Buying New Gaming PC

Mar 11, 2018
Hey guys,

I am going to buy a new gaming PC and am looking for some knowledgeable opinions. My price range is 1000-1500, but I could go a bit higher. I play a lot of online poker, that’s the primary use of the computer. I also play games like hearthstone and civilization. I’m a computer newbie besides the basics, and don’t really have any specs in mind.

Something like this was my first inclination:

What do you guys think?

Thanks for reading


That would be a pretty good mid-range gaming PC. The CPU is more than is needed for gaming with that GPU though. You could gain more performance by getting a similarly priced system with a better GPU and a cheaper CPU.

This system is in another tier of performance with a better GPU and CPU for gaming, plus it comes with an SSD -

But with the games you mentioned either of the systems would be more than enough. There are even cheaper systems with an RX 580 and i5-7400 that would do just as well as the Ryzen 7 1700 + RX 580 for gaming. Like this one

Ryzen 7 is mostly good for multi-threaded tasks that make use of the 16 threads, such as editing large media files or other tasks.
You might visit their site and do a build your own option. I would recommend to change out the liquid cooler for air. Less things to go wrong, which you don't want to deal with as a new PC enthusiast. Also, don't take their standard power supply, you want one from seasonic, Corsair, evga, antec, etc.