Want to find a good prebuilt gaming computer

June 20, 2013 at 10:33:45
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon II X4 640
due to this


i am considering getting a better computer for gaming, now im not tech savy, so i just want to get a pre built pc for gaming, the highest game i play is red orchestra 2 and source games and i would like to play arma 2.

im looking for a pre built computer for desktop gaming that is durable that passes the requirements for red orchestra 2 and if possible meets the requirements for arma 2 that will last for a long time and be relatively simple to use and be as problem free as possible

my max budget is $1200 although $900 and below is perferred

i was looking at these

http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-... (the second or first one)

im worried cause i hear both amazing and horrible reviews

i am tired of having pc's that dont last and cant run games well

your help is appreciated

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June 20, 2013 at 12:08:20
What is your budget? Does that include monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse, microphone, etc.?

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June 20, 2013 at 12:22:34
i have a HP 1600x900 monitor, a mouse, and a keyboard im looking for the actual computer but if i need a new monitor keyboard or mouse as long as its nothing too much

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June 20, 2013 at 15:18:50
It would be foolish to buy a new computer, especially any of the ones you linked to. The only hardware problems I can see with your current HP is the outdated 8600GT video card & the weak power supply. Are you still running the original HP installation of Windows?

If it were my system, I would replace both the power supply & video card, back up all my personal data, then completely wipe the hard drive. Remove ALL current partitioning, create 2 or more new partitions, then do a clean install of Windows 7 using a retail disk. That way you won't be stuck with all the included HP crapware (which I suspect has never been removed). It can be done for about $100, not including the retail copy of Windows. But since you probably have a legal key, all you would need to do is borrow a Win7 disc to do the installation.

Consider these:

Corsair 430W PSU - $25 after rebate

Radeon HD 7750 - $85 after rebate

And have a look at this:

8600 GT vs HD 7750

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June 20, 2013 at 20:36:55
my pc right now is so messed up my browser is lagging, this post is as i said looking for a pre-built computer to play source games, ro2, war thunder, and possibly arma 2 on that will last and not be crap, im not somebody who is ocd about having the latest most expensive tech, i just want to be able to have a PRE BUILT computer that will LAST and let me run red orchestra 2 and war thunder on highest settings and not be a piece of garbage. as said before im NOT tech savy, i dont go crazy over getting every new game that comes out, i just want the games i have to work well, and im SICK of computers that either dont last or don't run my games well

im not here to be convinced to build a computer( which is something i do not understand)

and my current pc which is almost 3 years old is nearly dead and sounds like an industrial car wash fan when i try and run even so much as a source game

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June 21, 2013 at 04:31:06
You can look for a local computer shop that is willing to build your computer for you so that you have a custom machine designed for your purposes, but you should have a fair knowledge of the components you want so that you get the best you can for your money.
You should try to verify the shop by Googling for opinions on their work and honesty.
You probably should 'build' a virtual machine. This basically means you choose what you feel are appropriate components for this new machine and post those components here or in the gaming forum for an opinion of your choices. then revise if based on comments. When you feel you have the best components you could afford, bring the list to a custom building shop and ask them what they would charge you to build it. If you know what the components would normally cost, then you will know what you are paying to build it and be a better judge if it is fair. Also ask what warranty and support they will provide if/when you have trouble.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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June 21, 2013 at 05:57:56
You have a perfectly good PC that with a little work & a little money, could be a kickazz gamer. If you'd rather waste $1000 than repair it (& maybe learn something in the process), that's up to you. You came here asking for advice, I gave you mine, now I'm done. Sorry for trying to help.

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June 21, 2013 at 11:45:08
@riider go ahead and get mad, i dont know how to do any of what you told me

and maybe in the process you could learn how to not be rude

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June 21, 2013 at 12:11:08

Your motherboard can't slowly die. Either it works or it doesn't. Your processor (CPU) slows down as the heat goes up, eventually shutting down completely.

You need to learn how to do those things. If you buy a new computer it will eventually get crapped up too.

Your current computer needs some tender loving care. All computers get dirty inside, that will cause overheating and CPU throttling. It will happen with a new computer too.

If you can't or won't perform basic maintenance then find a shop or a friend to do it for you.

Do you understand the Dell link you provided is for a base computer. You would need to upgrade the graphics and maybe the power supply and other items to play any games.

The case is not standard and not easily upgraded.

If you own a car you need to perform basic maintenance. Same with ANY computer.

Depending on the environment (how clean) you need to clean the insides out at least once or twice a year. Use a compressor or canned air from a office supply to BLOW out the dust. DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner. It will damage the hardware from static electricity.

No one is telling you to build a computer. You need to know what you want inside though. That requires research.

Changing the power supply and adding a new graphics card can be done a ANY reputable computer shop. They can also clean up inside and clean out your hard drive.

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June 21, 2013 at 21:21:20
ive blown it out with a compressor, and cleaned the memory and scanned for viruses, etc

and no offense but how is it by any means basic? its twice what my comp is and well past the requirements for anything i play considering as stated before i don't get into the latest hardware intensive games. my top 3 most played games are Resistance and Liberation(hl2 ww2 mod), War Thunder, and Ro2

my pc is 3 years old and the fan is loud as hell and sounds shaky

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June 22, 2013 at 17:13:19
Basic maintenance, not basic hardware.

Download and install HWMonitor. Run it in real time to see what the temperatures are when you are using it. If something is vibrating then it is worn out or out of balance.

Possible it could be a bad cooling fan but more likely a dirty fan.

When you blew things out with a compressor, did you blow out the power supply? There is a least One fan in there, possibly Two. Blow out from both ends.

Post the temperatures you see in HWMonitor. Get it at the link below.


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