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build my gaming computer $2000 budget? Hey, im planning on building a gaming computer that will have the same or better specs than the playstation 4. I want it to last a while before upgrading in a couple of years. Can someone put all the parts I need to buy? 2000 dollar limit give or take.
looking to buy best computer on the market for gaming, any suggestions? I have been searching for sometime now for the best gaming computer on the market. I have looked at Compaq, HP, Gateway, Dell, and Alienware. I felt Alienware was probably the most expenisve, and Gateway had the best deal, but i'm not sure which one would be a better gaming computer. Anybody have any idea with these companies or can suggest the best place to get this style computer. Or is there anywhere else there are good, strong gaming computers? I want the best graphics and most memory, plus best processor. Also if you could tell me what the current best processors and video cards on the market are now I would be grateful. It's been ages sinced I computer shopped and i'm way out of the loop now (you know how fast the business changes). Thanks for all the help for anyone who answers!! One final note, I want a desktop, not a notebook computer.
Will this gaming rig work? Hey all! I'm in the market for a new Gaming PC, now I found a site that I really like and built a gaming rig that's within my needs and budget. Unfortunately I have little experience in computer hardware as I've been a console gamer all my life. Posted below is EVERYTHING that would be in my soon to be computer. (directly copy and pasted from the customization page) OS: Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit Case: Azza Fusion 3000 Full-Tower Gaming Case w/ 1x 140mm & 2x 120mm fans, front USB 3.0, HDD Easy Swap, & 360MM liquid cooling ready Internal USB Extension Module: None Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum 120MM Color Case Cooling Fans for your selected case (Red Color) Noise Reduction Technology: None CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel: None Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: Pro OC (Performance Overclock 10% or more) Cooling Fan: CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 240MM w/ Dual Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Slient at 18dBA) Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: High-Performance Coolant powered by Koolance (UV Red Color) Motherboard: * [CrossFireX/SLI] GigaByte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX MB w/ Lucid Virtu + Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 Dolby Home Theater Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68: None Memory: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance) Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card Power Supply Upgrade: 850 Watts - Raidmax RX-850AE 80 Plus Gold Power Supply Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive) Data Hard Drive: None Hard Drive Cooling Fan: Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System (1 x System) External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None USB Flash Drive: None Optical Drive: LG UH12LS28K 12X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive (BLACK COLOR) Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO All for $1150 at http://www.cyberpowerpc.com Any thoughts/suggestions you have will be greatly appreciated! Rig edits: Okay so going by all of your suggestions I switched a few things Downgraded MB: Biostar H61MH Intel H61 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ Onboard Video, HDMI, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB 2.0, SATA-II, 1 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [B3 Stepping] Upgraded CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K 3.40 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) Downgraded PSU: 800 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready Overclocking myself. and I'll be damned it's the same price! One thing that I'm worried about, after changing the MB it told me "You need P67 or Z68 Motherboard to overclock your CPU" As I'm planning on overclocking the CPU MYSELF, i need to know if this will keep me from overclocking, or if it was simply keeping the manufacturer from doing it. Another thing: I'm sticking with 800watt because I'm planning on upgrading my GPU down the road.
Should I get a PC or a PS4? PC or PS4? Which one should I get? Why/Why not?
Do hardcore gamers play PC or Consoles? I know a lot of "hardcore" gamers who game on their PC. But then again, I also know lots of gamers with a PS3 or Xbox 360. Are most hardcore gamers console or PC players??
so i have a game and it was made for pc. but know i want to switch it to android. does any one know how .? the controls are w,a,.s,d to move and shift run faster. i used unity to make the game.
Should i Get a Gaming PC or a Console? i Can't Figure out Which one to get. Should i Get a High Spec PC or should i just get a Console. now i'm Stuck Between a Desktop and a PS3. I have always Liked PCs and i'm planning on buying one But Some people Keep telling me to get a PS3. Can somebody please Explain which one should i get and Why ? i Know a Good Gaming PC is kinda expensive but in my Country PS3 Games are Really Really Expensive unlike the PC Games Which are VERY Cheap. What are the Pros and Cons of a PC And a Console ? And And is Multiplayer Gaming on PC as good as Multiplayer gaming on Playstation Network ? Which one Should i Get !!? Thank you Very Much and Sorry for the Bad English.
Age old question...mac or pc? I want a gaming laptop for overall quality. I want to run WoW well. I like Macs cause they never get viruses and are great. But pcs are cheap and plentiful. Which should I get? This will serve as a college laptop. But primarily gaming
Why are PCs better at HD gaming than consoles? I know that PCs are better at every aspect of gaming. But I need a few solid reasons to convince my friends that grew playing a Xbox or PS all the way.
Which of the current Mac computers are best for gaming? and what would make it even better? i.e. bigger hard drive, more RAM, and any other customizations on the Apple.com store Please give me a real answer no PC fanboy flaming please
Shooting Genre :Console Gaming VS PC Gaming? My friend and Me Always argue on Which Is better.. so i come to you for help... Which do you think is better for Shooting games.. a Pc or A Console eg xbox360... :).. Other than Shooting genre.. what do yo think?? :D
Would you recommend this custom PC from Tom's Hardware? Having never built my own desktop before, I'm currently considering buying the components of the following PC set up from Tom's Hardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-overclocking-gaming,3440.html My only experience with desktop customizations in the past was installing a new graphics card and power supply unit into my old $350 desktop which I bought from Bestbuy. At first I was hesitant about building my own PC for the first time, as I know that compatibility between the separate computer parts could be a problem, and I know too little about a PC's hardware to figure out compatibility issues on my own. Then I got the idea to look on tom's hardware for pre-made custom computers, and simply follow the parts by name. This probably means that when I get those exact parts online and assemble them together, there will be no compatibility issues since professionals have already made them before right? My budget is pretty close to $800, and that link I gave earlier has a computer which costs just that. What do you guys think about it? From what I know, tom's hardware is a pretty reputable website for computer enthusiasts, and some of the comments there seems positive about the build. My main goal for the new PC is one that can handle multiple rendering tasks for programs such as After Effects/3Ds Max, as well as being able to run the upcoming next-gen video games on medium/high settings with at least 30fps.
