Prebuilt, eh? That's not our specialty, but as I see it you have a couple options:Option 2
Go to any major computer manufacturer (HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc.) and find a basic computer that's under $800, ideally around $600 - $650. For this example:
- There's a HP Envy 700-215xt on sale for $650 (free shipping) if you use the promo code 50PDS599. NOTE: it comes with Win 7 by default, but you should be able to upgrade to Win 8 for at no extra cost if you'd prefer that OS.
- Then buy a GPU separately and insert it into the computer (it's pretty straight forward and maybe your "keeper" boyfriend could help out, if necessary).
- Again, the AMD r7 260X would be a good choice, or you could go with nVidia's 750 GTX
Hope this helps.
I looked at option 1 and it gets pricy. I mean, I don't think anyone sells a budget PC.
Now, with option 2, you can probably get down to best buy, staples, etc, and check out a computer. The latest greatest news is the Nvidia's new GTX 750 ti
video card can run on most OEM PCs without needing a big power supply. That could give you the oomph you want in a reasonable budget without the hassle of building a PC.
Check out the article:http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-C ... Gaming-PCs
EDIT: I think that shopping at a brick and mortar store to find a pre-built PC and buying a Nvidia GTX 750 Ti graphics card for ~$150 is a good route for you. You can probably get a PC with Intel i3 processor, 4-8GB RAM, a big 1TB harddrive, Windows pre-installed for under $500. Add the GTX 750 ti and you come in under $800. You can buy microsoft office or games with the extra money.
What do you guys say?