Best Pre-built PC?

Dec 30, 2020
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Hey guys, first post so I apologize if I am not asking this in the right forum.

I would like to get into PC gaming for the first time, but I do not know anything about PC parts. I don’t have the knowledge or time to build a PC.

I’m willing to drop a solid $1500 on a complete pre-built PC. Does anyone have any recommendations?
 
I’m willing to drop a solid $1500 on a complete pre-built PC
Does "complete" include I/O, ie KB, mouse & monitor(s)?

Good post JCgames :)

You really want a 1T SSD for your main drive
My current storage setup:
SSD 256GB system & programs
SSD 1TB games
HD 4TB data & current media
External 4TB backup & media archive

I strongly recommend an external backup drive, which is usually kept disconnected from the PC—your safeguard against something zapping the PC's internal storage, eg I've had a couple of motherboards blow over the decades.

I have a lot of software, someone who's using a PC mainly for gaming will be fine with 128GB. I like to keep my system & programs SSD small so it's nice and quick to run disk images and various scans which a system disk can benefit from.

1TB games SSD so I don't have to keep uninstalling the ones I replay periodically.
 
Dec 17, 2020
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Just remember that if you get a new system, you want to make sure you have a motherboard that isnt going to need replacing the next generational change drops for your chosen brand of CPU.

dont even worry about a backup system yet. You can get external USB backups at walmart for 50-100$ based on size. And even with backups, a smalelr size is better as even backups fail.
 
Dec 16, 2020
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Honestly man you can build your own PC with no prior knowledge.

I learnt myself on YouTube. Just think of the parts on adult lego. It is so simple i promise you.

If you build your own rig you will get a lot more for your money.
 
Dec 16, 2020
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It does however require a couple of personal characteristics:
The ability to understand & follow instructions carefully;
A temperament which won't take a hammer to the motherboard when first problem arises.

Hahaha yeah if you are a hot head with i smash things sorta thing it may not be for you.

But honestly it is very straightforward. I am very inpatient and i wouldn't say i am the brightest, but i get by with this just fine.

OP, watch some videos online about builds and see what you think.
 

Zloth

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Zloth SMASH!!! Huh. Puny motherboard.

Let's see, you can have a Cyberpower PC put together with a GeForce RTX 2060, a 23" monitor, 16GB of memory, AMD Ryzen 5 3600, a ASROCK B550 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX motherboard, 500GB Western Digital M.2 drive, 600W power supply, and case. That would cost $1652, so not quite on budget. Should allow for some super-fast loading of games.

If the $1500 is a hard limit, I would pull the video card back to a GTX 1660. Your monitor will probably be a 1920x1080 so that should still be pretty good. If you end up liking gaming a lot, you can update the video card then buy another monitor with higher resolution (and keep the existing one as a second monitor, assuming you've got space for it).

Oh, and I'm not sure what your sound situation is. You can plug in headphones (be sure to get a case with headphone jacks you can get at easily) or plug in some speakers. If you need to buy some, that's more $$$.

(And yeah, it's confusing. This is where the console folks get a leg up. You go to the store, you buy a brand, then you buy the games with that console's name on the box. Super easy. We get back in the lead with our mods and flexibility.)
 
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