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Post by Nocbl2 on Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:06 am

For my birthday, I wanted a gaming laptop or desktop, and my mom's budget is $500. Anyone know of a good one?
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Post by KrAzY on Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:15 am

get a desktop, you won't get anything goodout of a laptop for 500 bucks
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Post by KristallNacht on Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:13 pm

lol $500 laptops are netbooks.....
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Post by Elabajaba on Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:04 pm

Are you allowed to build it yourself?

For $500, its hard to find a preassembled desktop that's good.

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Post by Nocbl2 on Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:18 pm

Yeah, I could assemble the one on Maximum PC...

The problem is finding the parts they listed. I can't seem to find any of them in stock anywhere.
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Post by CivBase on Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:48 pm

Yah, you have to go with a desktop if you want to get anything but crap for under $500. Gaming laptops are twice as expensive as gaming desktops.

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Post by Elabajaba on Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:06 pm

Do you have a monitor, keyboard, operating system, speakers and a mouse, or does that stuff also have to be included in the price?

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Post by Nocbl2 on Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:34 am

Included. Sadly.
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Post by Nocbl2 on Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:43 pm

My mom has just decided to raise her budget to under 900, so...
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Post by CivBase on Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:45 pm

You'll still want a desktop. A half-decent gaming laptop will cost at least a thousand.

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Post by Angatar on Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:28 pm

Desktops are far superior to laptops for gaming, buy one of those or build your own.

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Post by KristallNacht on Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:45 am

ang, not really, the only thing that makes them superior is price point
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Post by Nocbl2 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:46 am

Well, after telling my mom building one would be cheaper, she decided it would be a good project for me. :/. If anyone has a decently cheap and good parts list and tutorial, that would be nice.
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Post by Felix on Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:30 pm

Nocbl2 wrote:Well, after telling my mom building one would be cheaper, she decided it would be a good project for me. :/. If anyone has a decently cheap and good parts list and tutorial, that would be nice.

I have one for under a thousand bucks, I don't if you want the build though.
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Post by Elabajaba on Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:25 pm

I can put together an updated list for you tomorrow, if you want.

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Post by Nocbl2 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:17 pm

Elabajaba wrote:I can put together an updated list for you tomorrow, if you want.
That works. Thanks.
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Post by CivBase on Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:33 pm

Gaming PC must haves:
>8GB RAM or more
>Intel i7 processor
>Terabyte harddrive (1000 GB)

I don't know much about good graphics cards, but that's also very important

Other things to consider:
>Keyboard and mouse set-up
>Disk drive
>Speaker quality (and sound card)
>Number of USB ports (you'll probably want three or more)
>Webcam

Plus, after you buy the computer, you'll probably need...
>MS Office
>An Anti-Virus Software Package

I just listed the first things that came to mind. Obviously there are other things to consider.

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Post by Elabajaba on Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:34 pm

CivBase wrote:Gaming PC must haves:
>8GB RAM or more
I have yet to see a game use 4gb of RAM. Its better to have more, but it isn't required, especially when on a budget
>Intel i7 processor
Incorrect.
>Terabyte harddrive (1000 GB)
I'm around 50% capacity on my 1tb (btw, 1tb=1024 gb, not 1000), and I don't delete anything and download a good amount of stuff
I don't know much about good graphics cards, but that's also very important
The GPU is more important than anything you've listed here so far civ
Other things to consider:
>Keyboard and mouse set-up
This is personal preference for the most part as to how they like the look and feel of their mouse and keyboard. Of course, a $100 mechanical keyboard is much better than your standard cheap keyboard, and a G5 or G9 or equivalent mouse is better than a generic cheap mouse, but doesn't really make a big difference compared to getting better hardware
>Disk drive
ROFL
>Speaker quality (and sound card)

Sound cards are expensive and unneeded unless you're an audiophile for the most part. Also, considering that a good set of speakers will cost you quite a bit, its not worth it. Even for a $5000 build, I wouldn't spend more than $100 on speakers, and I would probably put that towards a good headset instead.
>Number of USB ports (you'll probably want three or more)

ROFL

>Webcam
ROFL

Plus, after you buy the computer, you'll probably need...
>MS Office
Easily replaced by something like open office , or youcould just use google docs, it'll handle all your basic word processing needs.
>An Anti-Virus Software Package
There's a few good ones that are free, no need to pay for one.

I just listed the first things that came to mind. Obviously there are other things to consider.
I know you're trying to help civ, but its pretty obvious you don't know what you're talking about.
Responses in bold, other than a few smilies because i was too lazy to write a few sentences to explain why that is incorrect.

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Post by Nocbl2 on Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:00 pm

Thanks Elab.
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Post by KristallNacht on Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:16 pm

generally speaking, you want 320 or 500gb on your tower, and get externals for more storage space. cause the built in harddrive is the most likely to fail, and with 1 tb internal it gets a lot harder to make backups
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