I have a 12 year old son who has hinted that he would like a gaming laptop/desktop pc for xmas, i have a budget of between £500-£600 . Any suggestions please as I do not have a clue where to start.....many thanks in anticipation - HotUKDeals
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I have a 12 year old son who has hinted that he would like a gaming laptop/desktop pc for xmas, i have a budget of between £500-£600 . Any suggestions please as I do not have a clue where to start.....many thanks in anticipation

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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
Gaming Laptop /Desktop PC ....For 12 year old son. What is the best buy?? Any advise would be welcomed.
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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
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#1
As someone who works in education I would say-don't buy a 12 year old his own gaming computer. Buy a family computer that has the spec for him to play his games on and give him allocated time to use it. I'm afraid I can't help you with the computer info, but please consider what I've said-when children are given things like this, they aren't always good with time limits and boundaries.
#2
lucky lad. Research is key. Check out online reviews, pick up a copy of pc gamer/ conputer shopper and TomsHardware.co.uk. if you know somone into computers ask for their advice
If thats not directed enough I personally would consider the alienware alpha. A reasonably priced gaming pc with console pedigree and the first steambox on the market
#3
mermo , totally agree! buy him a football, or bike!! don't let him waste his life in front of a screen, ... killing people??
at 24 " my mum didn't buy me games machine, she bought me a bike?"
" but do u can win this years tour de France? after winning the olympics?"
"yes"
#4
try chatting to staff in pc world. You dont have to buy it there. you could Whittle it down to 2 then look online for deals! For games you do need a better graphics card. We paid about 350 for ours.
#5
If he is sensible then there is nothing wrong with a 12 year old having his own computer. I got my first pc when I was about that age and didn't do me any harm. (If he suddenly turns into a weird recluse then maybe intervene but I'm sure you know how to raise your own child)

now for pc recommendations do you think he would prefer a laptop or desktop? Do you have a monitor for him already? any idea what games he wants to play?

here is a very decent laptop which will play any game

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/inspiron-15-7537-core-i7-4510u-750m-2gb-gpu-16gb-ram-1tb-hdd-630-using-code-dell-2006794

(although you will have to run some at lower settings - will still look better than 360/ps3) add a wired 360 controller and he has everything he needs (maybe get the eidos anthology for £39.99 and get him 40 good games to start him off *some games are probably a bit too violent for a 12 year old)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/steam-eidos-anthology-34-games-39-99-square-enix-1-17-a-game-2009207

so many great deals for pc games.
#7
are you able to build a pc?
there are youtube videos on it and whatever, its mostly plug and play
#9
richmond
mermo , totally agree! buy him a football, or bike!! don't let him waste his life in front of a screen, ... killing people??
at 24 " my mum didn't buy me games machine, she bought me a bike?"
" but do u can win this years tour de France? after winning the olympics?"
"yes"

Comment noted ...however he is a sensible lad who trains 3 times a week with Local swimming club swims in galas & plays football for local team every weekend !!!

So gets plenty of exercise & interaction with all ages. He just wants a gaming pc for those long dark nights that are on there way!!
#10
funkythreads2004
try chatting to staff in pc world. You dont have to buy it there. you could Whittle it down to 2 then look online for deals! For games you do need a better graphics card. We paid about 350 for ours.

Many Thanks for your suggestion. Will try at Weekend
#11
MarvelUK
lucky lad. Research is key. Check out online reviews, pick up a copy of pc gamer/ conputer shopper and TomsHardware.co.uk. if you know somone into computers ask for their advice
If thats not directed enough I personally would consider the alienware alpha. A reasonably priced gaming pc with console pedigree and the first steambox on the market

Many Thanks for your recommendation. Its always good to have a starting point!.....
#12
funkythreads2004
try chatting to staff in pc world. You dont have to buy it there. you could Whittle it down to 2 then look online for deals! For games you do need a better graphics card. We paid about 350 for ours.

