Help with Gaming Computer

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rocky Road Lerp, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. Rocky Road Lerp

    Rocky Road Lerp Monkey++

    My son is a gamer. He wants a computer for Christmas. I'd personally rather spend money for things that get him outside, but kids need computers for school these days as well.
    I need input on a system that could be used for gaming and work that's relatively affordable. I'm incompetent when it comes to these things, as I know just enough to get me into trouble.
    Thanks in advance. I know lots of you know what I'm looking for, even when I don't. RRL
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  2. Sand Spyder

    Sand Spyder Monkey

    Best I can tell you is avoid Wal-Mart computers and Toshiba. A guy who comes to my Chat got royally screwed by Wal-Mart. And my laptop from there is junk. I wish I could be of more help to you.
  3. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Laptop or desk top. A laptop will burn through batteries fairly fast when gaming where as, days can be wasted gaming on a desk top.
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  4. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

  5. Rocky Road Lerp

    Rocky Road Lerp Monkey++

    Haven't picked yet, just weighing the options. Think I'd prefer a desktop though. It won't disappear.
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Don't write off Toshiba. Just don't buy it from Wally World, get it from a reputable knowledgeable dealer.
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  7. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Do you have a desk top now? Gaming computers are super expensive. @sec_monkey was able to assist me in putting something in our existing desktop that sped things up. My gamer was happy.
  8. Rocky Road Lerp

    Rocky Road Lerp Monkey++

    Yes, but our pc is on its last legs. I figure it'll be easier just to get him his own system. I just haven't messed with them for so long, I'm out of the loop. The kid definitely isn't getting a thousand dollar or more system.
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  9. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Main things for gamers:
    Best Video Card
    Best Processor
    16gb+ Ram
    Solid State HD for OS/Games - regular HD for storage.
    Dual Monitors

    In that order.

    Optional if he is a serious gamer:
    Macro Mouse
    Razer Naga Gaming Mouse - Ergonomic MMO Gaming Mouse - Razer Asia Pacific

    Quality USB headset for coms with his guild/group.
  10. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Not much actually these days....when I was hardcore Eve playing in 05/06 was running 3 pc, 5 monitors and a laptop.
    6 accounts macro mining and laptop for Ebay deliveries, email, coms and voip.
    I dont miss 18hr work days...$7-10k hardware, $250/month hydro bills, $300+/monthly gaming fees for characters.
  11. Rocky Road Lerp

    Rocky Road Lerp Monkey++

    The last time I gamed on a PC, was in 2000, playing Diablo. All we needed then we're good graphics cards. Thanks all!
  12. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    @Mindgrinder those mouses are so expensive. I question razer products. I spend $100 on a head set that lasted less then a year. My gamer wanted the razer keyboard and mouse but has jumped over to gaming or playing on Xbox live.
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  13. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Console gaming is lame.
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  14. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Are you talking to me? To bad you don't have a console because I would meet you in MW3 Nuke town & woop your butt.
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  15. Rocky Road Lerp

    Rocky Road Lerp Monkey++

    Screenshot_2015-11-02-06-27-01. Will something like this work?
  16. Rocky Road Lerp

    Rocky Road Lerp Monkey++

    My son has a console, but the games he wants to play are on the PC.
  17. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    calling @sec_monkey ...... opinion needed.
  18. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    That will work just fine and the price is right.

    If you prefer new, wait for the xmas sales then buy a machine with as much CPU and RAM as you can afford. Then you might consider updating the video card with something a bit more hefty...something your son should be able to do after you get him the machine. IMO, computers, like motor vehicles, bicycles, etc. are things that kids need to be able to do basic maintenance and upgrades on.
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  19. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    What is you budget first?

    Second I agree with Mindgrinder on the Alienware(now Dell) As I have a Aleinware Aurora that when O left my last Job they gave me as a "parting gift".

    They are solid machines, have liquid cooling and great Graphic card options

    Get the right machine amd you can upgrade later to this Alienware Graphics Amplifier (9R7XN): Computers & Accessories
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