I need help buying a new gaming pc. wats a good moderatly priced one?

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#1 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -

I wanna use it to run oblivionand other big games. If you can post the site on where to buy this cpu so i can instantly click iot thatd be great.

#2 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
Define "moderately priced" - and you are referring to a pre-built machine, yes?
#3 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
yes , and not like 5,000 dollars lol
#4 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
Btw, Compared to the prices of the uber gaming rigs, Moderate would be a base level Dell XPS. Which is why i recommend the XPS.
ok, so if $5000 is too much, then $1500-2000, yes?
#5 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
im very technogically disabled so i want one thats friendly to use . thanks for reaplying Ravin
#6 Posted by MercenaryKnight (396 posts) -
Well, as everyone in this forum will tell you. You will save a lot more money putting one together yourself. It isn't as hard as the words "build your own computer" sounds. If you google around you should be able to find some videos and tutorials. This forum always has people who can help you pick out stuff (they certainly helped me with all my noob questions and my computer I ordered off newegg.com).
#7 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
im very technogically disabled so i want one thats friendly to use . thanks for reaplying Ravinsamtheyoshi
I'll still need some sort of budget before I can really give you a recommendation though. Also, I'll want to know if you need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
#8 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
willl that be able to run the newer hardware hogging games
#9 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
i used PC Mechanic's How to build your own pc, and my motherboard manual, what about you MercenaryKnight? on topic: Try the Gateway FX, or the Dell XPS700 if you really are set on buying your pc
#10 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
umm right now im just looking so price wont matter . yah im gonna need a new everything
#11 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
are you referring to a DIY pc or an Dell XPS. The answer is yes. You can build a killer gaming pc for less than $1200. Maximum PC said so. lol. ...edit: Dell XPS's come with 19 or 20 inch ws monitors, depending on model.
#12 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
will it be cheaper to build a new pc ? thanks guys for putting up with my newbieness
#13 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
99.9% of the time, definitely yes, as 99.9% of the people here in the forum will tell you.
#14 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
ok so wat parts will i need to buy?
#15 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
will i have to buy one of those expensive graphics cards?
#16 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
...everything... motherboard, cpu, ram, PSU, case, video card, optical drive, hd....but dont worry, we can help you if you can't decide between a part.

oh, and make sure, that your motherboard supports DDR2, your CPU is recent, Ram is also DDR2, PSU is ATX compatible, minumum, Case is ATX form, Video card is at least last generation's High end. HD is Sata.
#17 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
ok so wat parts will i need to buy?samtheyoshi
Processor Motherboard RAM Video Card Hard drive Case Power Supply Optical drive Monitor Keyboard Mouse
Operating System

That's the bare minimum you can get away with. Many users here also like having some sort of floppy drive/card reader, sound card, additional hard drives, special cables, etc.
#18 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
will i have to buy one of those expensive graphics cards? samtheyoshi
if you want to turn them settings up. if your going to go ahead and build ur system, a 8800GTS should do very nicely
#19 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
ok so if i wanna run the newer games how much in parts will i spend
#20 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
like i said, you can build that computer for roughly 1200 dollars, at a quick glance, give or take 200 dollars
#21 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
i want something that will last me so i dont WANT a trash system.
#22 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
ok so if i wanna run the newer games how much in parts will i spendsamtheyoshi
To run all the newer games at good settings, I'd say $1500 is probably the minimum you'll want to spend if you're including a monitor.
#23 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
forgot about that...yeah, monitor = 200+ XD
#24 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
so is there a good type or brand i should buy these parts from. if so how much is all of these parts, im asking alot so thanks guys for puttin up
#25 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
so is there a good type or brand i should buy these parts from. if so how much is all of these parts, im asking alot so thanks guys for puttin upsamtheyoshi
There's no one brand to buy from - its different for every component.
#26 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
if i wanna run all these new games in the highrst quality wats the ballpark sum
#27 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
Well, Asus, Abit, Evga all make excellent motherboards. For Ati graphics cards, Sapphire and HiS are great choices. For Nvidia, Evga and BFG are the companies to go for. Corsair and Kingston make good ram. Antec, Thermaltake make good PSU's. Also, I'd go with Rayvin's estimate including the monitor.
#28 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
ok so wat are the different brands i should buy from
#29 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
^
#30 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
thanks man wat did you use wen you built yours
#31 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
Here's a quick estimate of how much you should be spending: Processor: $200-$300 Motherboard: $120-$220 Video Card: $150-$200 OR $400. Anything in between isn't a good idea right now. RAM: $80-$100 per gigabyte Hard drive: $70-$100 Power Supply: $70-$120 Optical drive: $20-$50 Case: $50-$120 Operating System: $90-$100 Monitor: $200-$300 Keyboard: $10-$50 Mouse: $10-$40 Sound Card: $60-$120 Floppy disk/card reader: $5-$20
#32 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
i used a Asus motherboard for my crossfire (dual gpu setup). Sapphire is generally cheaper, but their fans are locked at 5% and are really loud, so if your going w/ ATi, buy a 3rd party fan and heat sink i also used kingston valueram from Circuit city. My xion case came with a 450w PSU, but most of them are crap. My 8800GTS is made by evga (they gave me dark messiah for free =D)
#33 Posted by MercenaryKnight (396 posts) -
[QUOTE="frost_mourne13"]i used PC Mechanic's How to build your own pc, and my motherboard manual, what about you MercenaryKnight? on topic: Try the Gateway FX, or the Dell XPS700 if you really are set on buying your pc