Lol? The staff I have met in PC world have the knowledge of a burger. I agree with Mermoo, buy your child a gaming laptop and you will lose him. In the respect that my son is about to turn 12 and he got Xbox Live at 10, now all he cares about is "360 No Scopes Trick Shot YY Hax"

Rest my case :(
#13
Mermoo
As someone who works in education I would say-don't buy a 12 year old his own gaming computer. Buy a family computer that has the spec for him to play his games on and give him allocated time to use it. I'm afraid I can't help you with the computer info, but please consider what I've said-when children are given things like this, they aren't always good with time limits and boundaries.
There's a difference between working in education and being a parent I'd say..
#14
badasschris
If he is sensible then there is nothing wrong with a 12 year old having his own computer. I got my first pc when I was about that age and didn't do me any harm. (If he suddenly turns into a weird recluse then maybe intervene but I'm sure you know how to raise your own child)

now for pc recommendations do you think he would prefer a laptop or desktop? Do you have a monitor for him already? any idea what games he wants to play?

here is a very decent laptop which will play any game

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/inspiron-15-7537-core-i7-4510u-750m-2gb-gpu-16gb-ram-1tb-hdd-630-using-code-dell-2006794

(although you will have to run some at lower settings - will still look better than 360/ps3) add a wired 360 controller and he has everything he needs (maybe get the eidos anthology for £39.99 and get him 40 good games to start him off *some games are probably a bit too violent for a 12 year old)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/steam-eidos-anthology-34-games-39-99-square-enix-1-17-a-game-2009207

so many great deals for pc games.

Many Thanks for taking your time to reply. He is a sensible lad & spends most of his week swiimming for a local club & palying football at weekends.

With the long winter nights coming up he is just interested in either a gaming laptop or pc. We already have a monitor & keyboard .

Your suggestions are much appreciated....& I will take a look. Thanks again
#15
Right, ill give you some proper advice rather than lecturing you to get your son away from games.

Try this Dell one - you might be able to get a discount code as well. Its an i7 with a half decent graphics card and i can personally recommend it
Inspiron 17 5748 £579
#16
DO NOT BUY A LAPTOP FOR GAMING. You get more value for money buying a desktop for gaming. What's the point buying a laptop if you have to play most of the games on low. Laptops also run very hot when gaming
#17
118luke
Right, ill give you some proper advice rather than lecturing you to get your son away from games.

Try this Dell one - you might be able to get a discount code as well. Its an i7 with a half decent graphics card and i can personally recommend it
Inspiron 17 5748 £579

Many Thanks for taking my question seriously....I am a hard working single mum & just would not have a clue where to start so your suggestions are most appreciated & I will take a look. I have resisted getting him either a playstation or xbox (he has a wii U which we always enjoy as a family.) So when he asked about a gaming laptop/desktop my first thought was to come to Hot UK Deals as generally the advice given is pretty sound.

Much appreciated for giving your time.
#18
Agaeti
are you able to build a pc?
there are youtube videos on it and whatever, its mostly plug and play

Thanks for reply ...but I would not have a clue where to start.

Single Working Mum with just basic IT knowlege.....does not include gaming!!
#19
muzzzzzzzzzy
Mermoo
As someone who works in education I would say-don't buy a 12 year old his own gaming computer. Buy a family computer that has the spec for him to play hischildrens on and give him allocated time to use it. I'm afraid I can't help you with the computer info, but please consider what I've said-when children are given things like this, they aren't always good with time limits and boundaries.
There's a difference between working in education and being a parent I'd say..

FYI I am both. It was just some friendly advice. I never said kids shouldn't play on games, but some parents think spoiling their children makes up for lack of time/attention/love and many children find setting their own boundaries difficult. Now the op has posted more info, it seems the advice may be put on the back burner for her. However, I stand by my comment based on my experience of thousands of students in high schools.
#20
Gaming laptops are for people who can afford to replace them every couple of years to keep up with more demanding games. They are also more expensive than desktop variants.

I would go desktop. You can then upgrade individual items which is good when it comes to birthdays etc.

Once he has had it a while, believe me, he will be telling you what parts he needs.

As a basic minimum spec my advice is:

Intel i7
8GB - 16GB RAM
3 tb hard drive
GeForce GTX 670 Or equivalent graphics card

Those are the key pieces. Most other stuff will come with it. Bluray disc, sexy black case with led lights :-)

Be sure to top it off with a nice 22"+ screen and importantly a decent keyboard and mouse.

Don't forget the gaming headset!

