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Old January 25th, 2013, 02:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so i'm after a little bit of advice.
I've been a console gamer for a long time but recently im more and more drawn to the possibility of PC gaming,
The problem is that my current PC isnt nearly powerful or fast enough to run even basic PC games,

I know that PC Specs are ever changing etc and i'd need to start upgrading any PC that i did get within the first year or so to keep up,
but I was wondering what level people are running to play the games (Guild wars 2, skyrim and the like) that are out at the moment comfortably,
Just to get an idea of how much i'm going to need to spend on the initial PC unit.

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To get a good experience you need to spend at least 1k on different parts. I would suggest 6gb+ of ram, nvidia graphics (I have a geforce 660m which is almost top of the line. 680 or around there is). A display of at least 1080p is good. Need anything else just PM me :-).
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Cheers very much,

Im not too bothered about display at the moment as i currently have the PC tower pluged into the TV and running at 1080 plus I dont have the space in my house to have anywhere to have a desk to run a proper PC setup.

I was looking at these towers as the spec looks very good and the price is very low, almost too good to be true but maybe thats me been overly suspicious.

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if your computer is as you say not nearly powerful enough to keep up with the basic games, you may just end up having to rebuild or buy a whole new one.

The things to consider when building or buying new are:

Processor
Ram
Video card

Those are the key components to a "gaming" pc you'll need a motherboard that will accept all 3 that you purchase, because there are a few different kinds of video cards out there, though for gaming it is mainly just down to one. Ram there are several different clock speeds. And Processors there are many different socket types (only two brands but many sockets)

I spent 350 on my processor which is an intel i7, and I have a friend that spent around 120, and his processor scored higher in the windows experience rating, and his was AMD 4cores vs his 8 cores. So its not always which is more expensive, brands carry part of the price tag in this industry too.

If you were to go on over to the computers subforum, there are plenty of people willing to help you decide on what to get, or to help you find what to get if you're on a budget.

I built my pc this summer, hoping to be able to use it for work, this summer buying piece by piece all summer, it took me 6 months to build it. But it didn't affect my bank account as much as buying it all at once.
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I built my pc this summer, hoping to be able to use it for work, this summer buying piece by piece all summer, it took me 6 months to build it. But it didn't affect my bank account as much as buying it all at once.
I might have to consider doing it this way actually as the Funds I was waiting on to by the tower outright seem to be on the never-never.

Where's the best place to buy components then? ebay or amazon or is there more specialist computer components shops?
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I used newegg, and you can sign up for their daily newsletter, and there will sometimes be items that you need on special. I saved a couple hundred using their exclusive email only deals.
For computers I always shop newegg.com. If you need any advice there are plenty here to help you with what you need
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Just moved your thread to the proper location. I figure you'll find more answers here as they pertain to the topic. Thanks!
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If you're planning on building, and haven't done it before these are worth reading through.

A Guide to Choosing Computer Parts -V2 - New-System-Build - Homebuilt-Systems

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There is a very good guide for different budgets in the hardware > building section of tech support forum.

They edited it recently I believe to include UK pricing... At first I thought I got ripped off as there 1K build had much better specs.... Until I realised that I had to spend and extra £200 on a monitor and k/b + mouse.

Also a word of warning - 'I have a budget of xxxx for y' will soon become 'it'd be great if y was around xxxx but what the heck - I'll just get it'...
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If the main intended use of the system is gaming, do not skimp on the core components. Budget (sensible) money on a quality mainboard and PSU, and build a balanced rig around those. Computers are like houses.... the stronger the foundations, the longer the lifespan.
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Cheers very much for the help, had a quick browse over the links and they look really helpful and exactly what I was looking for!

Yeah I realise that if I spend most of the budget on the main components then as long as i make sure to have plently of upgrade room/ expansion then ill be happy,
Im not too bothered about things like starting RAM or HD capacity and stuff cause as you say these can be upgraded later,

My original question still stands though, I'd like to keep to a budget of about 300-350 buy the time im finished, Im going to start pricing up roughly what type of spec I can afford for that today,

Am i likely to be able to afford a spec that I can use for gaming for that low a budget?
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Not really. For current UK prices I'd think you'd need about £5-600.

However, if you can get anything second hand, that would be great. Also, you'll probably have to use a AMD CPU like the A10 APU and a mid/low range graphics card (a second hand 560Ti is around £100)
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I'd like to keep to a budget of about 300-350 buy the time im finished
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