Which computer should I buy?

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Found 29th Dec 2016
I have a 14 year old son and he is saving up for a computer. He is struggling to chose between a desktop and a laptop. He currently has £365 and he earns £50 a month. He wants to use it for editing videos mainly, however he would like to play games on it as well so this means he would like it to run fast. If any of you have any suggestions they are much appreciated. Thank you

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You will get the most power from a self built desktop to be honest, and although it requires research to find which parts are best you do save a substantial amount of money. (plus its fun)

If he's going to play games and is on a tight budget then go for a desktop, you get more for your money and you can upgrade in the future.

I too would recommend building one yourself, it's not that difficult and should save a little in the process.

if he wants to play game it had to be desktop. building yourself it will cost a lot more if you building from new parts. if you building your self you need to read a lot as some parts incompatible. if you want for games and editing you probably looking to start from £600~£800 but that medium computer without screen, mouse, keyboard or speakers.

Best solution I can offer at £553 is

i3 -6100 (stock cooler)
ASRock H110M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GAMING X 4G Video Card
BitFenix Neos White/Red ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit

If the main point of use is video editing a different solution might be a corporate workstation refurb with an NVS card in it, while cheap my personal experience with these machines which is having owned several and bought twice as many for others is they have all developed faults within 12 to 24 months, some repairable others catastrophic.

Or.... £555.92 using 15% off code: Merry
Precision 3620 Mini Tower
•Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-6500 (Quad Core, 6MB Cache, 3.2GHz )
•Windows 10 Pro (64bit)
•8 GB (1x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Memory Non ECC
•1 TB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
•16X DVD-ROM Drive
•AMD FirePro W5100 4GB (4 DP) (2 DP to SL-DVI adapters) GDDR5
•Precision T3620 Mini Tower Chassis
•Intel vPro Technology Enabled
•Power Cord : 250V
•Thermal Heatsink
•Dell USB Keyboard


Edited by: "dozstanford" 29th Dec 2016

£365 can get him a good Desktop system. As he is earning as well he can upgrade as he goes along. The system I have thought up for him is great for that being socket 1151.
Low end desktop hardware is still very powerful and so you should get caught up in specs to much it's just a numbers game for marketing. Majority of chips are the same as higher models and lower models as they select them based on a binning process.
Here's the system:
- Novatech Stealth Micro ATX PC Case - No PSU
- Intel Pentium Dual Core G4500 3.5GHz Socket LGA1151 (Skylake) Processor - Retail
- Novatech 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 PC4-17000 2133MHz Single Module
- Corsair VS Series VS550 ATX Power Supply
- SK hynix SL308 120GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD - Retail
- PALiT GeForce GTX 1050Ti StormX 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
- GIGABYTE GA-H110M-S2H Intel H110 (Socket 1151) Micro ATX Motherboard (Clearance)

£385 total - Prices may vary and clearance items my change availability. You can obviously shop around online to find the best prices per component and perhaps get cheaper.

All parts from Novatech, they are very good and you can even email them asking for a better price and they will usually help out, sometimes throwing in some extra parts such as wireless card or optical drive. Try your luck.

For the OS just get from a CD key online retailer or If he is a student and you don't wanna pay the £20 or so sign up for Microsoft dreamspark and use one available to you.

Hope this helps, if you do this route it's quite enjoyable building your own system.
Edited by: "Gowlande" 29th Dec 2016

Check the Dell Outlet daily for good deals!

Desktop will always be better for editing video. Don't buy anything with a CPU that has U on the end. Don't think one with a better video card will be better for editing video it might not be but naturally games push that so he'll be tempted to want to play the latest game. Do not buy a second hand computer that's been used for playing games. A desktop with a 2gb video card and perhaps i7-4700mq 8-16bg of ram. That should be possible for your budget.

Definitely needs to be a desktop and I recommend building it yourself, it'll be fun for him and I know a lot of people love being hands on building/upgrading theirs. I'd recommend shopping around definitely and things so depend on whether he wants all new parts or whether he's happy with some things second hand. I have a decent gaming PC that cost me around £600/700. As his budget is lower he could always buy the basics and then upgrade the rest as and when he has money which is what I originally did. If you need any help or advice feel free to message and I can try help

If he is doing gaming and wants a decent processor would stay away from anything below and I-5 processor. Custom built are the way forward in terms of speed and power. I would save for a couple of months and get one around £600-£800 that will last at least 5 years and you can upgrade along the way freshtechsolutions.co.uk/pre…tml here's where I got mine and is still working above my expectations 1 year later!!
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