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#1 ~Karen~  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 14, 2016 - 7:25 am

My son who is 14 wants a gaming desktop.  He has been playing on his XBOX One but now wants a gaming desktop.  I know nothing about them, where should I start?  I’ve been reading online but it’s so foreign to me.  What would be a good one to start with that is under $1,000, preferably under $800.



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Posted Nov 15, 2016 - 1:11 pm

I'm right here with you.  My 14 year old son wants one too.  He has been asking for one for a few years and I think this is the year I bite but I don't know much about computers.  He wants Alienware but those cost a ton or at least the ones that he has shown me (over $2k and I'd like to stay around $1K max).  However I don't want to waste my money and get something he doesn't want so I'll run anything by him first .  I know Dell sells Alienware but again I don't know enough about what specs are good enough and what could be upgraded later.  He has autism and can be very detailed orientated so I'll definitely have him sign off before I buy it.



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Posted Nov 15, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Alienware is still a pretty good machine for those who want it built for them. Dell now owns them but they seemed to have for the most part let them run as they used to. What types of games do your kids like to play? Will help in determining what specs are more important.



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Posted Nov 15, 2016 - 5:38 pm

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16883227443

 

I bought this for my son 4 years ago.  He was 14 at the time.  This computer has been great but unfortunately no longer available.  We recently updated the graphics card to keep up with newer games. That is important. I could not afford an Alienware. 

 

Newegg has many great deals on Black Friday.



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Posted Nov 17, 2016 - 4:12 am

I'd say build your own you can build a $2000 alienware for $1000 easy. You may have to skimp on the graphics cards slightly but not that much. It's also not hard to do plenty of tutorials out there.

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Posted Nov 19, 2016 - 12:07 pm

The easiest way to get a "gaming" computer at a discount without building one would be to pick up a decent one that is on a Black Friday deal.  It won't be a name brand, such as "Alienware", but it will run the same.

 

For example:

Dell Alienware Aurora listed here:  http://www.dell.com/...bmsm&l=en&s=dhs

 

Alienware Aurora $999...Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive.  Video card:  Radeon RX480

 

I would suggest picking up the Dell Inspiron Desktop + Dell 24 monitor for $479. in the Dell Home ad (page 3) and THEN add a video card. 

 

Specs of Inspiron...Intel Core i5 processor, 12GB memory, 1TB hard drive. 

 

THEN purchase this video card:  http://www.newegg.co...7-296-_-Product

GeForce GTX 1050 $119.  You can also go with the next step up and get the GTX 1060 (Newegg ad page 4 $199).  This is a step above the RX480 in the Alienware.

 

Cost of Alienware desktop:  $999.  Cost of suggested alternative:  $698  AND you get a nice 24" monitor ($90 black friday stand alone deal) for free.

 

You will only need to install the video card (very easy).  If you really wanted it fast, pick up an SSD (Kingston 120 GB SSD $35 on page 4 of Newegg Black Friday Ad).  Windows 10 can be downloaded from Microsoft and installed for free (as it was originally installed already).  It is more work, but does make it significantly faster.



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Posted Nov 20, 2016 - 5:17 am

Thanks!  I think this will be the route I take.



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Posted Nov 20, 2016 - 5:38 pm

I cannot find that Dell Inspiron Desktop + Dell 24 monitor for $479. in the Dell Home ad (page 3)

The easiest way to get a "gaming" computer at a discount without building one would be to pick up a decent one that is on a Black Friday deal.  It won't be a name brand, such as "Alienware", but it will run the same.

 

For example:

Dell Alienware Aurora listed here:  http://www.dell.com/...bmsm&l=en&s=dhs

 

Alienware Aurora $999...Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive.  Video card:  Radeon RX480

 

I would suggest picking up the Dell Inspiron Desktop + Dell 24 monitor for $479. in the Dell Home ad (page 3) and THEN add a video card. 

 

Specs of Inspiron...Intel Core i5 processor, 12GB memory, 1TB hard drive. 

 

THEN purchase this video card:  http://www.newegg.co...7-296-_-Product

GeForce GTX 1050 $119.  You can also go with the next step up and get the GTX 1060 (Newegg ad page 4 $199).  This is a step above the RX480 in the Alienware.

