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HELP! I want to buy a PC. But I dont know where to start

by shaz_ff / November 16, 2006 4:45 AM PST

Hi I really want to get into some pc game like half-life etc, but I have never really had a computer that could handle that kind of game.

can any one recommed a PC. something that costs sub

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A thought
by Bob__B / November 16, 2006 5:53 AM PST

Visit your local mom+pop pc shop.

Explain what you want to do.

Explain the parts you do not need.

See what they have to say.


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You could get an Xbox
by jackson dougless / November 16, 2006 6:24 AM PST

Or another game console... Much easier to figure out what you need in situations like that. You buy the console, and all the software (games) are written for that console's hardware.

Not sure about the original Half-Life, which I think was a PS2 only release, but Half-Life 2 was released for the Xbox.

That's really about all you're going to find for under 500 quid anyway. As already stated, gaming requires power, and power costs money. So if that's your budget, a console or two would be a better investment. You could probably get a PS2 and Xbox for around 300 quid, which leaves around 200 quid for games in your budget. If you go to a place that sells used games and consoles, you could probably make your money go a bit further. Not that you need to spend the entire budget, since anything left over could be put away for to get a gaming PC when you've got a bigger budget.

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Big question
by Hagrun / November 17, 2006 5:21 AM PST

That is a HUGE question you asked. The best thing to do is call a computer shop, give them your budget, ask them what to get, and go from there.

A good resource for computer stuff is
They built a gaming computer (really fast one) for $700 (US). I'm not sure what that equals in your money though.

Good luck!


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