Left 4 Dead 2: PC or 360? So, I haven't played the original Left 4 Dead, but I have heard that many [if not most] of Steam's games are more active for multiplayer and sometimes even more fun [control-wise] when using a PC. So my query is, would it be better to buy it for PC or for Xbox 360?
PC vs. Mac... Which & why? The GREAT question, I just had to ask it! Please use reason, & facts. No biased opinions.
Mac or PC laptops? why? I'm looking for a laptop to buy due to the fact my brother loves "certain sites" on this home computer. So should i get one of those $999 macbooks? Or a PC laptop? And why should i get that certain Laptop? Please respond.
should i buy games on the xbox or PC? I am interested extremly in the graphics of the game, so should i buy the latest games (like crysis 2, dragon age 2, etc...) on my xbox, or my HP laptop with i5-430 2.26ghz, 4gb ram, and 2 x HD 5650 graphics card ? although i cant play crysis 2 on very high, but my HP compared with the xbox, which on gives the better quality and sharpness in the image ! thanks, and the xbox, i do have an HD tv
Good gaming PC for Starcraft 2? I've been looking for a better PC for SCII and came across a customization page from a company selling custom made PCs on ebay. I'll admit I'm by no means the god of hardware knowledge so before ordering I just wanted to get some other opinions on whether or not it seems good considering the price. I was looking for something around $700. http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150945043575 *Starcraft 2 runs off of 2 cores only reguardless of the processor I believe, so I found that a 4.2 GHz quad-core would be better than the 3.1 or 3.6GHz Eight-Core. *Graphics Cards is definitely my weak area but I believe the ATI Radeon HD7770 is about the best I'll get if only willing to spend about $700 but I think that should be plenty good enough even to run it on ultra. Thanks in advance ^^ appreciate you taking the time to make sure I don't get ****** over! xD @ Super It's worth hundreds of dollars to me ^^ RTS is more of an art style than a game in my opinion, I love it and it's a big part of my life.
Pc vs. Mac? I have to do a powerpint on pc vs. mac however i need facts will someone please tell me for once which one is better and pleased be serious
What do you think of this PC ? I am in the customization process of purchasing a PC. What do you think of these specs ?? Do they seem good ??? PROCESSOR-Overclocked Intel® Core™ i7 990x Extreme Six Core Processor (4.0GHz, 12MB Cache) MEMORY-12GB Triple Channel 1600MHz DDR3 VIDEO CARD-Dual 4GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6990 HARD DRIVE-600GB RAID 1+0 (4x 300GB SATA-II, 10k RPM, 16MB Cache HDDs) with an addition drive of 600GB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 10k RPM, 32MB Cache HDD. SOUND CARD-Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium. Just some notes, I am into serious gaming. And willing to spend the money for such hardware specified. I want only the best. Usama, do you think I may be able to replace my processor with the very one you've suggested ??? And yes, 64-Bit Windows 7 Ultimate. And did I mention..... This is an Alienware Area-51 ALX ??? And yes, CrossFire was an option, only I would've had to pick the Ati 6950. I want the newest, the best, so I choose the 6990. I'm not trying to brag... Ah hell whatever... And yes, this motherf~cker better be worth it. It's going to cost me $9.295.97 Regarding coolers, the ALX is built with multiple fans inside, and the casing is designed with shutters all along the top, and the sides to open allowing airflow.
