I'm still mad I missed this during the year I lived in Sydney.
I've been playing WoW since Vanillia but unfortunately I've never had a decent gaming Computer, I play WoW on low graphics and can barely move in 25 man raids or battlegrounds, I've been saving for a new machine but I am still on a tight budget (two kids and all) is it cheaper to build my own machine or buy one? And how much am I looking at to make the game more shiny?
As someone who just went through a self-built upgrade: buy one. Unless you really know what you're doing, it's hard these days to beat the price of a prefab computer, and of course there's the time you'll spend actually building the thing versus being able to plug it in and go. Furthermore, if your computer is as old as it seems to be, you may run into compatibility issues--for example I found out the hard way that my old optical drive was IDE only, and motherboards these days only really support SATA cables. End result: an unexpected optical drive upgrade in addition to the other stuff I knew I needed. (Fortunately optical drives are not expensive.) Anyway, point is, prefab will save you money, time, and headaches. And it's totally possible to get a functional gaming rig for $500-$750.
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