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Q: Gaming Laptop Suggestions/Recommendations

Hello every one...

Am in need of some quick advice... Am mainly a desktop gaming guy and fairly new to laptop gaming.. you could say a fish out of water when it comes to laptops.

Any ways, am about to be deployed with the Army and in the market to purchase a good gaming laptop to take with me in the range of 800-1200$.

I been looking and there are way to many options to pick from. I mostly been looking at Toshibas (A355D model) and recently at ASUS (X83Vb-X1 model) laptops. The main use will be primarily for gaming and web chatting with the fam back home while am overseas.

Suggestions and recommendations will be highly appreciate it.

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A: Gaming Laptop Suggestions/Recommendations

have you thought about the HP dv5t? it has some serious graphics with a Nvidia 9600m GT. i do not know what it would cost but from videos i have seen on YouTube it is pretty impressive. you should look at the reviews for it. the only con i have found is the battery life and it can run a lil hot.

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Yo guys,
Just interested in getting a laptop which can play pretty much all the latest games to a decent standard, under 750 quid, I mean I was thinking about the Alienware M11X but it has no CD-drive, but the Dell Studio 17 looks pretty decent


Any other recommendations?

A:'Gaming' Laptop Recommendations <£750

http://www.coastwaycomputerstore.co.uk/product/Acer+Aspire+5942G%7B49%7D524G64Bn+%7B49%7D+Core+i5+520M+2.4+GHz+%7B49%7D+15.6%22+TFT -- 810.69.

Cheapest I've seen. Although seems to be priced between 800-900.

Been using one of these for a while. Only bad thing is the widescreen tft is only 1366 x 768. But for me, I wanted it to be able to play current titles for a while so thought a lower native resolution might be one way of making it last a bit longer.

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Hey there guys, just thought I would press for some help with a problem that I'm having. I have been lurking on the boards here for a while, soaking up the info that you have given, and now its my turn to ask a question... just hope its not too dumb.

I am going to be investing in a powerful laptop for Online video gamin, mainly playing WoW. I have about 5k to spend, so I can actually get a decent laptop. I have been looking at the SLI computers with the dual video cards. I just want some advice on what would be the best laptop that I can actually get, or if I should just hold out for some new technology that is coming out "soon".....

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


Just thought I wanted to mention that I have been looking at the top end Alienware comps, Dell XPS, and Sager laptops..... if have any suggestions on other brands, I will look also... I'm not tied up to brand names, just want a great computer... thanks


A:Suggestions for Gaming Laptop

SAGER are the best, but expensive... People I know have them enjoy them. I've tested them out bigger and heavy with logs of devices memory, video an etc.

Panasonic makes some really good ones more to road warror, army and corp stuff. Not cheap... So SAGER would be the way to go, don't forget to get extra batteries, power ac suppies an etc..

Holding out for new tech, will be hard to do as so much new stuff will aways come out even if you got the lastest and greatest system out there, you'll never play catch up.

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Hi all,

I'm in need of some assistance on looking for a gaming laptop or PC.

I want a laptop that can run most games smoothly at high settings, and since I have no real knowledge about computer specs and what not, I'd like some expert advice. I have a really bad computer from the early 2000's that has the following specs:

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (yes, that's how old it is)
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 2800+, MMX, 3DNOW, ~1.8GHz
Memory: 1536 MB RAM (Yes, only that much . )

Because of this computer, I can play about 4 games at minimum settings and those games are League of Legends (runs smoothly enough to play), Aion (LAGS LIKE A MOFO), Left 4 Dead 2 (lags A TON) and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (YAY STEAM SALE, and this runs smoothly enough to play too.)

The game I play the most is League of Legends, and that's the game I'D LOVE TO RUN at maximum settings. My FPS in that game switches between 20 - 30 FPS, and whenever I watch professional LoL players stream, their FPS is at around 120 -160 FPS or higher.

There are also many other games I'd like to play on the PC, like Bioshock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Sid Meier's Civilization 5, Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, Starcraft 2 and many more PC games I'd like to play but couldn't cause of my computer.

My budget is no more than $1200, but I am willing to spend more if it is worth the money. Thanks a lot.

A:Suggestions for a Gaming Laptop or PC?

This is a great laptop: http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_info&model_name=NP7352. You will need to add in an SSD though for about $300 more. Or you can buy your own SSD for half that price and install it yourself.

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Hello, first of all I want to say: Thank you so much for helping me find my Laptop!
I would like to play games like Starcraft 2, Counterstrike, TF2, CoD, etc. on the go at Medium Settings and a playable FPS.
I want the laptop to have a good enough CPU power and RAM so I can video edit 720p videos.
The lowest hard drive space I need would be around 200GB.
Maybe VGA port?
(My aimed price would be as cheapest as you can find? or lower than 1000$)
My friend was talking about the E350 AMD Processor?

Thank you!!!

A:Gaming/editing laptop suggestions?

Bang for Buck

You won't get much better power for what you want to do, and value for your dollar, than this Inspiron 15R @ $999


That's a sandybridge processor you're getting there.

