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Gaming PC for the Mrs


#1

Greetings! The better half’s birthday is coming up and I’m looking to treat her to a gaming pc (Hearthstone on an iMac isn’t getting good results).

Looking to play games like Hearthstone, Diablo III, Skyrim (lightly modded) Oblivion etc. I haven’t built a PC in a couple of years so out of the loop slightly in regards to current generation AMD processors and their Intel counterparts.

Got a budget of about $450-500 which would need to include peripherals and monitor. Any recommendations?


#2

Maybe consider an AMD APU build with the avenue of a GPU upgrade down the track with your budget perhaps?


#3

Taken a stab at it, trying to cut corners where I could:

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/62KY29

I admit, I have not done many budget builds myself, but at upgrading in the future should be easy by increasing just RAM and the GPU.

Thoughts anyone else?


#4

Look decent indeed! Upgrading in the future will happen of course but this looks like a good place to start.

Many thanks.


#5

Another option we’ve been considering is a laptop.

Open to recommendations there as well.


#6

When it comes to laptops, Intel graphics chips have gotten pretty good! Intel HD 4600 can for example run Skyrim, Oblivion etc. even on Linux under Wine pretty well. That’s a graphics chip from around 2013. Intel Iris (and even the older 5000er series) will perform pretty well too. I have not had one from the AMD APU space yet (I did own an Asus laptop with a dedicated mobile GPU + APU… it could play Elite: Dangerous at least) but those might be cheaper than Intel ones. You can certainly get a 400 USD laptop with powerful enough specs to play the games you described - easily. However I don’t have a specific model recommendation