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So, I'm making some small upgrades to my Gateway PC (Specs below) and I wanted to get a few games that would give me a good idea of what all the fuss is about with PC gaming. I'm an avid console gamer and I've never saw much value in PC gaming, so I hoping to broaden my horizons for lack of a better phrase.

I really like RPGs and The Witcher 2 looks decent. I might even try Skyrim, but I'm not a big Bethesda fan. I'm really looking for games that aren't available on consoles. Any suggestions would be great.

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Specifications

Specs: Details: Description:
Warranty Terms - Parts 1 year limited  
Warranty Terms - Labor 1 year limited  
Height 14.9 inches  
Width 7.1 inches  
Depth 15.8 inches  
Weight 23.0 pounds  
Processor Brand Intel®  
Processor Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i5 (Also known as the CPU). The part of the computer that interprets and executes instructions. Think of it as the brain of the computer.
Processor Speed 3.0GHz (3.3GHz with Turbo Boost) How fast a computer processor carries out instructions. In general, faster is better, but processor speeds across brands may not be equivalent (i.e., a 3.0GHz AMD processor may not be the same speed as a 3.0GHz Intel processor).
Cache Memory 6MB A small segment of memory that stores frequently used information for fast access by the processor, improving response time.
System Memory (RAM) 8GB The memory a computer uses to run its operating system, applications and active data files. Greater amounts of RAM improve speed and enable more applications to run at once.
System Memory (RAM) Expandable To 16GB Maximum amount of memory a computer can support (as opposed to the amount that comes preinstalled).
Type of Memory (RAM) DDR3  
Hard Drive Type SATA (7200 rpm) Hard drives are classified based on the interface they use to connect to a computer. Common interfaces for internal hard drives include EIDE, PATA (also known as, ATA and IDE), SATA and SCSI. Common interfaces for external hard drives include USB 2.0, FireWire and eSATA.
Hard Drive Size 1TB Capacity for storing programs, photos, video, music and other electronic information. Hard drive capacities range from a few gigabytes to several hundred.
Graphics Intel® HD Type of graphics (video) adapter (usually built into the motherboard), identified by manufacturer and model.
Video Memory Shared Manages display functions, including screen refresh rates, resolution and color. The more video memory a computer has, the better graphics and video will look.
Audio High-definition with 5.1-channel surround sound support  
Speakers None  
Network Card Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector) Allows a computer to connect to a network either by using cables (Ethernet) or wireless technology (IEEE 802.11).
Wireless Networking Built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN  
Recordable DVD Drive Yes, double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive that can read CDs and DVDs, as well as write and rewrite CDs and various types of DVDs.
Recordable DVD Drive Speeds 8x DVD+R DL; 8x DVD-R DL; 16x8x16 DVD+RW; 16x6x16 DVD-RW; 5x DVD-RAM; 48x32x40 CD-RW Maximum write (DVD±R), rewrite (DVD±RW) and read (DVD-ROM) speeds of the DVD±RW drive.
Direct-Disc Labeling No  
Digital Media Reader or Slots Yes, digital media card reader  
Available Expansion Slots 1 PCI Express x16, 2 PCI Express x1 For digital cameras and digital audio players: Slots that allow the addition of a removable memory card, such as Secure Digital or CompactFlash, to increase storage capacity.

For computers: Slots on the motherboard that accept sound cards, video cards, memory and other upgrade cards.

USB 2.0 Ports 2 USB 3.0 (rear); 6 USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 rear) Ports that allow high-speed (up to 480 Mbps) data transfer between compatible devices.
Keyboard Description Multimedia Indicates design, functionality or connection features. Some keyboards offer special buttons for gaming or multimedia use, while other keyboards include features such as illumination or wireless connectivity.
Other Control Devices (mouse, etc.) Optical mouse  
Operating System Platform Windows  
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium The master software that controls hardware functions and provides a platform on top of which any software applications will run. Commonly used systems include Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X for computers and Palm OS and Microsoft Windows Mobile for PDAs.
System Version 64-bit The terms "32-bit" and "64-bit" refer to the way a computer's processor (CPU) handles information. A 64-bit operating system handles large amounts of system memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.

Most software programs designed for a 32-bit operating system will work on the 64-bit version, with the exception of many antivirus programs. However, if a program is designed for a 64-bit operating system, it is not backwards-compatible with a 32-bit version.

Device drivers designed for a 32-bit system will not work on computers running a 64-bit operating system. Similarly, drivers designed for a 64-bit system will not work with a 32-bit version.
Software Included CyberLink PowerDVD; Nero 10 Essentials; Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader and more  
ENERGY STAR Qualified No  
Best Buy PC App No  
HDMI Output Yes  
Blu-ray Player No  
Graphics Chip Intel  
Drive Capacity 1TB  

New additions:

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply - Link

Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHZ 1 GB DDR5 - Link



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Neverwinter Nights, Neverwinter Nights 2 (Especially Mask of the Betrayer if Story is what you want), Starcraft 2 if you like strategy games.

They're like KoToR only a lot deeper (and use same engine :P), Dragon Age (except if I remember the dragon age controls are aweful on console).



Gothic II, Arx Fatalis (both of these games are pretty old though)



You'll be able to play anything. lol

 

Assuming you are okay with medium graphics on new new releases. 

 

edit: I highly recommend Witcher 2, it is a very hard game for some people, combat can take you awhile to get use to.



 

 

Well here was the winners for the Top 10 games of the generation. DOTA 2 might also be a great game to pick up. If you need a beta key ill give you one.

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=153187&page=1



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Maver said:

You'll be able to play anything. lol

 

Assuming you are okay with medium graphics on new new releases. 

Haha, these specs will be enough for high settings at least.

With:

8GB DDR2(!) RAM

Core 2 Duo E8500 @4GHz

Radeon HD 4850 1GB Ram

 

I am able to play Guild Wars 2 at high settings with the improved textures at 40-50 fps. His rig will be sufficent for high-very high settings^^



ha, these specs will be enough for high settings at least.

With:

8GB DDR2(!) RAM

Core 2 Duo E8500 @4GHz

Radeon HD 4850 1GB Ram

 

I am able to play Guild Wars 2 at high settings with the improved textures at 40-50 fps. His rig will be sufficent for high-very high settings^^


Guildwars 2 is not that visually impressive. Coming from someone who still plays it.



 

 

Maver said:

ha, these specs will be enough for high settings at least.

With:

8GB DDR2(!) RAM

Core 2 Duo E8500 @4GHz

Radeon HD 4850 1GB Ram

 

I am able to play Guild Wars 2 at high settings with the improved textures at 40-50 fps. His rig will be sufficent for high-very high settings^^


Guildwars 2 is not that visually impressive. Coming from someone who still plays it.

But it is a demanding game for your PC. 



But it is a demanding game for your PC. 

 

 


Guildwars 2 is only demanding on the CPU



 

 

Dota 2, Starcraft II for some very PC-only experiences
The Witcher 2 is amazing
I would also suggest Deus Ex: Human Revolution if you have not played that already
Half-Life 2 + the Episodes are must-plays