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I'm looking to buy a wired mouse to play games and general stuff on my laptop.

Any ideas on what I should buy.

Thanks in advance.

A:Wired Gaming Mouse for Laptop any suggestions?

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Hey All,
I own a medical business and have been having some major headaches with my network. Since opening this business in Sept. 07, (bought it from the hospital) I have put in place four routers. 1 DLink, 2 Netgears and now I'm on my last nerve with a Linksys rvs4000. It has worked the best of all but now am having drop outs like crazy. I do have a VPN set up for secure networking with a location several states away. I am not sure if the throughput is what is killing these. I have a fan blowing through the cooling holes hoping to keep the heat down.

My nurses keep talking linching and I'm not ready for that yet. Looking to see if there are some network fiends out there that have experience and good luck with a midpriced range of router. Current max throughput at any given time is in the range of 600 to 750kbs. I have twelve stand alone pc's with three mobiles and usually two to five wireless.

Any help and suggestions will be greatly appreciated, if they are in time.


A:Looking for router suggestions/recommendations

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Hi there! I just ordered my new ThinkPad P51s after much thinking. I believe this model suits my needs - hopefully! LOL (Coming from a Sony VAIO that I had since 2010.) If anybody has any suggestions/recommendations on what I should look at or do first once I receive my thinkpad, please enlighten me! Any checks I should do to make sure it's up and running correctly without problems? Thanks in advance and I look forward to contributing here.

~ Maria ~(Nov 2017) Thinkpad P51s / i7-7500U / Win 10 Pro / 16GB DDR4 / 512GB SSD

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I'm planning to buy a new docking station(for 3,5" sata disks) and would appreciate any input & good/bad experiences with brands & models you guys might have.

A:Docking station recommendations & suggestions

I have 3 of these, Thermaltake BlacX ST005U
Newegg.com - Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5” &#38; 3.5” USB 2.0 &#38; eSATA

One is at work, 1 is connected to my HD DVD cable box, the other attached to my home computer. They work great, hence reason that I bought 3 of them.

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I'm planning on building a sick dual cpu computer. Will need dual cpus to handle a Ham radio repeater while running games and other programs. Any suggestions are welcome and encouraged. I do have a question though, is there a motherboard that can use dual pentium 4's instead of the intel Xeons? I was thinking of a dual Intel Pentium 4 3.0 gig computer. If there are recommendations on what's best, by all means post.

Go crazy, but not overly crazy. I dont really need quad cpus .

A:Planning a dual cpu box. Suggestions or recommendations are completly welcome.

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Hi all..... I've decided to build my own computer. I not that that much of a gamer but do play when I have the time. I'm also an amatuer photographer. Below is the parts that I have come up with, if there is something better or if there are parts that are not compatible, let me know. I'm looking for a total of about $1,500 or less....
NZXT Apollo ORANGE NP Orange SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
ABIT IP35 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W SLI Ready-ATX12V V2.01 Power Supply - Retail
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850 - Retail or Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400PRO - Retail
NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
ASUS 20X DVDR DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T - Retail
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Thermaltake CL-P0114 120mm CPU Cooler - Retail
Logitech 920-000325 Black USB Wired Ergonomics Wave Keyboard - Retail
I'm planning on reusing my monitor and mouse. What video card should I also use? Please post any questions that might help you help me..., comments and recommendations. Thanks guys (and gals).

A:Building first Computer! Suggestions/Recommendations Wanted!

OK that is one awesome build! People do say the the Rosewill PSUs are not very good so you could look for a differnt PSU. I have one myself and it works fine but you are building one mean machine so I would defently get a better one. I will let someone else help you with that. You really don't need the thermal compound or the CPU cooler as the CPU already comes with that. Unless you plan to overclock alot then you won't need it. But those quad cores may put out a lot of heat. I would definetly go with the quad core but the core 2 duo would be alright to. If your not gaming much I don't really see a point in spending that much money on the CPU. Do you really need the floppy drive? Nobody uses those things anymore. Unless you do that is fine but I would get rid of that. As for a video card if your building that much of a good computer I would go with the 8800GTX. That may a little to over the top but you can look at them anyway. Or there is the 8600GT or GTS. That memory will work good. I would look at a differnt case maybe. Something that has better cooling. I do believe that Antec and Thermaltake make good cases.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130286 -- GC

Well those are my suggestions.
Good luck with the build!

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So I have been researching Protection Methods ever since I received my computer almost a year ago. I have tried random programs and this is what I currently use. My question(s) is this: Do I have too much protection? (IE overlaps in protection that isn't needed or stuff that will just slow my computer down) Do you have any suggestions of programs I do not have or programs to swap out? What I am looking for is a maximum level of security that will not slow down my machine. I have 3.0ghz processor speed, 2 gigs of ram, and a Geforce 7600 GT graphics card if any of this helps in your analysis. Thanks a lot BC for all your help ;) Frankie.

