Buying A Good Gaming Computer (PC) 2012
So you're looking for a blazingly fast computer that will annihilate low frame-rates and vault you into a new generation of gaming? Look no further, I have scoured the web for products that fit the bill: consistently applauded reviews, cutting edge technology and bargain prices.
This hub will focus on prices from $700 to $2400, although desktops that can cost over four grand do litter the market. But honestly, the difference is marginal when confronting performance, certainly not enough to justify such a huge jump in price (unless you are a professional gamer).
Velocity Micro Edge
The Lx557 is a a triumph of engineering. Nestled within the highly competitive mid-price range for gaming computers, this model has a lot to live up to.
- Intel Core i7 960 processor 3.20 GHz
- 2 x 1GB GTS 250 in SLI graphics
- 9 GB of premium triple channel memory
- Windows 7 Home Premium Operating system
- Solid aluminum flagship chassis
Case: Aesthetically, I admire its simplicity and sleek design. Some PC cases, especially on higher-end machines, seem a little too fancy, even for me. In this case Velocity have opted for a professional look that reflects the solidity and quality of the interior design. Functionally, it serves its purpose. Plenty of room for future expansion and a solid aluminium frame.
Processor and Memory: Intel's Core i7 960 processor 3.20 GHz is a bargain in terms of price and performance (the manufacturer defines this chip as upper to midrange) with its Quad 3.20 GHz, 8MB Intel Smart Cache, Turbo Boost Technology. These chips are monsters which retail at around $600 alone, and are respected for their power. The Lx557's memory is also superb with 9 GB of DDR3-1333 premium triple channel memory, which excels at multitasking and is renowned for its stability. This model is also crowned by an almost inexhaustible 1TB hard drive.
Video: The bread and butter of most PC gaming desktops, a very thorough review about the Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 250 graphics in SLI can be read here (or skip past 16 pages of tests and benchmarks to read the conclusion here). The verdict confirms this models video capability as being very high performance.
- Velocity Micro keyboard and mouse
- Custom Lx557 drivers disk
- Power cord
- Extensive documentation and user’s manual
- Windows 7
- 1 Year Warrany
Titanium Gamer AMTI9009 Gaming Computer
This gaming desktop is all about a great bargain. At a stunning $699 it delivers a powerful punch for an affordable price. The guarantee is that with a restricted budget you will be able to play all the newest games without having to fight past low frame-rates. Let's take a closer look.
- AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual-Core (3.0GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 1066 FSB)
- 4 GB 800MHz DDR2 Memory (2x2GB Modules)
- 500GB Hard Drive (Serial ATA II, 3GB, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache)
- NVIDIA 9400 1GB Video
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full Version CD 32 bit
Case: Perhaps a little overblown for my tastes, but judge for yourselves. A bright, futuristic and well lit design that will mark the pc for what it is. A gaming rig.
Processor and Memory: For a budget model, I'm sufficiently impressed. 500 GB of hard drive may seem low, but it is powered by a quick n' slick 7200 PRM 16M HD. 4 GB on board RAM are also above and beyond all game requirements, especially due to its high frequency. Considering the price, the Athlon processor is also a great buy. An example of what kind of performance we're looking at is detailed by a test on Left 4 Dead at a resolution of 1920x1200, where the chip ranked higher than every other competitor within its price-range. Not bad.
Video: 1 GB on board with the solidity and renown of the NVIDIA 9400. Nothing flashy, but very stable and highly functional.
Sample review from Amazon:
This is a superb Gaming computer for those on a budget. The video processing is superb. What it lacks in memory is made up for in processing speed. It links well with plug and play peripherals. The sound system is superb...You can pay much more for a better system but the marginal differences would be negligible. This was a gift and the Giftee loves it. Telephone support is superb. We have had it for 2 months without a glitch
The Lunar Shadow hosts the aforementioned (and absurdly fast) i7 line of Intel processor (quad core!). For experienced users, over-clocking can crank up the heat all the way to 3.6 GHz. The 3 GB memory are boosted by DD3 technology and the hard drive is a highly functional and previously mentioned 500GB SATA HD.
Dell Lunar Shadow Gaming Machine
Alienware are synonymous with gaming. Alienware desktops have a history of respect with regards to gaming (and design, I might add).
- Lunar Shadow - Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, Intel® CoreTM i7 920 2.66GHz (8MB Cache) Quad Core
- 3 GB DDR3 , 500 GB SATA HD,
- Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability, 1.8GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260
- Keyboard , mouse
I hope you enjoyed my rundown guide (with an emphasis on budget rigs). Feel free to let me know what you think!
P.S: If you're looking for an updated (2010) guide on gaming laptop computers (written by me) please follow the link!