Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Gaming Computer Suggestions Budget $1200 roughly

29 Sep 2014   #1
Summerbear5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Gaming Computer Suggestions Budget $1200 roughly

I apologize ahead of time if this is in the wrong category. I also apologize if this is the wrong forum as a brand new computer would potentially be windows 8 but currently all my machines are windows 7 and I'm only a member of this forum.

I normally buy HP. I trust them and never had a problem with them. Great customer support. If I don't purchase an HP computer directly threw them I usually purchase an HP in store.
I'm finally ready for a new computer. I want an HP gaming computer I want to spend roughly $1200 I seen on their website the HP ENVY Phoenix 810qe Desktop. I plan on customizing it and picking some of the better parts but still trying to stay around $1200.

I am wondering though what other options I have besides HP. I'm kinda nervous to deviate from them but want to see what else I can get for around $1200.
My only thing is the computer has to be just as good or better for the same price, and good customer service.

Also I'll probably be more seriously searching in November. I was told once upon a time that's when the gaming computers usually come out to support all upcoming new game releases as apposed to Summer time when a lot of their computers are more geared towards students going back to school.

Thank you for your suggestions and I'll be looking forward to what people suggest to me.
Summer


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
29 Sep 2014   #2
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

If your up to it, I would build your own.
Build this

Gaming Computer Suggestions Budget 00 roughly-build-1.2k-budget.png



Logical Increments - PC Buying Guide


My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2014   #3
Summerbear5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I do not know a lot in order to build my own computer. Also by the time I buy all the parts I'm paying the same price but now have the frustrations of putting it together. Rather buy an already put together one. lol
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

02 Oct 2014   #4
Summerbear5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Is CyberpowerPC a good brand for gaming computers? What about Alienware? I've been looking at Alienware and it looks good but kinda sad they don't have "beats audio" like HP does.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I think Alienware is owned by Dell. Good components, but typically over-priced.

The last I heard, Cyber Power was average.

There are some good smaller specialist builders out there like Pugetsystems.com, but the fact is if you are set on HP, buy an HP. Why fight your own instincts when you've apparently had good experience with them and are leaning that way anyway?

It isn't what I'd do, but you're the one in charge. Most people here would probably build their own and probably save a couple of hundred bucks compared to what HP or Dell or anyone else would put together--at the $1200 level. You don't want to do that, which is fine.

If you go with someone other than HP, you are going to be anxious about it breaking down and being properly supported. You've got a high opinion of them, so why sign up for worry with another outfit?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2014   #6
Summerbear5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

The only reason why I was thinking about going with someone else is to try and get more for my money. I know building my own computer would possibly be cheaper I just don't know how to do it and don't want to mess anything up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2014   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You might be able to get "more for your money" from HP competitors such as Dell. You'd have to do a side-by-side comparison and try to match the individual components as close as you can.

But then you'd have to worry because I assume you've never had a Dell and would have to take a leap of faith on their quality or support. I'd guess Dell has at least as good a reputation as HP on pre-built systems, but that doesn't mean you'd have a good experience. I had a horrific support experience with Dell 8 years ago on a monitor and would therefore never personally buy from them---but that means nothing. I just had bad luck. You've had good luck with HP but 60 seconds on Google will find you all kinds of people who have had terrible experiences with HP. So what?

How much "more for your money" would it take for you to swallow your doubt and buy another brand? It's not likely you can find the same $1200 machine at Dell or elsewhere for $900, but you'd have to try to evaluate them as best you can---component for component. Dell charges a lot for upgrading RAM, hard drives, and monitors, but I imagine HP does the same thing. That business is too competitive for there to be major price differences and why would you move from one to the other for $100 when you have no prior experience with Dell or any other brand but HP?

Obviously, whatever you buy can be a disaster. Your HP experience says nothing about HP's quality---it's just one man's experience. Just like I had with Dell.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2014   #8
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Your not really paying the same.

For a couple reasons.
When you build your own, you will be able to get much better quality parts. Sadly, pre-builts do not always use the best quality hardware. (In general that is)
For example, you can not only get a better quality RAM, but it'll likely be faster. You PSU will be of MUCH higher quality and capacity.

In the end, you may spend about the same but you'll have a computer that's far superior.

With a $1200 budget, you can build one heck of a nice Gaming PC that'll be on the Alienware level or better.