Anti-Virus: AVG Free Edition
Firewall: COMODO Firewall Pro (Just changed from ZoneAlarm)
Anti-Spyware: Ad-Aware 2007 & Spybot - Search & Destroy
Anti-Trojan: a-squared Free
Real Time Anti-Spyware: SpywareBlaster & Spyware Guard
Browser Add-Ons (Firefox): Adblock Plus, Mcafee SiteAdvisor, NoScript
Random Tools: RootkitRevealer, LSPFix, HijackThis, cwshredder, autoruns, & AVG Anti-Rootkit Free

A:My Current Protection Setup (recommendations & Suggestions Happily Received)

As long as you follow computer security best practices, you seem to have a very sound and layered protection from an application standpoint. I might suggest adding AVG's AS application, but that is entirely up to you.

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My friend is going abroad to study and will likely be away from home for​a period of 3-5 years. During this time, my friend of course won't have a whole​lot of cash to work with, but will attempt to also find work while abroad.I don't​know my friends budget I'm afraid, but I'm wanting to aim for something below​the average cost of a 13" and/or 15" Macbook Pro. I think that's like 999$. Both $​and will work for suggestions.​ ​My friend does a lot of the standard office kind of work: powerpoints, document-pushing​and just maybe, the occasional spreadsheet. Other than that, my friend is a bit of a​gamer, liking to play Free To Play games like League of Legends. However, the possibility​exists that my friend might take up StarCraft 2 as well. On top of this, there's the usual​browsing of video-sharing and blog-posting websites. To top it all off, my friend also engages​and will engage more in image and video-editing.​ ​Thus it has to be a laptop and it has to be a decent one which can do a bit of everything.​Since this is to attempt to beat the steep pricing of a mac, I'd like for any suggestions to stay below 999$. However if it's a very good deal, suggestions of above that are also welcome.​ ​P.S. I'm just doing this to help my friend, but I'm also helping my friend with many other things related to this. . ... Read more

A:Suggestions for a "gaming" laptop under $999

MacBooks are not for gaming generally. The cheapest MBP only has Intel graphics, which are slow, heck it will play LoL and SC2 but at low settings. I would go with the Lenovo Y580: https://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary...-category-id=AC523278A4F13F27A84F5F5622D1AC7A
It has a GTX 660M which will play SC2 just fine. But unfortunately, most models have been sold out on Lenovos site, so there is only 1 left, and it doesnt have a 1080P screen like the others do. Plus no deals are going on now. I looked at other notebooks <$999 and they all had 1GB 650Ms, which are fine, but 1GB is pushing it nowadays.

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Looking for a 24 inch matte finish monitor for around the 200 mark, main usage is games. A litle web surfin etc.

Please advise.

AMD Athlon 64 x2 dual core 6400+
Nvidea 8800gts 512
4 gigs RAM

A:Monitor for gaming recommendations please?

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i am probably going to purchase a system from Alienware, mainly for gaming, but obviously to watch dvd's and listen to music etc. i was wondering if anyone could give me advice on the best system i could get for about US$2500.00. at the moment i am looking at

90-Day AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 ( i already have xp pro with sp1 and 2)
Alienware Full-Tower Chassis - Space Black [+$0]
Alienware Cable Management System
PC Power & Cooling 510 Express 650 Watt peak power
AMD Athlon? 64 X2 4400+ Processor with HyperTransport and Dual Core Technology
Alienware nForce?4 SLI? Chipset Motherboard PCI Express
1GB Low-Latency Dual Channel DDR PC-3200 at 400MHz - 2 x 512MB
NVIDIA GeForce? 7800 GTX PCI Express 256MB DDR3 w/Dual Digital and TV Out
Extreme Performance - Serial ATA RAID 0*- 320GB (160GB x 2) Serial ATA 7,200 RPM w/16MB Cache
NEC ND-3520 16x Dual Layer DVDR/W Drive
3.5" 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive - Black
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS High Definition 7.1 Surround Firewire (IEEE 1394)
Integrated High Performance Gigabit Ethernet
US Robotics 56K V.92 Performance Pro
Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard - space black
Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 4.0 - USB - Space Black
Corsair? Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Flash Drive 512MB*- NEW!

as you can see i don't need a monitor. basically all i need is the hardware. but i was wondering if dual 660... Read more

A:New gaming rig - best value for money recommendations???

a 7800 is suppose to be better than 6800ultras in sli

take that comp, get rid of monitor then get a 7800gtx and a 4400X2
im just adding in my head but it will prolly be around 2600, u can get a different case to cheapen it up

also if u dont need the speakers,mouse,keyboard then ull be set

this is only if ur friend can order the parts and build in the US tho, otherwise u will be ripped of on prices ALOT

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Here's my set-up:
2 times HD 4850 512MB (in crossfire)
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
6GB 1333mhz RAM (Kingston)
128GB OCZ Vertex Plus Series SATA II SSD
600w coolermaster silent PSU
W7 O/S

nothing overclocked
What is the next best upgrade to make in order to get a noticeable difference in gaming?

thanks in advance

A:Gaming upgrade - recommendations please

Well If you want better gaming performance. The upgrade would be the GPU. What is the budget you have for the upgrade?

