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14-Sep-21 12:09am
#1
Auron
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader

Hello all, so it's time to look for a new pc. Last one I had was a dell XP's from 2008-09 bought from Best Buy.
I want something for internet browsing and YouTube, office stuff.. andin those slows days wanna play some games. Internet sucks so multiplayer stuff is not gonna work. Mostly single player stuff like the new resident evil village and such.

I don't want a store bought model..want to customize but don't want to do it myself.

What specs should I get and where from.

Thanks for the help.
14-Sep-21 1:54am
#2
SwiftJAB
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader

What kind of budget are you looking to stay within? By store bought, do you mean you looking to stay away from the brands, or just want the option to pick your components?

14-Sep-21 3:21am
#3
Auron
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader

About 2k. Don't want any of the preassembled models. Want to be able to pick components.
14-Sep-21 3:48am
#4
HybridCRoW
Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews

pcpartpicker
Micro Center

Good sources to use to put together based on your budget. Your high end parts are more than likely graphics card and CPU, but $2k should be enough for a decent build.
14-Sep-21 7:39am
#5
bumsplikity
Double Gold Good Trader

When I need a new PC, I personally wait for a holiday and then customize a machine from iBuyPower. They have pretty big sales around the holidays.

While it is a bit more expensive than buying parts piecemeal and then assembling the machine yourself, Im at the stage in my life where I'd rather just pay a bit extra and have it show up at my doorstep already built. Plus I've found that if you pay attention to their free deals and upgrades when customizing one yourself, the cost really isn't that much higher.

I'm on my third PC from them and I've been very happy with all 3.

14-Sep-21 7:59am
#6
Fullmetal
Quadruple Gold Good Trader

I personally prefer the prebuilts, but several friends swear by origin pc. Last i knew they were really pricey though, even a healthy 2k budget may not be enough there. If you can wait that few months you may find some good sales for the holidays
14-Sep-21 8:48am
#7
langev
Double Gold Good Trader

bumsplikity wrote:
When I need a new PC, I personally wait for a holiday and then customize a machine from iBuyPower. They have pretty big sales around the holidays. While it is a bit more expensive than buying parts piecemeal and then assembling the machine yourself, Im at the stage in my life where I'd rather just pay a bit extra and have it show up at my doorstep already built. Plus I've found that if you pay attention to their free deals and upgrades when customizing one yourself, the cost really isn't that much higher. I'm on my third PC from them and I've been very happy with all 3.
+1 to iBuyPower. Bought my latest rig in Nov?Dec 2019 and have been very happy with it. No problems with it to date. Was able to add in a free 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and a free AAA game to boot.
14-Sep-21 9:41am
#8
akfa
Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally

seems like with the way costs are right now on standalone items to build yourself, it's more worth it to buy prebuilt, especially if you're trying to get a really good graphics setup.
14-Sep-21 9:57am
#9
RobotVM
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader

Like others have said I used PC part picker. The only issue you will run in to is the GPU shortage but if you follow Wario64 on twitter and turn on notification you will grab one eventually. You can probably grab a RTX 3060TI, Ryzen 3800x, 32gb of DDR4 Ram, a 1TB NVME SSD, 1000 Watt PSU, coolmaster case, extra fans, and MSI B550M Micro-ATX. I did this build but with a 3080. It cost me under 1500 but I had a ram and SSD already.

14-Sep-21 10:31am
#10
sa330206
450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader

Newegg used to be a good site for parts but reading through their recent reviews looks like they have gone downhill. I second micro center if you have one nearby,
14-Sep-21 10:58am
#11
RobotVM
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader

I use Amazon mainly for everything. I did get my PSU from Newegg.

14-Sep-21 1:02pm
#12
metsfan718
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader

sa330206 wrote:
Newegg used to be a good site for parts but reading through their recent reviews looks like they have gone downhill. I second micro center if you have one nearby,
Yeah. Ever since they started to charge tax I haven't used them. It's fair game now with other sites. Apparently there was a whole fiasco in CT where they made people pay back sales tax years after they purchased things.
14-Sep-21 1:07pm
#13
Fullmetal
Quadruple Gold Good Trader

Havent heard about that, but wouldnt surprise me. Living here has always been an expensive endeavor
14-Sep-21 3:34pm
#15
Fullmetal
Quadruple Gold Good Trader

Yea thats about right.
14-Sep-21 4:05pm
#16
SwiftJAB
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader

@Auron since you're looking to have someone build it but you want to pick the components, I would recommend going with iBuyPower, NZXT, or Origin.

Here's a helpful article on some of the custom builders out there: https://www.thetechl...

$2000 is a healthy budget to get something that will last quite some time before needing upgrades. Some components that I would recommend:

CPU (Intel) i7 10700k or i9 10900k
CPU (AMD) 5800x or 5900x
GPU: nVidia 3080
RAM: minimum 16GB DDR 3600 (or 32GB if it fits the budget, but it's a simple upgrade for the future)

If it were me, I would spend the extra money on a motherboard that supports PCIe 4.0 and has at least two M.2 slots on it. With Direct Storage becoming a thing, having plenty of available fast storage will be key in the future of modern games for performance.

Of course, to stretch your budget the furthest, keep an eye out for sales/promo codes. Black Friday is about a month and a half away, so that's something to consider.

14-Sep-21 4:43pm
#17
60sTrackStar
Quadruple Gold Good Trader

I wouldn't recommend a 10th gen intel right now. 12th gen is right around the corner. 3080 seems overkill and 3070 should be enough for most gamers. Good luck finding one. If you can't find the individual components due to shortages, it's not a bad idea to buy pre built.
14-Sep-21 5:12pm
#18
SwiftJAB
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader

60sTrackStar wrote:
I wouldn't recommend a 10th gen intel right now. 12th gen is right around the corner. 3080 seems overkill and 3070 should be enough for most gamers. Good luck finding one. If you can't find the individual components due to shortages, it's not a bad idea to buy pre built.
He's looking for a pre-built, but through a company that allows more customization than say Dell or HP. Also, given that he bought his last PC over 10 years ago, buying a higher end GPU now will save him from having to upgrade sooner. If anything, I would reduce the CPU as that will be cheaper to replace in the future than the GPU.

14-Sep-21 7:47pm
#19
Auron
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader

Thanks everyone for the info. I never did a personal build and I have the budget. I budgeted 2k but can go a few hundred more if needed to get what I want. I wanted an Alienware but caught all the bad reviews on overheating.
I want 32 gig of memory min.
But sounds like the way to go is to wait for Black Friday. Didn't think of that.
Keep the info flowing..helping a lot guys!
14-Sep-21 7:54pm
#20
Fullmetal
Quadruple Gold Good Trader

32gb of ram still seems like overkill to me, and you will pay heavily for it if you want good quality. You should really be fine with 16gb. Either way just dont skimp on the ssd, you really dont want to have to deal with those issues later
14-Sep-21 8:06pm
#21
Auron
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader

How big of a ssd drive should I get?

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