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7 10 November 25, 2017 at 08:50 AM
Ok... I searched through the older posts to see if I could get some answers on my own, but ended up more confused. I am looking for a new computer, very basic needs for me. I just shop, some light work and social media. My young son wants to play Minecraft and Roadblocks ( I think that is what is called) I don't want to spend a ton, but I know different "things" are needed to play games LOL. So, would I be better off getting a laptop or a desk top? Any recommendations?

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Ok... I searched through the older posts to see if I could get some answers on my own, but ended up more confused. I am looking for a new computer, very basic needs for me. I just shop, some light work and social media. My young son wants to play Minecraft and Roadblocks ( I think that is what is called) I don't want to spend a ton, but I know different "things" are needed to play games LOL. So, would I be better off getting a laptop or a desk top? Any recommendations?

You are always better off with a desktop if portability is not a concern to you. Cheaper and generally will have more firepower for the buck...to say nothing about the ability to expand and upgrade.

As to what to get, depends on your budget like anything else and whether or not you already have a monitor or HDTV to use for it.
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A desktop would be fine, I would need to buy a monitor and everything. Now, as far as expanding and upgrading is this something that I could go to any computer guy for or Best buy? What would I need for a good starter model that would be able to play those types of games?
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I desk top would be fine, I would need to buy a monitor and everything. Now as far as expanding and upgrading is this something that I could go to any computer guy for or Best buy? What would I need for a good starter model that would be able to play those types of games?
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I posted Minecraft recommend specs on another thread just recently...see below. Can't speak to the other game. A decent i5 desktop from the Dell Outlet when they have a sale and stuff is in stock would be the way to go imo though you should be able to go with most any reputable manufacturer. Something from the XPS 8900 series. Add on a monitor or HDTV that fits your budget (Make sure if you get an HDTV that it is full HD\1080p\ or 4k and not 720p).


As for being able to upgrade, most competent computer people should be able to help with that. The question is more as to whether you get ripped off or not lol.



https://help.mojang.com/customer/...quirements

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz / AMD A10-7800 APU 3.5 GHz or equivalent
RAM: 4GB
GPU: GeForce 700 Series or AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series (excluding integrated chipsets) with OpenGL 4.5
HDD: 4GB (SSD is recommended)
OS (recommended 64-bit):
- Windows: Windows 10
- macOS: macOS 10.12 Sierra
- Linux: Any modern distributions from 2014 onwards
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Something like this could work out well.
https://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/out...10NUX01300

This Dell is a little more but has 3 years of on site support which is pretty nice for peace of mind

dell.com\outlet then go to business and see what they offer
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make sure you set up 3 accounts for you and your son as normal users and an admin account separate.
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Something like this could work out well.
https://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/out...10NUX01300

This Dell is a little more but has 3 years of on site support which is pretty nice for peace of mind

dell.com\outlet then go to business and see what they offer
Optiplex 24 - 7440 AIO Qty 1
Dell Outlet Optiplex 24 - 7440 AIO Windows 10 Pro Unit Price $691.00

Dell Outlet Optiplex 24 - 7440 AIO CFGWT
Dell KB212-B USB Keyboard 01D46
120V Power Cord 0293D
Label 0N84T
Software 0P1H1
Intel Integrated Graphics 1Y0Y8
Wave Systems Software 26YTJ
Software 2HF94
Shipping Material 30WMR
Information 33RD8
Certified Refurbished 3E476
500GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM) 3RTXH
Software 417KX
Service Software 4P84D
Software 5670W
Bezel 56D9X
Intel Dual Band Wireless 8260 (802.11ac) + Bluetooth 5K0F6
Service Software 7DHK3
Information 80PHW
Processor: Intel Core 6th Generation i7-6700 Processor (Quad Core, up to 4.0 GHz, 8M Cache, 65W) 814MK
Label 8CPFW
Windows 10 Pro

make sure you set up 3 accounts for you and your son as normal users and an admin account separate.

I generally never recommend All in Ones. They have limited expandability and there is nothing to be gained with the monitor being integrated into the main system imo.
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Thank you! This was very helpful
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Make yourself and your son new accounts, make them standard accounts not administrator. You can elevate permissions when needed (Make sure you keep this password a secret to you). This will help not to install viruses and malware as he most likely will want to try and mod minecraft at somepoint etc.
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