I used to know things about them, but my knowledge is over a decade old. I'm seeking the wisdom of T-Nation geeks.
Let's say I want to spend around $700. Can I get a quality rig that will run modern games at a decent FPS, high-ish settings AND be a serviceable home PC?
Would I be getting anything beyond marketing hype if I were to drop the extra money on something like an Alienware compared to something of comparable specs from a site like ibuypower?
For a casual gamer, is there anything of notable value that I would be getting if I was spending closer to $1000?
The budget is strictly for the PC. I already have a decent monitor and other peripherals.
Any other suggestions are, of course, very welcome.
Help guide me to a good choice!