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I've been recently looking for a pair of headphones that are well suited for gaming, mic or not although mic preferablely although it isn't a problem, but what would you recommend for a pair of headphones that are well suited for gaming for 100 or less?

I was looking at Sennheisers 280 Pro which were apparently good, at the moment I'm using a pair of Creative Fatality headphones for around 30, very comfortable and the sound quality is alright, was trying to get like a surround sound headphones? Not sure if they're extremely expensive or if that comes as standard or there's no such thing

Thanks anyways,

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Could you guys recommend some good gaming headphones for my desktop? I'd like something sturdy and -- well -- loud.

My neighbours just brought home a cute, bouncing baby boy: their first. His mother had me carrry him for a while and he introduced himself to me with a great gob of drool, which -- strangely enough -- I found adorable.

Anyways, the kid's arrival next door means the end of my days playing games at almost full volume on speakers. My PC is set up in the bedroom, at a spot where I'm sure the noise just goes through the wall as though it weren't there. I don't want to disturb the child's nap time. I don't want to move my PC anywhere else in my cramped apartment, either.

So I'm about to put my speakers away now and I need some good gaming headphones to replace them.

I've taken a look at a few on the internet, but would like some recommendations from TS members.


PS: Not sure this post belongs here. If it doesn't, then I apologize to the board's administrators for the mistake.

A:Recommendations for gaming headphones

A4Tech cheap ergonomic headphones would by my top choice. I have here on my PC an A4Tech model T-120 and HS-23





Comparing, the loudest would be HS-23 with good measures of bass even on Dolby Surround environment. I think it's enough to give the baby his good night sleep considering you don't even need an expensive one.

Just check the links below the images for more specification.

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I Had A Motherboard... It Was A P5B Premium Vista Edition

- Intel LGA775 Platform
- Intel Core?2 Quad/ Extreme/ Duo ready
- Intel Pentium Extreme/ Pentium D support
- Dual-channel DDR2 800/ 667/ 533
- ScreenDUO/ AI Remote/ AP Trigger
- ASAP/ TPM Support
- AI NOS?/ AI Gear / AI Nap
- 8 Phase Power Design
- Heat-pipe Design & Stack Cool 2
- ASUS Crystal Sound: Array Mic/ Noise Filter
- All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors

When I had The Motherboard I Upgraded My Processor From a Pentium 4 3.40Mhz To a Intel Core 2 Duo Quad 2.40Mhz Q7600 So Im Bound To Intel By That End.

What Happended?

I had just finish installing Blazing Angels Squadron Of WW2

When i tryed to run it at max settings my pc turn off... something was blazing alright!...
it just wasn`t the game...

My video card gets really hot when games are played at max setting so it got so hot that it overheated a chip near it on my MoBo...

it burned it... NNNooooooooooooooooooo! Damn It!

So i Need a new Motherboard... Can Anyone Help? By the way Everyone can also recommend other hardware.

A:I Need A New Intel MoBo For Gaming... Any Recommendations?

Any budget??

So definately the Mobo is "toast"?
this is a good mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136038


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I am looking to replace an old Linksys BEFSR81 ver 3.1 Wired Router.

I have searched through the forums here and have found some information that isn't quite was I was looking for. So I thought I would start a new thread, and ask this fantastic community that has been so helpful with suggestions, assistance and opinions in the past. I have always used a wired router, and I've been a bit hesitant to go the wireless "route" - but I believe from what I've been told recently, that routers basically are ALL wireless now, but come with the ability to be both wired and wireless. (?)
I spend a lot of time playing online games, and I also do a fair bit of downloading/file transfers/streaming content.I pay for a 60 Mbps download speed/ 3 Mbps upload speed service from my internet provider.

So I am looking for a router that would be ideal to meet these needs. I have been told that I should look at getting a dual or triple band/frequency wireless router, with the terms gigabit and 1000BASE-TX being mentioned as well. Although I am not to familiar with this new technology and terminology ... so that is why I came here.

Any help with pointing me in the right direction of a type or even brand of router would be much appreciated.

Thank you very much!

A:Looking for recommendations for new router; online gaming

Go to smallnetbuilder.com. I chose to go with a wired only router and an Access Point that is POE injection capable for my network.

It allows me to expand out my network better.

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I'm planning on building a new gaming pc this September and am wanting to make it as good as I possibly can. I have $5k saved up for it. I'm considering getting the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition 3.33 GHz CPU and 6gigs of DDR3 RAM at 1800ghz. My dilemma is with the graphics card. I read that the HD Radeon 5970s were good, and I'm considering having two of them.

Would this setup work, or are there some problems? I want to play current and near-future titles on max settings as smoothly as possible. If you have any recommendations for alternative graphic cards that would be great too (or a different CPU if the one listed will cause problems.) Thanks in advance.

A:New Gaming PC Suggestions?

