Configuration of basic gaming computer

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January 18, 2010 at 12:36:59
Specs: Windows XP
I am a basic gamer..no online play but would like to get a new computer just for gaming. Mostly play the C&C series of games, plus some Quake. I've been reviewing gaming computers online and frankly I am not familiar with specs enough to select items for customizing a computer. No need to pay for more than what I need, but would like something that will last at least 5 years. Since prices vary from $600 to nearly $2,000, can you offer advice? Thanks!

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#1
January 18, 2010 at 13:50:34
$600--2000 for basic gamer? U want to build your own system?What is your budget? Or u want pre built system like gateway or dell?

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#2
January 18, 2010 at 14:04:23
The price points are the range that I have seen...I think $600 is too low but $2,000 is too high so depending on the configuration I am willing to budget about $1,000. I don't plan on building it myself, but I have seen several locations where I can custom-order a computer. Just don't know about dual processors vs quad, etc. etc. I hope this is sufficient info. Thanks.

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#3
January 18, 2010 at 19:23:27
"No need to pay for more than what I need, but would like something that will last at least 5 years. "

Just about any machine would last that long & could pretty much last as long as you can hold on to it. The kicker is, it ain't gonna be relevant for more than 18 months based on Moore's law.

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#4
January 19, 2010 at 08:59:55
The last reply wasn't helpful. I'm not sure if I will be able to receive proper advice through this website.

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#5
January 20, 2010 at 13:59:56
That reply wasn't very nice. In reality you cant expect it to play the newest games 5 years from now. Many of the newest games Are multicore capable. This means they can benefit from running more then one task at a time. The dual cores are nice, but after using a quad I would never go back. Quads are great for fast load times. Your also want to look for vista or xp since many games are not compatible with windows 7 yet. You want a min of 2 gigs of ram since ram is the cheapest upgrade you can make. You also want a hard drive that is at least 7500 rpm. If you can afford it, a raid 0 for additional speed is nice. You also want a decent graphics card for gaming so buy a comp with a radion 48xx or above.

I know this is a little over budget, http://www.gateway.com/systems/prod...
but this has an i7 under the hood. That's a supper fast CPU, faster then quad and can handle more tasks. It can do 8 things at once. It also has a 4850 which is a decent GFX card. HAs 3 extra slots for ram upgrades in future and a 500w power supply. 500w is enough to upgrade your graphics card int he future if you want. Its a pretty awesome comp and gateway makes pretty good products. I have a gateway laptop and am quite impressed.

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#6
January 21, 2010 at 11:34:59
That's a very helpful reply, that's what I was looking for. The Gateway is within my budget too. Thanks very much!

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