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Note, the Aurora's are out of the quesiton.. cant afford it AT ALL Lol.


Anyway, in the next 3 or 4 month's I am going to try acquire a new PC for gaming, I am using a laptop and while it does the job I want abit more oomph.


The ones I am thinking of are the X51's on that link.  I am just wondering.. is it worth going for the most expensive X51? or will the cheaper one or middle priced one be all I need?



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Dude, build one yourself. It is easier than it sounds, and will cost you roughly 1/2 - 1/3 of the price, depending on what you get. You'll also get a MUCH BETTER RIG.


Seriously, even if you just buy the pieces yourself, and then ask someone to put it together for you, it will still be A HELL OF A LOT CHEAPER.


To give you an idea, I brought this for a full system: (notice there are redundant parts and parts for other PC's)




For £1160.09 / $1815.63


Now get rid of the extraQuad Core, extra dual core, the extra motherboard, and the extra ram ( - £204.1 / $319.30)


= £955.99 / $1496.33


And that was in the UK where hardware is expensive. In the US, you can get stuff like this for a lesser price, or so I've been told. In any case, in itself that is a better rig than the dell one, for nearly $1000 cheaper! 

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Oh god, don't go Dell. Don't ever go Dell!


You really are better off building your own, though you can get some very good, very inexpensive gaming computers. I suggest http://www.newegg.com, they have great deals and consumer feedback, and it's where I got mine. My computer is an iBuyPower, specifically designed to play games. I've had it since August of last year, and it runs great. My games are graphics heavy, and I can play on high settings across the board with no lag. Definitely check them out.

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Tandy 2000:

  • 8 MHz Intel 80186
  • 128KB RAM (expandable to 768KB, of which up to 256KB was located on
    the motherboard, or up to a maximum of 896KB with motherboard and ROM
  • 1 or 2 720KB 5¼" floppy drives
  • 10MB MFM
    full-height hard drive (upgradable to two 32MB half-height drives, or
    two 80MB drives with ROM modifications and third-party low-level
    formatting software)
  • Proprietary parallel printer port (requires adapter cable to connect to a Centronics-port printer)
  • Proprietary serial port
  • 4? card slots on the back could accept expansion boards without the need to open the case
  • 256KB RAM card (up to 2 could be added for 768KB total; each card had two 128KB banks of nine 16KB RAM chips)
  • Color Graphics Card
  • Mouse/Clock Card
  • Hard disk card with two ribbon cables to an outboard 10MB hard drive
  • Network Card (BNC)


You can't beat that. Trust me. It's what I'm running!

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Close electrical shops may be able to build one you like.  The worst part is cooling your CPU properly.  Do it wrong and it cooks nicely.  Buying a lower system at first, and then slowly adding premier cards, memory, and second hard drive is good also.  talking at colleges or in the stores/pubs may get a good quick path.  I learned my skills back in the 90's by upgrading slowly and now on my 5th system totally built/or upgraded.  Stay with the Laptop for travel and allow the Desktop to become the master server for your home. 

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Guest Lady Luck

Here's my minimum standard

if you looking for casual gaming or hardcore


budget around : 200$-300

Difficulty to build : medium



PC that can play medium if tweak properly can go High setting LV1.



Motherboard:Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H/AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz/ Win 7 HP/CM Hyper 212 Plus

Proceessor : i3 ( standard medium setting gameplay)

GPU : EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW 

PowerSuply :  greenmax plus 550w

Ram Minimum : 4gig ( standard build)



PC that can play Extreme Ultra X2 and ultra 1.0 ( Crytek build)

Budget around :500$ - 4000$


Choice of  builds Processor is optional pick the one you like


Processor :

  • i5  [sandy , ivy bridge]
  • i7 [sandy , ivy bridge]

GPU  ( AMD ATI or nvida your choice)


  • AMD ATI  Series 7x 1gb
  • Nvidia GTX 690


Power Supply

  •  CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550WATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply



Ram  (Choices of ram)

  • 8gb  ( for standard SSD hardrive and HDD )
  • 16gb  ( For duel channel 1tb Hardrive )



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