Help choosing a gaming PC

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Posted 16th Dec 2019
I have a 14 year old that likes to game on PC. I brought a cheap pc out of argos thinking a pc is a pc 🙈....however it's no good for gaming ..... I'm not tech savvy and have no clue what a gaming PC is so any input ,advice anything will be appreciated.
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Budget? And would you be willing to build it yourself (which I strongly recommend)

Also will you need monitor/keyboard/mouse etc
Shrekt16/12/2019 20:06

Budget? And would you be willing to build it yourself (which I strongly …Budget? And would you be willing to build it yourself (which I strongly recommend)Also will you need monitor/keyboard/mouse etc


“I'm not tech savvy and have no clue what a gaming PC is“
kinda answered your question in the op
migavupe16/12/2019 20:38

“I'm not tech savvy and have no clue what a gaming PC is“ kinda answered yo …“I'm not tech savvy and have no clue what a gaming PC is“ kinda answered your question in the op


You don't need to be tech savvy to know how much money you want to spend or if you have a monitor?
Shrekt16/12/2019 20:49

You don't need to be tech savvy to know how much money you want to spend …You don't need to be tech savvy to know how much money you want to spend or if you have a monitor?


I was going with you asking if they could build it themselves.
How much are you willing to spend. Say:
£300-500 - Low end entry level
£500-750 - mid range
£750+ - top range

Also within those pricing, do you require peripherals like monitor, mouse, keyboard included in the price?
Thanks guys it would be for everything needed to plug in and go please . Budget £1000-£1500 would like it cheaper if possible but got a feeling it's going to dent my purse !!
I wouldn't know how to build one 🙈
Can you be my mum?
Sunmoon16/12/2019 21:03

I wouldn't know how to build one 🙈


OK here is the list of parts that comes to £870 but includes monitor, a cheap keyboard and cheap mouse (you can spend more on these if you want). There's also a WiFi adapter:

PCPartPicker Part List: uk.pcpartpicker.com/lis…zPn

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor (£108.78 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£66.99 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£54.90 @ More Computers)
Storage: Corsair MP510 960 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£104.98 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6 GB Twin Fan Video Card (£218.46 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Thermaltake Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£34.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-AC51 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter (£27.49 @ Amazon UK)
Monitor: AOC 24G2U/BK 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor (£169.97 @ Amazon UK)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard With Optical Mouse (£32.79 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £869.34
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-16 21:16 GMT+0000

And I would suggest watching something like this:
or this:


There's also a discord if you were to get stuck (discord.gg/buildapc)
Edited by: "Shrekt" 16th Dec 2019
Shrekt16/12/2019 21:14

OK here is the list of parts that comes to £870 but includes monitor, a …OK here is the list of parts that comes to £870 but includes monitor, a cheap keyboard and cheap mouse (you can spend more on these if you want). There's also a WiFi adapter:PCPartPicker Part List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/yTkzPnCPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor (£108.78 @ Aria PC) Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£66.99 @ CCL Computers) Memory: Patriot Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£54.90 @ More Computers) Storage: Corsair MP510 960 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£104.98 @ Ebuyer) Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6 GB Twin Fan Video Card (£218.46 @ CCL Computers) Case: Thermaltake Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£34.99 @ Amazon UK) Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK) Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-AC51 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter (£27.49 @ Amazon UK) Monitor: AOC 24G2U/BK 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor (£169.97 @ Amazon UK) Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard With Optical Mouse (£32.79 @ Amazon UK) Total: £869.34Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when availableGenerated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-16 21:16 GMT+0000And I would suggest watching something like this: [Video] or this:[Video] There's also a discord if you were to get stuck (discord.gg/buildapc)


Omg I didn't realise you had to build it yourself!! How good is that . He made it look so easy to do , would I struggle doing it? Thanks for listing it all it actually made sense and didn't feel so overwhelming and technically challenging lol
Sunmoon16/12/2019 21:44

Omg I didn't realise you had to build it yourself!! How good is that . …Omg I didn't realise you had to build it yourself!! How good is that . He made it look so easy to do , would I struggle doing it? Thanks for listing it all it actually made sense and didn't feel so overwhelming and technically challenging lol


If you followed the video while building (keep in mind he wont be using the exact same components, but the methodology will be identical), I would say you wouldn't struggle. As I already mentioned there's a discord where people can assist you if you get stuck.
Shrekt16/12/2019 21:46

If you followed the video while building (keep in mind he wont be using …If you followed the video while building (keep in mind he wont be using the exact same components, but the methodology will be identical), I would say you wouldn't struggle. As I already mentioned there's a discord where people can assist you if you get stuck.


