- 54 months ago
I’m looking to build my 13 year-old a new gaming machine. I’m a little overwhelmed by the options and getting short on time. I probably should have started looking earlier, but the money is a random, one-off windfall and I’d like to replace his current machine for Xmas, if possible.
This would be a rig mainly for gaming, and a little school work to sell it to his mom. He plays a lot of shooters on and offline, as well as a myriad of other things that are heavy on graphics and more or less plant me in the horrible-parent category. He’s been using a laptop that’s too slow to play Fallout 3, much less 4.
The budget is about $800 (maybe a bit more), but he’ll need a monitor and an OS (Windows). Needs wifi as well. We have keyboard and mouse.
Ideally, this build would be easy to upgrade so that down the road it doesn’t become obsolete all at once.
To be honest, I’m not sure what I’m asking for either. I haven’t built a PC since the late 90s, so I’m way behind on just about everything (I’ve never used thermal paste, for example). But I’m okay making upgrades and not really afraid of being inside a computer, generally.
Any help is super-appreciated.