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PCs Made for Games



I was wondering this for a long time. I wanted to know what kinds of computers or like graphic cards are able to make it easy to play PC games. I'm good with computers, but as far as teh the extra technical stuff I'm a dunce. In the future (hopefully the near future) I want to buy a PC that can handle almost any type game.


Falcom Northwest and Alienware are the two best companies to get a nice PC gaming system. They both have a lot of great preconfigurations to choose from for good prices.

The best value would be to buy everything and build the PC on your own, especially if you have an older computer that you can gut for required peripherals (Hard Drive, Floppy Drive, CD/DVD). It's a lot easier to build your own PC these days, since the parts come with good manuals and parts that only fit one way on the board.


If you want something that's easy to carry around, look into a Ferrari laptop. I have one, they're great for gaming, though you may have to buy an external harddrive if you put more than games on it, as it only holds 70 gigs.


AKA Ass-Bandit
Lets not get too far ahead....it's all well and good to say these, but we don't know how much he wants to splash out yet.

What's your desired price range then kajin? Bear in mind a good gaming PC is going to be expensive anyway.


Well right now it's kinda hard to say as far as price range, but if things start to pick up for me I'd say somewhere between 500 to 800 maybe and that's including periphials.


Problematic Shitlord
That's not going to buy you a true gaming computer, but there are places you can buy refurbished computers wicked cheap.


hmm... well i'ma have to set my expectations a bit higher then.


Best thing you can do at this point is build your PC, part by part. While in college, I wanted a phenomenal gaming system, but on a typical starving student budget I was unable to afford one. So I bought and built it, part by part. Your first and foremost objective is to have in your mind what the completed PC will do. Don't be generic "omg lol I want to play gamez and frag noobzorz" but have a focused and specific idea.

Buy your first part. Of course, it's going to be a case. Just starting off, get yourself something decent, but affordable. my college PC had a case that cost me $50. If you're looking to inevitably build a decent system, the next step would be to purchase a decent power supply, typically 550W to 650W. These run about $100. I'm personally a fan of the modular power supply, which allows you to add power cords as you need them, thus increasing airflow and reducing the "spaghetti effect".

Afterwords, purchase yourself a motherboard. While everyone is pushing 64-bit as the way to go, save yourself some cash and consider things beforehand. Motherboards have a variety of functionality, make sure it's what you need versus what you want. unless you're going to be importing and exporting raw video and audio files in large portions, a firewire port is largely unnecessary. In order to determine what kind of system you want you have to consider which direction you're going with your PC project. Will it be AMD or Intel? Intel still offers a more than decent 32 bit solution, while if you want 64, AMD is really the best there is. AMD does offer a 32 bit solution with their Sempron line, but in my five year experience as a bench tech, I've found the Sempron processor to be lacking in performance and generally flaky in terms of higher-order processing.

Next, you'll pick your poison in terms of video cards. Video cards are no longer the hulkingly expensive monstrosities they used to be, but they can still be expensive on a limited budget. You still have the option of AGP for the next two years or so; a brand new PCI-E card may be a bit pricey. ATI has been seen to suffer in terms of benchmarks against Nvidia, and additionally, ATI doesn't seem to yield higher bench scores when paired with an Intel processor, when compared against a AMD/ Nvidia system of comparable caliber. Plus, Nvidia is still known as a 'budget gamer's boon'.

next is RAM. RAM is no longer terribly expensive, where you have to auction your mother's kidney for a decent high performance stick, but it's still pricey. If you pick a board with DDR2 standards, you'll end up shelling out more for the RAM, and IMHO, you won't see a verifiable benefit against DDR1 unless you go extremely high-end with your RAM speeds; I've seen higher performance with DDR1 RAM at high-speeds (PC3200) compared against a system with PC5400 (low, in DDR2 standards) DDR2 RAM. RAM usually runs between $130 to $300, depending on where you shop and your brand name. For the budget gamer, I recommend nothing else than Kingston. They're the only 'budget RAM' company I've seen with a decent RMA policy and Warranty. For high end, Crucial and Mushkin RAM are unparalleled.

Hard drives are the cheapest I've ever seen. I remember when you had to shell out out anywhere between $5 and $10 a gig, which was murder if you wanted a 60GB hard drive. Now, prices couldn't possibly be any lower, running anywhere between $0.20 and $0.50 a gig. Meaning you can pick up a 300GB drive for less than what you paid for on your video card.

I personally recommend you buy two hard drives. One for your operating system, the other for data storage. If you download a movie, song, copy a picture, write a story, edit video footage, what-have-you, put it on the second drive. install all your programs on your main drive, the one with your operating system, but store all your data and multimedia on the second. If your OS does crash, or if you have to perform an emergency format, you haven't lost anything except time.

You now have the minimum parts necessary to boot up your system, and you also now have strutting rights when you compare your home-brew box against your friends' brand new Dell.


An additional note about hard drives:
For the hard drive you're going to be putting your OS and your games on, you don't want something that is necessarily huge. You're going to want something with a high RPM. Honestly, unless you're installing every game you've bought since 1990 you don't need too much storage space on your game drive. A 7200 RPM 80GB HDD does fine for my games. Be careful though, some drives with high RPMs don't last long. Try checking www.newegg.com or www.tigerdirect.com for reviews on the HDD you want to buy (don't buy OEM HDDs unless you want to buy the cables, screws, and everything else because OEM is JUST the HDD).

On processors:
If you're planning on not replacing your processor for a while I would recommend a dual-core. I haven't kept up on processors much so I'm not sure if they even make anything but 64 bit dual cores. I would imagine they do. 64 bit processors allow you to have more than 4 GB of RAM. If you're planning on having more than that, 64 bit may still not be needed (as a dual-core 32 bit would be able to support up to 8 GB).