is this a good gaming computer setup? OPERATING SYSTEMGenuine Windows® 7 Ultimate, 64bit, Englishedit MEMORY8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 800MHzedit HARD DRIVE500GB SATAII 7,200RPMedit WARRANTY AND SERVICE1 Year Basic Service Planedit Dell Recommends Attention! You may want to extend the term of your Limited Hardware Warranty* and service plan. The average cost of a Dell hardware repair without a warranty is $295. Upgrade now to a 3 Year Basic In-Home Service Plan. In-Home Service after Remote Diagnosis: for issues covered by Limited Hardware Warranty, technician and/or part will be dispatched, if necessary, usually in 1 or 2 business days following Remote Diagnosis. During Remote Diagnosis, you may be asked to access the inside of your system (where safe to do so) or to participate in troubleshooting until a cause can be isolated. *Important Info Upgrade to 3 Year Basic Service Plan, DMLP [Add $199.00 or $6.00/month1] OFFICE SOFTWAREMicrosoft® Office Home and Student 2010edit GEAR STOREAlienware Orion M11x Neoprene Sleeveedit GEAR STOREAegis NetDock Laptop Docking Station with 500 GB Hard Disk Driveedit SECURITY SOFTWAREMcAfee SecurityCenter, 30-Day Trialedit My Software & Accessories PERSONALIZED PLATEPersonalized Nameplate (John Lennon)edit ALIENFX COLORMars Rededit OS CUSTOMIZATIONAlien Schematicedit PRE-INSTALLED GAMESSteam and Portal™ Factory Installededit GAMING CONTROLLERSLogitech Wireless Gamepad F710 w/USB Nano Receiver - Dual Vibration Feedbackedit My Accessories AUDIO AND ACCESSORIESPureAV HDMI Audio/Video Cable - 12 ftedit POWER PROTECTION & ADAPTERS65 Watt 3 Prong AC Adapter with 3.28 ft Power Cordedit HOME NETWORKINGNetgear WNDR37AV Wireless Router for Video and Gamingedit STORAGEWestern Digital 1TB My Passport Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 - Blackedit GUARANTEED BUYBACK PLANTechForward Guaranteed Buyback® Plan for your new PCedit ALSO INCLUDED WITH YOUR SYSTEM AccessoriesRazer USA Kabuto Mobile - Gaming Mouse Mat Adobe ReaderAdobe® Acrobat® Reader WALLPAPERAlienware M11x 90W A/C Adapter NETWORK CARDIntegrated 10/100 Network Interface Card WEBCAM1.3MP Web Cam NAMEPLATEThank you for Purchasing Alienware PROCESSORIntel® Core™ i3 330UM (3M Cache, 1.2 GHz) - Overclockable MOBILE CONNECTIVITYNo Internal WWAN Antenna Installed LCD PANEL11.6-inch WideHD 1366x768 (720p) WLED VIDEO CARD1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 335M SOUND OPTIONSInternal High-Definition Surround Sound Audio (5.1) SYSTEM COLORAlienware M11x, Soft Touch Stealth Black WIRELESS CARDSAlienware M11x a/b/g/n 2x2 MIMO Wireless it this good for games like oblivion
1,500 $ budget gaming PC and Desktop HELP? I have about $1,500s to spend on a new gaming computer. Can anyone suggest builds or part.. As long as it runs fast and doesn't lag, graphics aren't a MAJOR Priority...
who makes the best gaming computer? You know...something that is not too much money, but has good components, and is tested, and tried and true? Something I don't have to upgrade the PSU or video card 10 minutes after taking it out of the box?
PC vs Console gaming? Which do you prefer? I'd say that I like PC games, because I don't like paying $40-60 for games and consoles like PS3 or Xbox 360 are about $300+. I don't play WoW because of the monthly fee, nor do I buy PC games. But I am just pretty much content with the online downloadable free to play games such as Maplestory, Vindictus that have an option to pay for some premium items. I know some say PC is more complex and you need to know the right amount of memory, gb and see if it's compatible, but most computers these days are compatible and you don't necessarily need a gaming computer; I just use a Toshiba laptop I bought for $400. (yes, I know I am cheap)
Which of these HP Envys is a better gaming machine...or this Macintosh? I'm stuck between an HP Envy 17t-3200 3D edition, and an Envy 17-3270nr. Here are the specs of the Envy 3D: - 3rd Generation Intel Core I7-3720QM Processor (2.6GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) - Radeon HD 7850M Graphics Card 1GB GDDR5 Memory - 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 RAM - 1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive - 17.3 inch Radiance Full HD 1920x1080P 3D display And the Envy 17-3270nr: - Intel Core I7-3610QM (2.3GHz with Intel Turboboost up to 3.3GHz with 6MB L3 Cache) - AMD Radeon HD 7850M Switchable (1GB GDDR5, up to 4.97GB) - 8GB DDR3 Memory - 750GB SATA Hard Drive - 17.3 inch Radiance full HD 1920x1080P display I need one with the best specs because I like to do HD Video and image editing, and gaming. Also, I do A LOT of document processing and presentation creating for work, and as such I literally can't afford my laptop to be slow, freeze-and-go, or crash. That being said, which of these two offers me all the media control I need, but also is a very..."stable" working machine? I had also looked at a Macbook Pro with the following specs...: - 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core I7, with Turboboost up to 3.3GHz - Nvidia GeForce GT 650M and Intel HD 4000 Graphics - 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive - Macbook Pro 15 inch Hi-Res Antiglare display but I'm a little skeptical because for one, I'm a long time HP owner and I have a lot of trust in our products, and for another, I've never owned a Mac before. Also, I'm a little skeptical of the price because as it seems, I can get an HP Envy with a larger screen and hard drive for almost half the price. So, if in the end it turns out that the Mac is the best of the three, what makes it better than the HP Envy(s)? If it turns out it is the better, can someone please enlighten me on why (as far as Mac OS X and the hardware go)? Like I said, I can NOT (literally) afford to have a computer that will freeze and crash, yet I need one that lets me work with peace of mind and entertain myself with some rather demanding tasks. Thank you. Future answerers, please just answer my question. Thank you, but I am simply not interested in brands outside of HP and (possibly) Apple.
PC or Mac? For those Windows haters, Microsoft created your prescious xbox. But which one do you preffer and why or why not?
Alienware x51 gaming desktop? I was considering getting the alienware x51 and I want to know if it has any malfunctioning problems, does it run smoothly, is it good for the price and how good the graphics card is
Where can I get a good pc? I need a new computer for gaming but at the same time I want a cheap one (under $800 at least) with good grapics and RAM It doesn't matter if it a laptop or desktop pc though.
video games: is crysis similar to halo? i may never be able to afford a laptop fast enough to really play crysis,,,but would halo on xbox be about the same and as fun? thanks
Is Mac or PC better? and why? just wondering....
Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition: PC or Xbox 360? Ok here is my problem, The Summer Steam Sale (NV is $23) is on right now and i have been blessed to know that the game i was gonna get for summer is on sale (hint, Fallout NV). However, I don't know whether or not I should buy it on PC or Xbox 360, and there might be some additional factors. Factors that are already resolved: - I want to use a controller no matter what, so I will have to buy a wired one ($40) for my PC if I get it for that system. - Mods are a hit or miss. I will add some if i get the game for PC, but I honestly could care less if I have the vanilla version. - My computer can run this game on high settings with no problem with my current graphics card (Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti) and my hardware is perfectly fine too (ex. memory, processor, mother board, RAM, etc). - I originally played New Vegas when it came out as I borrowed it from a friend and I had NO bugs. I am not trying to jinx myself, but I'm not that concerned with crashing, freezing, load times. Now the reasons I am undecided: PC - I love my gaming computer to death, but I as a person feel uncomfortable with shooters with a keyboard. Personal thing as I grew up with consoles. So as I stated b4 that I will get a controller to play. I also like the thought of customization with mods and settings, however I'm not that patient when it comes to mod installation and I feel like I would rather just start playing. Another issue is that it will cost my about $63 total bucks with the PC version as I want a $40 dollar controller and the game cost atm (Steam Sale price is around $23). This deters my decision on the economic standpoint. Lastly I feel like the fact that I go to different areas (ex. DLC Old World Blues) will require addition mods in terms of textures (like the Fellout Mod or Nevada Skies), and as I have stated b4 I like things simple. Pros= +Mods/Settings +Console Controls +Graphics/Performance +Steam Download (This allows my to avoid damage to the product I just purchased, and allows ease of transfer when needed ---- Portability however is easy with a disc too). Cons= -Controller Issue -Cost -Steam Download (I also consider this a disadvantage because I'm impatient as a person and would rather not wait for such a long download, although my internet speed is fine. Also I cannot return this if I felt the need). -Mod Installation Xbox 360 - Ok, so my Xbox is my original style of gaming and my slightly preferred version (To add I got Skyrim and Fallout 3 on Xbox). I enjoy the use of a controller, wireless to point out. I also love to chat with my friends in party (yes I know about Skype, but I play with a different crowd on separate systems). I love achievements and I consider them a main aspect in games. They give me drive and replay value. The catch is I don't care for Steam achievements, but Xbox I feel more at home getting them there. Having it on disc will also allow quick installation and portability, but bites in damage prevention. Lastly, the cost will be cheaper ($40) despite the Steam Sale due to controller problems. Pros= +Controller already provided (Just a note to all those who don't know, a wireless controller even with a play and charge kit will not work without a adapter, which I feel a need not to buy at all as I have read reviews stating connection issues). +Achievements +Simplicity of Xbox settings and use avoids Mod headaches +Socially it will fit better with me +Disc allows easy transport to a friend's house for example, and I can return it if need be. +Cost Cons= -Overall Performance -Disc Damage -Vanilla Version (NOT that big of a deal to me, but nonetheless it is still a disadvantage)/--Possible bugs -Customization is reduced heavily/No additional content in the absence of Mods So there is my dilemma, and I would greatly appreciate a sincere and well thought answer as soon as possible (as the sale ends soon). Please have my regards and thanks to all those who take their time to hear me out on my decision.
IMPORTANT!!!!! I have a PS3 . and a very mediocre PC (Dell xps 400),not upgraded? I want to get into PC gaming , and still play my PS3 , but im in a bind. , Because i don't know ,if i should invest , in a nice gaming rig,.Or upgrade my PS3's hard drive (20gig standard) and get Linux .,and just stick with PS3 gaming , and not worry about gaming on both. See i want to keep my interest int PS3 , but i like having the customization of a gaming rig. and my money can only go so far. so in essence . my question is , should i invest , in a PC , that could out date the PS3 hardware (somewhat) , or not worry bout PC and stick , with the PS3 . im asking this to the public , because i can't personally decide at this point,. although both types of gaming would be nice , but difficult. , so ya answer away?
What's the most powerful gaming laptop WITH the best 3D display 2013? Hello hardcore gamers! With a budget of around 2K, I'd like to get a very poweful gaming laptop that has THE BEST HD screen for 3D gaming: high res, bright, emitters, 120hz LCD +, etc For a while, I've had my eye on the Toshiba Qosmio X875 Q7390 http://computers.toptenreviews.com/gaming-laptops/toshiba/toshiba-qosmio-x-series-review.html But I've wondered about the Alienware MX17: http://computers.toptenreviews.com/gaming-laptops/alienware-corporation/alienware-m17x-review.html ^ the MX17 has as good screen, but I don't know if it is as bright and as crisp as the Qosmio. Granted the MX17 has a better keyboard, heating, batt life, graphics, and RAM option. I don't like that the max ram on the Qosmio is 16GB and cannot be upgraded past 16GB (I've seen a 32GB version on amazon but it is around $2050 which exceeds my budget). The screen is VERY important for this purchase, however. And I'd rather it be a laptop for business reasons, and to take it to other people's houses to work with them on projects and such. ALSO: I am very good at modding electronics (I'm an inventor), and I was wondering if it's possible to find a 17.3" LCD with 240hz and just swap out the laptop screens.
Which is best Mac or PC? I hear some people say Mac is better than PC why? most of the population use PC more..
