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May 22, 2005
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Ottawa

Prebuilt Gaming PC

My son has asked for Xmas for a desktop "gaming" pc.

I have a neighbour who "builds" pc's, but I was wondering if there was a good platfrom to build from online? I'd like to keep this under $1K with a nice monitor.

He's in his early teen years. Currently plays Minecraft (modded?), Terraria, and Fortnite primarily.

I was told to stick with an AMD cpu, 16GB of ram, SSD, and a decent gpu.

Anyone help me along with this stuff with any recommendations or feedback?
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Deal Addict
Oct 18, 2007
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DecayHeat wrote: highly recommend you build your own, make it an event with your neighbor. make sure the kid is there and helps out. putting together a gaming pc is almost like lego.
I was actually thinking of suggesting this. It will be fun and educational.

I had been buying parts myself and built my first computer back in May... it took about 2 hours to put together and and install windows.
RFD is bad for your wallet's health 😂
Sr. Member
May 13, 2015
920 posts
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Dartmouth, NS
you can pay $50 for memory express to put together your PC for you... but if you have a neighbour who can build PCs and is willing to help, that should work too.

you should make a post here and they can put together a build for you:

https://www.reddit.com/r/bapccanada/

i built my first gaming pc earlier this year... and while I got it all working and didn't really run into any major issues... it's still not a walk in the park. for someone who isn't good with computers in general, I think it could be a struggle. however... it's also a very useful skill for your son to know how to put a PC together and how all the components work.

go with a prebuilt if you want something that will work right out of the box and not give you too many headaches.... but if you're willing to put in the effort and have a neighbour to help, building your own custom rig has advantages.
[OP]
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May 22, 2005
301 posts
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Ottawa
Great advice everyone. Thanks.

The neighbour has offered his assistance, so I just need to spec out all the parts for my son's specific requirements for the games he's currently playing.
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Jul 13, 2009
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Those games are not demanding, they'll run on a Raspberry Pi 4...

Best to think 3-4 years ahead to get your money's worth, and plan out what he'll play for those coming years. I used to build gaming PC's (15 years ago) with upgradability in mind because I was poor...but wanted to game...
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Oct 18, 2007
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SheeB wrote: Great advice everyone. Thanks.

The neighbour has offered his assistance, so I just need to spec out all the parts for my son's specific requirements for the games he's currently playing.
That's a great neighbour! I would talk to him and discuss what spec fits under your budget. Damn, I want to be your kid now! lol
RFD is bad for your wallet's health 😂
Deal Addict
Jul 26, 2004
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I would think something like this would work if you want to squeeze every cent of your $1000 budget.... https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/ssvyK3

Motherboard will be able to support alot of faster CPUs, which should be readily available when hes ready/have money to upgrade. Can probably go cheaper on video card or get a used RX580.

Still gives you about $150-200 for the monitor of your choice. Should be able to pick up at decent 20"+ 1080p monitor for that price. Less if you go the used route.
Deal Expert
Feb 29, 2008
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My son plays Minecraft on Intel graphics. Those games will run on an AMD APU just fine. Get a 3400g/3200g, 16 gigs of RAM, 500gb SSD and your done.
[OP]
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May 22, 2005
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Ottawa
Great info! Thanks again all.

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