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Hello, I want to play games on my computer but unfortunately I cannot because I have a Laptop with specs that cannot handle gaming. For example The Witcher it cannot run The witcher or Tera games like that.

Is there a computer I can buy that can run these game or make my own? If I was going to make my own I would probably want to spend around either 600-700 US Dollars.
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What settings do you wish to play The Witcher on?
Post edited April 20, 2013 by FantasyNightmare
Well I would like to play it on High I would like to play all games on High on a computer.
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Pythro: Is there a computer I can buy that can run these game or make my own? If I was going to make my own I would probably want to spend around either 600-700 US Dollars.
At that price point it's going to be tough to get a gaming computer. Fiddling around on Cyberpower I got a pretty decent rig for about $800 with monitor, but that's outside your budget. Your best bet may be to go find a $500 special from Best Buy, get a cheapish (~$120) monitor and buy a $80 video card to add in. You'd be surprised how much gaming you can get done with a $80 video card.

Some things to consider:
don't fall for the lure of six or eight core processors. You don't need them. For gaming, you won't use more than four physical cores since parallelism is hard.
If you're using Intel CPU, use NVidia graphics cards. If you use AMD CPU, use AMD/ATI graphics cards. Yes, you can make them work the other way around, but why swim upstream?
You don't need an LCD monitor bigger than 19" but you really do want to get one that supports 1920x1080 resolution, otherwise why bother with a nice computer in the first place?
You don't need the fastest RAM out there, but you probably do need at least 6 GB of it. That shouldn't be a problem on most desktops.

EDIT: typos
Post edited April 21, 2013 by OneFiercePuppy
There's no reason you can't use an nVidia GPU with an AMD CPU, or an AMD GPU with an Intel CPU. The bigger problem is that very few good nVidia GPUs or Intel CPUs are going to be available within your budget.

If you can build your own (you need to be able to wield a screwdriver, not much more than that), you could do something like (these are current prices at Newegg):

CPU: AMD A8 5600K $110
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-D3H $85
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 2x4GB $58
GPU: XFX FX-777A-ZNF4 HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 $110 less a $20 MIR
Disk: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB $90
DVD: LG GH24NS95 $18
PSU: Corsair CX430 430W $45 less a $10 MIR
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic Black $30
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $100

That's everything that goes in the tower, for $646 less $30 in rebates. If you have a retail copy of Windows that you can transfer, you can save $100 of that. Something less than $200 more for monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse and you're good to go.
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cjrgreen: If you can build your own (you need to be able to wield a screwdriver, not much more than that), you could do something like (these are current prices at Newegg)
That's everything that goes in the tower, for $646 less $30 in rebates. If you have a retail copy of Windows that you can transfer, you can save $100 of that. Something less than $200 more for monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse and you're good to go.
Your advice is good (it usually is) but you're an enthusiast. A simple truth that has changed since my youth is that you will not save money building your own computer unless you buy used parts or build high-end. For what he wants and can spend he'll actually save money buying a display model at BB or Fry's or something, since the O/S will be subsidised and a lack of customization results in a favorable application of economies of scale ^_^

Yeah, i'd build my own rig, but I also budget a little more and usually have parts to recycle. I bet you do, too.
I will take both of your suggestions to mind. I do hear building your own is better, though buying one already built sounds good also, and Im sure it wont be hard to replace a Graphics card with a better like OneFiercePuppy says. As long as the computer can play to days video games really well and on high settings Im fine. I mean with desktops you can just upgrade as the years go buy and never have to buy another computer again right? The only thing is I saw what Windows 8 looks like and im not sure I like it..windows 7 (which is what I am on now) is much better.
Where it''s going to hurt your wallet the most is the price of the video card.

I'm running an AMD HD 6670 DDR3 2 Gig card which handles most of todays games but does not handle quite a few Console emulation games. So even though I'm playing games like like Battlefield 3 with most settings on high, my video card could be much better in instance of a few games out there.

However the AMD Radeon cards are budget video cards for those not able to afford nVidia which would cost three times the price I paid for my HD 6670.

The cost of the video card is even more brutal than what a good monitor will cost you because those usually come packaged in with factory-produced deals like Best Buy offers (assuming your in the USA).

One other thing to consider is that the OS you buy, you want to get the 64 bit version (something I just learned) because even with 8 Gigs of RAM you will only be able to use 3 gigs with a 32-bit op. In fact the extra gigage over 3 gigs can cause memory leaks in some games under a 32 bit OS.

The PC I have now cost me about $300 to $400 USD - I consider it pretty good for most games available today ("Ms. Splosion Man" is the only one that has been too much for my PC to run) but still crappy if you ever get into emulating old PS2, DreamCast and Cube games.

Of some note, the monitor I got for 'Mates Rates' so consider your budget to be a bit more if get what I got but I would suggest pushing towards a quad with an nVida graphics card if you can.

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 32-bit
CPU
Intel Pentium G850 @ 2.90GHz
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
RAM
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 354MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P8H61-M LX3 R2.0 (LGA1155)
Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor (1440x900@60Hz)
AMD Radeon HD 6670 (Sapphire/PCPartner)
Hard Drives
233GB Seagate ST3250820A ATA Device (SATA)
56GB Seagate ST360021A ATA Device (SATA)
Optical Drives
ATAPI iHAS120 6 ATA Device
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
Audio
AMD High Definition Audio Device
Post edited April 21, 2013 by carnival73
Oh, one last thing....my drives are carried over from the last computer I had. They are actually IDEs fed through SATA converters so I probably saved myself a hundred bucks there as well.
Also, don't let simplicity fool you.