It's not that hard either. It looks more difficult than it is.

However, If you really aren't that comfortable doing it and are afraid to try it here's another option. Perhaps you have a friend or know someone who would do it for you for a small fee. Just buy all the stuff and pay them to build it/set it up. You'd likely still come out ahead. Just my 2c

When it comes to the pre-builts though, I'm of the opinion they are all about the same. Just go with what you're comfortable with and make sure they don't have a lot of bad reviews. History of faulty design/parts etc. for that model.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2014   #9
Summerbear5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I did own a Dell once upon a time and I wasn't completely satisfied but times have changed.

Thank you Wishmaster, I wouldn't mind building my own computer but frankly I wouldn't know where to start or what to buy. I would be a complete noob and would need someone's side by side assistance on what to purchase and what plugs into what lol. I don't know anyone personally and wouldn't want to bug anyone.

I know for $1,200.00 I would like at the very least a 2tb harddrive, 4gb Video card, 16gb memory, a very nice processor (suggest?), I would love to stay windows 7 because all other computers in my house are windows 7 and I feel it would be easier, but maybe it would be a good idea to upgrade to windows 8 only because I plan on keeping the computer long term and upgrading parts threw out the time I own it. As I did with my current PC which I bought in 2009. I have a 1tb harddrive, 2gb video card (needs upgrade), 8gb memory, but I have a really crudy processor.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2014   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

At $1200, you normally should get an SSD (maybe 120 GB) for Windows and applications and an HDD for data, but if you are going to buy pre-built, they may charge a ridiculous price for the SSD or may not even let you order an SSD and an HDD in the same PC.

If you are comfortable enough to upgrade parts as you say, you could buy it with just one drive and easily add another on your own.

For gaming, start with something like an Intel i-5 4670 or 4690 processor. I wouldn't go for 16 GB of RAM unless you know you use more than 8 and have money left in the budget that you can't spend elsewhere.

Windows 7 will be supported until 2020, but you may find it difficult to find a pre-built with Windows 7. Windows 10 will be out next summer. So you may have to go with Windows 8.1 now.

Gamers tell me that an Intel i-7 is generally a waste of money on a gaming machine.

If you are willing to upgrade parts, I'd probably try to buy the thing without any video card (maybe not possible) and then add my own to avoid the big markup HP or Dell would charge.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Gaming Computer Suggestions Budget $1200 roughly




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Building a Gaming Computer Gaming Low budget. Help.
ok, so let me just throw my budget out here, est: $600 I'm not sure, i could be more or less thats just a rough idea. MY NEED: I want it to be able to play games like HITMAN ABSOLUTION at 50% - 60% atleast. And i want it to be able to play grand theft auto v, I need help in the costs of...
Hardware & Devices
Building a Gaming Computer - Help/Suggestions
Hello 7Forums, I'm Jack and I signed up today. I've had this current computer I'm on for a little while and It just doesn't meet the requirements I need today. I'm looking to build a computer with the following, the budget of under $2,000. 1.) 3 TB Harddrive. 2.) 32GB Ram. 3.) GTX...
Gaming
Budget Gaming Build
This build will also be used for Homework,Skype, For now Minecraft(Better games after buying the graphics card) and internet browsing please feedback on the parts and components CPU - AMD Fx-6300 - £111.96 Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 - £52.76 RAM - Corsair Memory XMS3 8GB DDR3...
PC Custom Builds and Overclocking
Building a budget gaming PC
Hey guys... I'm on a budget of $600 and I want to build a gaming/editing machine. Can you give me some feedback? Thanks Planned Parts: Amd fx 4100 3.6ghz 4cores Biostar ta970xe Seagate barracuda 1tb 7200rpm 8gb ballistix ram Lg 14x BD burner 500watt pwr supply
Gaming
£200 birthday budget, any suggestions?
Hi, the internet still isn't working :mad: I'm sitting in an internet cafe :o Anyway, it's my birthday coming up and i've saved up around £200 for it. I'm thinking of getting this camera (FUJIFILM FinePix S2950HD Digital Camera - Black | Dixons |) as the reviews are great and it's optical zoom...
Chillout Room
Rheobus for Antec 1200. Suggestions plz.
Hi, I´d like to control all 6 fans of this case with a rheobus like I say in title post. What could you suggest me? Thanks in advance.
PC Custom Builds and Overclocking


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:14.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App