Buying a Gaming PC? Read this First

If you want the latest games to run well on your rig, you’ll probably need to upgrade your PC every few years. Usually this just means getting a new graphics card, but that can mean upgrading your power supply, and you might want some more […]
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Electronic Theatre ImageIf you want the latest games to run well on your rig, you’ll probably need to upgrade your PC every few years. Usually this just means getting a new graphics card, but that can mean upgrading your power supply, and you might want some more RAM with that, not to mention expanding your hard drive space… In other words, there comes a point where it’s easier (and even cheaper) to just buy a whole new PC.

Below we taking a look at a couple of the latest gaming PCs from Ebuyer – how do they measure up to theElectronic Theatre Image demands of today’s titles?

Cyberpower Dual Attack Elite Gaming PC

*CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz*
*RAM: 8GB*
*HDD: 1TB*
*DVD writer*
*Graphics card: NVIDIA GT 610*
*OS: Windows 8 64-bit*

At £399.99, this is the cheapest of Ebuyer’s gaming PC offerings and comes in a heavy-duty black case with a neat little plastic window so you can have a glance at the innards whenever you feel the need. Also, pretty blue lights. The 1TB hard drive is a little on the slim side by today’s standards, but still enough for a decent number of games with room to spare.

The GT 610 is an entry-level card, more commonly seen in laptops than gaming rigs, which doesn’t benefit from NVIDIA’s 28nm Kepler architecture (in fact, it’s essentially a rebadged GT 520). The i3-3220 is similarly basic, but still a quality CPU that’ll handle browsing in Windows 8 just fine. It *is* possible to get recent titles running reasonably well on this setup, as long as you’re prepared to trim down the detail levels quite a bit.

As a gaming machine, it won’t rock any worlds, but that’s to be expected at this price point. We suspect you’re meant to order this PC along with a beefier graphics card and do a quick swapsie when they arrive – if you’ve already got one going spare, this package offers great value for money.

Chillblast Fusion GTX2000 Gaming PC

*CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 4GHz*
*RAM: 8GB*
*HDD: 1TB*
*Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 650Ti*
*OS: Windows 8 64-bit*

At the pricier end of the spectrum at £769.98, this is a much more serious rig designed to handle the latest titles right out of the box. It comes equipped with eight USB ports (two of which are the super-fast USB 3.0) and 8GB of RAM that’s Electronic Theatre Imageexpandable to 32GB. A Cherry corded mouse and keyboard are also included in the package.

As far as graphics go, the GTX 650Ti is an extremely capable card – it may not be top-of-the-line, but it’ll more than handle the likes of your Assassin’s Creed III’s and Witcher 2: Assassins of King’s on high settings. Meanwhile, the i5-3570L has a considerable integrated graphics boost compared with previous chips, and is designed to cope with whatever the next few years will bring.

If you can afford the price tag, this gaming machine has a lot going for it – and the two-year warranty and lifetime phone support offered by Chillblast is a nice sweetener. We’d like to have seen a larger HDD for this price, but extra disk space is cheap if you need it.

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About the Author: Gavin Johnson is a technology enthusiast and writer. He covers all Technology topics including components, computing and gaming.

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