Question Building A Good Gaming PC And Buying A Good Gaming Laptop

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Hey. I am wanting to make a new computer. I got a Optiplex 390 and want to upgrade it to something that will be able to have a great cpu/gpu, lots of ram and ssd storage. I want something that will be fast and work great without problems. I also want to get my niece and nephew gaming laptops with again lots of ram, great cpu, gpu, lots of ssd storage, and so on.

I don't have a price range, but I don't want to pay a lot. If I can upgrade something, that can work too. If you can tell me what I could get, post links to what I could get if you can, Thanks!
 
What budget do you have for laptop and desktop individually? Everybody has a max their comfortable with.

For the desktop:
Are you comfortable with building your own PC? It's easy and there are plenty of helpful tutorials online.
Do you need a monitor, keyboard, or mouse? If not, what monitor resolution and refresh do you have?
 

henry.j.kautz

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I have an Optiplex 390 that I've upgraded to be a gaming PC. I'm assuming yours has the i5-2400, as most do. You need to have at least 6GB of RAM and an RX 560 to avoid bottlenecking, along with a new PSU. It should cost you about 250$ including the Optiplex. I'll send a picture of mine:

It has an RX 460, 6 GB RAM, 2x 250 GB HDDs and one 128GB SSD. I also added a red LED fan to shine through the front panel, put in a metal mesh drive bay cover, and spray-painted it black.
It also has a new EVGA 450BR PSU, which works well.

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As for the laptops, look into Acer Nitro models, they're reliable, cheap, and have decent specs.
 
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I'm wanting 1tb of ssd storage and would love 32gb of ram. I know the Optiplex 9010 has that, but want to make sure I get the right motherboard with the parts of a regular 9010 with USB 3.0, VGA, HDMI, Display Port, and so on. I also want to run Windows 10 on it. If I got that, would there be a great cpu/gpu I can add to make everything fast? If not that, then something like it. Could you post links to where I could get the motherboard(s) from and other parts. I do use ebay when it comes to that, so if someone would know a good seller. I just don't want to pay a lot.

On the desktops I want to pay under 600. Laptops around the same. With the laptop, if it has a great setup, but I can add better ram and storage, that be great.
 

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