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Should I build my daughter a gaming computer?

Svneo
  • 5 months ago

I’m trying to find out if I should build my daughter a computer. I don’t consider her gaming to be too intensive but the games she plays on our Mac mini make it run very hot and some games won’t work. Can’t be good for the mac. She plays things like Minecraft and sims which must be hard on this computer since it gets so hot. She tries to play fortnite and it wont run. What price range would we be looking in for this type of use? Is this a budget build or something more pricey? Maybe this is just a $400 Best Buy sale computer? Apologize in advance for my ignorance. I thought she might like it for Christmas and want to see if it is reasonable. We have a switch but she likes to use the computer. There have been other games she tried to use and they wouldn’t run, I can’t remember what they were.

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Right at budget but this is as close to $400 for a budget gaming PC I can get and still have reasonable power:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor $59.79 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $64.99 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot Viper Elite 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $37.99 @ Amazon
Storage Team MS30 256 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $29.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card $119.99 @ Newegg
Case DIYPC MA08-BK MicroATX Mini Tower Case $29.93 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic S12III 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $53.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $396.67
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-23 21:08 EDT-0400

You get a super budget 4 core CPU that can run minecraft and fortnite with ease. Only 8GB of ram but with 4 slots on the board if you need to upgrade to 16gb it will be easy. Only a 250GB SSD but can add a HDD later on if she runs out of room. Cheap case as too little budget for something higher. Better PSU for future upgrade potential. Last but not least a RX 570 GPU which is a budget champ for 1080p gaming.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. So these types of games don’t need anything too powerful. Another ignorant question. What happens when you go up to $1000 from there? Do you gain anything for these types of games or would that be overkill?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $194.79 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $83.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team T-Force Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $66.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $94.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 8 GB PULSE Video Card $369.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $45.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply BitFenix Formula Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $79.00 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $985.61
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-23 23:13 EDT-0400

MASSIVE gains

If you need an OS:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $194.79 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $83.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team T-Force Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $66.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $94.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB XC BLACK GAMING Video Card $259.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $45.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.95 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $961.55
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-23 23:15 EDT-0400

still much better than a 570.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, increasing budget to $1000 from $400 makes a large difference. Able to get a solid 6 core 12 thread CPU, 16GB of ram, better storage, and a far better GPU. I would prefer to go with build 1 as you can run the trial version of windows and buy it at a later time. Nice how Microsoft allows that.

As far as the argument if there will be any gain I suppose it depends on perspective. Minecraft and fortnite can play on a potato and yes better hardware does improve overall performance. If the kid is young enough "performance" may not even be on their mind beyond "can it play X game". The 1k system should be able to play more games longer than the $400 system as games get more demanding over time but it is really up to the buyer if they can either actually afford it or even want to afford it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your input. Now I’m wondering do I buy her the parts so she can have the experience of building it or do I put it together for her? Her older brother might even like to help her when he comes home for Christmas break.

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't sure if you needed peripherals or not, but I tried to include them and stay close to budget:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor $139.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 Blue 74.34 CFM CPU Cooler $20.79 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $84.99 @ Amazon
Memory GeIL EVO POTENZA 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $94.99 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon RX 580 8 GB GTS Black Core Edition Video Card $159.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $44.99 @ Best Buy
Power Supply Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $85.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $129.80 @ OutletPC
Monitor AOC 24V2H 23.8" 1920x1080 75 Hz Monitor $119.99 @ Walmart
Keyboard Velocifire TKL78 Wired Standard Keyboard $29.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Logitech G203 Prodigy Wired Optical Mouse $26.49 @ Amazon
Headphones Corsair HS50 Headset $41.20 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1059.09
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1039.09
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-24 11:22 EDT-0400

Finding a used 580 or even a new 570 would bring this in budget, or any peripherals you don't need.

This type of build would run pretty much anything thrown at it, and should provide a very good experience even at high detail settings for the games mentioned; including Minecraft and the Sims with heavy mods, Fortnite, and some AAA titles.

If you don't need any peripherals, a Ryzen 3600 based build offers a much better upgrade path.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, excellent info. I have an extra monitor, she has a gaming mouse and keyboard and headset so I like the idea of putting the money towards something else. thanks all!

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