I would go with two GTX 480's in sli, just because you plan on goin with an intel cpu. but two 5970's in crossfire im sure would be plenty good as well

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Was wondering if I could get a possible price for this. I'd personally would rather buy a prebuilt computer instead of buying the parts and trying to assemble myself (even with help). If I do assemble, EVERY part should come from Newegg or Tiger (or you all can suggest other good sites)


- USB 2.0 speeds that are minimum of 30 MB a second
- USB 3.0 speeds that are at lest 300+ MB/s
- Windows Experience Index of at lest 5.0 (minimum)* -- Although if 6.0 min could be possible, fine or even 7. ---- yes I know it can be inaccurate . . . .
- Firewire (and or eSata port) --- because I have a external hardrive that has both along with USB
- At lest a solid terabyte (1.5 TB)
- Has support for: VGA, DVI & DVI --- VGA & DVI because this monitor supports both right now but this computer only supports VGA, Eventually I'd probably like a dual setup and if I can get two monitors on this desk and both connected to the computer . . . .
- Multicard reader (although I mainly need SD and Memory Pro Stick Duo)
- Able to use a PS3 controller AND A XBOX 360 controller (and it if possible all of Wii's main controllers)
- I would like a quad core, would hex make much difference in real performance?
- Multiple internal DVD (one blu-ray would be nice)drives (mostly to spend less time swapping discs when installing games).


- Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) (Main OS) --- Mostly for languages.
- Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit (if needed)
- Windows XP (if 64 bit won�... Read more

A:Gaming rig suggestions

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Hi there,
I am looking at building a computer to improve my computer building skills, then sell the computer once it is built, to get back the money for it.
I have looked into how much is would cost to duplicate my own computer system, and the price came to around $850 for all the parts, and the case.

The system would consist of the following:
Intel i7core 1024 3.4ghz
Mid range Gigabyte motherboard (cant remember the exact model number)
1tb Hard drive
Mid range graphics card
Mid-high end power supply (never want to cheap out on it).
4gb ddr3 RAM
Mid range tower/case
I want some suggestions from you, for specific parts, to build a system that will be capable of providing a decent gaming experience.
The price should be capped at $500
In other words, what would give the *best bang for the $500 bucks*?

A:Need suggestions for sub-$500 gaming PC

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Looking for a mid-high/high end LCD monitor for my new rig and haven't been all that successful finding a suitable one. Just looking for a few suggestions, 20-22 inches is what I'm looking for. Video Card: Geforce GTX 260 (max res - 2560 x 1600). I've heard good things about Samsung, what do you guys think? Thanks in advance.

A:Gaming LCD suggestions?

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So I'm in the market for a new box. A slightly thinner one than I'm accustomed to. I'm looking at a laptop in the 1500$ range. The last time I did research on the latest processors/etc. was when i built my current rig a few years ago and my amd 4800x2 toledo was the top of the line at around a thousand dollars. The new lingo and terminology for notebook peripherals has me completely bumfuzzled. There's just so much out there now, and i need the help of someone much nerdier than I.

I basically want as powerful a machine i can get for the aforementioned price. I'm looking for high quality and good reputation. I can feasibly go as high as 1700, but I'd rather not. Gaming is important as well as functionality. I've been looking at the Sony VGNAR520E. Alienware has a similar lap out with some of the same specs, but I'm just not sure how powerful these new mobile vidcards are.

If anyone could give me some suggestions or explanations of some of the hardware differences I'd be greatly appreciative. And since this community is so great and so helpful in the past, I'm sure it wont take long to have a plethera of info!

A:Suggestions for a new gaming rig?

It might be good to start with some reviews. www.tomshardware.com has excellent reviews on gamer motherboards, video graphics cards, and power supplies. Some are updated monthly. Very Thorough. You will learn a lot. Also try www.anandtech.com

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Hey there!
Just looking for some reccomendations and suggestions for a new PC im going to be buying. I know a little about hardware, but im sure most of you know more

I would like to spend about $600...$700 maybe, on a new computer! I live in Canada and the local stores i can go to are Future Shop and Best Buy, im just wondering what i can get the most out of my money for.

I would like to be able to play most new games on Medium-High gfx settings, and i would also like to have everythinggg run smoothly.

Just some advice so i dont waste a whole bunch of money on a computer thats going to fail me like the rest of them have been doing, Thanks guys!

A:Suggestions for a new gaming rig!

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I plan on buying this the day after Xmas. If you have input, please feel free to give me suggestions. I was looking for a better Video Card at the same price as the current one so if you had experience with any, please tell me. I plan on playing BF2/2142, Sims 2, RCT3, Fear, Flatout 2, and HL2 and expansions and pretty much any other FPS.

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A:Gaming rig-suggestions

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Hello everybody!

I'm posting on Techspot after a very long hiatus. Feels good to be back here.

Now to the topic. Initially the idea was to invest in a gaming laptop (specifically the M14x) as I had a lot of travel lined up. However, that's on hold and I'm considering on diverting the funds to build a new desktop from scratch.

