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#1 sunbunny

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 08:24 PM

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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Posted 15 December 2008 - 08:40 PM

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2 years from now it will all be outdated.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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Posted 15 December 2008 - 08:45 PM

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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Posted 15 December 2008 - 08:48 PM

Don't go over 1k, especially if you are building it yourself. It depends, but yeah you should be able to upgrade your current PC cheap enough.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 08:52 PM

Depends on how old the PC is really.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 03:28 PM

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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Posted 16 December 2008 - 03:35 PM

Go to newegg or tigerdirect and build your own.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 03:41 PM

Do I look like I know how to build my own?

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 03:44 PM

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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Posted 16 December 2008 - 04:04 PM

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.