Gaming desktop

General Discussion
Right now I play on a laptop with a keyboard and mouse plugged in.

It's fine, but I want better than fine now.

How much can I except to spend on a desktop that will run any game on the market at the moment?

I know nothing about building computers etc., so will I have to buy a pre-made PC?
That depends... how much do you have?
Building a desktop computer is so much cheaper than buying a pre-built one, if you want to spend the least possible (getting the best value for the money) I suggest you to learn how to buid one. Is pretty easy, there are plenty of good tutorials on youtube.

On the price range, I'm not sure since where I live the prices are much different than in the US, but here are a few examples:

http://newbcomputerbuild.com/newb-computer-build-home/august-2013s-600-1000-1500-budget-gaming-pc-builds/

The $600 is actually pretty good and should run pretty much all games right now, not on high/ultra settings but good enough.
If you live in the US it's pretty cheap, $600-700 would get you a very nice one.
You can do it for a bit over $400 with some sales (sometimes you can get a processor/motherboard sale, or a power supply/case sale) but that won't be great, if you want a decent gfx card and everything else to be in proper order, $600 is a better range, and if you really want to ensure that you'll be okay, $800.
Depends on how good a PC you want. I just built my own and got about the best components on the market right now and did it for roughly $1700, but if you just want a better setup than you have now you can probably get a decent rig for $600-$700. If you want to run other games at high settings, then you may want to drop a bit more. All depends on what you want.
I didn't build mine, it's a custom built one from a local store that was built exactly how I wanted it, was only $200 more than if I built it myself and it comes with a 2 year warranty. Maybe find a local smaller shop and price one there? I'm going to build one myself for the living room to use on the TV as well. I'll just buy my parts from there. It's just as cheap from there as it is from scamegg (newegg).
But yeah to answer your question, one that will play anything right now will be $1000 plus.
to max out almost every game, maybe around 1,100 usd (only tower, no monitor etc)

assuming you build your own that is
You can spend 500-2000+ A budget would help lol
I should state that I'm Canadian.

Thanks for input everybody. Any good sites someone can recommend?

My initial guess was $5-600, but I'm able to spend more if I need to. I also really don't want to spend time learning to build one, so I'm happy to pay to not have to do that.

Let's say $800 is the most I want to spend.

I don't even know how much monitors cost these days, but I'll need one of those too.

Will not need keyboards or mice. Or speakers.
Alienware X51. You can get a base model for around $600 to $700. Not the best but they aren't bad.
12/04/2013 12:57 PMPosted by Roland
Thanks for input everybody. Any good sites someone can recommend?

tom's hardware, linustechtips, johnnyguru, techpowerup

12/04/2013 12:57 PMPosted by Roland
My initial guess was $5-600, but I'm able to spend more if I need to. I also really don't want to spend time learning to build one, so I'm happy to pay to not have to do that.

there's plenty of youtube videos that show you how

Let's say $800 is the most I want to spend.

I don't even know how much monitors cost these days, but I'll need one of those too.

i'll come up with a build
This will give you your options with the X51 if it interests you. You would get more for your money building but this is an option. http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-x51-r2/pd.aspx
12/04/2013 01:03 PMPosted by Vane
This will give you your options with the X51 if it interests you. You would get more for your money building but this is an option. http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-x51-r2/pd.aspx


Will the cheapest one there play SC2 on its highest settings?
I bought my pc that I use for gaming at AVADIRECT. I am extremely happy with them, they did take about a month to get it together, but most of that was due to them having issues keeping it from overheating. They actually test the system out before shipping. They put in a better fan to fix the overheating issue at no charge, the one I had configured it with just was not up to the task. They also will do overclocking for you on the machine you configure. I have no idea exactly what the minimum specs you need, but you can search the web for the games you are gonna be playing and it will rate your proposed machine components for that game. The one I bought showed to be excellent for sc2 and I have no problems with it.
This will give you your options with the X51 if it interests you. You would get more for your money building but this is an option. http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-x51-r2/pd.aspx


Will the cheapest one there play SC2 on its highest settings?
I had a Alienware M11X laptop with an i3 and it WOULD play it on it's highest settings but it affected performance. The one with the i5 would be just fine if I'm not mistaken. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2f1KD
much better than that alienware
also this might help
http://www.logicalincrements.com/
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2f1KD
much better than that alienware
also this might help
http://www.logicalincrements.com/


That's sweet. Thanks for taking the time to do that.

They ship to Canada I assume?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2f1KD
much better than that alienware
also this might help
http://www.logicalincrements.com/

This is pretty good for the price, and you're getting a monitor+operating system, which I didn't considered previously. This one is even better than my PC and I can run sc2 at ultra settings. I also recommend this one or similar instead of the alienware.

If you don't want to build it yourself you could search some store who build custom pcs, or maybe some friend to help you.

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