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Getting my first PC? Pre-built for now.

#1EpicgnomePosted 2/27/2014 8:18:13 PM
Hey everyone, I've never had my own PC before since the family computer has always been in my room but now we are getting a bigger house and I want the computer to be in another room.

I'd like to get my own pc since my family owes me a birthday gift from a few months ago and my friend(whose brother builds/fixes computers) tells me i could get a decent gaming pc for around $400-500 which is my preferred price range.

Any kind of advice of what to avoid or look for? recommendations? I'd hope i could upgrade it from there if i can.

Thank you!
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#232x2zPosted 2/27/2014 8:21:16 PM(edited)
For 400/500 you're only getting a good pc if you build it. Prebuilts at that price range aren't too good to be honest.
#3PsythikPosted 2/27/2014 9:02:52 PM(edited)
32x2z posted...
For 400/500 you're only getting a good pc if you build it. Prebuilts at that price range aren't too good to be honest.
This.

EDIT: I'm bored, so for fun I tried to do a decent pre-built in that price range and this is closest I could get:

Site: http://ecollegepc.com
CPU: FX-6300
GPU: GTX 660
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333
MoBo: M5A78L-M LX Plus
HDD: 1TB 7200RPM (Major Brand)
Case: Cougar Spike Black
Total: $657

You could build a lesser machine but it wouldn't be worth your money.
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#4Flaktrooper123Posted 2/27/2014 9:30:24 PM
If you really have to get prebuild, avoid factory build ones (AKA BRANDED pcs). You just don't know what is inside and opening it may void the warranty.
#5Epicgnome(Topic Creator)Posted 2/27/2014 9:33:40 PM
Psythik posted...
32x2z posted...
For 400/500 you're only getting a good pc if you build it. Prebuilts at that price range aren't too good to be honest.
This.

EDIT: I'm bored, so for fun I tried to do a decent pre-built in that price range and this is closest I could get:

Site: http://ecollegepc.com
CPU: FX-6300
GPU: GTX 660
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333
MoBo: M5A78L-M LX Plus
HDD: 1TB 7200RPM (Major Brand)
Case: Cougar Spike Black
Total: $657

You could build a lesser machine but it wouldn't be worth your money.


I'm willing to break that price range a little if i can be just that bit more confident in the pc.

Unfortunately I have little to no knowledge of this side of computer likes parts, building one and such lol I'm not looking for a super computer that can run things like titanfall on max settings. My highest hope would be Skyrim on medium or something like that if i could.

Sorry for my ignorance folks! Someday I'll learn all this to build my own
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#6killkountPosted 2/27/2014 11:37:03 PM
super computer to run Titanfall?

trollin'
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#7SlaynPosted 2/27/2014 11:43:24 PM
Computers start at $400 and go to $2000 and higher, so why would you think you can get a gaming computer by buying someone bottom of the barrel? At that price, it's almost all the same low end crap.
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#8killkountPosted 2/27/2014 11:48:48 PM
It's not like he's breaking his bank. His parents owe him a birthday present. They owe him.
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#9Majoras_pantsPosted 2/28/2014 1:55:54 AM
If you want a prebuilt at that pricerange, wait for steam machines and get one of those, and throw windows on it
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#10nophoriaPosted 2/28/2014 2:25:09 AM
If you don't want to build and are on a budget, this would be my recommendation:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-H520-Desktop-PC-Computer-i3-3240-6GB-1TB-WiFi-HDMI-Win-8-Warranty-/221380822301?pt=Desktop_PCs&hash=item338b53451d

Then pick up a power supply and video card. I might suggest a gtx 660 to go along with that, make sure the power supply isn't a crappy one either, going to have to do some research on them.
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