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Build or buy
03-03-2014, 11:01 AM,
Build or buy
Greetings. I am looking for a computer that will allow me to play Nascar Racing 2003, Iracing, and have enough storage for all 4 of my kids sports pics and videos. I may also use the computer for Netflix and Hulu streaming. I have a 32" HDTV sitting around doing nothing so I may be able to use that as a monitor. I'd like to have the OS as well as wifi capability(my modem is in such a place that I would have to run a 25 foot cable to the computer) included and am looking to spend no more than $500. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Thank you for your help!
03-04-2014, 02:24 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-04-2014, 02:25 PM by Rapajez.)
RE: Build or buy
Hi Scott!

You'll almost always get more bang for your buck by building yourself.

Not familiar with those games, but they sound fairly old, so you should be able to drive your 1920x1080 TV with a Tier 0.5.

That's the closest you'll get to your budget with the OS and shipping. It makes use of graphics that are built into the processor, vs a separate, dedicated graphics card. That setup will struggle with new releases, while a Tier 0.75 will let you play some newer games with the setting lowered down. The Tier 0.75 DOES have a dedicated graphics card, and wouldn't be much above your budget. I'd go for that if you can squeeze it.

You can upgrade from a 500GB hard drive, to a 1TB drive for only $8 right now, so that's a no brainier. It obviously varies by quality, but on average, 1TB should fit 320,000 photos, 1000 hours of digital video (250 hours of HD video).
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