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    • viccig
    • By viccig 6th Oct 18, 1:46 PM
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    Build or buy a gaming desktop for less than 600
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    • 6th Oct 18, 1:46 PM
    Build or buy a gaming desktop for less than 600 6th Oct 18 at 1:46 PM
    Hey.
    My son had asked for a gaming pc for his birthday/Christmas and because I am a novice was hoping for a bit of advice.
    I know building a pc will be the cheaper option but really the convenience of a ready to go system would be preferable.
    I am hoping for an i5 processor and at least 8gb ram/4gb graphics.
    Is this doable do you think? Are there any particular sellers you would recommend? Preferably I would like the system to be upgradable so he can tweak it as his knowledege/ gaming needs increase.
    Any help would be very much appreciated.

    Vicci
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    • *j*
    • By *j* 6th Oct 18, 2:02 PM
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    Best value will be a used pc. Have a look on ebay for a Dell Optiplex Mini Tower 3020, 7020 or 9020 with an i5 or i7 processor. The only downside might be a few scratches on the case.

    Your son will need to personalise it by choosing his own monitor , keyboard and maybe a cable or two.

    Way cheaper than a new one and none of the hassles of a home-built one.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 6th Oct 18, 2:27 PM
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    • 6th Oct 18, 2:27 PM
    Hey.
    My son had asked for a gaming pc for his birthday/Christmas and because I am a novice was hoping for a bit of advice.
    I know building a pc will be the cheaper option but really the convenience of a ready to go system would be preferable.
    I am hoping for an i5 processor and at least 8gb ram/4gb graphics.
    Is this doable do you think? Are there any particular sellers you would recommend? Preferably I would like the system to be upgradable so he can tweak it as his knowledege/ gaming needs increase.
    Any help would be very much appreciated.

    Vicci
    Originally posted by viccig
    If you have some parts to re-use then yes it can be cheaper, but if you need a complete system then an off the shelf box can be a fair bit cheaper.

    Depends if you have a specific spec that you require.
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    • mark88man
    • By mark88man 6th Oct 18, 2:33 PM
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    • 6th Oct 18, 2:33 PM
    I've also been looking for my DS birthday - albeit at a higher price as he is a serious gamer and is putting some savings behind. you can look at hotukdeals - you get a range of offers and then a load of quite fierce people telling you whats better (which is good). You will also get a load of people telling you that its dumb not to build you own, but at 600 you are likley to be saving 10% if you start from scratch.

    2nd hand isnt a bad deal - although I would look for a good spec on a slightly older machine. It really depends what type of gamer he wants to be - the top end games will need more than a 600 machine

    plenty of comparisons as well - I would do some googling and maybe you will hit a lucky deal - microsoft store has some offers - you can get 10% off dell pretty easily. the XPS range are easy to expand and you can tweak to your hearts content
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    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 6th Oct 18, 4:16 PM
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    • 6th Oct 18, 4:16 PM
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    • 6th Oct 18, 4:16 PM
    it is likely to be 650 if you need i5.
    alternatively ryzen 5 1600 will be about 600.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor (134.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AX370M-DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (51.94 @ CCL Computers)
    Memory: Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (73.06 @ More Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (35.76 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card (147.59 @ Novatech)
    Case: RIOTORO - CR480 ATX Mid Tower Case (32.30 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: be quiet! - Pure Power 10 400W 80+ Silver Certified ATX Power Supply (42.97 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit (82.97 @ Laptops Direct)
    Total: 601.58
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-06 16:13 BST+0100

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor (169.66 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: MSI - B360M PRO-VDH Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (65.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (73.06 @ More Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (35.76 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card (147.59 @ Novatech)
    Case: RIOTORO - CR480 ATX Mid Tower Case (32.30 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: be quiet! - Pure Power 10 400W 80+ Silver Certified ATX Power Supply (42.97 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit (82.97 @ Laptops Direct)
    Total: 650.30
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-06 16:16 BST+0100
    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 6th Oct 18, 4:27 PM
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    • 6th Oct 18, 4:27 PM
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    If you go for second hand route, you need to look for a tower under 350 and faster than ryzen 5 1600 or there is no point getting used pc.

    it is because i assume you spend 200 on gtx 1050 ti and new psu. this leave you 400.

    since 400 can get you new components with ryzen 5 1600 with warranty, if the used one is not at least 50 cheaper and faster, i would say it is worthless going down this route
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 6th Oct 18, 5:04 PM
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    • 6th Oct 18, 5:04 PM
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    • 6th Oct 18, 5:04 PM
    Nobodies asked but is the 600 all in? PC/monitor/KB/mouse etc?
    • viccig
    • By viccig 7th Oct 18, 10:16 AM
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    • 7th Oct 18, 10:16 AM
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    • 7th Oct 18, 10:16 AM
    Thanks a lot for the informative replies.
    I've struggled to find an off the shelf i5 with a decent gpu.

    I'm not precious about the i5, just know even less about AMD's offerings. I will check out the Ryzen5 Cisco thank you! I do like the idea of buying the seperate componants so he has to learn how to build the pc himself. If you don't mind me asking. is that set up (the ryzen) you have detailed future proofed to an extent? Ie could he upgrade to 16gb ram in future/higher spec gpu?

    j. I'm not keen on going down the used route. I know this would be a good way of grabbing a good deal, but I really wouldn't know what I was looking for and the risk of me buying a dog is too great.

    In answer to Colin. Good point. the 600 is without peripherals.

    Again thanks sonmuch for taking the time to reply.
    • viccig
    • By viccig 7th Oct 18, 10:24 AM
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    • 7th Oct 18, 10:24 AM
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    • 7th Oct 18, 10:24 AM
    I have an old laptop windows 7 installed. Can I uninstall and use the product key for the new setup and upgrade to Windows 10?
    • dogmaryxx
    • By dogmaryxx 7th Oct 18, 11:02 AM
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    Treat yourself with the change


    TORNADO
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 7th Oct 18, 12:35 PM
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    Treat yourself with the change


    TORNADO
    Originally posted by dogmaryxx
    For the OP, be aware there's no OS included in that.
    • viccig
    • By viccig 13th Oct 18, 1:40 PM
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    I've been offered this 2nd hand for 400 pound.
    What do you think? It's seems quite a good deal to me, but again what to I know haha

    ryzen 5 6 core 12theards
    16gig ddr4 ram
    amd radeon r9 200/hd7900 gpu
    240 ssd
    1tb hd
    white case with led fans
    water coolled
    Windows 10.

    I would really appreciate any tips .
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 13th Oct 18, 1:59 PM
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    I've been offered this 2nd hand for 400 pound.
    What do you think? It's seems quite a good deal to me, but again what to I know haha

    ryzen 5 6 core 12theards
    16gig ddr4 ram
    amd radeon r9 200/hd7900 gpu
    240 ssd
    1tb hd
    white case with led fans
    water coolled
    Windows 10.

    I would really appreciate any tips .
    Originally posted by viccig
    That would be fine. Will run most games well.
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