What is the best size gaming monitor for PCs? I'm going to buy a PC sometime this summer and already picked out the PC I want but am clueless about the monitor. I'm planning on getting Steam and playing quite a lot of games, and want to know the best/recommended size for gaming PCs? I want the monitor to be decent quality, something that I could play high end games on. Such as BF3 and so on. I don't want to get the monitor that comes with my PC. It is bulky and honestly looks a junk. My PC is about $1,600 without tax, so the monitor that comes with it isn't junk because the PC is junk. All answers are appreciated, thanks to all who answer! To settle the confusion I didn't say the PC was junk, I said the monitor was. The PC is very good IMO. Here's a link to the PC: http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Revolt_R770 I don't know why people complain about iBuyPower PCs. They aren't bad, my current iBuyPower runs fine but just isn't good enough for the newer games. Thanks again to all answers!
What are AMAZING MMORPGS for computers? Im looking for a really amazing MMORPG game for the PC that is free to download, has a great character customization, different classes to choose from (rogue,ranger/scout etc.) that has skills and stat based system, customizable gear, and being able to like roam around to different places, or just hang out with some online friends.
Why do people usually use Macs when they work on 3D Model's or Photoshop? I don't see what's great in it. I use Macs in school, for Cinema 4D. But compared to my computer, it takes awhile to render.
The differences between the Droid and the IPhone? I know there are little differences between the Droid and IPhone but I'm not exactly sure what they are. Can you please list them along with your preference between the two and why? Thanks!
What kind of laptop should I get? I don't know much about laptops but I'm getting a new one for college. I'd like one that can hold music (i have around 3000 on my current laptop), that i can download most of the Sims 3 packages on (without making my computer super slow), and of course something to do assignments on. I'd rather stick with a PC than a Mac. Help?
What should I know about Mac before moving to it? I use Windows 7 and vista, I feel uncomfortable with PC, it is ''Crab''. So, What are the goods about Mac and why??????????? What are the Bad things about Ma and why??????????? Is it worth it to move to Mac???????????????????? .........peace
Can I change my nvidia GeForce 120M in my Asus F50Sv to a Nvidia GTX 560? Basically what the title says. I want to upgrade my graphics card in my laptop and I want to know if this is possible in my particular model of laptop, and the type of graphics card I want to implement.
Which laptop is better: macbook pro or Alienware m15x? I want a laptop that is fast and can play games, but can also can use Microsoft word to type an essay for school and it needs to look good.
What is such a big deal about PC gaming over Xbox 360/PS3 gaming? I would love to get some honest answers for this but here we go, okay so my first argument would be, the Xbox and PS3 can already play this generations games, so why would someone need a PC with 16 gigs of ram just for gaming purposes? My next argument is pricing, you do realize that the Xbox and PS3 already give you very good graphics? I know people say "Oh, well on the computer you can alter graphic settings to make them way better!" I have seen a PC max out both Battlefield 3 and Crysis 3 graphics, compared to playing those on 1080P on Xbox or PS3 I legit saw like no different between the graphics from PC to Xbox/PS3, The actual argument is, those consoles only were $600 at release, but I know people who have spent $2,000 on gaming desktops, and their game performances are still a lot worse than the consoles. And the last argument being Next-Gen usage, The Xbox 720/PS4 are already in the works, and will be able to play any game perfectly due to game creators not being able to exceed the technology that is in those consoles, While a PC with yet again 16 Gigs of RAM would just be pointlessly sitting there for decades (I honestly don't believe gaming will become that intense to where someone will ever need that much RAM, At most I would say 12 but that is even pushing it a little.) Like why is that so necessary? And don't reply to this saying "that's just extra RAM for other uses the person has" when They are claiming to use all 16 gigs towards gaming purposes, not multi-gaming, but just single game uses. So does a PC really have anything over gaming than a Xbox 360/PS3 for the time being? They both can have high next-gen usage. But the PS4/Xbox 720 will have all the hardware already needed for complete next-gen gaming, so why would anyone need better by stacking up their Desktop?
Cheapest Laptop with backlit keyboard? I Hopefully want to spend less than $500 but I definitely need backlit keyboard. I would probably have a standard/base model. I am upgrading from a 10 year old Dell laptop, so I don't need those new features.
Why are macs better than Windows? I have a Windows and its really good but everyone says mac is the best.
New computer, bought or built? It is that time to get a new computer. I use mainly for video games and internet. I always update the hardware and software myself, and have been thinking of building my own from the ground up for some time. My question though is it really cheaper, then buying one premade that comes with a ton of software and such already installed. Granted most of the software I never use comes preloaded. Or does having warrenties on each piece run the price up to make it compatible?
How much is a good PC? I'm 14 and NOT spoiled :p? I'm looking for a good PC where I can play some good games, my PC is somewhere around 10 years old, was made when I was 4 (yeah, you guess it, I'm 14 :o!) I wouldn't say I'm spoiled, the most expensive thing I have is my AMAZING samsung android, but most people at my school all have Blackberries and iPhones.. anyway, I don't need monitors or speakers or that stuff, I just need the tower. People say I might as well get a new one, I need RAM, Processor and Graphics card and stuff... I find Windows 7 and Vista quite annoying as you cannot get into the minor details as it's designed for people in their 40s xD. I mean, I'm not great with the hardware stuff but I'm quite good with the software. So, I'd rather a XP, and if not Vista, OS but I can just install that so it really doesn't matter. Anyway, I want to at least run some MMOs similar to WoW (Although, I'm not getting that, it's just a comparison) If you want to search up the games I'm looking faward to playing / want to play but can't, here's a list of games I don't think will run on my PC: Planetside 2 Cube World Brick-Force (it works, but just about and lags a lots) Dungeons and Dragons Online Rise of Immortals ~and no, I don't want thing that are good on ebay, I just want a price, unless it's under £50 xD!
