New PC advice

Nov 27, 2022
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Hello, I am looking for a new gaming PC for my girlfriend and would like advice for the biggest bang for my buck. Here are two I am currently looking at.

Is the Acer worth $300 extra if I am trying to keep the budget low? How future proof is the Lenovo, how many years can I expect it to last running new releases?

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What is your total budget? Located in the US?

Are you willing to build your own PC or are you only wanting to buy a pre-built? Sometimes prebuilts can be cheaper than building custom with the same specs. This is not one of those cases. In both instances you could build a better PC for the same price if you go custom.
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DeepCool AG400 BK ARGB CPU Cooler $29.99
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I live in the US and I would prefer to keep it at about $1200. I could try to build my own as it doesn't look too difficulty if I follow a guide.
Like @Why_Me asked, does this need to include a monitor or any peripherals or is this just for the tower?

Here is the kind of thing I'd be looking at:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600 3.5 GHz 6-Core Processor ($147.50 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool AG400 BK ARGB 75.89 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B550-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($43.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: ASRock Phantom Gaming D OC Radeon RX 6800 16 GB Video Card ($489.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Pop Air ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM750x (2021) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM - DVD 64-bit ($107.99 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $1258.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-01-13 09:11 EST-0500

That is cheaper than the Acer with a more powerful GPU (assuming your girfriend doesn't care about ray tracing) and a full 1TB of NVME storage.

If you want to keep costs lower you could sub in a less expensive GPU like one of these:

Video Card: MSI MECH 2X OC Radeon RX 6700 XT 12 GB Video Card ($354.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GAMING Twin Edge OC GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR 8 GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)