This I could handle pretty well with most setting on medium to high

http://store.steampowered.com/app/20920/?snr=1_7_15__13

My computer shit itself trying to load the second level of this

http://store.steampowered.com/app/105420/

Reason being is that latter was ported from a console so it was intentionally coded to work with equipment exclusive to that console. In these instances you have to have the hardware to overcompensate for the poor optimization (hence problems with emulating dusty old console games).
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cjrgreen: There's no reason you can't use an nVidia GPU with an AMD CPU, or an AMD GPU with an Intel CPU. The bigger problem is that very few good nVidia GPUs or Intel CPUs are going to be available within your budget.

If you can build your own (you need to be able to wield a screwdriver, not much more than that), you could do something like (these are current prices at Newegg):

CPU: AMD A8 5600K $110
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-D3H $85
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 2x4GB $58
GPU: XFX FX-777A-ZNF4 HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 $110 less a $20 MIR
Disk: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB $90
DVD: LG GH24NS95 $18
PSU: Corsair CX430 430W $45 less a $10 MIR
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic Black $30
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $100

That's everything that goes in the tower, for $646 less $30 in rebates. If you have a retail copy of Windows that you can transfer, you can save $100 of that. Something less than $200 more for monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse and you're good to go.
So this type of build would be able to run most of To days games? Is Radeon a good GPU? I never really heard a lot about them. I hear a lot about nVidia but who doesn't.
The best bang for the buck is in the X850s for Radeons and X60s for Nvidias.
Specifically, in the 7000 radeon family, the 7850 is the actual best price/performance, even better than Nvidia 560Ti. Then would come the Nvidia 660ti for better performance.
Over those, you´d be starting to overpay.
If your main concern is gaming, I´d say you try to go for the Radeon 6850 before the 7770 or the Nvidia GTX460Ti.
If you would want to go super cheap for around 400 $

Go for:
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS FM2 (54.99 $ on newegg)
CPU: AMD A10-5800K (129.99 $ on newegg [built in Radeon HD 7660D])
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (57.99 $ on newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Case (40 bucks somewhere just can't recall where it's really new)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM (80 bucks on NCIX US if you just want storage)
PSU: Cooler master GX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (29.99 $ on newegg [you need a good PSU otherwise the PC will be crap])
Optical Drive: Just grab a cheap one, seriously you can find them in pretty much any store for like 15 bucks and you don't need anything else really.

Makes it around 400 $ really.

Seeing as that there either is 200 - 300 $ space now.

Grab a GPU if you really want to. Best would be a AMD/ATi one since they are budget, but also work really well.
Grab a cheap 19" monitor and a keyboard and mouse, speaker I dunno. Then you still go some money saved for a six pack and some hotpockets.
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cjrgreen: There's no reason you can't use an nVidia GPU with an AMD CPU, or an AMD GPU with an Intel CPU. The bigger problem is that very few good nVidia GPUs or Intel CPUs are going to be available within your budget.

If you can build your own (you need to be able to wield a screwdriver, not much more than that), you could do something like (these are current prices at Newegg):

CPU: AMD A8 5600K $110
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-D3H $85
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 2x4GB $58
GPU: XFX FX-777A-ZNF4 HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 $110 less a $20 MIR
Disk: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB $90
DVD: LG GH24NS95 $18
PSU: Corsair CX430 430W $45 less a $10 MIR
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic Black $30
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $100

That's everything that goes in the tower, for $646 less $30 in rebates. If you have a retail copy of Windows that you can transfer, you can save $100 of that. Something less than $200 more for monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse and you're good to go.
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Pythro: So this type of build would be able to run most of To days games? Is Radeon a good GPU? I never really heard a lot about them. I hear a lot about nVidia but who doesn't.
AMD ("Radeon") GPUs are good, and they own the low-cost end of the gaming GPU market. That will run anything out there now and for the next year or two. If you have some room in your budget, the 7850 that Lobo Blanco mentioned would be a nice step up from the 7770 I listed. I was trying to stay as close to $600 as I could.

("Future proofing" is a losing game; by the time there are games this setup will not run, there will be GPUs of very different architecture.)
Post edited April 21, 2013 by cjrgreen
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cjrgreen: There's no reason you can't use an nVidia GPU with an AMD CPU, or an AMD GPU with an Intel CPU. The bigger problem is that very few good nVidia GPUs or Intel CPUs are going to be available within your budget.

If you can build your own (you need to be able to wield a screwdriver, not much more than that), you could do something like (these are current prices at Newegg):

CPU: AMD A8 5600K $110
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-D3H $85
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 2x4GB $58
GPU: XFX FX-777A-ZNF4 HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 $110 less a $20 MIR
Disk: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB $90
DVD: LG GH24NS95 $18
PSU: Corsair CX430 430W $45 less a $10 MIR
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic Black $30
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $100

That's everything that goes in the tower, for $646 less $30 in rebates. If you have a retail copy of Windows that you can transfer, you can save $100 of that. Something less than $200 more for monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse and you're good to go.
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Pythro: So this type of build would be able to run most of To days games? Is Radeon a good GPU? I never really heard a lot about them. I hear a lot about nVidia but who doesn't.
Today Radeon GPUs are as good as Nvidia´s.
Everybody who says anything else doesn´t know anything about GPUs or is a fanboy. (I´m using a Geforce-card, but this doesn´t matter at all, couse sitution in Laptop-Market is very different!)

Everything you should know about Radeon number shemata:
7xxx is the current series.
If xxx is higher, the GPU is faster ;)
With a 7770 you should be even able to play Witcher II on high (both SSAO and SSAA deactivated), but not on Ultra. With a HD 7870 you´d be able to play it on very high (SSAA deactivated) and with a HD 7970 you could play it on Ultra.
Nearly aequivalent Geforces would be GTX 650, GTX 660, GTX 680.
Anything else to say?