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What is the best gaming computers, laptops and desktops? Also the best deal for a gaming computer? thanks for the help

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There's no such thing as "the best" for anything in technology, you may have the best for a day but tomorrow something better comes out. However, hardware that can run basically any game on Ultra starts at these "minimums":

Some AMD triple-cores or quad-cores, or Intel i5's
4GB DDR3 (4GB is enough for anything, no point in buying 12GB unless you're some professional computer software maker or something)
320GB+ Hard Drive, 7200RPM (you COULD use SSD's, but they're too expensive to be worth buying today)
Some Nvidia GTS 200 series, and I believe AMD 5500+ (not sure about AMD cards)

For graphics cards, generally the $150-$200 price range can play anything on Ultra.

For laptop's, I wouldn't spend any extra money on one to play games unless you travel a LOT. I would spend more on a desktop and get a relatively cheap laptop for use for documents or HD video or other less-intensive things.

If you have money and don't want to build a computer, Alienware's are close to as good as you'll get. ASUS and some other companies have some pre-built PC's but they're all basically the same. If you don't have a lot of money and wouldn't mind building a PC, then build a PC, it's cheaper, better, and gives you complete control over everything instead of Dell or whoever else locking up half the hardware. This is a really great guide for building a PC.

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look at: dinopc.com and http://pcspecialist.co.uk

these sites let you build your own custom builds and are sent straight to your door. Also I find that this is a cheaper option that building your own: they can bulk buy to save money - we cannot. Of the two I would recommend DinoPC due to it being significantly cheaper and easier to use.

I hope this helps,

Jonthan Marks

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That isn't necessarily true... Many many websites offer combo savings, where you can easily save tons of money if you buy the whole thing at once, and Newegg has crazy discounts every now-and-again. And a lot of those still use first-gen Intel i cores. Sure those sites look a whole lot better than Dell and HP, but it's hard to beat putting it together yourself.

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Of course, Newegg is a steal and I'm praying for it to arrive in England and I'm sure if you mix-and-match a PC plus components from Newegg you'll have yourself a lovely system.

Building a PC for the first time can be daunting so I think DinoPC helps make the process look more simple and easier to manage. I provides a no-hassle guaranteed service: if it does work you know who to call. It stacks components in order of specifications going from the 'worst' through to the 'best'; now especially with graphics cards, without this a 'noob' would have no idea where to start.

Jonathan Marks

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Well that's what that guide I put earlier up has, it starts with basic ~$300 computers and goes up to $1660 for high-end systems. Although generally, for graphics cards especially, the $150-$200 price range is all the average person will need, getting a $700 GTX 590 is just insane...

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I'm looking into the ATI Radeon HD 6770. Looks pretty sweet but I can't find in-depth reviews about.

Jonathan Marks

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What's "best" is subjective for each person. A "gamer" who just plays solitaire would be best to stick to the low-end pcs while someone who wants to run something like Crysis 2 across 2-3 monitors using Dx11 and all the trimmings would probably want something with a boss video card and a liquid cooling setup that will undoubtedly break the bank.

Me, I can get the best out of every game I play with an nvidia 280 card. Probably won't need to upgrade to anything for a while since most developers are still making games that are just Dx9 compatible.