Suggestions for $700 gaming desktop?

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#1 Posted by jrabbit99 (2835 posts) -

Hey guys, I'm looking to buy a good gaming desktop for ~$700. Anyone have any suggestions? I have no clue what's a good desktop brand or what to look for in it, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

#2 Posted by MonsieurX (29504 posts) -
#3 Posted by kraken2109 (13007 posts) -

inb4 x51 morons

#4 Posted by yellonet (7768 posts) -
#5 Posted by yellonet (7768 posts) -

Hey guys, I'm looking to buy a good gaming desktop for ~$700. Anyone have any suggestions? I have no clue what's a good desktop brand or what to look for in it, so any help would be greatly appreciated.jrabbit99
The only good brand is Buildityourself.

#6 Posted by superclocked (5823 posts) -

[QUOTE="jrabbit99"]Hey guys, I'm looking to buy a good gaming desktop for ~$700. Anyone have any suggestions? I have no clue what's a good desktop brand or what to look for in it, so any help would be greatly appreciated.yellonet

The only good brand is Buildityourself.

This is true. Components in PC's from companies like Dell and HP, namely the motherboard and PSU, are made to be just good enough to run the hardware that they come with. And even if you didn't do much upgrading, things like the capacitors on the motherboards are usually low quality to save money, and tend to bust open after a few years. And if you decide to overclock, and buy a new bios from phoenix that allows it, you'll likely fry the motherboard due to a lack of VRM and chipset cooling. Lack of VRM cooling can also be a problem if you just decide to upgrade the CPU. And if have to replace the motherboard, then you would also have to purchase a new copy of Windows. Or if you get a better videocard for instance, you would have to get a new power supply as well. So long story short, just build it yourself using quality parts and save yourself all of the hassle down the road...
#7 Posted by DJ_Headshot (6178 posts) -

[QUOTE="MonsieurX"]

3570k

Asrock Z77 extreme 4 (free ram)

7870

300R

PSU

HDD

700$ total

Something along those lines

yellonet

Looks good. If he adds another $100, he could switch the mechanical disk for a decent sized SSD.

SSD is still offers far to little storage space for a a main computer at least for gamers and power users. Instead of switching he should just add a a ssd to use as a boot drive and install all non gaming applications and maybe a few games he plays alot and keep the regular hardrive for storage and game installs which take up quite a bit of space and are only going to go up in the future.

#8 Posted by ionusX (25715 posts) -
#9 Posted by yellonet (7768 posts) -

[QUOTE="yellonet"]

[QUOTE="MonsieurX"]

3570k

Asrock Z77 extreme 4 (free ram)

7870

300R

PSU

HDD

700$ total

Something along those lines

DJ_Headshot

Looks good. If he adds another $100, he could switch the mechanical disk for a decent sized SSD.

SSD is still offers far to little storage space for a a main computer at least for gamers and power users. Instead of switching he should just add a a ssd to use as a boot drive and install all non gaming applications and maybe a few games he plays alot and keep the regular hardrive for storage and game installs which take up quite a bit of space and are only going to go up in the future.

That depends on how much you're willing to pay of course.
I think most people would be ok with a 256 GB SSD as system drive, you can fit quite a few games on that.
Then use a big mechanical drive for data storage.

#10 Posted by MonsieurX (29504 posts) -
#11 Posted by ionusX (25715 posts) -

[QUOTE="ionusX"]

[QUOTE="MonsieurX"]

3570k

Asrock Z77 extreme 4 (free ram)

7870

300R

PSU

HDD

700$ total

Something along those lines

MonsieurX

OS?

time to low another 50 bucks somewhere there ;)

15$ W8 from my thread! :p

:o HAX

#12 Posted by MonsieurX (29504 posts) -
barely.
#13 Posted by slipknot0129 (5486 posts) -

Get the Alienware x51. Its plenty enough for gaming. It starts at $699.

