Trying to find an affordable gaming pc for siblings

December 24, 2016 at 21:14:25
Specs: Windows
I want to get my siblings a good windows desktop to start gaming with but i dont want to pay more than $200. i started by looking on AMD's website for a cheap computer but im not sure if they are suitable for gaming. this is a link to the comparison of all the desktops in my price range on their site http://shop.amd.com/en-us/compare?p...

if there are other desktops that are better and fit my price range id love to see them. any information helps, thank you!


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#1
December 25, 2016 at 08:51:19
It's very doubtful you will find a decent desktop gaming machine for anywhere near $200. None of the computers in your link are gamers, with the possible exception of the 1st one. However, if you look closely at the specs, it has no memory, no hard drive, & of course, no operating system, so they would all have to be purchased separately. At the very least, you will have to double your budget, or take a chance on a used system. Do you have a keyboard, monitor, speakers, mouse, etc?

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#2
December 25, 2016 at 09:43:46
I'm not a gamer myself and know very little about it,
but I think it depends a lot on what kind of games you
have in mind. Can you name some examples?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
December 25, 2016 at 17:59:51
I did not answer the first time I saw the post because I could not think of any possible way to get something gaming within your budget. If Riider says you can do it for $400. I am sure you could but I would have thought $600. would be more reasonable for something I would call a gaming system. Most would say that the real gaming video cards start around $100. by themselves.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
December 26, 2016 at 07:43:03
You could get something like the refurbished Dell in the link below. The specs are reasonable but it's probably about a 6 year old design. It's being marketed as a "Gaming & Entertainment" PC but it's actually a business workstation that's been updated with 12GB RAM, a Radeon R7 240 graphics card, & Windows 10. It has a decent 525W power supply which means the R7 video card could be swapped for a higher end gaming card without worries. You didn't mention any specific game titles, but a lot of games should be playable on this system as it is. The games settings & in-game screen resolution may have to be lowered to get acceptable performance, but that would depend on the complexity of the game.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.dell.com/downloads/globa...

Here's a review from 2009: http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/revie...


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#5
December 26, 2016 at 20:09:45
After looking at your answers and talking with my siblings about the idea i decided to go with a different plan. one sibling isnt into computers as much so im just going to buy/build my own monster gaming PC and give my current PC to my sibling that way i know she'll be more than capable of doing what she wants to do with it. my price range was a bit unrealistic anyway. ty all for the answers!

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#6
December 29, 2016 at 14:03:34
"im just going to buy/build my own monster gaming PC"

I have a feeling you're not a skilled builder. A "monster gaming PC" will set you back at least $2000, that's quite a jump from $200.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#7
December 29, 2016 at 21:14:58
Decent beginning at $600., Better to Good $900.+, 'Nice Machine' from $1200.+
Avoid bells and whistles, LED's, fancy cases, and pretty stuff and you can build a machine you can be proud of, it is all a matter of choosing the good quality core components (CPU, MB, GPU, RAM, Power Supply, SSD, HD, & air cooling)
Post component list for review on a new thread for review before you purchase.

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