Thank you Shrekt you have been so helpful and I feel a bit more clued up now
Sunmoon16/12/2019 21:49

Thank you Shrekt you have been so helpful and I feel a bit more clued up …Thank you Shrekt you have been so helpful and I feel a bit more clued up now


No worries
Don’t buy one learn to build it honestly it’s not hard I built one at 16 and I’m soo glad Cos you save soo much money.
Edited by: "Wheres_Wali" 16th Dec 2019
Sunmoon16/12/2019 21:44

Omg I didn't realise you had to build it yourself!! How good is that . …Omg I didn't realise you had to build it yourself!! How good is that . He made it look so easy to do , would I struggle doing it? Thanks for listing it all it actually made sense and didn't feel so overwhelming and technically challenging lol


If you put everything into the right place and dont push the cpu down you will do fine
Shrekt16/12/2019 21:14

OK here is the list of parts that comes to £870 but includes monitor, a …OK here is the list of parts that comes to £870 but includes monitor, a cheap keyboard and cheap mouse (you can spend more on these if you want). There's also a WiFi adapter:PCPartPicker Part List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/yTkzPnCPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor (£108.78 @ Aria PC) Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£66.99 @ CCL Computers) Memory: Patriot Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£54.90 @ More Computers) Storage: Corsair MP510 960 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£104.98 @ Ebuyer) Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6 GB Twin Fan Video Card (£218.46 @ CCL Computers) Case: Thermaltake Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£34.99 @ Amazon UK) Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK) Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-AC51 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter (£27.49 @ Amazon UK) Monitor: AOC 24G2U/BK 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor (£169.97 @ Amazon UK) Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard With Optical Mouse (£32.79 @ Amazon UK) Total: £869.34Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when availableGenerated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-16 21:16 GMT+0000And I would suggest watching something like this: [Video] or this:[Video] There's also a discord if you were to get stuck (discord.gg/buildapc)


Why not go with the 3600?
Shrekt16/12/2019 20:49

You don't need to be tech savvy to know how much money you want to spend …You don't need to be tech savvy to know how much money you want to spend or if you have a monitor?


What's your question?
Misly17/12/2019 09:04

Why not go with the 3600?


3600 + 1
Or 2700X is cheap enough
Wheres_Wali16/12/2019 22:15

Don’t buy one learn to build it honestly it’s not hard I built one at 16 an …Don’t buy one learn to build it honestly it’s not hard I built one at 16 and I’m soo glad Cos you save soo much money.


I will defo give it ago now I sort of know what I'm looking at .
Misly17/12/2019 09:03

If you put everything into the right place and dont push the cpu down you …If you put everything into the right place and dont push the cpu down you will do fine


I will give it a go and try the video made it seem possible to do .
Misly17/12/2019 09:04

Why not go with the 3600?


OP said they don't want to dent their wallet
Cisco06060617/12/2019 09:45

3600 + 1Or 2700X is cheap enough


2700x makes no sense for gaming over a 2600
Shrekt17/12/2019 10:26

OP said they don't want to dent their wallet


The 3600 doesn't cost much more and is quite a bit faster
Misly17/12/2019 13:10

The 3600 doesn't cost much more and is quite a bit faster


It's 10% faster, and is currently £70 more than the 2600. If you want to use that £70, spend it on a better GPU
Shrekt17/12/2019 13:12

It's 10% faster, and is currently £70 more than the 2600. If you want to …It's 10% faster, and is currently £70 more than the 2600. If you want to use that £70, spend it on a better GPU


Yeah and that is assuming you are not already GPU bound.
Learning to build pcs is so easy nowadays compared to when i first learnt. Years ago you had to read up for hours on whether this is compatible with that. Then you had the long drawn out process of installing windows.

Now it's simple, websites like partpicker tell you any compatibility issues before you buy. You can build a pc in an hour nowadays and that includes installing windows.

Btw pick up windows off ebay for a fiver.
m1keyp1key18/12/2019 16:46

Learning to build pcs is so easy nowadays compared to when i first learnt. …Learning to build pcs is so easy nowadays compared to when i first learnt. Years ago you had to read up for hours on whether this is compatible with that. Then you had the long drawn out process of installing windows. Now it's simple, websites like partpicker tell you any compatibility issues before you buy. You can build a pc in an hour nowadays and that includes installing windows.Btw pick up windows off ebay for a fiver.


Yeah that's when you have no faulty components, it can be a pita when the thing doesn't boot or freezes.
Gormond18/12/2019 16:55

Yeah that's when you have no faulty components, it can be a pita when the …Yeah that's when you have no faulty components, it can be a pita when the thing doesn't boot or freezes.



Point taken, i've just been very lucky in all my builds and upgrades in that everything has worked.
PC Building is like high tech lego - at least with a sanity checked component set like PCpartpicker.

The "danger points" are:
1. The case standoffs for the motherboard - check twice, fit once, as the case has positions to fit a variety of boards.
A standoff in the WRONG place can short the board or scrape tracks, while missing out ones that should be present will allow excessive flex.
2. The pins on an AMD CPU, or on an Intel socket... dropping an AMD CPU, or dropping something on or brushing against the Intel socket is very bad. The CPU has a mark which lines up with a mark on the socket (triangle in the corner) and should settle in the socket without any force - the zero insertion force socket is unlocked when the lever is raised and grips the pins when the lever is lowered.

Don't forget to add an anti-static strap to the building kit
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