Current rig:
CPU - AMD Phenom II X3 720
Motherboard - ASUS M4A78T-E
RAM - 4GB DDR3 (@1333MHz)
GPU - Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 4890
HDD - 1TB Seagate (32MB Cache, 7200 RPM), 160GB Seagate
Case - Cooler Master CM 690
Keyboard - Microsoft Sidewinder X4
Mouse - Logitech MX 518
Monitor - Samsung B2030 20" (1600x900)

Currently I intend to reuse only monitor, mouse, keyboard and the 1TB HDD from my existing machine. The cost of the OS need not be factored in. I do have a copy of Windows 7.

The major purpose will be gaming. My budget is around US$ 1500 (INR 85,000), give or take a few.

Looking forward to all your suggestions.

A:$1,500 gaming rig suggestions

I'm thinking along these lines.
Motherboard with a Z77 Chipset and a i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge CPU.
Add about 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory and a SSD drive for booting.

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Hey Techspot! I've been wanting to build a gaming desktop, my budget is about 1000$. It would be nice if it could run BF3 on Ultra at about 40-60 FPS, please throw me some ideas for parts that combined would cost about 1000$. Thanks!

A:Suggestions for a gaming PC for about $1,000

Hi Tom Niven, I suggest you have a look here at our TechSpot PC Buying guide http://www.techspot.com/guides/buying/
The entry level rig would cost you around $800, but to get those frame rates(and since you have $200 left) you will have to upgrade the GPU and ram.

And going by the performance guide here http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/page4.html, you should pick no lesser than the GTX 650Ti.

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Im wanting to get a decent mouse. ATM, I have a little Logitech wireless one (not sure which one just a $25 one from Walmart) and its done OK, but looking for something a bit nicer.

I have a couple Im looking at, but My local Best Buy doesnt even have either, so running up there to get a hands on isnt a option.

Since my Keyboard is a Saitek Cyborg (which I love BTW) I was looking into this Mouse (or RAT??)
Newegg.com - Saitek CCB437050002&#47;04&#47;1 Black USB Wired Laser 4000 dpi Cyborg R.A.T. 5 Gaming Mouse
Theres more expensive versions of it, but the features they offer are not that important to me.
I like the fact it has a aluminum base, and wieghts if I want to make it heavier.

So Im curious if anyone has one, or any experience with it can give a bit of persional input.

The other I was looking into was:
Newegg.com - Microsoft SideWinder X8 Black 12 Buttons Tilt Wheel 2.4GHz Wireless 4000 dpi Gaming Mouse

Anyway, just curious if anyone has a couple suggestions ot thoughts about these two.


A:Gaming Mouse Suggestions

I had a Saitek keyboard for years and years, and when it finally died, I took it apart and it's the most solidly built keyboard I have seen in a while. Good company.

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I posted a previous build on these forums but then I had to study for finals (which I kicked **** at) and I also had a few different choices in parts so here goes:

XtremeGear / CoolerMaster RC-1000 Cosmos Silent Gaming Tower Case

Newegg.com - EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Yorkfield 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 130W Quad-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors

Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
(2 for Raid 0, and one for Data storage)

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-850-EMBA 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, cUL, TUV, NEMKO, BSMI, FCC - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache PATA 20X DVDR DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners

Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
in SLI

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A:First Gaming Rig Build, need suggestions

Spend the highest percentage of your money on the motherboard and CPU. After that it's the Video Card(s), memory, hard drive(s), then CD/DVD burners. Go with a good 3rd party CPU cooler. Get the highest speed memory the motherboard supports. Check these specs carefully. Keep the case fans to minimum. 1 fan blowing in from front. One on hard drive cage, and 1 in the back case pulling air out. Arctic Silver 5 or 6 will be fine... Don't use too much

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I&#8217;m hoping to spend around $1800 with a monitor and other accessories, which I&#8217;ll have in a month so hopefully some prices will go down a little by then. I need this PC for Dynagen (a very CPU intensive Cisco router emulator), gaming , and encoding HD video. I&#8217;m not sure about my processor choice because I have always built computers using AMD but I&#8217;ve heard better things about the new Intel processors. Any suggestions?

Here is everything in my wishlist:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe 2.66GHz $318.00
G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $239.99
EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB $379.99
MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA $144.99
Thermaltake SHARK VA7000SWA Silver 1.0 mm All aluminum ATX Full Tower $159.00
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply $149.99
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro $34.99

A:Gaming PC Build Suggestions?

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Looking at the below specs/config:
Any guidance would be appreciated.

Tower: Antec 902
Mobo: EVGA X58 SLI
Processor: i7 920 (overclock it)
CPU Cooler: Prolimatech Meghalem (will this fit in this case???)
RAM: Corsair XMS3 memory - 6 GB (3 x 2 GB ) - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3
PSU: Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply
Graphics Card: Not Sure yet. any suggestions
Hard drive: Was considering a SSD to run the OS on, but price per gb is not worth it, now leaning towards a 10k rpm hard drive...

