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#1 93 Percent Peaceful JKor

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:20 AM

For a Xmas gift for the GF's daughter I want to build a gaming computer with her.  She's really into gaming (though, I admit I have no clue which games).  She has an old Dell gaming machine that seems to be on it's last legs.  I'm actually not even sure it works anymore.  I looked at it at some point and it's a good 5 yrs old, so you can probably figure the capability is pretty limited by today's standards.

 

Anywho, I've built computers before, but never anything for gaming.  What should I be looking for in terms of specs?  CPU, GPU, RAM, etc.  I'm trying to get the whole family to contribute and build something fairly badass for her.  I'm thinking the final budget is going to be $1000-$1500.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:24 AM

For a Xmas gift for the GF's daughter I want to build a gaming computer with her.  She's really into gaming (though, I admit I have no clue which games).  She has an old Dell gaming machine that seems to be on it's last legs.  I'm actually not even sure it works anymore.  I looked at it at some point and it's a good 5 yrs old, so you can probably figure the capability is pretty limited by today's standards.

 

Anywho, I've built computers before, but never anything for gaming.  What should I be looking for in terms of specs?  CPU, GPU, RAM, etc.  I'm trying to get the whole family to contribute and build something fairly badass for her.  I'm thinking the final budget is going to be $1000-$1500.

You can't go wrong in that budget range.  

 

Decide what kind of processor you would like.  Grab a compatible mobo.  Make sure you've got plenty of pcie slots to hold the one or two graphics cards you want to jab in there.  Ram's gotta be 32+ (and i might be out of date here).  Solid state what you can, data drive can be mechanical.

 

Thinking power supplies start at about 600w.

 

Air cooling is fine.  Case form factor could affect the kind of mobo you jab in there.  Don't put that shit in your dell case.  Get a new one.  A nice one.  ~$100.

 

Nvidia or don't bother.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:28 AM

Do you have a 1080P monitor? Just gaming or for school too?

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:31 AM

The Dell case is from their Alienware line.  I haven't looked at it enough to determine if it's shit.  I also don't know if their Alienware stuff has proprietary mobo sizing like their old desktops.  That would obviously make it worthless.


Do you have a 1080P monitor? Just gaming or for school too?

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She has a monitor, though I need to check it out.  I think I want to upgrade to something bigger.  I assume she'd use this for school, too, yes.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:34 AM

Brandon's question: Do you want a good looking system that works nice, or a shitty looking system with performance that is killer?
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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:34 AM

for a gaming computer, i would start with choosing a high quality (nvidia) video card, then start from there based on the card requirements to determine your processor, motherboard and case, ram and power supply. as vagus stated, go with a solid state drive if possible.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:36 AM

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/GTBXKZ

Needs a monitor and OS.

Edited by BlackBeerd, 27 October 2017 - 08:37 AM.

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:41 AM

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/GTBXKZ

Needs a monitor and OS.

Nice.  Would juice ram to 32, but that's just cuz people do stuff with videos.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:49 AM

Nice.  Would juice ram to 32, but that's just cuz people do stuff with videos.

If you want to do video, you would look at a different cpu.
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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:51 AM

this is likely of no help at all, but when she does get the new machine, make sure it sits on TOP of a desk and not under a desk.  many people don't realize how quickly that impacts your machine.  (even if you think your house is spotless).


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:57 AM

Nice.  Would juice ram to 32, but that's just cuz people do stuff with videos.

If you are doing video. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/VYN8f8
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Posted 27 October 2017 - 09:00 AM

If you want to do video, you would look at a different cpu.

Well if its only a gaming rig, you can drop down to an i5.  A good computer with a graphics card is when most users are expecting.  


If you are doing video. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/VYN8f8

Can't disagree.  Not read up on the AMDs.  But everything else fantastic.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 09:05 AM

An i5 to i7 is a $60 upgrade. If you are spending $1500, that's not what will break your budget.
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Posted 27 October 2017 - 09:22 AM

Jesus, that was fast.

 

I need to consult with her on the needs.  She almost certainly will be doing some video.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 09:25 AM

FYI, this is her current system.  

 

https://www.cnet.com...-gb-2-tb/specs/

 

Is it worth scavenging anything there?  Looks to be liquid cooled.  Probably a decent system when it was released in 2012.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 10:02 AM

I would like to save cash on some parts and put that towards a nice display setup.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 10:06 AM

this is likely of no help at all, but when she does get the new machine, make sure it sits on TOP of a desk and not under a desk.  many people don't realize how quickly that impacts your machine.  (even if you think your house is spotless).

 

 

Is it just dust bunnies clogging up the cooling pathways or is there something else going on?


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 12:37 PM

Are you looking to share the experience of building something, or are you open to buying?

 

Because you can get a pretty good ASUS ROG laptop for under $1500.

 

ETA:  This is close in price and performance to the one built from parts above.



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Posted 27 October 2017 - 01:28 PM

First I'd start with the question: How much of a gamer is she? Casual? Hardcore? 

 

The box I'm on right now has dual GeForce GTX 1080 cards (SLI). I absolutely love it. Of course that blows your $1500 budget right out of the gate. 

 

Yes cpu selection is crucial. Second and third to that imo is the best graphics card you can afford, and max out the mobo memory slots. I never really approach a build thinking "well I can upgrade that later." I want to build it to the gills the first time and enjoy it for years to come. Yeah it's gonna cost some cabbage, but you'll have a complete box without holes left for later. 

 

I'm not running water cooled on this machine. It has enough fans and ventilation placed in all the right places to keep things cool. It's got fans that run on the HDD, CPU, GPU and several more for cross ventilation. Running stats on the temps shows that everything is withing manufacturer's specs. They are all temp controlled. Water cooling was pretty cool when we were overclocking stuff, but now the way cpu's are coming out, it's really kind of wasted effort overclocking. 


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 01:32 PM

Are you looking to share the experience of building something, or are you open to buying?
 
Because you can get a pretty good ASUS ROG laptop for under $1500.
 
ETA:  This is close in price and performance to the one built from parts above.

Brandon says that 1050ti card blows dick. That's about the lowest of the low.
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