If you have specific questions feel free to pm me.
banned#21
badasschris
If he is sensible then there is nothing wrong with a 12 year old having his own computer. I got my first pc when I was about that age and didn't do me any harm. (If he suddenly turns into a weird recluse then maybe intervene but I'm sure you know how to raise your own child)

now for pc recommendations do you think he would prefer a laptop or desktop? Do you have a monitor for him already? any idea what games he wants to play?

here is a very decent laptop which will play any game

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/inspiron-15-7537-core-i7-4510u-750m-2gb-gpu-16gb-ram-1tb-hdd-630-using-code-dell-2006794

(although you will have to run some at lower settings - will still look better than 360/ps3) add a wired 360 controller and he has everything he needs (maybe get the eidos anthology for £39.99 and get him 40 good games to start him off *some games are probably a bit too violent for a 12 year old)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/steam-eidos-anthology-34-games-39-99-square-enix-1-17-a-game-2009207

so many great deals for pc games.

you say it didn't do you any harm yet you feel the need to act hard by calling yourself "badasschris" on a shopping forum :|
#22
Great...thanks for your advice. The basic spec really was what I was looking for ....It gives me a starting point.

Also advice on the monitor & keyboard was useful. (Although Not sure if what I already have will be suitable)

Would I find the basic spec in most budget gaming desktops?

Or are there specific models I should look out for.

Thanks again for advice & time.
#23
#24
gren05
Great...thanks for your advice. The basic spec really was what I was looking for ....It gives me a starting point.

Also advice on the monitor & keyboard was useful. (Although Not sure if what I already have will be suitable)

Would I find the basic spec in most budget gaming desktops?

Or are there specific models I should look out for.

Thanks again for advice & time.


With a mouse it's important to pick a good one. Expect to pay £30-60 for a corsair or razor branded one. A good investment though and they outlast the cheaper ones.

As for the spec. If you look online or in stores, every desktop will have its specs listed. You want to make sure that your minimum requirements are met or traded off.

For example. The i7 is Intel's premier consumer cpu on the market. Getting that is good but say you find a pc that has the next cpu down - the i5...maybe that's okay if it also has more RAM.

Since its his first, you can compromise a little because the pc can grow with him and be upgraded as he grows.

CPU and Memory are your priorities. Make sure you are looking for a desktop that's i5 or i7 and has 8 to 16gb RAM. The rest is important but is more forgiving and less expensive to upgrade later.
#25
whatsThePoint
badasschris
If he is sensible then there is nothing wrong with a 12 year old having his own computer. I got my first pc when I was about that age and didn't do me any harm. (If he suddenly turns into a weird recluse then maybe intervene but I'm sure you know how to raise your own child)

now for pc recommendations do you think he would prefer a laptop or desktop? Do you have a monitor for him already? any idea what games he wants to play?

here is a very decent laptop which will play any game

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/inspiron-15-7537-core-i7-4510u-750m-2gb-gpu-16gb-ram-1tb-hdd-630-using-code-dell-2006794

(although you will have to run some at lower settings - will still look better than 360/ps3) add a wired 360 controller and he has everything he needs (maybe get the eidos anthology for £39.99 and get him 40 good games to start him off *some games are probably a bit too violent for a 12 year old)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/steam-eidos-anthology-34-games-39-99-square-enix-1-17-a-game-2009207

so many great deals for pc games.

you say it didn't do you any harm yet you feel the need to act hard by calling yourself "badasschris" on a shopping forum :|
Yep your'e totally right. There is no better way to ascertain the success of an individual than by judging the extremely important name one uses in an online forum.
#26
Looking at your budget again and I think for you to come in on a target of £600 you may have to forget Intel chips and go for an AMD based machine.

Something like this, plus your screen will get you in on budget.

http://www.ebuyer.com/656273-cyberpower-gaming-battalion-504-pc-ecc01198
#27
MightyName
Looking at your budget again and I think for you to come in on a target of £600 you may have to forget Intel chips and go for an AMD based machine.

Something like this, plus your screen will get you in on budget.

http://www.ebuyer.com/656273-cyberpower-gaming-battalion-504-pc-ecc01198

Great .....thanks for providing the link also giving suggestions for the mouse.

What size momitor would you suggest & is there a specific keyboard that I would need??
#28
gren05
MightyName
Looking at your budget again and I think for you to come in on a target of £600 you may have to forget Intel chips and go for an AMD based machine.

Something like this, plus your screen will get you in on budget.

http://www.ebuyer.com/656273-cyberpower-gaming-battalion-504-pc-ecc01198

Great .....thanks for providing the link also giving suggestions for the mouse.

What size momitor would you suggest & is there a specific keyboard that I would need??

I would say 21" to 24" something with hdmi ports and dvi. A decent example is here:
http://www.ebuyer.com/538410-acer-g226hqlhbid-21-5-led-hd-dvi-hdmi-monitor-um-wg6ee-h05

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