Gaming laptop recommendations

I should mention the chip i got was 1 step down because they screwed up, but they did refund me the difference instantly after offering to have me ship it back at cost to them to have them upgrade the chip to what I paid upon which they were gonna ship it back to me on them.  Talk about going the extra mile.  But I decided to just take the refund difference and save the time, money and bs all of it would have taken to just bump processing a touch. 

Maingear makes an amazing desktop. There laptops are top of the line as well. I would buy one without question but don't game on my laptop. Cannot beat an alienware case though. Phone Post

By way of comparison, if I wanted a killer desktop, and knew nothing about putting one together, where should I go and what should I expect to pay?

"Maingear makes an amazing desktop. There laptops are top of the line as well. I would buy one without question but don't game on my laptop. Cannot beat an alienware case though."


I have a maingear desktop. It looks great and so far has been an excellent computer. I do feel their customer service was lacking but nothing terrible.

My friend got a refurb Lenovo (1 year warranty) with an i7, 8gb ram, 24gb SSD and 1tb regular HDD, and Nvidia 750m gpu for around $800. I would think that would play most current games at good settings. There was another config with instead of the 750m, two 650m cards.

After all was said and done, I relented and went with a desktop. I guess I can get a couple more years out of my old laptop for work. This is what I am having built:  

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Misterdanger/saved/270z

 

Just under a grand but supposed to be fairly powerful... I of course understand only about half of it. 

 

Thoughts? I also need recommendations on a couple of games to try out, something that will really let me see what this thing can do...

 

Can't comment on build, I only know Intel and Nvidia.

To see what it can do, Crysis 3 of course. Or Crysis 1 for that matter. Metro Last Light. Modded Skyrim.

This screenshot thread on GAF is always good to get ideas for what games to try to push your PC. http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=506297&page=267

I would choose a different processor for gaming. The Phenom II X4 is better for gaming in the same price range maybe a little cheaper. Or you could spend a little more and get the FX-6300.

Check out this link for more info.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106.html

Unfortunately, it's too late. Part is ordered and installed. You think it's going to be a big difference?

I'm not much into FPS type games... but I never did play Skyrim so I guess I could try it on PC. I'm going to get Dark Souls 2 in March, that's my 1st love... any other good games to push the limits?

CharlesLewis - 


Unfortunately, it's too late. Part is ordered and installed. You think it's going to be a big difference?


If you overclock it, it shouldn't make too big of a difference.

I know what that means but not how to do it...

CharlesLewis - 


I know what that means but not how to do it...



http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421233,00.asp

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