PC Games like Shenmue, Yakuza, or Jade Empire? I already have Mass Effect (both games), GTA IV, Dragon Age, Indigo Prophecy, Dreamfall, Still Life, etc... I'd prefer these games be on PC. I like sandbox adventure, customization, and the ability to alter the games outcome depending on the choices you make. I'm dying for a copy of Heavy Rain...but I unfortunately do not have a PS3. I also like survival horror games, but there is not many on the PC... the only game I have like this is Silent Hill 3. (Wii or PC) I'm totally obsessed with Shenmue, and I'm one of it's cult followers. Anything with a striking resemblance to Shenmue will suit me perfectly, because after all, it has created the requirements I look for in a game..... Final Fantasy or a Final Fantasy-like 3-D game with nice graphics is something else I've been looking ..... I have a pretty up to date computer (It runs Mass Effect 2 almost flawlessly.) But has serious issues in Just Cause (and I have absolutely no idea why.) Here are my specs OS NameMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium Version6.1.7600 Build 7600 Other OS Description Not Available OS ManufacturerMicrosoft Corporation System NameNICKS- System ManufacturerTOSHIBA System ModelSatellite L505D System TypeX86-based PC ProcessorAMD Athlon(tm) II Dual-Core M300, 2000 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s) BIOS Version/DateInsyde Corp. 1.00, 9/7/2009 SMBIOS Version2.6 Windows DirectoryC:\windows System DirectoryC:\windows\system32 Boot Device\Device\HarddiskVolume1 LocaleUS Hardware Abstraction LayerVersion = "6.1.7600.16385" User NameNicks-PC-PC\Nicks-PC Time ZoneEastern Daylight Time Installed Physical Memory (RAM)3.00 GB Total Physical Memory2.75 GB Available Physical Memory1.36 GB Total Virtual Memory5.49 GB Available Virtual Memory4.00 GB Page File Space2.75 GB Page FileC:\pagefile.sys Graphic Driver: ATI Radeon HD 4200 + Vision AMD
Iphone 4 or samsung galaxy s2? hi, i am currently confused about which phone to get.i know that the galaxy s2 is a faster and maybe phone than the iphone 4 because of its hardware but what is stopping me is that difference between andriod and ios. Which should i get?? any additional information is welcomed =)
help on pc customization? hello everyone . so I was thinking of buying a new system unit and I'd like to customize it by myself, but my knowledge about computer hardware is very limited . I told my friend(who's a computer science engineer)that I'd like to customize a unit and I asked for a bit of advice . I told him that I'd like to customize a unit that is rather focused a liiitle bit on gaming, but not that very hardcore gaming type, but a unit that just scales better when compared to other typical computers when it comes to gaming . if you're gonna ask particularly what game I'm playing, well I play DOTA 2 a lot and only a couple of other games like Devil May Cry series . I live in the Philippines btw and my friend gave me this website www.pcgilmore.com.ph there's a lot of stuff to pick and I have no idea if the things that I picked are compatible with each other components etc. any response is much appreciated ! :D
What is the best gaming computer company or gaming computer thus far? Looking for a gaming computer, something 1500 or under. Was also wanting to hear other recommendations of what the best gaming computers that are available in the market. I also am interested in the names of computer companies or what company you consider to be the best at developing gaming computers, and their hardware.
Are these specs good enough for developing games or playing them? Right now, my PC sucks. Well, it's not bad, but it lags slightly from time to time in games. Also, whenever I run Cryengine 3, the frame rate is always low so I really can't develop games in this PC. I'm buying a new laptop. Now for all the hardware experts, is this good enough to run a game like Battlefield 3, with no lag on highest settings or close to highest? ______________________________________ PROCESSOR3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.3GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)edit OPERATING SYSTEMWindows® 7 Professional, 64bitedit OFFICE SOFTWAREMicrosoft® Office Home and Student 2010, Englishedit MEMORY8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz (2DIMMS)edit VIDEO CARD2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660Medit HARD DRIVE1TB 5,400 RPM SATA 3Gb/sedit LCD PANEL17.3-inch WideFHD 1920 x 1080 60Hz WLEDedit WIRELESS CARDSKiller™ Wireless-N 1103 a/g/n 3x3 MIMO for Gaming & Video and Bluetooth 4.0edit INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVESlot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)edit Options SUPPORT1 Year Basic Service Planedit SYSTEM COLOURStealth Black with Soft Touch Finishedit MCAFEE SECURITYCENTERMcAfee SecurityCenter, 36-Monthsedit ALIENFX COLORAstral Aquaedit OS CUSTOMIZATIONAlien Cyborgedit AUTOMATIC UPDATESAlienware M17x 240W A/C Adapteredit PRE-INSTALLED SOFTWARESteam Factory Installed and Steam Extra Contentedit Essentials GAMING ACCESSORIESAlienware TactX Mouseedit GAMING ACCESSORIESLogitech G500 Laser Gaming Mouseedit SOUND OPTIONSCreative Sound Blaster Recon3Di with THX TruStudio Pro Software Adobe Reader Acrobat SWAdobe Acrobat X Reader KeyboardEnglish Keyboard DocumentationAlienware Documentation Shipping MaterialShipping Material - Black Additional SoftwareAdditional Software Primary Battery90WHr 9-Cell Primary Battery Standard Nameplate TriggerStandard Nameplate SYSTEM COLORAlienware M17X R4 with Soft Touch
POLL ::: Do you prefer Console games or PC games and why? On which platform do you prefer playing games more ?