I went to http://videos.howstuffworks.com/computer-build-1-video.htm for most of the showing how to build it. I found it better since it kind of shows how easy it can be to do it all. Then just googled random tutorials and looked around. Still waiting on my shipment before I get to put it all together.
#34 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
i have and older hp cpu. could i use the shell or the cd rom and other stuff?
#35 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
i have and older hp cpu. could i use the shell or the cd rom and other stuff?samtheyoshi
There's nothing I'd keep from that machine except possibly the optical drive (if it's a DVD R drive), monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
#36 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
um, im not sure about HP, but i know Dell's cases are BTX form factor. You could keep the CD-Rom, but im not sure why you would, as DVD+RW drives are only 30 dollars right now. Also, i wouldn't recycle too many parts except for maybe the HD. I had a HP comp before, their keyboards generally get stiffer with age.

if you're going to build ur own pc, try MercenaryKnight's link. I think it was pretty good.
#37 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
ok so were can i buy all these parts,so this is your first time mercenary
#38 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
newegg is my online store of choice. Tigerdirect is decent, but i still havent gotten my rebate back yet. For monitors, check your Sunday paper's Best Buy or Circuit City add. Monitors, speakers, keyboards, and mouses are constantly put on sale.
#39 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
ok so were can i buy all these parts,so this is your first time mercenarysamtheyoshi
Depends on where you live - if you're in the US, I much prefer Newegg or ZipZoomFly. For Canada, I've heard good things about Tigerdirect and NCIX, and for the UK Scan.co.uk and Overclockers.co.uk are the ones I've heard the most good things about. I'm not sure on any other countries, sorry.
#40 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
wats the best gcard on the market
#41 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
wats the best gcard on the marketsamtheyoshi
The 8800GTX, but I doubt you'll want to spend nearly $600 on your graphics card alone.
#42 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
i live in iowa
#43 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
wow so wat gcard will work prety well on newer games?
#44 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
Let's change the question to this. What is the best graphics card for $*** dollars?
I would try this link, very reliable site; Tom's Hardware

if 500-600 is too much, try the lower model, the 8800GTS, it retails for 350-420. That should be more in your price range.
#45 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
so the gts or pro?
#46 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
wow so wat gcard will work prety well on newer games?samtheyoshi
Pretty well for cheap, I'd recommend the X1950GT ($160) or the X1950Pro ($200). If you want to spend more, then go up to the 8800GTS for around $400. Or you can wait for some of the newer cards from ATI and Nvidia, which will likely beat out the lower options in terms of performance, and be much cheaper than the 8800GTS.
#47 Posted by frost_mourne13 (1615 posts) -
pro what? if your spending less that 200 dollars for a video card, i would recommend the X1950PRO from ATi If you're spending more, go with the 8800GTS
#48 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
so are all of these sites, you pay through paypall
#49 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
will they run new games well?
#50 Posted by samtheyoshi (225 posts) -
will they run new games well?