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    Hey all, My son wants a gaming PC. I want to stay at 600 or less. (he is going to sell his macbook pro).


    Do either of these sound good to you experts? He is 13 and plays fortnite and whatever the new fad games are.


    Any advice would be awesome. Thanks

    A. $450 (or best offer)

    Intel Core i5- 3470 [email protected] 3.2 GHz (3.5 GHz Turbo) Quad Core Processor
    Installed memory: Samsung x 8 GB (2 X 4GB) DDR 3 1600 PC 3 12800 MHz
    SATA Toshiba -1 TB installed, Brand New!

    Graphics Card - EVGA NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960 2 GB GDDR5 - HDMI/Display Port and DVI -New!
    Optical Media: DVD Writable Multi Drive 24 x
    Motherboard LGA Socket 1155 Intel
    Chassis / Case: Mid Tower Dell
    Power supply: EVGA 500 watt Brand new,
    Front Panel: USB- 2 port .Audio and Microphone, Multiple Card Reader.
    On back of computer:
    4 Ports USB2 and 2 port USB-3 , HDMI, DVI, and VGA Ports
    Broadband internet connection.
    WI-FI ready!

    Installed: Microsoft Office 2016 Licensed!!, Avast Antivirus 2016 licensed for 9 years! Avast Clean Pro 2018!
    Spy Hunter 4, I tunes, WinRar, Google Chrome, Ultra ISO, Adobe reader, Syber link Power DVD 17
    Adobe flash, K-lite Codec Pack,Tune-UP Glary Utilities,Total Audio Converter v3.0
    ,Nero Burning Rom v.12.0 etc.,

    B. $350

    Silver Series AMD FX - Case: NZXT S340 Black -
    Noise Reduction: Noise Reduction Level 1 - Optimize Fans
    Internal Lighting: Dual Green Cathodes - AMD Processor: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz (Six Core)
    CPU Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    Thermal Compound: Standard Thermal Compound
    AMD Motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M LX Plus [VGA] {2 DDR3 Slots}
    Overclocking Processor: Stock Speed
    Overclocking Graphics Card: Stock Speed
    Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
    Primary Hard Drive: 1TB
    Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 950 2GB (Min. 400 Watt Power Supply) - Graphics Card Cooling: Stock GPU Cooler - Power Supply: Standard 500 Watt
    Operating System: Windows 10 64 Bit
    Networking: Internal Wireless N 150Mbps
    Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1
    Technical Support: Life-time U.S. Based Technical Support
    Warranty: Standard 5 Years Labor and 3 Years Parts - Still has warranty left on it.


    C. Neither, buy new you cheap ****er.
     
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    I'm going to guess that both are used?

    As with any electronics, used can always be a gamble. You never know how the previous owner treated the machine. I see that the second one still has warranty left on it, but there could always be damage that is not covered by the warranty.

    In terms of the specs, both machines seem like they could do fine for your son, option A seems to be the better choice for sure. With going the PC route instead of laptop you can always modify and adjust as needed, as well.

    Like I said, both seem like they'd do fine, but I would recommend going for something new, to be honest. It would likely be worth saving yourself the headache and having the peace of mind that you're getting a fresh machine and not something that people have fiddled with or mis-treated.
     
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    A is pretty significantly better. the fact it has a branded PSU is worth it alone lol

    the CPU is also quite a bit better and the GPU is a fair bit better
     
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    IMO both machines are a bit low on RAM. 8GB isn't much these days so if you decide to buy any of the used ones
    I would recommend doubling the RAM. However RAM is quite expensive these days though.
     
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    im using 8 with no issues.
     
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    A is a much better deal, at least on paper.
     
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    That refurb is definitely a substantially more powerful gaming computer. I understand being concerned about the 90 day warranty. Generally, if the computer is going to last 90 days, it SHOULD be good for several years, but of course, there's no guarantee.
     
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    I wouldn't go for the Amazon offering. The FX-6300 is quite old, and the R7 240 is quite underpowered.

    The Omen is a much better deal, but the refurb has its up and downs.
     
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    Here are a couple of alternatives for you in the same price range. Slightly less powerful processor on the first one, but about the same power level otherwise - and new. The second one has the same processor as the HP Omen... once again, new.

    ABS Mag Radeon RX 560 4 GB Ryzen 3 1200 (3.10 GHz) 8 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit ALA080 - Newegg.com

    Acer Desktop Computer Aspire GX GX-281-UR11 Ryzen 5 1400 (3.20 GHz) 8 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Windows 10 Home 64-Bit - Newegg.com
     
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    Thanks, again! This is what I was hoping for.

    I am pretty sure I am going to go with the omen on woot. It's a $800-900 machine brand new, so $600 is a good price.
     
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    Its done. Excuse me while I go vomit.


    Thanks again for your help!
     
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