#14 Posted by MonsieurX (29504 posts) -

Get the Alienware x51. Its plenty enough for gaming. It starts at $699.

slipknot0129
A kitten dies everything you talk about the X51 Please,think about the kittens.
#15 Posted by yellonet (7768 posts) -

Get the Alienware x51. Its plenty enough for gaming. It starts at $699.

slipknot0129

Yeah, and for that you'd get an amazing 2nd gen i3, 6 GB RAM and a GT 640 1GB. Wow. :lol:

#16 Posted by jrabbit99 (2835 posts) -
So the Alienware x51 is good or not? Sorry guys I mean prebuilt stuff. I'm not building my own. I'm gonna screw something up.
#17 Posted by MonsieurX (29504 posts) -
So the Alienware x51 is good or not? Sorry guys I mean prebuilt stuff. I'm not building my own. I'm gonna screw something up.jrabbit99
No it's not. And it's quite hard to screw something up.
#18 Posted by slipknot0129 (5486 posts) -

So the Alienware x51 is good or not? Sorry guys I mean prebuilt stuff. I'm not building my own. I'm gonna screw something up.jrabbit99
Its a good machine. Should play all the games on high settings. Its an awesome looking machine too.

Heres a pic of my x51. I have retired my Xbox 360. Just have it there for comparison. I feel like I have a next gen console now.

x51

#19 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7346 posts) -
http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-x51/pd I recommend this.
#20 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (23460 posts) -
Why are companies going back to gloss. I still think the old xbox 360 white looks a lot better than that new glossy one.
#21 Posted by kraken2109 (13007 posts) -
[QUOTE="jrabbit99"]So the Alienware x51 is good or not? Sorry guys I mean prebuilt stuff. I'm not building my own. I'm gonna screw something up.MonsieurX
No it's not. And it's quite hard to screw something up.

And even if you have to go prebuilt there are better options than the x51 for the money.
#22 Posted by yellonet (7768 posts) -

So the Alienware x51 is good or not? Sorry guys I mean prebuilt stuff. I'm not building my own. I'm gonna screw something up.jrabbit99
No, it's a really weak PC. You will not be able to play demanding games very well.
Even the most expensive x51 for $1200 isn't a good gaming PC.
Anyone saying that x51 is good does not know what they're talking about.

#23 Posted by marcthpro (7927 posts) -

[QUOTE="jrabbit99"]So the Alienware x51 is good or not? Sorry guys I mean prebuilt stuff. I'm not building my own. I'm gonna screw something up.yellonet

No, it's a really weak PC. You will not be able to play demanding games very well.
Even the most expensive x51 for $1200 isn't a good gaming PC.
Anyone saying that x51 is good does not know what they're talking about.

and this is why we alway's have to speak up because of what say slipknot0129 is cynical nonsense it not even funny :|

#24 Posted by jrabbit99 (2835 posts) -
Ummmm ok. So what other good gaming comps are there besides Alienware x51?
#25 Posted by marcthpro (7927 posts) -

Cyberpower and ibuypower but really go build ur own desktop :-/

#26 Posted by DJ_Headshot (6178 posts) -

This is the best one i could find for your budget. I'd highly reccomend customizing the video card to a gtx 660 2gb and paying $10 more for a $500 watt power supply to power it. I would lower the ram down to the cheapest option(4gb is plenty for games right now) and go for air cooling if you really wanted to get the price down the gtx 660 will give you a very noticeable amount of extra performance well worth increasing your budget a bit.

http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Special-B

#27 Posted by DJ_Headshot (6178 posts) -

Here some benchmarks showing just how much stronger the gtx 660 is vs the gtx 650(which is the same thing as the ddr5 gt640 in the $700 x51)

More then double the framerate in bf3 at ultra 1080p and even with the gtx 650 running at low settings no AA and 2xAF its still get lower average framerate then the gtx 660 at ultra with 16xAF and 4xAA.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-geforce-gtx-650-benchmark,3297-7.html

Similair outcome in the Crysis 2 dx11 ultra settings

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-geforce-gtx-650-benchmark,3297-8.html

saving a few bucks isn't worth it but your choice.

#28 Posted by quebec946 (1314 posts) -

LOL at anyone who say x51 is good, a 550$ desktop diy is better.