A:My first Gaming Rig Build - Suggestions...

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Open to any and all suddestions for building my own gaming PC. Not looking to spend alienware type$$, just enough for a high power end PC. Intel fan!

Update: Intel core 2 duo 2.66 gigz,EVGA GTX8800 Nvidia 768MB SLI not try to spend more then 600$ on a video card. Looking for suggestions on SLI memory and a nice case, preferably water cooled with or seperate PSU. Also for Monitor, sound card, HDD and anything else. Thanks

Estimate no more than $2000 excluding graphics card and mobo which prob going to be a G.

A:Suggestions Building GAMING PC

How much $$$ exactly?

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Going to University so need a flat screen, CRT is simply too bulky for the box-room they call student housing .

I'm looking for a new LCD monitor that will not ghost or blur in fast moving games. I was hoping to get one with a 12ms response time but it seems they don't make 15 inch models with this (or not that i can find). So I'll be happy with 16ms as long as it is a good make. I'm looking at 15 as apposed to 17 inch models simply because for the price I probably cannot afford a good 17 inch one, whereas I can buy a really good 15 inch model that will do my games justice.

I live in England (UK) and am looking to (hopefully) spend around 250.

Any suggestions?

A:15 Inch Gaming LCD Suggestions?

Your local computer store will probably have the best deals, not the small stores, but the big stores...in the US, places like Best Buy or Circuit City..don't know what they have over in the UK, but I'm sure there's some sort of equivalent to those.

OK, Newegg has a 15" with 16ms response time for $274, which is 152....unless you're talking about Euro's, because then it's 226...but either way, you should be able to find something. Here's the link. Good luck!

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i recently built a gaming PC, and have a bit of spare cash, so was wandering what you experts would suggest as the next upgrade? please bare in mind i said a bit of cash, not like enough to upgrade to i7 or a new gfx card, i was thinking more ram, or a SSD for booting and games maybe, or something else? i am looking to be able to get the maximum gaming performance.

Mobo: P7H57D-V EVO
CPU: i5-750 running at 3.7ghz on stock cooler, core temps arouns 50-60max
GPU: Sapphire RADEON HD 5870 (dxdiag says memory aprox 2789, although i thought i had the gb model, can anyone elaborate?)
RAM: Corsair Memory Dominator 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz
HD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1Tb 7200rpm 64mb cache
Blu ray: Samsung blu ray drive/cd/dvd rw
PSU more than powerful enough(cant remember wattage right now, but its an Atrix)
Mouse: Microsoft X8 sidewinder
Monitor: LG Flatron E2250V Led

any suggestions welcome, thanks for your time!

A:Gaming PC upgrade suggestions please

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I posted about this a few weeks ago but I changed most of the parts. I will be waiting until July 22 when Intel CPU prices drop and hopefully there will be more price decreases by then. One thing that Im wondering is the e6700 really worth it over the e6600 if I have the money because I probably will be overclocking? Here is what I have so far:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe 2.66GHz

MSI P6N Diamond LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N835-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SUPERCLOCKED

G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan - Retail

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad - Copper EPS12V 750W Continuous @ 40C (825W Peak)

Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler

SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

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A:Suggestions for New Gaming PC Build?

so what do you want help with?

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Hay Guys, I need suggestions about the best Gaming Headset with the following characteristics:

Price: 70/90? (97/124$) (58/75)
For what?: Gaming mainly.

A:Suggestions for new gaming headset with microphone (for PC)

I would check this out: http://goo.gl/LO8f1Z.

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Everything is from Newegg.com and if you want, you can search for my pc under wish lists. It is labled as "$600 gamer". Sorry for the long post!

I posted this awhile ago when I was putting it together. I finally found someoned to buy my laptop (sorry JohnWill). I will have $1000 exactly and i'd like to spend $650 on this desktop. So here is my setup for my gaming rig. I will play almost any game. The ones i will play the most are Sims 2, Flatout 2, Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142 (when it comes out) and Roller Coaster Tycoon 3. I'd like to run these games on high settings if possible. I can only spend $650 because i am going to buy a lcd monitor for like $200. My dvdrw drive at the bottom is out of stock, so if someone could suggest me one that burns, writes, and plays dvds and cds, that would be great
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A:Final Check of my gaming rig. Suggestions!

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Hello Everyone, I'm new to this forum so please forgive me if this post is in the wrong threads.

Anyway, I'm looking to do some gaming, not really high graphic demanding games but decent. Id like for some good advice on hardware upgrades, Ive listed my system specs below. I think i need a new graphics card ,but im not sure seeing as Ive never play a game on this computer.

Motherboard: ASUStek Model:Salmon Chipset: HPSIS760 Anthlon 64
Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3000+
Graphics Card: SIS 760
OS: Windows XP Service Package 3

Let me know if any other information is needed to make the suggestions.

A:Computer hardware suggestions for gaming

Assuming your PC has a PCI-Express slot you could upgrade the graphics but you may also need to upgrade your power supply and your CPU is pretty low end so you want to find a video card that would match the CPU.

