What desktop computer has the best balance between gaming/every day functionality and price?

I'm thinking about getting a desktop computer, but I'm not the most tech savvy individual. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I'd like something that can make Skyrim (and of course other games) a bit prettier and way less laggy than my laptop can. I have no clue where to start and for a girl who can barely put together a set of Ikea furniture, assembling a custom desktop computer would be an impossible task. I'm looking for just an average computer that's not too pricey. Any suggestions for computers or tech terms I should be aware of?

3 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    BUILD ONE, it's the best way to go, you will get more bang for your buck.

    Have your dad do the work for you.

    Second best solution is to custom order one.

    DO NOT BUY ALIENWARE, they are just overpriced Dell crap.

    Order from:

    AVA Direct (best)





    Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Desktop Processor - $104.99


    Or Intel Core i3-2130 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $149.99 and it's the best dual core gaming processor.

    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $119.99


    After market CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper EVO - $34.99 (Stock Intel cooler sucks and it's noisy too)


    Memory (RAM): G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz - $46.99


    Graphics Card: 1GB GDDR5 MSI GeForce GTX460 Fermi - $139.99


    Hard Drive: 500GB Seagate Barracuda SATA III (6.0Gb/s), 7200rpm - $79.99


    Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM - $17.99

    Power Supply (PSU): CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $69.99


    PC Case (Tower): Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $49.99

    or COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99


    Operating System (OS): Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM - $99.99


    TOTAL: $764.90 or $819.90

    All prices are in $USD and in the USA, as of end of April 2012, they might be slightly different one way or the other by now.


    Replace processor with Intel Core i5-2500K ($204.99) or the new Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3570K ($239.99)

    Replace graphics card with EVGA or ZOTAC GeForce GTX560 Ti ($229.99) or the best GeForce GTX680 ($499.99)

    The rest is the same.

    TOTAL: From $954.90 to $1,259.90

  • 8 years ago


    Cooler Master Elite 431 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window [-36]

    Intel® Core™ i5-3470 3.20 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [+80]

    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo Gaming Cooling Fan [+4]

    Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard

    8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory [+26]

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card

    650 Watts - Thermaltake TR2 RX Modular 80 Plus PSU

    500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)

    24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)


    Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

    Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard

    XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse

    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)

    higher end video card optional, but depends on budget

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    If you live in the uk ill be more then happy to make one for you and ship it to you. But if you don't your best bet is too look at bestbuy. If I done it, I could customise it to your needs

    Email: ryangcomputers@hotmail.co.uk

    Source(s): Build computer
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