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PreBuilt Gaming PC vs Build Your Own vs PC and add video card?

yazyazoo 4,712 615 May 24, 2016 at 10:46 PM
I have been tasked to build or get a gaming PC for my nephew. I think the price range is around $700.

So I do usually build my own PC's for normal usage and haven't built a gaming PC since my high school days when I overclocked a celeron 300a.

What I want is a stable gaming system that doesn't get BSOD's which will lead my nephew calling me for support or why the pc is crashing.

So I have looked at a few prebuilt gaming systems like Dell Alienware, ibuypower, cybberpowerpc.

I also looked at Dell i7 systems and thought about just adding a decent videocard into it.

Also I know building my own would be the best bang for buck system but what I have seen on my friends system is it crashes or BSOD's sometimes and I don't know why, RAM isnt good, CPU not properly cooled, etc? I don't want to spend the time trying to figure out which component is causing the crash.

I would like an Intel based and Nvidia card if possible. I have read recently that AMD isn't doing to well.

Any input would be great.



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#2 might help you but they are a bit biased to building your own. Building isn't always the best bet but for $700 it probably is.

Based on the fact you don't want to support the PC I think your only real option is to buy a Dell (Outlet perhaps) or something like that and add a GPU and most likely a PSU. Be careful about what you get and make sure it has a large enough case with airflow and a standard PSU.

Intel generally has had the best performance and best performance per watt. AMD processors can compete when talking value. AMD GPU's are still good, but the new GPU's nvidia just released blow everyone out of the water.

Overall I would recommend doing more research and reading about the current state of things so you can get up to speed.
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I used to build my own PC's - lets you get all the specs you want.... but it's a PITA, frankly, and takes a lot of time. OEMs can mass purchase and sell you PC's/parts for less $$. So you can go the OEM/upgrade route but watch out - high end graphics cards are power hungry, which the standard PSUs likely won't handle. The problem is that many OEMs use non-standard cases so upgrading the PSU to more wattage may not be simple.
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for $700 you should build your own. wait in a month when the new 1080s are going to be released so prices should go down a little more on the older gpus.
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Thanks for all the comments. I will prob lean towards a build but tell them I can't do the support. So how much are the older GPU for Nvidia? I would think $250-300 would go to the GPU.
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this system is just under 700 at the outlet

Processor Processor: Intel Core 6th Generation i7-6700K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.2 GHz)
Operating System Windows 10 Home 64bit English
Hard Disk Drive 2 TB 3.5-inch SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
32GB M.2 SSD Cache
Memory 16GB (2x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Non-ECC
Media Bay 16X DVD + RW Drive
Video NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 4GB GDDR3
System Color Black
Base Dell Outlet XPS 8900
Software Upgrade Windows 64 Bit
Office Software Office 365 - 1 Month Trial (Internet access required to install & activate)
Network Interface Card DW 1560 + BT4.0 [802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 2x2]
Keyboard Dell KB212-B USB Keyboard
Mouse Dell USB 6-Button Laser Mouse
Hardware Upgrade 120V Power Cord
M2 Wifi Bracket
Thermal Heat Sink

using partspicker i came up with
Total: $670.80 without case powersuply or motherboard. The processor is over 300 and windows is just under 100.00
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Last edited by komondor May 26, 2016 at 06:27 PM.
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this system is just under 700 at the outlet
something like that is a good option especially when there's a coupon, but the GPUs in many of these systems are kind of weak. In some cases the intel integrated graphics actually outperform them.

Best bet is probably an outlet system with recent i7 or i5 with integrated graphics. Add a graphics card of your choice and upgrade the PSU if needed. SSDs are also often a better value aftermarket.

Currently 30% off xps desktops in the outlet with code:
through 5/31
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Last edited by jkee May 26, 2016 at 06:49 PM.
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