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  12 December 2017
Cheap PC suggestions - a bit OT

So my 12 yr old kid wants a PC for Christmas, for basic video editing, basic music making and gaming. Every other computer in our family is a mac. I'm trying to convince myself to get him a PC thinking I could use it as a Windoze training ground for myself, should I ever want to make the leap professionally.

I don't want to spend a lot, budget would be around £500-600. I'd like to get something that had upgrade potential in the future, but that would also allow him to do some gaming and the other stuff now.

I find the range of choices in PC land quite bewildering.

To keep things tenuously c4d related, I also thought I might be able to use it as another team render node.

Any suggestions welcome.
  12 December 2017
Any suggestions welcome. -----------
Being past the Santa / Father Christmas stage ... ask him what he would like and go from there.
Who's gift is it  anyway ?  

iMac 3.06 ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 16 GB / OS 10.13.4 / C4D StudioR12 / CS6
  12 December 2017
In your price range, your best bet is an AMD FX Piledriver CPU based gaming computer with a 1060 GTX GPU.

That should come to about 600 - 700 pounds. Something like this:

I should caution that the reviews indicate this particular PC needs some assembly when you unbox it + won't ship in time for Christmas.

Anything below that spec - like those crappy Core i3 + 1050GTX entry level machines that they sell as supposed "Gaming PCs" - and many games 1 - 2 years from now simply won't run very well at all.

Plus a 1060 GTX gives you the option of running VR games on the machine should you ever be so inclined.
  12 December 2017
Also the PC is only the tower or includes the screen and  a keyboard?
  12 December 2017
Unless you build it yourself with rebates and blackfriday deals, you can't really find a decent pre-built gaming PC for under £700  (+150 with a screen). The sweet spot is probably around £800.

Below that (400-500) it's the land of consoles or simple office PCs.

You will be able to edit some videos and play older games, but not many recent ones.

8 Go of ram is minimum, AMD 580 or Nvidia 1060 would be best in order to be a little future proof, but these already cost over £250 each I believe.

PC's are cheaper than Mac, but you can't expect miracles either...

Last edited by EricM : 12 December 2017 at 10:14 PM.
  12 December 2017
I bought this for my son

C4D 11.532|UVLayout Pro v2|Win 7 Pro 64bit|64 GB RAM|i7 4930K|PNY GTX 780|Samsung EVO 500GB SSD|SyncMaster S27B550 27 in. LED Monitor
  12 December 2017
OK so if I was to spend £800 (not including monitor) what would be a good pre-built system?

Skeebertus' recommended system at £649 gets great reviews, I'm tempted. 3 year warranty too.
  12 December 2017
I might mention that the i5 I chose gets better performance over the 8300 and also, prices I show are USD, so about 563 British Pounds. Good luck!
C4D 11.532|UVLayout Pro v2|Win 7 Pro 64bit|64 GB RAM|i7 4930K|PNY GTX 780|Samsung EVO 500GB SSD|SyncMaster S27B550 27 in. LED Monitor

Last edited by umblefugly : 12 December 2017 at 06:01 PM.
  12 December 2017
Thanks to everyone who chipped in with advice. In the end I decided I needed to get something that might be useful to me as well as the kid. Found a barely used HP Omen Gaming Rig, with i7 processor, 16GB RAM, SSD and HD and Radeon 580 8GB RAM for £999.
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