HALP!!! My kid wants a gaming computer for his birthday (OCT20)

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I've looked at a bunch on Amazon and other places and they're all around 1K for just the box. Obvious;y we need the monitor, keyboard, mouse too.

If he could use it for his schoolwork that would be good too.

He mostly streams games - Roblox, Fortnite etc

Basically, We need something that isn't laggy, glitchy and the graphics are great.

We want the computer to last about least 5 years and we are mostly looking at desktops but aren't completely against laptops if they'll do the job.

looking at spending around $800 in total.

What specs should we be looking for?

Right column Leftist (sunny successor), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:06 (three weeks ago) link

This isn't top of the line but is probably adequate: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-modern-15-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-512gb-ssd-black-onyx/6408060.p?skuId=6408060

Last summer, I got a new MSI laptop that was normally something like $1.4K for $600 and I've been very happy with it

shout-out to his family (DJP), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:13 (three weeks ago) link

Dan, has the 8gb memory been a problem? I keep reading that 16gb is minimum for a game comp but they could just be trying to upsell me.

Right column Leftist (sunny successor), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:24 (three weeks ago) link

Well... the one I ended up getting has 32 GB so I can't really answer that question. I would say, though, that PC laptops are easier to upgrade than Macs and as long as the machine supports more memory, you can always increase it at a later date if it's an issue.

shout-out to his family (DJP), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:33 (three weeks ago) link

For example, the one I linked is expandable up to 64 GB

shout-out to his family (DJP), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:35 (three weeks ago) link


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