend anymore than $500. Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-20-2014, 10:55 PM
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Realistically you most likely won't get anything for under $1000 that's worth having. I suggest you save a little longer.

Building your own gets you a better computer cheaper. That's what I'm doing. My build is currently looking like costing me around the $1900 mark but I'll be building for insanity. Dual graphics cards, 16 gig of RAM, 2TB hard drive, high-end motherboard and processor, ALL the blue glowy lights, high-end gaming case designed for maximum cooling whether you use air or liquid. I'm air cooling and I'm going to be adding on all the cooling I can manage because dual graphics card systems are HOT. I could do my build for just under $1100 if I cut back on the fans, didn't buy a pro-gamer-grade CPU cooling unit, only got 4 gig of RAM, and bought a cheaper mobo. I could do it for under $1000 if I got a cheaper case.

However... Baby, my current machine, is eight years old and still ticking along. With 4 gig of RAM and a 500gb hard drive she's well and truly outmoded but she's tough. Why? Because she was a $3500 build when she was new. She'll probably make nine or ten years at this rate if her motherboard holds up.

Don't bother with a CPU less than about i5, won't do the job. And your motherboard will be the first thing you fry if you cut corners on that. There's your $500 almost gone. By the time you get a graphics card [mine are $250 each and they're the minimum I'd go with] you're looking at about $650 before you've even bought the power supply, case, RAM or hard drive. RAM is cheap. $105 for a top-of-the-line 8gb stick. $755 now. Power supply? Mine is $250. There's your $1000, and then you have hard drive. That's another relatively cheap part if you don't get a solid state drive. If you do... well. SSD's are ten to eleven times the price of a HDD. My HDD is going to be a $99 part. Then you have to buy your operating system. I strongly recommend Windows 7. 8 is designed for touch screen devices and is a pain in the behind on anything you operate with a mouse or touchpad. That's another $200 or thereabouts. Case. You can get decent ones for around the $120 mark if you aren't fussy.

The PARTS you need will greatly exceed your budget. How do you expect the computer company to then pay wages of whoever puts it together?

Of course you could always buy something second hand. I think mine is worth about $100 because of her age. She's old and crappy compared to what's available now. But Baby is my baby and she's not going anywhere so don't even ask.

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I just realised that comes across very snarky.

Building your own is really your best bet with a desktop computer. You get so much more for your money. I just bought two new fans for $25, both fancy blue LED fans. Fans are cheap, probably going to be your cheapest parts. Baby is much happier now that she has working air cooling again. Cooling is very important. Unfortunately as I said above even if you build your own, a bare-bones gaming PC is still around the $1000 mark.

Whatever you get, whether you go new or secondhand, Gigabyte motherboards are wonderful. They're what nearly every pro gamer uses and they LAST. I'll be getting the second best on the market. I'd go for the best but it just doesn't have enough USB ports for me! Intel processors are great, and nvidia graphics cards are the best. If you can get it Corsair brand, do so. I'll have Corsair power supply, RAM and RAM cooling. They unfortunately don't make any blue LED fans and all my fans are going to be blue LED because I like glowy things.

Gigabyte, Intel, nvidia (especially their offshoot, EVGA) and Corsair where you can! BitFenix make good fans, as do Thermaltake. Expect to spend a little more, but if you get good brands, you get a quality computer that lasts, and you'll spend a lot less in repairs in the long run. Baby has been used and abused for eight years and she's still going!

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Thank you both, it looks like I'll be saving up more to get what I want!
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