window computers

Discussion in 'Games' started by alien_ware, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. alien_ware macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2005
    Canada,Penticton B.C
    hi i know this is a mac forum but i dont know anywhere else so im gunna get a desktop windows and i was wondering wht is a good brand for gaming and stuff like that (nothing like alienware too expensive) it has tro be cheap and runcounter strike and half-life and doom 3 with no lag on high graphics but it doesnt have to have a good grphics crd i can buy another one.
  2. Louay macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2005
    Good luck with that buddy. Doom 3 on max graphics is gonna take alot more than a peice of **** computer. Get a mac. Plain and simple you will think its worth it in the end.

  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Did you seriously sign up here to find out what the best gaming PC is? :confused:

    Anyway, I'd say check out Alien Ware but that's your username and you're saying they're too expensive. Maybe try building your own then.

    Jeez, I thought I was mad... :confused:
  4. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  6. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    build it yourself. seriously, it's very easy and unless you're going super-high-end or super-low-end it's cheaper than buying it from a company. i like for computer parts and such.
  7. AoWolf macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2003
    Daytona Beach
    I agree if your on a budget building your own is the way to go. And in the end you have the satisfaction doing it your self.
  8. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    build your own. never EVER get a computer from a shop. we got our first PC back in 95-96ish... my dad didn't think much of it other than its an upgrade to our Amiga. then he found out how easy it was to make his own about a year later and ever since all our computers have been home builds. its so much cheaper and fun to build up. bloody simple too, i did work experience in a computer shop and they showed me what to do and an hour or so later i could build them.

    just plugging in those little wires to the motherboard thats my problem :( or it used to be. i think they're colour coded now.

    everyone i know builds thier own systems, or gets a laptop. then again Manchester is home to europes biggest computer market, extremely cheap hardware by the bucket loads, so its no surprise :)
  9. Jay42 macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2005
    You're joking right? PC advice at MR? Not that there arent plenty of people that could help you here, but you couldn't find a better place for this? Also, if someone made a cheap PC that could play all the latest, most demanding games without lag on the highest settings, it would probably be sold out.

    BTW, I'm watching TV right now and just saw an Orbitz commercial where they had a mock 70's game show and what appeared to be two huge ACD's where the contestants were.
  10. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Get a console (Xbox or PS2) and a Mac... best of both worlds...

    ...or if your set on a PC, build one, like many already has said, and come back here when you're fed up with all the malware and incompatible drivers and has come to your senses...

    Then get a console (XBox 360 or PS3) and a Mac... :D
  11. Devie macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I'm what is called a 'hardcore' gamer. I use to be on Windows for the very reason you are, to play games. I decided its just not worth it and got my iMac. This baby runs WoW perfectly fine and thats all I need on the computer.

    I use my Xbox, PS2, GC, SP and soon to be DS for my main gaming. I dont care for CS anymore.
  12. biohazard6969 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    toronto canada
    *sigh* alrite i'll bite

    i'd go for the dell dimension 5100. because its a dell you can upgrade it and customize it to your liking and put in ram and great graphics card.

    i think that looks like one of the best bang-for-your-buck PC's for gaming at least

    but for future reference, ur gonna get a lot of s**t posting about a PC on mac forums unless it has the words "i switched" in it
  13. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Get yourself a TRS-80.. it's cheap and will fulfill all your gaming needs.

  14. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Dell? Ick.

    I'd recommend Best customizing site around. Get an Athlon 64 system with a Geforce 6600GT.

    $614, with a 3 Piece Subwoofer Speaker system, 80 GB hard drive, 512 MB of RAM, Geforce 6600 GT, 7.1 surround sound, gigabit ethernet, dual PCI-E (so you can add in a second Geforce 6600 GT at a later point), Firewire, Athlon 64 3000+, and a see-through case with optional neon lights. It even has a temperature display, and 12-in-one media reader. $35 upgrades to a dual layer dual format DVD burner or $14 upgrades to a DVD/CD-RW (default is CD-RW).

    Windows XP is an extra $85 if you want it (recommended), and you get a free download of Half-Life 2.
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I had this TRS-80 Color Computer game called...Dungeons of Daggorath? Something like that? The scariest first-person perspective game I ever played. Of course, I was maybe six at the time.

    And, as a plus, I got to learn programming. :D And how to type quickly. You've got to -- if you type too slowly, you will never finish the program before the computer overheats! :eek: ;) :D
  16. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    As suggested before build your own through The equipment listed would allow you to build a top notch gaming platform. I have omitted a keyboard, mouse, monitor and other peripherals since I assume you already own them.

    Athlon 64
    3500+ $219
    3800+ $323

    Abit Motherboard non SLI $86
    Foxconn Motherboard w/SLI $126

    200GB Hard Drive SATA $86

    1 GB RAM (2x512mb) Rosewill $89

    AOpen Nvidia 6800GT 256MB $289
    Sapphire Radeon X800XL $279

    Rosewill RV350 350W PSU $28 This thing works great

    Cheap Case $40

    Windows XP Home $88 Blech :mad:

    Price Range is $915-1069 depending on if you want SLI or not and whether you go with a Athlon 64 3500+ or 3800+.