 

Cost of Alienware desktop:  $999.  Cost of suggested alternative:  $698  AND you get a nice 24" monitor ($90 black friday stand alone deal) for free.

 

You will only need to install the video card (very easy).  If you really wanted it fast, pick up an SSD (Kingston 120 GB SSD $35 on page 4 of Newegg Black Friday Ad).  Windows 10 can be downloaded from Microsoft and installed for free (as it was originally installed already).  It is more work, but does make it significantly faster.



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Posted Nov 20, 2016 - 5:42 pm

I cannot find that Dell Inspiron Desktop + Dell 24 monitor for $479. in the Dell Home ad (page 3)

 

 

http://blackfriday.g...cans/DellHome/3

 

first item on the page "A"



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Posted Nov 20, 2016 - 6:02 pm

http://blackfriday.g...cans/DellHome/3

 

first item on the page "A"

Perfect, thank you so much.



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Posted Nov 20, 2016 - 6:10 pm

What about this one from Newegg?

 

http://blackfriday.g...ans/Neweggcom/2

 

It’s the first one at $899?



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Posted Nov 20, 2016 - 6:17 pm

What about this one from Newegg?

 

http://blackfriday.g...ans/Neweggcom/2

 

It’s the first one at $899?

 

 

will let the others chime in on that im no expert on computers, it looks decent but i dont tend to look at Desktops so im not sure if the specs fit the price or anything



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Posted Nov 20, 2016 - 6:40 pm

What about this one from Newegg?

 

http://blackfriday.g...ans/Neweggcom/2

 

It’s the first one at $899?

Not a bad machine, decent amount of Ram, 2 Hard Drives 1 SSD for OS will give you speed then the 2TB HDD for installing all the games and such. Video in it should be decent for games it's not top of the line but it's also not bottom. Reviews on it seem to be pretty good also.



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Posted Nov 22, 2016 - 8:19 am

What about this one from Newegg?

 

http://blackfriday.g...ans/Neweggcom/2

 

It’s the first one at $899?

 

http://www.newegg.co...&Tpk=83-230-166

 

Pros:

I don't think you can go wrong with an i7.

Comes with 2 4GB high speed RAM chips with room for 2 more, theoretically maxing out at 64GB.

3GB Video card looks pretty good.

A 2TB HDD plus an SSD is sweet.

And that case is certainly....eye-catching  ;)

 

 

Cons:

You'll want to probably pick up a wireless network card. (not a big deal)  What is your current home router make/model?

The power supply is a bit lighter than I would have gone at 600W.  I would have gone at least 750.  But it's probably sufficient or they wouldn't be selling it this way, right?

 

The price isn't necessarily blowing me away, but it's not bad either.  This should be a great platform to play most of what you want right now and would be easy to upgrade in the future to keep it performing strong.


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Posted Nov 24, 2016 - 4:58 am

Excellent little read.

http://www.pcworld.c...-can-build.html


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Posted Nov 25, 2016 - 5:05 pm

The easiest way to get a "gaming" computer at a discount without building one would be to pick up a decent one that is on a Black Friday deal.  It won't be a name brand, such as "Alienware", but it will run the same.

 

For example:

Dell Alienware Aurora listed here:  http://www.dell.com/...bmsm&l=en&s=dhs

 

Alienware Aurora $999...Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive.  Video card:  Radeon RX480

 

I would suggest picking up the Dell Inspiron Desktop + Dell 24 monitor for $479. in the Dell Home ad (page 3) and THEN add a video card. 

 

Specs of Inspiron...Intel Core i5 processor, 12GB memory, 1TB hard drive. 

 

THEN purchase this video card:  http://www.newegg.co...7-296-_-Product

GeForce GTX 1050 $119.  You can also go with the next step up and get the GTX 1060 (Newegg ad page 4 $199).  This is a step above the RX480 in the Alienware.

 

Cost of Alienware desktop:  $999.  Cost of suggested alternative:  $698  AND you get a nice 24" monitor ($90 black friday stand alone deal) for free.

 

You will only need to install the video card (very easy).  If you really wanted it fast, pick up an SSD (Kingston 120 GB SSD $35 on page 4 of Newegg Black Friday Ad).  Windows 10 can be downloaded from Microsoft and installed for free (as it was originally installed already).  It is more work, but does make it significantly faster.

thank you!  got the dell deal just now :)





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