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Old 03-16-2014, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Danbury (Exit 7)
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I play a lot of PC games. I don't know to build or buy one. The Dell I looked at comes with an Intel Core i7-4770, 16 GB of RAM, 2TB HDD, 1TB SSD, and Geforce GTX 745. I also heard people could build computers. Which one should I do? Also, I can get either wih Windows 7 or 8. Which OS should I install?
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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I enjoying tinkering so that's why I build, but if you don't think you'd like that you might want to buy a preassembled PC. I would suggest trying iBuyPower or Cyberpower. Its very easy to configure to your taste and they have many options in cases, power supplies and components that Dell can't match. Their prices are generally so low you couldn't buy the same parts and save money doing it yourself.

I have no experience with Windows 8 - all three of my desktops are on Win 7 so I can't really comment on that point.

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Old 03-16-2014, 02:44 PM
 
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For gaming, people tend to build their own computers so they can upgrade more easily. Windows 8.1 has better memory management for Windows 7 and may be a tad better for games.

However, if you're a T-Rex, you might want to buy. You need to reach pretty deep into a computer case and I think you'll have quite a bit of trouble with those small arms.

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Old 03-16-2014, 02:44 PM
 
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win7

building you have control over all your components (but it wont be as cheap as buying a dell or whatever)

and no bloatware and other garbage

i been building destops since xt's...never bought a 'name brand' desktop
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Danbury (Exit 7)
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I enjoying tinkering so that's why I build, but if you don't have a enjoyment of that you might want to buy a preassembled PC. I would suggest trying iBuyPower or Cyberpower. Its very easy to configure to your taste and they have many options in cases, power supplies and components that Dell can't match. Their prices are generally so low you couldn't buy the same parts and save money doing it yourself.

I have no experience with Windows 8 - all three of my desktops are on Win 7 so I can't really comment on that point.
Okay, try those websites.

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For gaming, people tend to build their own computers so they can upgrade more easily. Windows 8.1 has better memory management for Windows 7 and may be a tad better for games.

However, if you're a T-Rex, you might want to buy. You need to reach pretty deep into a computer case and I think you'll have quite a bit of trouble with those small arms.


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win7

building you have control over all your components (but it wont be as cheap as buying a dell or whatever)

and no bloatware and other garbage

i been building destops since xt's...never bought a 'name brand' desktop
So build.

Also, what is a good monitor resolution?
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Old 03-16-2014, 03:28 PM
 
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and no bloatware and other garbage
Not all prebuilt computers have bloatware ... or software at all, for that matter.
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Old 03-16-2014, 03:32 PM
 
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Also, what is a good monitor resolution?
For gaming, I'd stick to a lower resolution like 2560x1440 (or 2560x1600) and go for fast response time. If you have the money, shell out for the 4k resolution.... but you'll need to spend quite a bit more on your GPU to make full use of it.
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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lol - 2560x1440 isn't a "lower resolution" when the standard is still 1080p for most.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Danbury (Exit 7)
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If I do build, this is what I came up with via Newegg + PCpartpicker:

Intel Core i7-4770K
Corsair H100i
Asus Sabertooth Z87
Corsair Vengeance 16GB
2TB Western Digital Caviar Black
512GB Samsung 840 Pro Series
EVGA GeForce GTX 780
Fractal Design R4 w/ window
SeaSonic 650W
Lite-On Blue Ray Reader
Dell 27" 2560 x 1440
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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If I do build, this is what I came up with via Newegg + PCpartpicker:

Intel Core i7-4770K
Corsair H100i
Asus Sabertooth Z87
Corsair Vengeance 16GB
2TB Western Digital Caviar Black
512GB Samsung 840 Pro Series
EVGA GeForce GTX 780
Fractal Design R4 w/ window
SeaSonic 650W
Lite-On Blue Ray Reader
Dell 27" 2560 x 1440
Pretty much what I'd build (and close to my daily driver, except that I'm on the 3770K / 680).

Nothing wrong with the 4770K, especially if you have other software that can take advantage of the cores, but you won't likely see any difference between it and the K version of the i5 in gaming.
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