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post #1 of 16
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I'm trying to buy a gaming desktop for like $600 (already have monitor and accessories) or a laptop for slightly more. I lost my master list of computer retail sites, I was wondering if anyone can recommend a site they have good experience with?

the cheaper the better. CHEAPPPPPP
post #2 of 16
It's probably easier just to go to Fry's Electronics or whatever the NYC equivalent is, honestly.
post #3 of 16
Check out the latest and greatest discount/coupon/rebate stacking opportunity on FatWallet. These guys monitor the market pretty well and often come up with incredible deals
post #4 of 16
#1. Build your own... reusing as many parts as possible. For gaming, the main things are CPU, MBoard, RAM, and Video Card. (probably resulting in need of better powersupply). You can keep everything else. On a $600 budget, you can buy those 4-5 things and still have a heck of a computer. #2. You can't buy a good prebuilt GAMING computer for $600. #3. Only shot at bypassing #2 is in 12 days, you have the black friday sales...
post #5 of 16
To expand on the above post, here are some sites that put in front of you a good deal of the Black Friday Sales, it shows the ads posted by different stores. www.blackfriday.info www.theblackfriday.com www.bfads.net
post #6 of 16
My friend had a pretty good experience buying a decent gaming system from Craigslist. He was able to go and check it out in person and make sure everything worked. He was also able to negotiate a short 30 day "warranty" period with the seller in case anything went wrong. It turned out to be a pretty good system and has worked fine ever since he bought it. I think he payed around $500 for it - it was lightly used but most of the components were fairly new.
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My friend had a pretty good experience buying a decent gaming system from Craigslist. He was able to go and check it out in person and make sure everything worked. He was also able to negotiate a short 30 day "warranty" period with the seller in case anything went wrong. It turned out to be a pretty good system and has worked fine ever since he bought it. I think he payed around $500 for it - it was lightly used but most of the components were fairly new.

I'd probably only buy a used computer if I could go check it out, or from a factory reconditioned place. There are just too many variables with PCs for me to buy them used with much comfort.
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
I don't need an incredible computer; I am not that into computer gaming. However I would like to run most of today's games on moderate settings without frustration.

I've found what look like decent options in the $500-600 range, but would like to broaden my options.

Finally, building one is a fun project but I do not have the time at the moment. What would NYC's equivalent of fry's be anyway?
post #9 of 16
Given how quickly computers depreciate and become antiquated, the last couple of pc items i've purchased I just bought reconditioned from HP.com. They have a refurbished section on their site. Prices are good and you get a warranty. I'm sure there are cheaper sites (tiger Direct for one) but I don't want to spend the time going through a million websites to try and save $100-200 and I like having a warranty from the manufacturer, not a third party.
post #10 of 16
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Check out the latest and greatest discount/coupon/rebate stacking opportunity on FatWallet. These guys monitor the market pretty well and often come up with incredible deals
+1. Or SlickDeals. If you're not rebate-phobic, you will be able to snag a hell of a deal over the holidays. Just be patient. Building your own is really the best way though. It may stretch your budget but it'll be markedly more enjoyable once you're done with it. With the release of the 8800GT you can piece a damn good system together for around $800 that will pretty much run every upcoming game a great speeds. With $650 you could be looking at slightly lower speeds and res but it will still be pretty good.
post #11 of 16
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Given how quickly computers depreciate and become antiquated,

Well if you listen to the mac people, this isn't a concern.

(of course, they're delusional)
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by GQgeek View Post
Well if you listen to the mac people, this isn't a concern. (of course, they're delusional)
This usually happens when you buy over-priced things.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by kakemono View Post
#1. Build your own... reusing as many parts as possible. For gaming, the main things are CPU, MBoard, RAM, and Video Card. (probably resulting in need of better powersupply). You can keep everything else. On a $600 budget, you can buy those 4-5 things and still have a heck of a computer.

+1 to the above. I got fed up with Dell and their proprietary mobos. That's how they get your money ... they force you to buy a whole new computer if you want to upgrade. If you build it yourself you free yourself from their tyranny.
BECAUSE THIS IS SPARTAaAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!

(okay, a little overdramatic but you get the point).
post #14 of 16
hit up www.techbargains.com they have great stuff there.
post #15 of 16
I suggest the below site www.techbargains.com they have great stuff there.
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