Which is better overall? im getting a new laptop in a couple of months. which is overall better a Mac or Pc?
What do you think of this computer? I'm Building PC Online Customizations: Case With Power: Raidmax SAGITTA 2 Black ATX/Micro ATX Gaming Case with 450W PSU AMD Motherboard Options: ASUS M4A78LT-M Desktop Motherboard - AMD Chipset AMD CPU Options: AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.20 GHz Processor - Tri-core Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Options: Patriot Memory Signature PSD34G1333K RAM Module - 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) - DDR3 System Assembly: Assemble & Post Test (Requires 1-4 Business days) Included PCI Express Video Card: GIGA-BYTE GV-R567D3-1GI Radeon HD 5670 775 MHz Core - 1 GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 SATA Hard Disk: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500 GB Internal Hard Drive Optical Drive: LG GH24NS50 24x DVD�RW Super Multi Drive Service & Warranty: 12 Month Parts & Labor Depot Limited Warranty Included All for $436, good deal? Also do I have enough power (450W)? Will my mobo, gpu, and cpu work well together?
For use with a custom arcade cabinet, what hardware would be best? firstly, is it any different whether to use a pc with mame or a modded xbox? would the xbox have any benefits over the pc (which is strictly being used with mame and something that skips the windows boot screens and what not)? (i've never modded or used an xbox, so i'm not sure what it's capable of, though i can get an idea from the use of other game consoles) secondly, what is the best- yet cheapest config for a pc to be able to emulate any console before the ps2? (do n64 emulators work perfectly these days? what would be a good cheap config that can play ps1 and n64 games perfectly, and what can be a good cheap config pc that can play anything before the n64?) thirdly, i have absolutely no idea how control panels are made... though i have looked over it i've never 'really' looked into it and i don't have experience with hardware. would making one really be much better than buying a dual x-arcade joystick panel ($130)? other than full customization, would there be much of a cost difference? thanks
Is my graphics card the reason for the blue screen of death on my computer? I recently bought a Gigabyte GeForce Nvidia 9800GT 1GB DDR3 VGA and as everyone might know this kind of VGA needs a larger supply of power than older models. unfortunately i only have a 450W standard power supply and after i installed the VGA it told me that it doesn't have enough power and that it will run on lower performance to be safe. I have played some very powerful games on it such as (Fallout 3, Necro vision, cryostasis...etc) and it worked fine without any problems heat, lag,..etc. but i have been experiencing lots of blue screens of death from windows. I have also been trying to play this anime game on my PC but every time i get to the customization part it gives me the blue screen...and i have tried it on my gaming laptop and it worked just fine! no blue screen, so it cant be from the game itself. eventually i will upgrade my power supply, but my question is will this fix the problem? i read in some website that insufficient power to the VGA could cause lots of errors... but blue screens too? Thanks in advance MAC
Who use R4 SDHC before? introduce it to me!? I want the operation manual of it!
Customize a computer or buy a pre-made computer? My budget is around $800. I would use this computer for occasional to frequent gaming, heavy internet browsing, watching videos (such as YouTube), listening to music, instant messaging, and other miscellaneous things. Should I a) buy a pre-made computer to fit my needs or b) try to customize or personalize my own computer on a website such as http://www.ibuypower.com/ or http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/ keep in mind that I would also need features such as a monitor and speakers (assuming the monitor doesn't have internal speakers). I already have a mouse and a keyboard, so I don't really see a reason to buy those. Any advice, suggestions, recommendations, etc... are all appreciated. to the people going to suggest that I build my own computer: I cannot. it's either A or B.
Which pc is better for gaming? Origin Genesis Customizations: Premium Case Charge: Added Case (Chassis): Corsair Obsidian 800D CaseExteriors: Case Exterior: Pure Silver CaseLighting: CaseLighting: Blue CaseWindow: Case Window The ORIGIN Difference: Truly Custom PCs. Want a component that is not on our site? Call or email us and we will include it in your system. Case Fans: Standard Case Fans Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X58 (USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, 5 Year Warranty) Processor: OverClocked Intel Core i7 950 3.8-4.0GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Processor (8MB L3 Cache) System Cooling: ORIGIN FROSTBYTE 120 Sealed Liquid Cooling Systems Bay Devices: None Media Card Reader: None Power Supply: 850 Watt Corsair TX850 PSU Graphics Card: Dual 1GB GDDR5 Nvidia GTX 560 Ti Memory: 6GB Corsair XMS DDR3 1333Mhz (3x 2GB) Tri Channel Memory RAID Controllers: None RAID Configuration: None Hard Drive One: 320GB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 16MB Cache HDD Hard Drive Two: None Hard Drive Three: None Hard Drive Four: None Optical Drive One: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability Optical Drive Two: None Audio: 8-channel High Definition Surround Sound Support Networking: Onboard Network Port Operating System: Genuine MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition ORIGIN Maximum Protection Shipping Process: ORIGIN Wooden Crate Armor Warranty: 1 Year Part Replacement and 45 Day Free Shipping Warranty with DVD image and Lifetime Support/Labor Evolve Part Upgrade Service: No Part Upgrade Service Additional Charges: Free ORIGIN T-shirt: ORIGIN T-shirt XLarge Keyboards: Corsair Vengeance K60 Performance keyboard - Origin Recommended Mouse: Cyborg R.A.T 9 Wireless Gaming mouse Primary Display: ASUS VH236H - Official monitor of the MLG Or the alienware