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Either card will run any game at that native resolution (1366x768) maxed out no problems. To get the most out of them, you can overclock, and both will overclock well but the R9 270 will probably come out on top in slightly more situations. Then there's, 2 main things to consider: AMD's Mantle, and nVidia Physx. If you play games that utilize the latter, you'll want to go for the GTX660. If you're looking forward to games that are being made with the former in mind, then...
Wanton China bashing is ignorant and stupid (see what I did there? ) But seriously, kudos to them. Anything which pushes the space race forward is great to see! I hope they restore full functionality and succeed in their intended mission and more so.
And 99 out of 100 Best Buy computer guys don't know diddly-squat about the hardware and are just trying to sell you anything they can. Dell has more validity, but the suggestion they gave you is outrageous and CLEARLY profiteering from your lack of knowledge. These guys are charlatans. Build your own rig, and you'll know far more about it than all of them.
^ All of the above. Some of my favourite memories of my childhood were learning to build computers and then using that knowledge to help other people (like now!). I truly wish I had a father-figure to share that experience with. So much learning and bonding potential. For me, as a computer user today, the designing, building and learning process around the hardware (and overclocking) is as important and meaningful as the use of the machine itself.
And this is a similar build but "toned down" yet still with high quality parts. It will give you much of the performance and upgradeability of my above build, but for a fair bit less. Again, if it were me, I would swing closer to this build for a first gaming rig for a14 year old son. It will still last years and handle everything, but perhaps not quite as well and games with settings turned down a little at times but by no means sacrificing the essential...
So I threw together this build. Everything included with screen for $2000 (except for keyboard/mouse/speakers/etc) This rig has all the trimmings and high-quality hardware. I could do a similar performing rig by cutting corners for a couple of hundred bucks, but if you have the finances, I like to choose quality parts personally. This rig will hold its own in games for years to come and handle any productivity work your son may need in future school years. It will look...
^ Indeed. Anyone can do it, and if the drive is there, you should enable it. Also, that rig listed is not a "gaming PC" as much as it's an ultra-enthusiast PC lol, and if it's from an OEM builder it is guaranteed to be overpriced, which that rig most certainly is. If I had a 14 year old son asking for a gaming PC, I would be spending just under $1k on a decent mid-level rig with all the trimmings. We can help you piece together a solid and value-for-money build. Where...
Win. Doubly so for your avatar.
Your monitor is the biggest issue I see. Whatever your budget is, you should start with your monitor and work from there. Try and find a really good deal on a monitor that's at least 21-22 inches, widescreen and 1050/1080p at least, and get yourself the best value GPU left in your budget. SSD's can be added later and whilst great, aren't as important as these things IMO. The CPU might be enough for most situations to tide you over until you can upgrade the...
Great to hear mate, and that 6850 is impressive. What have you got it clocked at? Also, Skyrim is a beautiful game and it's ridiculous how good it can look and well it can run with a little discerning modding all on fairly cheap hardware these days.
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