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Old 07-15-2015, 04:12 PM   #1
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Hello, I need some help choosing a gaming PC. I know almost nothing about computers these days, but need one for my son. He's still pretty young and only needs it for a couple games so I'm looking for something cheap. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Here is the list of games and their recommended system requirements, I'd like these games to be able to be played at max settings, or at least the recommended.


Lego Worlds

RECOMMENDED:
OS: Windows 7
Processor: AMD or Intel Quad Core running at 2.6GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 or ATI Radeon HD 5850 or better
DirectX: Version 11
Additional Notes: Windows XP and DirectX® 9.0b and below not supported


Minecraft

Recommended Requirements:
CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II (K10) 2.8 GHz
RAM: 4GB
GPU: GeForce 2xx Series or AMD Radeon HD 5xxx Series (Excluding Integrated Chipsets) with OpenGL 3.3
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Operating System - Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 64-bit with latest service pack
Processor - Intel® Core™ i5 2400, AMD FX™ 4100, or better
Video - NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 470, ATI Radeon™ HD 5870, or better
Memory - 4 GB RAM
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Old 07-15-2015, 06:48 PM   #2
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Mind if I ask your budget? We can give you more options in selecting the right PC for your son and whether you should build or not. I'm going to assume it's $400-600 considering the games on the list, and that you would prefer to not build.

I would look into the Alienware alpha. It's a console sized PC that is actually pretty powerful for it's price, they can be used as regular PCs with keyboard and mouse, and is often a better deal than many comparably priced pre-built PCs. Yes, you can still get part by part cheaper by building, and the graphics processor can't be upgraded, but since they are being replaced by the newer steam machine models, they are becoming cheaper to get.

Currently the base model is $419.99 (dual core, 500GB, 4GB RAM) on amazon, although they're quad core model is coming at $599.99 (quad core, 1 TB, 8GB ram) as of this post. They come with an Xbox 360 controller instead of a Keyboard and Mouse, although KB&M should be cheap to get.

Alienware: Dual Core

http://www.amazon.com/Alienware-ASM1...6VCGYQ6272ZKBG

Alienware Quad Core

http://www.amazon.com/Alienware-ASM1...6VCGYQ6272ZKBG

Logitech KB&M combo

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Deskt...ZJ4VT2D00WXWKW

If you still want an upgrade path in the future, I would eye on the syber vapor. It has decent parts out of the box, but you can upgrade the graphics card and power supply (keep in mind though, the power supply isn't as powerful as those used in conventional gaming builds).

Example model

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883229608

(Open Box version due to notably lower price)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...B&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:29 PM   #3
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I don't really want to go over 400. I also don't need a monitor as I'm going to be connecting to my receiver and plasma TV
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:46 AM   #4
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I don't really want to go over 400. I also don't need a monitor as I'm going to be connecting to my receiver and plasma TV
For under $400, I would recommend building then. Pre-built PCs under that are usually used or are underpowered even for older games, and it doesn't help that the OS usually hikes the price up on most pre-built PCs.

AMD's APUs are generally a good option (although still not as good as dedicated graphics cards. I would recommend checking out PCpartpicker to select the parts that you'd need

http://pcpartpicker.com/

Tigerdirect is also a good option for barebones (parts sold together, some as a complete set without windows at a discounted price).

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...c.asp?CatId=31

Examples

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...6&Sku=B99-0088

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...95&CatId=11838

If you're intimidated by building, there is plenty of documentation and guides available that can help build for you. Some people on the furom can help here. I'll leave a guide up though in case you'd rather not google.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/27...guide-building

I'm not sure if it's the answer you're looking for, but I hope it helps!
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Thank you very much. I'll dig into tomorrow.
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Old 11-21-2017, 04:41 AM   #6
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Great help!
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Old 11-21-2017, 05:14 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Trogdor2010 View Post
For under $400, I would recommend building then. Pre-built PCs under that are usually used or are underpowered even for older games, and it doesn't help that the OS usually hikes the price up on most pre-built PCs.

AMD's APUs are generally a good option (although still not as good as dedicated graphics cards. I would recommend checking out PCpartpicker to select the parts that you'd need

https://pcpartpicker.com/

Tigerdirect is also a good option for barebones (parts sold together, some as a complete set without windows at a discounted price).

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...c.asp?CatId=31

Examples

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...6&Sku=B99-0088

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...95&CatId=11838

If you're intimidated by building, there is plenty of documentation and guides available that can help build for you. Some people on the furom can help here. I'll leave a guide up though in case you'd rather not google.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/27...guide-building

I'm not sure if it's the answer you're looking for, but I hope it helps!
It's going to be very hard to build one at that price range considering that RAM prices have inflated. When one sets a budget, they have to be open to going over it.
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Old 11-21-2017, 05:19 PM   #8
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I don't really want to go over 400. I also don't need a monitor as I'm going to be connecting to my receiver and plasma TV
Home Tv's are horrible for PC's due to their terrible response times.

Here's a example to what I'm talking about:

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Old 11-24-2017, 10:26 PM   #9
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I game on my TV all the time and for things like Minecraft and WoW, I can't imagine it being that huge an issue.
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Old 11-24-2017, 11:06 PM   #10
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It's not as much of an issue for those types of games as it is for strategy and shooters.
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:04 PM   #11
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Actually, it depends on the games that you like to play. As for me, I had to buy some nice pc to play https://apexstat.net/ without slowdown. But I'm pretty sure that there are a lot of games that require even better pc. But if you like to play some simple games from the past, than you don't need to waste a lot of money for some really powerful pc.
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Isn't it easier to assemble the system yourself for this money?
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