What's your budget for upgrades? What games do you want to play?

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I'm going to buy a new netbook/small laptop because my Acer Aspire One A150 is becoming really slow, and I can't play any decent game with the single-core Atom N270 and the GMA 945 iGPU.

I need a netbook which will run games like CoD Black Ops II smoothly. I don't care about screen resolution (it could be very low, for example 1024x600), I only need a small netbook or notebook capable of run 3D modern games.

Any suggestion?
If it's possible, It would be fine for me to run an eGPU (external graphics card) with a netbook...

A:new gaming netbook (with eGPU) suggestions

Combining an underpowered notebook with a decent external GPU will only yield in poor performance, not to mention the bottleneck caused by a slower notebook CPU. That would be a total waste of performance and money, keep in mind that the GPU isn't the sole factor to be considered in gaming. Moreover I doubt that you'll ever find a small notebook with an unoccupied mPCIe slot.

Honestly speaking you'll be better off with a midrange laptop sporting dedicated graphics from AMD or Nvidia. Some of those Dell Inspiron 15 series feature the 7730/7670M which is good enough if you're looking into casual gaming at decent levels.

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Hey Guys,
I've just decided to get involved in PC gaming, and i'm looking for some middle-of-the-road graphics card (or any part) suggestions to direct my search.
I'm not looking for anything fancy, but I want to at least be able to run Half-life 2, Team Fortress 2, and the like.

A:Building a gaming PC from scratch. Any suggestions?

Well, whats your system spec's as of now and a budget you have for upgrading.

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Hey All,
I'm running:

Pentium D 3.00Ghz
2GB of Dual Channel RAM
Gigabyte mobo with Intel 865G Chipset.
500w power supply with 5 fans in case.

I'm using my old Elsa 5600 (128mb) video card now (AGP slot) and am having major issues with graphics while playing GTA San Andreas.

I've tried all updates and adjustments to get it to play, but the graphics are always distorted, unless run on lowest resolution. Tired of messing with it, as it seems the card just can't handle that game. (This is very frustrating, as this card is well above minimum specs for game.)

So any recommendations for a new graphics card? Only requirements are that it is AGP, has slots for 2 monitors, and MUST be ABLE to HANDLE graphics-intense games, like GTA. (Sorry for the caps, lol)

Many Thanks!

A:Suggestions for new gaming graphics card?

Any other slots open?

what other slots do you have open or is that it?

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Hey guys, want a faily decent/high end gaming pc, willing to spend about 1000.

Mate suggested one for me.. What do you guys think? These are the specs.

- Intel Core i7-2600
- 1.25GB GEFORCE GTX 570
- 1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s

Would that run most current games on the market at high settings? ( or medium for really graphic-hungry games )

Please send some suggestions my way. Also need some websites to have a look at for gaming pcs/parts. Thanks!

A:Buying Gaming PC.. Suggestions Needed!

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Hello Techspot
I'm looking to get some feedback concerning my gaming rig. Ive recently built this machine, maybe 6 months ago. I was thinking of adding some upgrades to enhance its gaming capabilities. Right now im working with this

Computer Specs:
Monitor: Acer AT3265 Black 32" 6.5ms HDMI LCD Monitor
Keyboard:Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard
Mouse:RAZER Naga Molten Wired Laser 5600 dpi Special Edition Gaming Mouse
Optical Drive: Lite-On 24 X iHAS424-98 DVD
Case: Rosewill ARMOR Gaming ATX mid Tower
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb (3.4GHz)
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster V8
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200

I was thinking of adding another HD 6950 and grabbing a new PSU and case.
For the case i was thinking the Cooler Master HAF X and PSU CORSAIR Professional Series HX750.

But then i look at my CPU and was thinking that could be holding me back aswell.
So now I'm coming here for some more opinions. All suggestions are appreciated and Thank You! in advance.

A:Gaming build looking for upgrade suggestions

I think you are on the right track for increasing gaming performance Blk, The 6950 scales beautifully. In most cases 80- 100%. The 600w PSU is going to be pushing it, a 750w is more in order and the HX series you listed is excellent. Your x 4 965 is not going to be a limiting factor at all. good luck with the upgrade

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Having watched some youtube videos of Battlefield and DiRT on 3 screens, I think I am sold on the idea of triple monitor gaming.

I'm looking to get IPS monitors with low input lag, low response times and relatively thin bezel. I'm also looking to get more into photo editing hence the IPS route. The Dell U2312HM seems to satisfy those criteria, does anyone have experience with this monitor?

Price isn't really the biggest concern, just want a great setup to last a long time. I have no interest in 3D gaming (tried some PS3 games on my 3D TV, not impressed) so don't have use for a 120Hz monitor. Also it's not like I could afford a rig which would run BF3 at 5760x1080 and 120fps anyway...

A:Triple monitor gaming suggestions?

first of all it would help if you gave us your complete system specs.
gaming on 3 monitors will need a pretty powerful graphics card.

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