Okay guys, I am looking into getting a new desktop computer, but I am so indecisive that I can't make up my mind. I look on Amazon and I find like 469870610 computers and I'm like "Yup this one looks good" a second later "OH this one has more RAM" two seconds later "Oh dang, this one 1T Hdd AND 128GB SSD" ....you see the pattern? I'm looking into getting a decent lower end "Gaming computer" that's under $650. I don't play a ton of demanding games on the computer as most of the games I play I use my consoles for, but I do have some games on Steam that I'd like to be able to play. Oxygen Not Included being one of them. Sims 4 and the expansions as well. I just need a tower as for now I'm just going to hook the tower up to my TV like my current desktop is so I can spend all of my budget on the tower and hopefully get me a computer that will last another 10 years. My current PC is a Dell Studio 540 that I paid almost $900 for almost 10 years ago, it still runs pretty well but the fans have been kicking in to high gear and my CPU at 100% when nothing is open. I have a Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 graphics card in it right now. I would like something that runs with very little noise.
I was looking at these few, but I'm not sure what I want/need. Plus I'm open to whatever else you guys might suggest.
#1 #2 This one was above my budget, but I was willing to pay if it was a good choice but I'd like to stay under $650 #3 #4 #5
So I'm not good or very helpful with this as I'm a little ignorant when it comes to PC specs etc, but this is where my husband bought our two gaming computers. They're a bit above your 650 budget, but they have sales all the time! Right now there is a spring sale going on I think. I think all of them come with a keyboard & mouse + free items you can add like headset, mousepad, hdmi cord, etc. This might not even be what you're looking for, but I thought I'd offer my two cents XD I've had mine for a year now I think and it has been amazing. Tax refund well spent. hahaha
My brother builds my computers and usually every year or two we just stick a few new parts in, like video card, power supply, hard drive...It's good on the budget that way haha. So I don't know much about doing all new, all at once, or pre-made PCs.
I DO know that a SSD is totally worth it. I have two SSDs (a 110GB and a 220GB) plus a 1TB normal one that I stick images and backups of things on. SSDs are getting cheaper all the time so there's really no excuse not to have one, or two haha.
If I were looking at those computers, I'd probably go for #3. The video card is nice (better than my nvidia card). I'm pretty sure the processor is a few years old, but it's the exact one I'm using in my PC right now haha. It's next on the list to upgrade and I'll probably do it next year but so far I haven't had any issues with any games, most of the games I play are older though. I run World of Warcraft and Sims 4 (with expansions and custom content) on the highest settings and never see any issues.
I'd also add in a decent-sized SSD for the extra $100 or so. I have no idea if these pre-made computers come already loaded with Windows but you definitely would want Windows and all the games you play regularly on the SSD, and then images/songs/normal programs like Petz/LNZ/GIMP can go on the normal hard-drive to save space on the SSD. When I had just the 110GB SSD I had issues with not being able to get all my games on it at once (WoW is huge) but now I'm fine with the second SSD installed, so I have Windows, WoW, Sims 3, Sims 4, and a few other smaller games, and still about 100GB left open for more games on the SSDs.
Post by AlexisRyuun on Apr 7, 2017 18:54:09 GMT -5
just a small tip, i'd check the refurbished computers on sites like woot! i know i got a great deal the past 2 times, my current computer is hp's omen gamer which isn't a cheap machine, i jumped when i saw it listed for $750 and i'm really happy with it thus far, i'm sure you can find a really nice machine for your money there. if you do look there i recommend hp, their very easy to upgrade and extremely reliable in my experience, i love mine, and my previous computer (hp butterfly) still runs perfectly i just needed a better graphics card so my mom bought it from me for my grandparents.
Well, I wouldn't go with #3 unless your okay with waiting 1-2 months, unless you really want that green color(which I would, but I'm less picky on gaming computers as long as petz and Sims plays on it and I love green)! Aside from that it looks like you might want to decide how large of a hard drive you'll need as well as what type of graphics card/sound card your games need/work best with. I picked my current laptop by going with hard drive size I wanted(1TB) and asking which computers they had on display that would be good for my games. Maybe check local stores for sales?
Well I saved my money and went with Pollution's suggestion and bought my computer from ibuypower.com for a lot more than my initial budget lol My total came to $1284.40 But I paid a little less than that 10 yrs ago on my current desktop so I'm not so worried about the cost since it'll last me a long time!
Here's my specs I'm excited for it to come, although it'll be a while. It doesn't say I need to sign for it which I'm hoping I won't because I work until 5:15 every day and they don't deliver on Saturdays. I got free ground shipping and almost $70 off because of the Spring sale I opted for 1000W PSU and upgraded my graphics, motherboard and added a SSD and got a free 2THDD upgrade. I'm pretty excited lol I'll be buying a 27" monitor to go with it from Amazon since I've got prime and it doesn't come with one. Right now if I use my desktop it's hooked up to my TV but my desk is parallel with my TV so I have to turn my head all the way to the left to see what I'm doing lol.
1xCaseNZXT Phantom 240 Gaming Case - White 1xProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor (8x 3.0GHZ/16MB L3 Cache) 1xMotherboardASRock X370 Killer SLI -- Aura RGB, 2x PCIe x16, 8x USB 3.0(7x Type A, 1x Type C) 1xMemory16 GB [8 GB X2] DDR4-2400 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand [AMD] 1xVideo CardAMD Radeon RX 580 - 8GB - ASUS STRIX RGB (VR-Ready) - Single Card 1xCase LightingiBUYPOWER RGB Smart Lighting (Software Controlled LED Lighting Kit) - [FREE] 1 Smart Lighting Strip - Top of the case 1xPower Supply1000 Watt - Standard 80 PLUS Bronze 1xProcessor CoolingDEEPCOOL Captain 120EX 120mm Liquid CPU Cooling System - White - [Ryzen] 1xPrimary Hard Drive240 GB Kingston A400 SATA-3 SSD -- Read: 560MB/s; Write: 530MB/s - Single Drive 1xData Hard Drive - [FREE] 2 TB HARD DRIVE 7200RPM - Today Only 1x2nd Optical DriveNone 1xOptical Drive24X Super Multi Internal DVD Rewriter Optical Drive - Black 1xSound Card3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard 1xSpeaker SystemNone 1xNetwork CardOnboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) 1xMonitorNone 1xKeyboardiBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Keyboard 1xMouseiBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Mouse 1xOperating SystemWindows 10 Home - (64-bit) 1xWarranty3 Year Standard Warranty Service 1xRush ServiceStandard Service - Estimated Ship in 5-10 Business Days 1xMeter DisplayNone 1xMedia Card Reader / WriterNone 1xiBUYPOWER Labs - Noise ReductionNone 1xiBUYPOWER Labs - Internal ExpansionNone 1xUSB Expansion CardNone 1xCase Engraving ServiceNone 1xLimited Time OfferiBUYPOWER Chimera Thumb Screws - Gold 1xLED Fan LightingDefault Case Fan 1xM.2/PCI-E SSD CardNone 1xSLI BridgeNone 1xAdvance Cabling OptionsProfessional Wiring - for all standard default cables inside the system 1xAdvanced Build Options - Thermal PasteNone 1xiBUYPOWER Elite Build PackageNone
Here's a picture of what my case looks like : I can change the color inside to whatever I want which is exciting!
Last Edit: May 21, 2017 15:57:31 GMT -5 by Daveena