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hey all

I like to first say i dont know much about computers,that said my daughter is turning 13 and she wants a "gaming pc".Now im not into pc's and dont know much about them and nothing about what the difference between a gaming pc and just a pc.Now im here to ask for help on what gaming pc to buy and where buy it from,i did go to best buy and ask for a gaming pc price $1800 then when to walmart price there about $900 last i call dell they told me about there Alienware Aurora the guy i talk with gave me a list and price that he said it be able to play and do just about anything price $4,435

this from dell $4,435


Alienware™ 875 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
PROCESSOR 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3960X 4.2 GHz
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows® 7 Ultimate, 64Bit, English
MEMORY 16GB (4 X 4GB) Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
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MEDIA CARD READER 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
SOUND CARD Creative Sound Blaster® Recon3D PCIe Audio Sound Card
OPTICAL DRIVE Dual Drives: BD Burn, DVD+

So i have to ask do i go with dell and get the Alienware Aurora or i just get one from best buy or walmart? im still not sure what makes a gaming pc the dell guy really didnt explain it to me or the best buy girl.Im thinking of going with dell b/c well..its dell they make pc's.
post #2 of 62
for a 13 year old girl there is no reason to spend that much on a 'gaming' pc, that's horribly overpowered not to mention overpriced

You can get a gaming pc for under $700 (if you need monitor/etc)
post #3 of 62
Honestly the only way to get a good deal on a gaming pc is to build it. but dont get an alienware, bad price / preformance. the difference between a gaming pc and a normal one is that you can play games on them (Battlefield 3, far cry 3, etc.) if you could find the exact computers online and give us a link to each one of them that would be great for us to help you, also what games she plans on playing.
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gaming pc = good graphics card and more than okay cpu
post #5 of 62
Yeah, don't bother with Alienware/Dell. They only sell "gaming computers" for an absurd amount of money.

To answer, Gaming PC in general is a PC that can play games with a reasonable amount of frame per second. At least that would be my opinion, but to others this may differ.

A gaming computer as mentioned above, isn't pricey if you know what you're doing. So to ask, what does your daughter wants to play? a list of games would make it easier to see what she needs. Also, what she wants to do in general with the PC.
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Generally pre-built gaming PCs are extremely overpriced. The Alienware is very overpriced and overkill for gaming.

Most of us built our computers ourselves with parts from Microcenter or Newegg. I realize you may not know much about computers based on your gaming PC question. If you'd like to save ALOT of money and get a gaming PC for your daughter that is already built I suggest:

http://www.ibuypower.com

or

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/
post #7 of 62
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Originally Posted by Desperation View Post

gaming pc = good graphics card and more than okay cpu

This. Games are still predominately GPU limited. You could probably cut those specs in half and still game decently at 1080p. An i5/i7 quadcore or FX-63xx/FX-83xx cpu and get something like 7870/7950/7970 or GTX660TI/GTX670/GTX680 for videocard. An SSD for OS would be nice but won't effect gaming much.
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It would also help to know what kind of games your daughter wants to play. The computer is going to be a lot different depending on what games she wants to play. There's quite a difference between the hardware necessary to play Crysis 3 and the hardware necessary to play Bejewled.

Edit: Also, while I would never recommend anyone buy an Alienware computer, they aren't bad like some people may say. You just pay a really high premium for the ability to have someone else build it. Plus, they tend to skimp on a lot of important parts like power supplies and hard drives. They aren't BAD computers, they're just really expensive for what you actually get.
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Do Not buy an over priced poor performing Alienware, my friend bought one 2 years ago for 4k and I built my own from the ground up that is 100 times better then his and it cost me 2k.
and as the others posted you can find one for her for around 700 bucks for what she will need and if you can link us to some that you have looked at on the internet we can help you pick the correct one for her needs.
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Originally Posted by jlhawn View Post

Do Not buy an over priced poor performing Alienware, my friend bought one 2 years ago for 4k and I built my own from the ground up that is 100 times better then his and it cost me 2k.
and as the others posted you can find one for her for around 700 bucks for what she will need and if you can link us to some that you have looked at on the internet we can help you pick the correct one for her needs.

He has provided one of the best replies so far. If you link us to the options you have considered we can help you choose the best option for your money. The technology in computers changes quickly, gaming computers last longer and perform better when the computer is purchased with longevity in mind.
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