We’re all friends here, right?
I have lost.
My (14yo) son wants to buy a “gaming PC” to play games with his friends. Can’t really begrudge him, I guess… it was part of my own urge to own a computer back in the early 90’s - to play games. And the reason I upgraded from that first Mac Classic - to play better games!
My problem is, I have no idea where to start. I know that on his budget (he’s got it in his head that $400 - $500 should get him started) he’s going to have to go second hand… (We looked today in JB, and his budget barely gets him a monitor… the 2 tower PCs they had were $700 - $900)… and looking over on eBay, I see he should be able to pick up a reasonable size HD-monitor for around $100. I realise he’ll probably want higher resolution, and we may need to investigate that based on the games he wants to play… but that should be a starting point based on $$.
When it comes to the box itself… what’s reasonable?? Again on eBay… $500 would buy an box with an i5 processor and Intel HD 530 graphics card and something like 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD. But no idea whether that’s good or not! I am thinking I may need him to talk to his friends and come back with some game titles, and then check their requirements, as a way to gauge what he needs???
He’s only saved about $150 so far… so have 3-6 months to figure things out.
Thanks for any advice.