Gaming PC (Any Advice?)

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  1. Timewarp

    Timewarp PSLS Level: Bronze

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    Not sure if there's a place for stuff like this but recently I've been thinking about buying a Gaming PC, there's a lot of great games on the PC and I've got a couple of games I bought off the steam sales that my laptop is nowhere near good enough to play (and the ones it can play really struggle).

    A friend of mine showed me this site called PC Specialist but I was wondering if this PC on their site would do the trick: http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/view/Fusion-650-gaming-pc/?gclid=CKKatKn9kr4CFZMQtAod9xwAXg

    Just wondering if anyone knew if this was good enough, given that Dead Rising 4 isn't coming to the PS4 anytime soon I don't want to buy this and find it can't play any of the current releases. So should I upgrade to something better? I honestly have no clue what I'm doing when it comes to PC Gaming.
     
  2. MakaiOokami

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    Dear jeebus no. I don't recommend that at all.

    That computer is a bit more powerful than mine, or about as powerful as mine, costs more than mine, and would not be able to run Gears of War Ultimate, and probably wouldn't be able to run any of the Xbone games coming out.

    You would likely be spending E600 just to be upset with yourself when the games do come out. Right now is the absolute WORST time to be buying or upgrading computers. There has not been a time worse than right now in decades.

    Why? Well they just released the new video card architecture. They are a good step up like 20-30% better than a card about the same price. By this time next year you could possibly have a computer twice as powerful for the same price. Now you may not want to wait that long, so your best bet is to find a retailer that has Occulus ready computers and grab one there. Or look to grab a new computer once the system requirements come out.

    If you grab that computer now, it's possible you could have gotten a better computer for hardly any more money.
     
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    Timewarp PSLS Level: Bronze

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    Thought so, I'd rather wait and save up for something better. Thanks for the advice.
     
  4. Chalryn

    Chalryn PSLS Level: Bronze

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    Just as a general comment, based on my own experience when buying my current computer, be sure to check the reviews for whatever PC you end up getting. In particular, if it's something prebuilt, keep an eye out for any comments related to the power supply and/or heatsink. A lot of (cheaper) prebuilt gaming machines seem to skimp on those parts, which can quickly cause problems. Make sure you're getting -- or can get later -- a PSU from a reliable brand and with the proper wattage for the computer's other components, and even if you don't wanna go nuts with a cooling system, you can buy a simple heatsink for pretty cheap and it'd still probably be much better than whatever's already in the tower.

    I'd forgotten about the PSU issue with mine, which led to misdiagnosing its failure later on and generally complicating things, and my original heatsink was garbage -- could hardly run much of anything without the CPU temp skyrocketing. (Speaking of which, consider using CoreTemp if you don't already. Very handy for keeping an eye on your processor's temperature and gauging what it can handle.) Save yourself the trouble, even if it means throwing down a little extra money.

    Other than that, RAM and CPU specs are important, but the thing you'll want to pay the most attention to (and money on) is the graphics card. It's not difficult to find prebuilt machines with appropriate RAM and CPU specs for modern games, but you'll have to spend a bit for a graphics card that can keep up with them, especially on higher-quality settings.
     
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  5. MakaiOokami

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    Sorry for the late reply. It seemed like PSLS has been kinda deadish, so I haven't been checking much.

    Everything I've seen from Pascal and Arctic Islands is that the performance gain is something like 30% where usually the performance gains from the type of card upgrade would be like 10-15%. It's a much bigger jump in power with the new architecture they have.

    For $600 you can get a graphics card that (in tests) beats 2 $350 graphics cards in SLI. Usually it wouldn't beat them in power. The new architecture is worth waiting for. I'd give it another 6-12 months before I'd look into dropping any money on a brand new PC. Unless you're getting a VR ready PC for like $500, because they are looking to drop $1,500-3,000 on an ultra machine trying to create their own matrix world to live in or something. :D
     

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