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Which is the best off-the-shelf gaming PC


jlucey

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My 12-year-old son wants to buy a gaming PC - to play Minecraft, Age of Empires etc. We've looked online and at PC World but keep getting conflicting advice. He's got a budget of £600 and I can add to that to get a good quality model. His current laptop overheats and runs very slowly so he wants a PC that is quick with good graphics. Any suggestions of off-the-shelf PCs would be very welcome. We're not confident enough to build it ourselves. With thanks

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Ian in Northampton

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Having just been through this with my (rather older) son, I’d say that your starting point needs to be to find out what are the recommended specs for the games your son wants to play. I’m no gamer, but I don’t think either Minecraft or Age of Empires are particularly demanding. However, he might migrate to more graphically demanding games in future, so you may want to factor that in – give him some headroom.

For example, my son is into Battlefield 3, which is fairly demanding. For optimum gameplay, the recommended system spec is:

OS: Windows 7 64-bit Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU RAM: 4GB Graphics card: DirectX 11 Nvidia or AMD ATI card, Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon 6950. Graphics card memory: 1 GB

The graphics card alone would set you back around £150. However, as I mentioned, the spec above is well beyond what he would seem to need today.

What you may want to consider is buying a Dell/HP/Acer (i.e recognised, viable brands) etc. system with the appropriate baseline spec in terms of multicore CPU, memory, operating system and so on, and then get a good graphics card fitted (which will probably require the power supply to be upgraded – something not to skimp on).

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jlucey

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Could someone please tell me what is the best proccesor, AMD or I7?

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Woolwell

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You don't need i7 for gaming.

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jlucey

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Thank you for the advice. Very much appreciated. If we were to buy from PC World which of the following two machines would be the better for playing games: ADVENT DT2313 Desktop PC http://tinyurl.com/c5ll5oh or HP Pavilion p6-2275ea Desktop PC http://tinyurl.com/9vb5opw.

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KRONOS the First

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Your second link does not work.

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KRONOS the First

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The first one has a rubbish graphics card in my opinion,and why PC World felt the need for 12GB RAM is a puzzle also.

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Woolwell

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Second link

I think that you can do better elsewhere than PC World.

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KRONOS the First

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Still not impressed

For that sort of money you most certainly will do better elsewhere, better components and more importantly better customer service.

cheers for the second link Woolwell.

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jlucey

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I'm very grateful, thanks. I'm leaning towards Chillblast as a supplier and just need to make my mind up between these two models: http://www.chillblast.com/Chillblast-Fusion-Elixir.html or http://www.chillblast.com/Chillblast-Fusion-Vector-Gaming-PC.html. I'm guessing they both would be OK for the games he currently plays.

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KRONOS the First

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Your second link is broken. Here it is.

You will need to add an operating system to the Chillblast Vector but overall there is not really a lot of difference between the two except that the Fusion Elixir comes with a 650W Power supply as opposed to a 500W in the Vector which will be useful for any upgrades,particularly graphics cards in the future.

I cannot work out why the fusion Vector is so much more expensive than the Fusion Elixir as they are pretty much the same. So I say go for the Elixir.

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