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What's a reasonably priced desktop or laptop that will play games? I mostly play the sims, but my son is into all the other games that most of you play. The only computer he's mentioned wanting is an alienware.

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Probably the worst investment you can make.

2 years from now it will all be outdated. :lol:

Alienware makes a SICK rig for gaming. But you will end up spending 3k before you know it.

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Yeah, that's why he isn't getting one.

The desktop we have now won't handle most games. I can't play sims on it or anything. Could I just have this one upgraded or something?

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I have a 500 dollar or so HP (no monitor) that I bumped up to 4GB RAM and added a good video card. Works great for my online game. Video is usually what gets skimped on with bargain machines and what you want the most of IMHO...

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I used to build mine from the ground up, but the time and research it takes vs. the money saved, warranty headaches, made me finally give it up. If I had to have the absolute best stuff then yes, I would build a custom machine and save some decent money. But for lower end stuff....meh its more of a "fun" thing than a "money saving" thing to me -

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Alienware is WAY overrated. You can get a Dell that's focused towards gaming and it'll be pretty much the same at 1/2 the price(Dell owns AW anyway).

Really the most important thing is a good video card. You can spend $200 and get a very good card that will run any game out there(something like this - very quick search). But then it's a matter of if you have a AGPx16, a good power supply and suitable cooling.

Anything more than a video card and it get's more complex, but if your son is really into it then he can learn himself. I can normally get a system that's equal to a $1000 Dell with about $600.

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I used to build mine from the ground up, but the time and research it takes vs. the money saved, warranty headaches, made me finally give it up. If I had to have the absolute best stuff then yes, I would build a custom machine and save some decent money. But for lower end stuff....meh its more of a "fun" thing than a "money saving" thing to me -

For me I like doing the research and finding a sweet spot in pricing. I never get top of the line stuff, always a step down - saves a LOT of money. And I stagger my upgrades so I rarely spent a big hunk of cash at a time.

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Do I look like I know how to build my own?
Pretty sure they send you step by step instructions, if it's for Ty make him build it himself. Or have father/son time. It's not that bad. If you can program a DVR and put together cheap furniture, you can do it!

I just gutted my HP rig I got in February. Only thing original is the DVD-R on it. Got some RAM if you want it. lol

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