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Looking To Buy A Gaming Desktop

by EdwardChamberlin / February 19, 2013 4:48 AM PST

Hello, first time posting on CNET here. Now I'm aware first-off, before I ask my question, that I'm going to get a lot of people telling me that I should build my own PC to get a much better value for my money, but I fully and truly want to get my PC already made from one company, so I can send the entire thing in if it needs fixing, etc.

This all being said, I'm wondering what company these days makes the best gaming PCs for the $2000-$3000 price range? I've thought long and hard about getting a Maingear F131, because that is what CNET recommends for exactly that pricing range. What do you guys think? Aren't Falcon Northwest's more in the $5,000+ range for their top-of-the-line machines?

Here is what I'm looking for. I'm looking for the best computer that can run games on ONE SCREEN (I don't plan to be gaming on more than one screen ever). That being said, I do plan to get a 27" high-resolution monitor, so I'd like something capable of playing games like Battlefield 3, Far Cry 3, Crysis 2, Metro 2033, and any future games for the next several years at the max settings on a 27" screen. I'm aware this is going to cost me in the neighborhood of $2-3K, and I'm willing to shell that out.

Hopefully this makes sense. There are just several gaming boutique companies that look like they could deliver something good, but I'm wondering what the best company is. At the moment, if I don't get a better answer, I'm probably going to settle with the Maingear F131. Seems like a great computer to me (albeit even more expensive than the $3,000 mentioned in CNET's review, since I went on Maingear's site, and it seems to be pretty tough to configure a machine to the specs that they are listed on this site as for just $3,000 even).

Thanks in advance for your help!

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