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Windows 7: Entry Level Gaming PC

29 Dec 2015   #11
lornaevo

Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
It looks like you want to do nothing that requires high power. If that is true, any PC around $500 will do. Only question is laptop or desktop.
I'm looking for a desktop as I already have a MacBook Pro and a Windows 10 laptop.


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29 Dec 2015   #12
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lornaevo View Post
Hi guys. I am looking for an entry level gaming pc. I won't be using it for gaming.................
Since you won't be gaming, what's the point of looking for an "entry level gaming PC", whatever that means?

Why would an "entry level gaming PC" be preferable to an "entry level non-gaming PC"?

We have no idea what you will be doing with this machine, other than not gaming.

If you can't or won't provide further details so you can get pointed recommendations, then just go to Newegg, Best Buy, Dell, or Walmart and buy something at random off the shelf that's within your budget.
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29 Dec 2015   #13
lornaevo

Windows 10
 
 

Thanks for all the responses. I forgot how friendly this place was.

I'm just looking for a decent machine, something that won't lag. I do do some torrenting. Nothing too heavy. Don't usually play games but having the option would be nice.
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29 Dec 2015   #14
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Did you go to either of the sites posted to see what those machines offered ?
A couple things to make sure you get is a quad core Intel cpu and at least a mid tower case
That will at least insure future upgrading = adding a decent graphic's card....
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29 Dec 2015   #15
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Off the top of my head--look for a machine with an Intel i5 processor. That should easily be within your budget of up to 1000.

That should be a quad-core machine and will be at least adequate for general purposes.

Brand names is a crapshoot. You can easily find horror stories about all of them. All you can find is anecdotes: "I've had a brand X for 4 years and it's been wonderful". The next anecdote says "horrible".

Decide on the operating system you want. Windows 7 machines are still out there, but will be getting scarce. Windows 10 has proponents and detractors, but it's hardly a necessity.

If you don't or rarely game, you shouldn't need a video card. Just use the graphics capability built into the CPU.

Pay attention to warranty and return privileges.

The last I heard, Amazon was the easiest to deal with if you want to return something. Newegg is a very popular source, but probably crankier about returning stuff.

Customer service from the manufacturer is a consideration. Just hope you never have to use it. Lower your expectations. Then lower them again.

I wouldn't agonize over the decision. There's a lot of randomness and luck involved that can't be avoided. You've got an 80 or 90 percent chance of being reasonably satisfied if you stick with a well known brand from a reputable dealer.

Since you want to buy a pre-built PC, you don't sound like the type that would be upgrading a machine after you bought it. If I'm mistaken about that, then maybe you drill down into the sordid details of the case, the video card, the CPU cooler, an overclockable processor, and the rest of it. Otherwise, don't get in a lather about that stuff.
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29 Dec 2015   #16
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Probably about like me
I'm not really a gamer but willing to learn
Stick with Intel cpu's and NVidia gpu's
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30 Dec 2015   #17
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

^ This or wait for the new AMD drivers to be released. You'd save much
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30 Dec 2015   #18
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoasterMen View Post
^ This or wait for the new AMD drivers to be released. You'd save much
At the cost of much performance. (I speak from experience)
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31 Dec 2015   #19
lornaevo

Windows 10
 
 

So this is what I ended up buying.

Acer Predator AG3-605-UR1H Desktop Computer
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31 Dec 2015   #20
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

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Acer Predator AG3-605-UR11 Gaming Desktop PC comes with these specs: 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4790 processor 3.6GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 4.0GHz , Windows 8.1, 16GB DDR3 Memory, NVIDIA GeForce GTX970 Graphics with 4GB of Discrete Video Memory, 6X Blu-ray Disc/DVD SuperMulti Double-Layer Combo Drive, 1TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive, 256GB SSD, Digital Media Card Reader -Secure Digital (SD) Card, High Definition Audio with 5.1-Channel Audio Support, 4 - USB 2.0 Ports, 4 - USB 3.0 Port, HDMI, 802.11AC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Keyboard and Mouse, 33.1lbs. |15 kg (system unit only), 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty with Toll Free Tech Support (DT.SPXAA.022)
Post a link to where you bought it
I read on Newegg it comes with a 500watt psu probably okay but might be a tad low for the hardware above :/
The above came off Amazon
Amazon.com : Acer Predator AG3-605-UR11 Gaming Desktop (Discontinued by Manufacturer) : Computers & Accessories
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