    I made the following selection of parts because you need a minimum video card of NVidia 6800GT or Radeon X800XL to get solid framerates at max settings on the latest games. You also need a minimum of 1 GB of RAM. The CPU is more negotiable I listed the Athlon 3500 and 3800 since they offer SSE3. Intel CPUs will not give you the same bang for your buck and more expensive processors are not needed you could downgrade to an Athlon 64 3000+ or 3200+ however. The Rosewill PSU has served me well, it has good 12v Amperage and it is cheap. Finally, I listed the 200GB Hard Drive since it is only $86.

    Hope this helps.

    P.S. I know full well that some may say go PS2 or XBOX. However, some people do not enjoy the games available on consoles systems, such as Rome Total War, MS Flight simulator and soon Age of Empires III. These and many other complex games are only available on the PC. Plus you can't play games with a mouse and keyboard on a console.
  17. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    If you DO build/buy a PC; get a Pentium. those chips are amazing. probably why Apple will be using them :D

    over the years i've used a 386, Pentium (all the way from 1 to 4), Celeron, and 2 AMD ones. the celeron is amazing for laptops, so cold. NEVER for a desktop however. AMD just felt cheap. my girlfriend and a mate use AMD, not through choice but just because it was cheaper, now they're both selling their machines for a P4 :D

    I cant quite decide over video cards. My desktop is running an ATI Radeon 9600Pro and its amazing, for what i paid for it and how old it is. runs HL2 in 1920xI forgot with everything on full (no AA though, dont need it at that res!). and Doom 3 on Ultra Quality 1024x768. smooth as.

    But I've had good experiences from Geforce too. My 2 year old laptop has a Geforce FX Go5600 and it flies through everything... just not Doom 3... at all!

    the whole 'get a console' idea is good too. get one of the current generations of console whilst they're cheap(ish). GC; £60, bucket load of free games+controllers. Xbox; get it chipped. use as a media centre as a 'simulator' game playing machine, same for PS2. just maybe not for streaming.
  18. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

    Aug 5, 2005
    Old AMDs felt cheap, but the 64-bit ones... :eek: They've really cleaned up their act, recently
  19. benpatient macrumors 68000

    Nov 4, 2003
    the 64-bit ones?

    the 32 bit ones from 2+ years ago (around the Barton core days) were heads and shoulders above what intel was putting out for the price. unless you do video encoding, it makes no sense to buy an intel right now. The near future might change that, but currently they're being beaten. Especially for games.

    as for the "hardcore gamer" who only plays WoW...what a concept. You might have to, as much as it may pain you, get rid of the "hardcore" prefix for a while. Playing a single game, even if you DO play it 24/7, doesn't make you a "hardcore" gamer. it makes you obsessed with a certain game. hardcore gamers are the ones that go to LAN parties and upgrade their graphics cards every 6-12 months. They have 6-15-button mice and spend their free time tweaking memory timings in BIOS.

    And if you build it yourself, a 700 dollar PC can play any game currently available on the Mac (other than quake 3) better than any currently available Mac can play the same game. And q3, aside from being old and boring, "only" runs 240 fps or so on that 700 dollar PC.

    I don't understand why the original poster bothered to post here, though...Funny thing is, most people who post in the Mac Gaming forum here actually play games on a PC at least some of the time.

    and by the way, the xbox isn't the best of ANY world. 640x480 interlaced? no thanks. If I want that, I'll just go play mario 3.
  20. biohazard6969 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    toronto canada
    what's better for gaming? AMD or intel? i'm pretty sure AMD doesn't have nearly as big a clock speed as intel but i'm not sure, whenever you hear about AMD its always AMD athlon 3500+ or something like that. i like the way intel does it. nice and simple pentium 4 3.2 ghz with ht technology or w/e

    with amd you never know how fast it is :mad:
  21. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    I'm trying hard not to be sarcastic or to drop on you from a great height, but all I can say is you should learn something about the subject before posting. Try googling for AMD vs Pentium benchmarks, or read some of the reviews on anandtech, tomshardware or arstechnica.

    Higher GHz != higher performance
  22. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Huh? How does a CPU "feel cheap"? Do you mean it just runs slow or what? I can see how a case might feel cheap, but assuming the CPU is operating correctly, I don't understand your comment for something you normally never see or touch.
  23. savar macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2003
    District of Columbia
    I don't see the point in PC gaming, but everything I hear says that either Alienware or a custom build is the way to go. Alienware has multiple product tiers -- one might fit your needs.
  24. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Clock speeds are NOT MEASUREMENTS OF SPEED. That Athlon 3500+ will have a lower clockspeed than a 3.5 GHz Pentium 4 but blow it away.

    Athlon 64's are the best gaming processor on the market right now.
  25. iPoster macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2005
    Off I40/I85, near the Cracker Barrel
    Yeah, hasn't anyone heard of the Megahertz Myth?


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