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Would you consider this a decent gaming computer?

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#1
(Many apologies ahead of time if this isn't the correct area for this kind of post, but I didn't really see a better area to put it into.)

Ok so my current computer is about to commit suicide, so I'm looking for another one. I'm not wanting to spend much, yatta yatta, but if I'm going to spend any amount of money at all I don't want to waste it on a computer that wouldn't fulfill at least my basic needs.

I'm wanting to play World of Warcraft, later on Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, and The Sims 3. The latest computer that has grabbed my interest was this one: (Clicky)

So, do you think that computer would be a decent computer for those types of games?
 
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It's a decent computer for those types of games but you're better off not buying from Best Buy and building one yourself. Saves you some money, and all it would require of you is some time to build it yourself.

They made it look expensive and good by putting an i7, but only put a GTX 550 Ti for the video card. :laugh:

If you really don't want to build it yourself, go to iBuyPower directly. Configure a build with an i5 instead of an i7, then a GTX 560 Ti/HD 6950.
 
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I've heard that it's better to build one yourself, as far as prices and customization and all of that. The only reason I'm not doing that is because I'm a totally clueless lost cause with all of this.
 
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The only reason I'm not doing that is because I'm a totally clueless lost cause with all of this.
Well now's a good opportunity to learn.
 
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Yeeeeeeah. >.> I can only imagine the damage I could cause. Baha. Thank you for the response btw. :)
 
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pff for what they are asking you could build one x3 better for less then what they want ... 550ti ... get the fk out .
building a pc is dead simple all thats required is common sense,a ability to follow direction, and a screw driver
 

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Fo real. It's almost like playing with legos these days.
 
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Fo real. It's almost like playing with legos these days.
Exactly, and also i could say "easy as a,b,c simple as 1,2,3"
 

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It doesn't always work like that. Some rigs, like the 2600k I built for my parents worked out of the box where my LGA2011 rig required a BIOS update before anything else. I had a Core 2 Duo build that said it supported 8Gb of DDR2, but what they don't tell you is that it's 8Gb of DDR2-667 or 4Gb of DDR2-800. So little things can catch you off guard, but buying good hardware that others have used can make it possible to have snap and go rig to build... but entropy is right, now is the time to learn. :)
 
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if your lazy and live in canada or US,

ncix just choose a system vesta or whatever the name, customize it and just pay 50 bucks for them to build it for you.

but it's better to build it your self, at least even if you don't know much and only know what youtube and some guides out there feeds you, by the time you successfully build your pc you know it inside out
 
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Exactly, and also i could say "easy as a,b,c simple as 1,2,3"


Its pretty plug and play as far as setting it up goes. But after that also comes BSOD's, hardware compatibility, DOA hardware, overheating, bios updates etc. just to name a few. Its more then just PnP when it comes to doing it yourself.
 
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Its pretty plug and play as far as setting it up goes. But after that also comes BSOD's, hardware compatibility, DOA hardware, overheating, bios updates etc. just to name a few. Its more then just PnP when it comes to doing it yourself.
- the doa hardware everything else is a non issue
 

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You could always go to iBuyPower or others like them instead of BestBuy. You can get more options available to you and more customization.

Here's a little better option for similar price.
man i love that case, i still cant believe i spent $1200 on the case, core i7 2600k, hd6870, and a micro atx mobo just to replace it all with hd7970 atx mobo i7 3770k and an ssd xD

now that im thinking about it im laughing so hard... i spent $1200 for a damn case and psu
 
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Topic: Yes its a decent gaming computer for your needs. All youll have to do is upgrade the video card (in the future when games get more demanding) which is very easy to do. Your cpu will last u years. All the best.
 
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Yeeeeeeah. >.> I can only imagine the damage I could cause. Baha. Thank you for the response btw. :)
The last time I built a computer, my 5 year old did most of the work for me.

Everyone is a little frightened at first. Do it!!
 

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The last time I built a computer, my 5 year old did most of the work for me.

Everyone is a little frightened at first. Do it!!
Seriously, for a basic build there isn't a whole lot you have to do and most of it is plugging cables in a place where it will only fit one kind of cable, or screwing in bolts.

Think about it.

You mount the PSU, Motherboard, CD and Hard Drives and bolt them in.
You push your video card and memory into slots that (usually) lock into place when you push them in, then you just need to connect cables and you're done.

You're just putting a computer together and most hardware will just go. Unless you get a motherboard like mine (P9X79 Deluxe,) where I had to flash the BIOS before it would post (you can flash the bios with a push of a button on the I/O plate of the motherboard.) but after that it was good to go. I built a 2600k with a Gigabyte Z68 UD5 and after putting everything together it just booted, the most I had to do was enable XMP for DDR3-1866.

I guess what I'm really trying to say is, build the computer. We're here so we can help you pick out good hardware that we know to be good and if you need any help there are plenty of users here who are eager to help and throw in their 6-sense.
 
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You can even check out youtube videos or read forums for guides when assembling your own PC.
The only thing you really need to be careful with is the CPU, try not to bend any pins either on the processor (if it has any), ot in the socket.

If you are eally nervous, read the instructions that come with all of the components.

As everyone else has mentioned, it's extremely simple to setup new computers these days.
 
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I build my own pcs so I don't have this issue but ill share a few options with you, when I sold my old mobo cpu and ram someone sent me a case I installed everything minus cpu cooler for him charged an extra $40 for installation and shipped it back. 2 you could talk to a local pc repair shop 3. I buy power 4. DIY
 

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What helps when building your own, if you run into an issue hardware-wise you won't have to rely on a shop to do it for you. Just drop a line here in the forums and we can help. ;)

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In in Austin, TX. If you're nearby I can walk you through in person.