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About $1000 usd is budget.

 

Looking for a new desktop/laptop, no idea how to start as I haven't followed the tech scene for years.

 

leaning towards a laptop as I'm a student and I carry my current laptop all over campus.

 

Looking 2 buy around black friday.

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Do you play other games or just tanks? Is star citizen in your future?

Desktop is better bang for your buck and being upgradable helps a lot in the longevity department. You could do desktop + chrome book or win8 tablet and get better performance for games and some mobile capacity too.

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Fuck I ain't touching start citizen until it's out of alpha. 

 

Pretty sure the most demanding game I have in my current library is rtw 2.

Reason why I don't use a netbook is there is a 1 hour gap between classes in the afternoon, which I use to go play LoL/dota 2 in the library with mai azn wiggaz.

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Teff is right about desktops being a much better bang-for-buck deal, but if you'll be a student for a while a gaming laptop is probably how you'll want to go. It sucks sitting somewhere with nothing to do at college.

Basically in the past I've had the best success with just googling "best computer deals black friday" and seeing the lists people compile.

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you can usaly find pretty cheap amd laptops that'll handle most games.

 

 

 

or this with the 740m

 

 

 

also just some rough guide lines if you do look around on black friday.(note i have no clue what you have now so will just be listing the bare minimun you'd want to play most games)

 

graphics card(inbrackets are older cards you will still probaly see) wise you want at least a nvidia 730m(630m might be pushing it but a 640m would be fine.) or an amd 7670m(6670 would be fine with an amd cpu but with intel i'd go for a 6770)

 

cpu wise you want at least an i5 if you get something intel, for amd you'd want either a A8 or A10 in the 5*** series or an A10 in the 4*** series.

 

also ram wise 4gb would probaly be enough

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These all seem like good laptops.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231333

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152467

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152409

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152482

 

You'll probably get great performance for the price but not so much for portability.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0AJ12H6694

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834233011

 

Those will probably be highly portable at the cost of a lot of power for the same price. I've never heard of Gigabyte making laptops so I would be cautious with that one.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152462

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314148

 

These seem to be middling performance+portability+price, and the Acer looks quite nice in all except size.

 

That's what I found after poking around a bit. 

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Do NOT buy a laptop.

 

If you need portability you can build an mATX / small portable case PC.

 

If you need laptop for internet/notes you can buy something separate for $100-200.

 

PC Gaming-> Desktop

Note Taking-> Netbook

 

I can guide you through pcpartpicker / newegg parts, and when you're ready answer any building questions.

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Do NOT buy a laptop.

 

If you need portability you can build an mATX / small portable case PC.

 

If you need laptop for internet/notes you can buy something separate for $100-200.

 

PC Gaming-> Desktop

Note Taking-> Netbook

 

I can guide you through pcpartpicker / newegg parts, and when you're ready answer any building questions.

 

he wants to be able to play games inbetween lectures >.>

 

no harm in spending 500 on a laptop that can play what he wants.

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Do NOT buy a laptop.

 

If you need portability you can build an mATX / small portable case PC.

 

If you need laptop for internet/notes you can buy something separate for $100-200.

 

PC Gaming-> Desktop

Note Taking-> Netbook

 

I can guide you through pcpartpicker / newegg parts, and when you're ready answer any building questions.

A portable case PC is still much harder to carry around than a laptop and requires all sorts of extra cables plus a monitor, how would that work for walking around campus?

 

You have to go high end for mATX in my experience anyways, less expensive ones I've used get broken fans and overheat more easily than their larger brothers of the same model.

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Gaming laptops are hellishly expensive and even then they still tend to be no match for a proper desktop.

 

If I were you I'd just get a good desktop.

 

So you won't be able to crack open and play anywhere, but do you really need to?

 

Also, you mentioned that you already have a laptop? Keep that and use it for campus nonsense and spend your dime on a proper gaming desktop.

 

Here's a Pros and Cons list of gaming laptops:

 

Pros:

  • Powerful overall as far as laptops go
  • Your friends will be envious

Cons:

  • Super expensive
  • Less powerful than a same-priced desktop
  • Laptop longevity is about 3 years vs. about 5 for a desktop
  • Tend to be large and heavy
  • Tend to run hot (Trust me, nothing gets in the way of gaming-on-the-go like fried genitalia...)
  • Tempting target for thieves
  • Playing many games on laptop keyboard with a touchpad sucks. Carrying a mouse and/or keyboard reduce the convenience factor a lot.

 

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Biggest Pro of gaming laptop is portability - LAN parties, playing in bed/school is possible. Also you can do something without power (don't mention UPS please). And if you don't try to get the most powerful available you can get a decent price. I bought a gaming laptop 4 years ago and I would not change my decision.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152461

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231089

 

IDK how's the gaming laptop scenario in the US but looked through newegg and found that these seemed like good choices for the price range you're looking for, if you plan on spending just a bit more...

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Okay so I just found out how to play League of Legends through a usb drive without absolutely terrible read speed lag, and one of the it guys at the university showed me how to circumvent the gaming block.

