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Hi - I love the slick deals website and mostly stick to the deals forums. Please be kind! I am looking for a PC for my son who is 12. I admit, I know nothing about gaming and really am just a MAC user. I would like to get him an all-in-one PC to save on space and having a bunch of wires and cords.

He wants to play on something called Steam (a gaming website?). ETA: he also plays Minecraft and I want to have him do the Minecraft programming course. Of course I am trying to find a good deal on a PC. Would one of the Dell refurbished AIO's be ok? I have no idea what to look for, or what I am looking at. I have also seen some AIO's at Best Buy and Costco.

If my budget is $500 or less, what would you buy? Spam me with links!

Thanks, I appreciate any advice Smilie

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Hi - I love the slick deals website and mostly stick to the deals forums. Please be kind! I am looking for a PC for my son who is 12. I admit, I know nothing about gaming and really am just a MAC user. I would like to get him an all-in-one PC to save on space and having a bunch of wires and cords.

He wants to play on something called Steam (a gaming website?). ETA: he also plays Minecraft and I want to have him do the Minecraft programming course. Of course I am trying to find a good deal on a PC. Would one of the Dell refurbished AIO's be ok? I have no idea what to look for, or what I am looking at. I have also seen some AIO's at Best Buy and Costco.

If my budget is $500 or less, what would you buy? Spam me with links!

Thanks, I appreciate any advice Smilie
Steam is a digital marketplace - basically you can buy all kinds of games. In that price range, I might go with an Alienware Alpha console. Put a little money into extra RAM, keyboard/mouse and an LCD monitor and you are set - http://slickdeals.net/f/8040075-alienware-alpha-desktop-i3-4130t-gtx-860-4gb-ddr3-330-after-70-rebate-free-s-h?v=1
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Steam is a digital marketplace - basically you can buy all kinds of games. In that price range, I might go with an Alienware Alpha console. Put a little money into extra RAM, keyboard/mouse and an LCD monitor and you are set - http://slickdeals.net/f/8040075-alienware-alpha-desktop-i3-4130t-gtx-860-4gb-ddr3-330-after-70-rebate-free-s-h?v=1
Exactly what Jabbit said. Those alienware alphas are the best bang for your buck hands down. Buy an extra 4gb ram($30) and keyboard/mouse($25) and a monitor you're set!
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I know they come with some custom overlay for Windows. Haven't ever used one but you won't have any issue with Minecraft, just might have to fiddle a bit to get non-Steam stuff to run.
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Don't buy an AIO is my strongest recommendation.
The Alienware Alpha is a decent option.
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Suggestions here are good. That Alienware Alpha that has been kicking around on the front page is a good option. An all in one will drive prices up and not really give you anything back in terms of hardware. The alpha is the best hardware for money you can get without combing through used or refurb Dell sales.

Nice thing about the Alpha is that it is a standard out there which means you will have an easier time getting updates or help down the road. Many laptops have odd hardware that will require driver hunting or tweaking that no one should like doing. They also have an added interface for Steam that is supposed to make things a bit simpler to just plug in and play.

That alpha is also very small in form factor. Takes about as much space as a game console rather than those giant fire breathing PC towers. Just need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and he is good to go. Additional memory or a better hard drive is a good suggestion, but could be done down the road as necessary. Off the shelf it should handle most of everything he throws at it.
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Suggestions here are good. That Alienware Alpha that has been kicking around on the front page is a good option. An all in one will drive prices up and not really give you anything back in terms of hardware. The alpha is the best hardware for money you can get without combing through used or refurb Dell sales.

Nice thing about the Alpha is that it is a standard out there which means you will have an easier time getting updates or help down the road. Many laptops have odd hardware that will require driver hunting or tweaking that no one should like doing. They also have an added interface for Steam that is supposed to make things a bit simpler to just plug in and play.

That alpha is also very small in form factor. Takes about as much space as a game console rather than those giant fire breathing PC towers. Just need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and he is good to go. Additional memory or a better hard drive is a good suggestion, but could be done down the road as necessary. Off the shelf it should handle most of everything he throws at it.
Except a brick or sledgehammer.
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Now that advice has been offered... It's time to talk payment for services rendered Evillaugh
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Except a brick or sledgehammer.
Very few of my PC's have stood up to the ASTM E2248 - 13 standard. Only my old Gateway managed that one.
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Now that advice has been offered... It's time to talk payment for services rendered Evillaugh
Was wondering when it would get around to this!
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Ha! Yes, payment. Sounds like my kids!!

Ok so no AIO - I guess I think they are more aesthetically pleasing Smilie

I will take your advice on the alien ware and I really appreciate it!! My son I am sure will appreciate it even more.
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Just FYI, "PC" means "personal computer." Macs are also PC's. I know you meant Windows computer.
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Just FYI, "PC" means "personal computer." Macs are also PC's. I know you meant Windows computer.
Everyone refers to IBM compatibles as PCs and Macs as Macs... a Mac is a personal computer but its not a PC - so shush.
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Just FYI, "PC" means "personal computer." Macs are also PC's. I know you meant Windows computer.
FYI, you don't use an apostrophe unless you're indicating a contraction or possession. I know what you meant, but a lot of people seem to think that if you're using a pluralized acronym, it justifies cramming an apostrophe in there. It doesn't.
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FYI, you don't use an apostrophe unless you're indicating a contraction or possession. I know what you meant, but a lot of people seem to think that if you're using a pluralized acronym, it justifies cramming an apostrophe in there. It doesn't.
FYI, an acronym is a word formed from the initial parts of a name that is pronounced like it's own word. For example, "NATO" and "SCUBA."
An initialism is an abbreviation consisting of initial letters pronounced separately. For example, "CPU" and "PC."
I know what you meant, but a lot of people mistakenly use "acronym" to refer to both types of words.

On a side note, I just spent about 30 minutes looking up when it's proper to use an apostrophe for plurals of initialisms, and it is a divided topic.
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