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Morgan12 Mon 15-Jul-19 09:32:41

So my DS is desperate for a gaming PC after watching YouTube videos. Apparently all serious gamers use a PC. Who knew! I'm a strict ps4 fan so haven't a clue about what PCs are good.

Can anyone recommend one? He will play Fortnite and upload to YouTube. I doubt he will even be interested in getting any other games any time soon so I'm looking for a sort of starter one if such one exists? Don't want to spend too much.

I've seen an Admi gaming PC package on Amazon for £399.95. Is this a crap one?

HappyParent2000 Wed 31-Jul-19 12:56:00

I build a gaming PC last year, it was brilliant.

First questions...

What monitor (screen) do you have or want. Need to know resolution and refresh rate (either 60 or a bigger number up to 144 or even 250).

I would recommend a 144hz 1080p TN monitor to start with.

As for the rest, a quality 1080p build can be quite cheap. You need to decide on a form factor first.

I recommend ITX but in a uATX style case like the Fractal Desgin Nano S.

I also recommend getting a Corsair MX500 SSD, very good value for money.

AMD seem to be ahead on the value for money CPU side, I’m team Intel so I struggle to help there but can call on some acquaintances with knowledge of team Red.

MadamePompadour Wed 31-Jul-19 13:04:56

I know nothing about Fortnite however dd games a lot and has a decent PC. I can't imagine that a £400 PC would be that good. I know nothing of the system requirements for fortnite but I would imagine you will need a dedicated graphics card rather than an integrated one and a £400 computer unlikely to have this.

wE GOT DD's from PC Specialist website. They have a linked (but not run by employees, just gamers) forum here. You can tell them what you want the computer to do and a budget and they will do a spec for you. You then copy that spec over to pc specialist and they build the pc for you and it turns up a few days later.

MadamePompadour Wed 31-Jul-19 13:05:57

We went AMD rather than Intel as it seemed better value for money so agree with Happyparent2000 on that.

HappyParent2000 Wed 31-Jul-19 15:02:40

Building your own can save 20% as building fees from sites do cost a fair bit.

I have had pre-builds in the past but building my own was so much fun. Only spent £3 on an anti-static wristband as I already had a screwdriver (and tweezers #injoke)

WeAreTheFighters Wed 31-Jul-19 15:20:36

If he wants to record his fortunate sessions via twitch or edit video and upload to YouTube, he will need something more around £800-1000 mark and even that will be a frustrating experience.

You will want a PC or gaming laptop (I have a laptop these days but used to build my own) that has minimum:

8GB ram

An SSD type hard drive, min 250GB but more storage for creating video- could save cost by having an external drive for that.

An Intel corei5 or above processor (cpu).

Or the equivalent AMD processor (I'm not up on the latest models)

A Dedicated graphics card of at least 4GB but probably 8GB these days? Someone can correct me here it's been 3 years since I last upgraded. I'd have thought 4GB is fine for fortunate but maybe not video editing?
When buying, look out for DEDICATED graphics, you do not want "on board" graphics. You need a separate graphics card, not one build into the motherboard. Many machines have both, the on board runs Windows and the dedicated one spins up for gaming (and gets noisy).

I doubt he needs 4k graphics, and on your budget I would just go with standard full HD at 1080p with screen to match.

Anything else can be ignored really. Unless you are building your own but based on your info given so far I would not recommend it unless you know someone who can spec it and do it for you.

He may also want to invest in a decent gaming mouse and keyboard, these can set you back a couple of hundred if he wants to be competitive. It's tricky as it's quite an investment, but can always upgrade if he gets into it or saves up his pocket money. I got a part time job when I was 15 (20 years ago!!) And saved it all up to buy my first PC from dixons, some crappy thing for about £800! Learned to build my own and got much more for my money in later years.

Now I'm old and lazy and earn real money so gaming laptop it is, i got a Aorus G3 for £1200 which now appears to be a bargain. DP has a fancy Razer laptop which was 2k, much better than mine.

But, he should see how he goes. He won't need that for just fortnite!

If you are totally clueless, start by talking to PC world, but do not buy their overpriced rubbish without advice from a proper techie (sometimes they have something ok). Then look on Overclockers website to learn what is good value.

WeAreTheFighters Wed 31-Jul-19 15:37:58

Fortnite not fortunate 🙄

gamerchick Wed 31-Jul-19 15:40:00

Get one built rather than buy off the shelf. Find an independant pc place and they'll build you one.

HappyParent2000 Wed 31-Jul-19 16:08:35

Try Linus tech tips forum and ask them, they are more than happy to spec out a build for free and usually give great advice for budget builds!

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