 

So I'm actually pretty down for the desktop+chrome book option.

 

so my budget for a desktop is about 500-800 bucks, but really don't want to build my own for the sole reason I'm going over to cali using my relatives to order stuff off american websites(tech is much cheaper in america), so I don't want to deal with DOA stuff when If I'm building my own.

 

Anyone suggest good prebuilts 500-800? maybe up to 900

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Okay so I just found out how to play League of Legends through a usb drive without absolutely terrible read speed lag, and one of the it guys at the university showed me how to circumvent the gaming block.

 

So I'm actually pretty down for the desktop+chrome book option.

 

so my budget for a desktop is about 500-800 bucks, but really don't want to build my own for the sole reason I'm going over to cali using my relatives to order stuff off american websites(tech is much cheaper in america), so I don't want to deal with DOA stuff when If I'm building my own.

 

Anyone suggest good prebuilts 500-800? maybe up to 900

 

noob.

 

but seriously idk of any good prebuilts yet alone in that price range >>

 

also i would not be surprised if you could build your own at cad prices thats better than prebuilts as us prices probaly worth the effort to price out.

 

though considering your price range your best option would be going for an amd apu(apu = gpu+cpu) and later on when you have more money get a mid end gpu or cross firing a low end gpu with the gpu on the apu.

 

though going that route you'd be better off waiting for the next gen apu's that are aparently going to be in stores in February.

 

but the main issiue is i doubt there are any pre made comps that use apu's will have a quick look.

 

 

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trust me prices in canada are 1.5x more expensive american tech usually.

 

And I could build my own, but really, really don't want to have to deal with shipping back DOA stuff when I'm in newport only for 2 weeks.

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i updated my post and you might have not seen it but i found a few.

 

also i doubt they are that bad will check >>

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227508

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227489

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883258064

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227490

 

 

ok i just priced something a bit better than the better one of those for 680 ca$ which comes to to 650 us$ so 100 dorror cheaper so we could actualy go a normal cpu with a decent gpu route.

 

 

ok for $912

 

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no os though >>

 

though apparently Canadian places exclude taxes from prices so yeah

 

brb will do same build on new egg, about $800.

 

also some stuff can prolly be cut back on to save money.(mobo case and psu(probally not much preformace difference if we went with a hex core rather than a octo core cpu))

 

also seems there are cheaper stores than ncix.

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Okay so I just found out how to play League of Legends through a usb drive without absolutely terrible read speed lag, and one of the it guys at the university showed me how to circumvent the gaming block.

 

So I'm actually pretty down for the desktop+chrome book option.

 

so my budget for a desktop is about 500-800 bucks, but really don't want to build my own for the sole reason I'm going over to cali using my relatives to order stuff off american websites(tech is much cheaper in america), so I don't want to deal with DOA stuff when If I'm building my own.

 

Anyone suggest good prebuilts 500-800? maybe up to 900

 

I would recommend you find someone like ComX Computers in your part of the world. Key features:

  • Online/Mail-order
  • Complete assembly and testing
  • Ships direct to your door
  • Extremely competitive pricing

I would not recommend you go to a physical store and buy what they're selling because it will most likely be more expensive and at the same time not as good as what you can organise with a direct purchase crew.

 

Obviously ComX are not going to work for you, since they're in South Africa, but I'm pretty sure you can find an

equivalent in your general area if you enquire about a bit.

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

 
CPU:  AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor  ($199.99 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard:  Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard  ($104.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory:  G.Skill AEGIS 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory  ($78.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card:  MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card  ($205.66 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply:  Thermaltake TR2 600W ATX Power Supply  ($59.99 @ Newegg) 
Optical Drive:  Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer  ($16.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $836.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-20 20:37 EST-0500)
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Comments:

 

  1. Be 150% sure the AMD parts are a good buy. I am biased against AMD because of how they treat their Linux users (I am a software developer working on Linux, so this is important to me even if it probably won't affect you...) even if the most recent AMD releases have been decent.
  2. Get a 2TB HDD. You will fill up a 1TB super quickly
  3. I would get 16GB of RAM, but that's just me...
  4. SSD is nice, but not 100% necessary. If you need to pad something else (Like the HDD or RAM) then you can drop the SSD. 

 

 

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I have a 5 tb worth of external harddrives to archive my loli loli loli. 

16 gigs is overkill for sure, my current rig has 8 gigs and it never gets close to hitting that in terms of demand.

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looks decent

but you need a case >.>

a nzxt source 210 elite is a decent cheap one.

 

also i'm not sure about that psu consider getting something like a corsair TX650 it's like $20 more though. technicly you could get away with a 500 watt psu but idk any good ones that size.

 

also you could drop the ssd to upgrade the 270x to a 280x.

 

also ram wise http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl8d8gbxm is better and only like $5 more.

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I have a 5 tb worth of external harddrives to archive my loli loli loli. 

16 gigs is overkill for sure, my current rig has 8 gigs and it never gets close to hitting that in terms of demand.

 

If you need to run multiple Virtual Machines then 16gb is a must, otherwise 8gb is fine.

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