Question First Gaming PC - Quality under $700?

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My son, now 14, has been asking for a gaming PC for several years now...but everyone he has showed me that he's liked has been $1100+ (without monitor) - therefore, out of my price range! This past Christmas he asked for a PS5 and unfortunately I haven't had any luck getting one (not sure I ever will). So feeling bad about him not getting his Christmas present yet, I'm considering the purchase of a Gaming PC for him.

I still don't have $1100+ to spend but am wondering if there are any good Gaming PCs for less than $700!

I would really prefer to purchase something already together...really not comfortable modifying computers.

So are there any decent to very good Gaming PC's available that offer excellent quality for the price...and that price being under $700?

If so, which one(s)?

Thank you very much!!!

TripleB
 

Kaamos_Llama

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Normally you would be able to buy something for that budget that would be reasonable, and you would certainly be able to build something decent from parts. But at the moment the only thing I can see for that budget (actually 75$ more) is not good, as in wouldn't even be able to play some new games. Not even near as good as a PS5 or Xbox series X for gaming fidelity wise.

Its the same reason you can't find a PS5, shortage of chips and high demand for them at the same time. Try again in 6 months, or double the budget for something comparable with a modern console.

I hope I'm wrong and someone else here is in the same situation and found a solution they can share with you.
 

Kaamos_Llama

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No problem, at all :)

Its between the last two, as the GT 700 series cards in the first two are both very old and low end even for the time 7 years ago they were released.

Keeping it simple I would go with D) as it has the faster graphics card and that's generally the most important part for gaming.

For the monitor, a 1080p (Full HD) resolution would be best for that level of GPU. The 144hz and fast response time is a nice bonus if you can find something like that in your budget.
 
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No problem, at all :)

Its between the last two, as the GT 700 series cards in the first two are both very old and low end even for the time 7 years ago they were released.

Keeping it simple I would go with D) as it has the faster graphics card and that's generally the most important part for gaming.

For the monitor, a 1080p (Full HD) resolution would be best for that level of GPU. The 144hz and fast response time is a nice bonus if you can find something like that in your budget.
I was editing my response, went to repost the information, and it flagged it as spam. Now I can't repost that information.

Thanks for your help!

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I think it'll be good if you save more money because with 700 dollars i dont think the upgrade will be that good. Wait till you can spare 1000-1200dollars so that he can really feel it. If hes into competitive games consider buying him at least 144hz because there is a HUGE difference between 60hz and 144hz.
 
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Kaamos_Llama

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I think it'll be good if you save more money because with 700 dollars i dont think the upgrade will be that good. Wait till you can spare 1000-1200dollars so that he can really feel it. If hes into competitive games consider buying him at least 144hz because there is a HUGE difference between 60hz and 144hz.
It's not an upgrade, he currently does not have a system.
 
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So is an Intel (i3/i5) or an AMD Ryzen (3/5) better? And how big of hard drive is needed? If you use an external hard drive to store games will that slow down the game when playing it?

Thanks!!!

TripleB
 
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Kaamos_Llama

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Which exact Intel I3 or I5 vs which Ryzen 3/5? It's not that simple.

The graphics card is also the most important thing for games.

SSD is preferable to HDD for load times, at least 240GB these days for Windows. If you are buying a system without one its a big minus.

I believe you can load games from an external hard drive as long as its USB 3.0 or better, but Ive never done it myself, so I cant speak to how well it works.
 

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This might sound crazy, but you might get more bang for you buck with a laptop. Laptops seem to be on sale while all the pre-built desktop PCs seem to be fully priced as-ever. A couple days ago Best Buy had some fairly competent gaming laptops on flash sale.

Aim for something in the GTX 16xx series, and AMD equivalent (5600 I think?)
If you are willing to wait, the possibly approaching 3050Ti would be the target.
You're not necessarily going to find something "PS5" quality, but I think the PC experience will make up for it.

Chances are, your son will, at some point, want to lug that computer over to one of his friend's houses. Make it easy on yourselves XD
 
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From some store, stores on the street, you can get a very good PC with this 700. But without the monitor. Some can have deals for monitor but at this price range, it won't run all the games.
 
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My son, now 14, has been asking for a gaming PC for several years now...but everyone he has showed me that he's liked has been $1100+ (without monitor) - therefore, out of my price range! This past Christmas he asked for a PS5 and unfortunately I haven't had any luck getting one (not sure I ever will). So feeling bad about him not getting his Christmas present yet, I'm considering the purchase of a Gaming PC for him.

I still don't have $1100+ to spend but am wondering if there are any good Gaming PCs for less than $700!

I would really prefer to purchase something already together...really not comfortable modifying computers.

So are there any decent to very good Gaming PC's available that offer excellent quality for the price...and that price being under $700?

If so, which one(s)?

Thank you very much!!!

TripleB
actually for a gaming pc under $ 700 can only be made assembled, but that's still not enough to buy a monitor. so in my opinion it is better to save first for the next few months adding money to buy a gaming pc. Meanwhile have a good talk with your son about it
 

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