aurora: PROCESSORIntel® Core™ i7-2600K (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 4.1GHz OPERATING SYSTEMGenuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English CHASSIS COLORMatte Stealth Black Chassis with 875W Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply MEMORY12GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz VIDEO CARDDual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6950 HARD DRIVE2TB SATA 6Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache ADDITIONAL HARD DRIVE1TB SATA 3Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache MONITORDell ST2420L 24-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitor with LED SOUND CARDIntegrated 7.1 Channel Audio WIRELESS & BLUETOOTH802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR USB Combo Adapter OPTICAL DRIVESingle Drive: Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BD-ROM, DVD±RW, CD-RW) My Software & Accessories ALIENFXAlienFX Color, Plasma Purple OS CUSTOMIZATIONAlien Cyborg KEYBOARDAlienware TactX™ Keyboard MOUSEAlienware TactX™ Mouse My Accessories SUPPORT1 Year Basic Service Plan Dell Recommends Upgrade now to a 3 Year Basic In-Home Service Plan. In-Home Service after Remote Diagnosis: for issues covered by Limited Hardware Warranty, technician and/or part will be dispatched, if necessary, usually in 1 or 2 business days following Remote Diagnosis. During Remote Diagnosis, you may be asked to access the inside of your system (where safe to do so) or to participate in troubleshooting until a cause can be isolated. *Important Info Upgrade to 3 Year Basic Service Plan [Add $249.00 or $7.00/month1] ALSO INCLUDED WITH YOUR SYSTEM Alienware Aurora-R3Alienware Aurora Desktop COOLING OPTIONAlienware™ High-Performance Liquid Cooling Adobe Reader SoftwareAdobe® Acrobat® Reader AVATARAlienhead 3D The alienware is about 300 dollars cheaper
Dell Studio 15 Max Specs? I am buying a new laptop(bye-bye old dell inspiron) and have decide to buy a new Dell Studio 1558. I was on the customization screen when i decide to ask what ''would be good for me?.It might help figure out what hardware to get if i told you what i do on my pc. I do everything from average web surfing like Facebook or Youtube, typing documents, editing video. online gameplaying, play games like gta4, COD MW and MW2, and recording music.i can put all of the programs that i want on this, but the games and stuff need the hardware to play. This is where everyone on Yahoo answers comes in....... Help would be apreciated.
Questions About Apple iMac Desktops? So I am sick of my PC and am looking at a Mac desktop and not knowing much about computer hardware I am a little baffled when it comes to the customization (it really effects the prices). With the basic upgrades (only 8GB not 16GB) it's about $2,549.00 but I can get the 8GB, i5 and 1TB for $2099.99 at future shop right now. Is that a good deal or will these upgrades be beneficial to me?? Can anyone answer these questions: Difference between 2.8GHz and 3.2HGz? Which is better? 2.8 is more money so is it worth upgrading too? Quad-Core Intel Core i5 and i7? Difference? i5 is cheaper but is there a really good reason to go up to i7 (which is $200 more)? 8GB to 16GB - Is it worth upgrading or is just a lot of extra space? I have music, photos, documents (I write a lot) and then a game or two that will be on the computer 1TB Serial ATA Drive - is that a good enough size? I can upgrade to a 2TB but it's $150, is this something I could upgrade in the future if needed? Any help would be appreciated I should say there is no option of having a 3.2GHz with i7, only i3 or i5. Only the 2.8GHz comes with i7 and it is more expensive, not sure why.
Need help choosing specs for Alienware Desktop? Let me start off by saying, I know I can get the same hardware for a fraction of the price if I order from ibuypower or newegg or w/e, and I know it would be even cheaper if I built one myself. -I actually did order a PC from ibuypower about 6 years agos, it was around 800-1000 dollars and it completely crapped out on me after a month. I have never owned such a buggy piece of hardware in my life, even from the first day plugging it in I ran into problems. - I'm not comfortable building a PC especially one I've spent around $1k for the parts. I don't have access to any kind of tools (not even a f-ing screwdriver lol), and I'm just not interested in all the problems I am sure I will run into. Ok so, Alienware. They might be overpriced, but I know it will be reliable. I'm not trying to get the BEST performance ever. I just want to play mostly MMOs (WoW, Rift, Guild Wars2, etc..) and a couple other games like Diablo3,Starcraft2,LoL, HoN, etc.. One of the main reasons I want to go with Alienware is because I have the ability to get a decent discount on any Dell product. I assume Alienware falls under that since you basically order it from the dell website. I think I want to go with the cheaper option, because like I said I'm not really going for the BEST performance possible. But I think its probably a good idea to upgrade a couple things instead of just buying it stock. If you look at this website: http://www.alienware.com/Landings/desktops.aspx , choose the first one (Aurora) and you get to go through all the customization options. I was thinking I should probably upgrade the Graphics Card, the proccessor, possibly the RAM, and w/e else you guys think. Just remember I'm not trying to spend a whole lot of money, I just want something that will have no problem running the games I mentioned. *** To hear that this would be a little overkill is actually what I'm going for. My taste in games spans a lot of genres and my attention span or lack of it forces me to try new games all the time. If this machine is overkill for the games I stated, it means it should be able to handle almost anything for a couple years right? I think if I went with the XPS I would be selling myself a little short. I'm not neccesarily just a casual gamer so I'm happy to hear that the alienware is infact a pretty powerful machine. Thanks for the response/ :)
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