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hawgndodge
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Member since Jun 2009
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$2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
What are the best options. It's for my son's 16th birthday.

He plays apex/fortnite/call of duty black ops.

Thanks guys.

Edit: since some people feel like my money spent on my son is their problem, let me address it.

He is 15 years old, has been the pianist at our church since he was 12, he is paid by the church for his work and his practice. He bought his own vehicle with his own money and therefore I feel like spending that small amount I'm still way ahead.

He would like to game at 4k but I doubt our internet is capable of doing that right now. We're supposed to be getting fiber within the next year.

He has a gaming monitor now but he is into editing quite a bit so multiple monitors would be a plus.

He has a headset but will need a keyboard, he has a gaming mouse.
This post was edited on 12/24 at 8:12 pm


Tiger Nation 84
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
2500? Jesus. Buy him a PS5 or New Xbox and call it a day for $500
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sgallo3
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
Can easily build something for $1500 that will handle those games.

Here is a build for $2000 tho

LINK
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barbapapa
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
You can get an Alienware with a 3080 for 2k. No need to spend 2500


Hu_Flung_Pu
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
You likely can't build right now with gpus that are worth it. Might need to look into pre-built.


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Proximo
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
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You can get an Alienware with a 3080 for 2k. No need to spend 2500

That’s exactly what I just did
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Joshjrn
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
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You can get an Alienware with a 3080 for 2k. No need to spend 2500


$2,100 is about what it costs to build a no-compromises, super high end system. You can comfortably get up to $2,500 if you want to start spending money purely on aesthetics, though.

Not exactly something I would do for a 16 year old, but still


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Carson123987
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
Let him build it so he can learn how it works and be able to upgrade later

Get him a 3080, Ryzen 3 Cpu, Asus X570 mobo, SSD, etc

If he wants to game in 4K at high frames, the monitor will cost you 800 alone. If he wants to do 1440p, you can easily stay at 2k


Joshjrn
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Member since Dec 2008
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
Just for the sake of consolidating, this was the "if you really want to spend $2,500..." build I posted on tech:

PCPartPicker Part List: LINK

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 3.7 GHz 12-Core Processor ($549.00)
CPU Cooler: EK EK-AIO 360 D-RGB 66.04 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($154.99)
Motherboard: MSI MEG X570 UNIFY ATX AM4 Motherboard ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($158.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: SK hynix Gold P31 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10 GB Founders Edition Video Card ($599.99)
Case: Lian Li O11D XL-X ATX Full Tower Case ($199.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($144.99 @ Best Buy)
Case Fan: Lian Li UNI SL120 58.54 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack ($79.99)
Case Fan: Lian Li UNI SL120 58.54 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack ($79.99)
Case Fan: Lian Li UNI SL120 58.54 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack ($79.99)
Total: $2482.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-24 17:19 EST-0500


barbapapa
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
You can’t find a 3080 for retail price so it’s moot. Only way to get one without paying double is to do prebuilt. Just how it is right now


Joshjrn
LSU Fan
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Member since Dec 2008
16603 posts

re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
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You can’t find a 3080 for retail price so it’s moot. Only way to get one without paying double is to do prebuilt. Just how it is right now


So, it depends on how much time you're willing to spend. It's possible; it's just a pain in the ass. And considering he's not looking to build until February, it's even more likely.


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Athos
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Member since Sep 2016
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
$2500? Gonna turn that child into a spoiled arse hat. Odds are strong he has an Apex potty mouth.


WestlakeTiger
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San Antonio, Tejas
Member since Feb 2012
9069 posts

re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
I built mine for Apex/Destiny/AssCreed for $3000

Ryzen 9 3950
2080ti
2tb nvme drives
24gb 16cl 3600 ram

Have since upgraded to a 3080 FTW3 but that build ran apex and destiny at 144fps average with 120 min frames
This post was edited on 12/24 at 6:10 pm


boXerrumble
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Member since Sep 2011
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
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CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 3.7 GHz 12-Core Processor ($549.00)
CPU Cooler: EK EK-AIO 360 D-RGB 66.04 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($154.99)
Motherboard: MSI MEG X570 UNIFY ATX AM4 Motherboard ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($158.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: SK hynix Gold P31 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10 GB Founders Edition Video Card ($599.99)
Case: Lian Li O11D XL-X ATX Full Tower Case ($199.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($144.99 @ Best Buy)
Case Fan: Lian Li UNI SL120 58.54 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack ($79.99)
Case Fan: Lian Li UNI SL120 58.54 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack ($79.99)
Case Fan: Lian Li UNI SL120 58.54 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack ($79.99)
Total: $2482.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-24 17:19 EST-0500


You don't really need an X570 motherboard just for gaming. B550 pretty much satisfies 95% of all end users. I have a B550 ITX board in my system.

This is my ITX build. I bought a Ryzen 5 3600 when I built this, but I was able to snag a Ryzen 5 5600x:

quote:

PCPartPicker Part List: LINK

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor (Purchased For $299.99)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black 33.8 CFM CPU Cooler (Purchased For $49.90)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550I AORUS PRO AX Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard (Purchased For $179.99)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (Purchased For $75.99)
Storage: Western Digital SN750 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (Purchased For $79.99)
Storage: SK hynix Gold S31 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $114.99)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB Founders Edition Video Card (Purchased For $349.99)
Power Supply: Corsair SF 600 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply (Purchased For $144.99)
Custom: Dr. Zaber Sentry 2.0 (Purchased For $306.58)
Total: $1602.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-24 19:11 EST-0500


Joshjrn
LSU Fan
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Member since Dec 2008
16603 posts

re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
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24gb 16cl 3600 ram


Why were you running three sticks of 8gb ram?
This post was edited on 12/24 at 6:13 pm


Joshjrn
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2008
16603 posts

re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
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You don't really need an X570 motherboard just for gaming. B550 pretty much satisfies 95% of all end users. I have a B550 ITX board in my system.


He didn't ask for a build to run those games; he asked for a build in that budget. In fact, my response on Tech started with: "Honestly, this build is overkill as frick for what he needs, but if you give me a $2,500 budget for just the tower... " :P


boXerrumble
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Member since Sep 2011
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
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He didn't ask for a build to run those games; he asked for a build in that budget. In fact, my response on Tech started with: "Honestly, this build is overkill as frick for what he needs, but if you give me a $2,500 budget for just the tower... " :P


I got ya

$2500 means nothing though without a resolution in mind. Does he want 1080p, 1440p, or 4k?

(I can't imagine spending $2500 on a 1080p gaming pc, but ya never know )


Joshjrn
LSU Fan
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Member since Dec 2008
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
This is the thread on Tech, which had ever-so-slightly more detail

LINK /


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brucevilanch
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Member since May 2011
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
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2500? Gonna turn that child into a spoiled arse hat. Odds are strong he has an Apex potty mouth.


Why do you give a shit?


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beerJeep
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re: $2500 to build/buy gaming desktop
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2500 to build/buy gaming desktop

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He plays apex/fortnite/call of duty black ops.


Shitttt at $2500 he better up his FPS game choice to one that can actually utilize what you’re giving him.

Get him into escape from tarkov.
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