[SOLVED] Prebuilt advice for disabled brother, please

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My brother managed to break the fan and heatsink off his cpu and toast his machine. No idea how but now I’m scrambling to try and get him a new machine and get it set up before he heads home in a week and a half.

He is very physically disabled so I have to keep things as simple as possible. And as sturdy as possible. He is on a fixed income.

He likes to play EverQuest and it’s his biggest past time. It brings him a lot of joy. Here are the system requirements https://help.daybreakgames.com/hc/en-us/articles/228129087-What-are-the-minimum-system-requirements-to-run-EverQuest- I’d like the machine to be able to run it at max settings so he can enjoy the visuals and not have a ton of lag. Id also like him to be able to play things that may need more. But it won’t ever be the really intense games.

Can anyone point me to a reasonable game computer that maybe looks sorta cool that he will love playing his game on?
 

logainofhades

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Even a lowly GT 1030 is way faster than the recommended requirement, as you an see by looking at this, by about 12 tiers. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html

A 5600g's graphics is a bit faster than a 1030. Now if he decides to play newer games, he may need a GPU. Hopefully those come back down to reasonable levels soon. NZXT has a 5600g based system, that can have a GPU added later.

https://nzxt.com/product/foundation-pc-h510-edition

Or for a bit more, you can get a system with a dedicated GPU.

https://www.newegg.com/abs-ali587/p/N82E16883360222?Item=N82E16883360222&quicklink=true
 

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My brother managed to break the fan and heatsink off his cpu and toast his machine. No idea how but now I’m scrambling to try and get him a new machine and get it set up before he heads home in a week and a half.

He is very physically disabled so I have to keep things as simple as possible. And as sturdy as possible. He is on a fixed income.

He likes to play EverQuest and it’s his biggest past time. It brings him a lot of joy. Here are the system requirements https://help.daybreakgames.com/hc/en-us/articles/228129087-What-are-the-minimum-system-requirements-to-run-EverQuest- I’d like the machine to be able to run it at max settings so he can enjoy the visuals and not have a ton of lag. Id also like him to be able to play things that may need more. But it won’t ever be the really intense games.

Can anyone point me to a reasonable game computer that maybe looks sorta cool that he will love playing his game on?
Could you give a more specific budget?
 

logainofhades

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Newegg's ABS prebuilts are generally ok. Everquest could run easily with an AMD 5600g's integrated graphics, to be honest. It is quite old, and not very demanding. What exactly is your budget for this? Do you happen to live near a Microcenter?
 
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Newegg's ABS prebuilts are generally ok. Everquest could run easily with an AMD 5600g's integrated graphics, to be honest. It is quite old, and not very demanding. What exactly is your budget for this? Do you happen to live near a Microcenter?
Max budget is 1500, but I’d like to get the cheapest price that will do what he needs with no issues. If we blow all of his budget, he will have no extra money for anything for a few years. This is one of the things he enjoys the most though, so I want him happy but don’t want to go overboard. I checked, no micro center near me.
 

logainofhades

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Even a lowly GT 1030 is way faster than the recommended requirement, as you an see by looking at this, by about 12 tiers. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html

A 5600g's graphics is a bit faster than a 1030. Now if he decides to play newer games, he may need a GPU. Hopefully those come back down to reasonable levels soon. NZXT has a 5600g based system, that can have a GPU added later.

https://nzxt.com/product/foundation-pc-h510-edition

Or for a bit more, you can get a system with a dedicated GPU.

https://www.newegg.com/abs-ali587/p/N82E16883360222?Item=N82E16883360222&quicklink=true
 
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Can I ask you why that over this one?
https://www.newegg.com/abs-ali600/p/N82E16883360235?Item=N82E16883360235

To my eye they look pretty comparable…. One of the big differences I see is that the one machine has four fans. He has had issues with his computer overheating in his apartment in the past. Can you tell me what, if anything, I’m missing?
 

logainofhades

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Dell or nzxt. Run away from ibuypower and abs is to new for any trust that its ok. They just look shinny but its the inside that matters.
GN has tested an ABS system, and was quite pleased with it, compared to other prebuilds they have tested thus far.
Can I ask you why that over this one?
https://www.newegg.com/abs-ali600/p/N82E16883360235?Item=N82E16883360235

To my eye they look pretty comparable…. One of the big differences I see is that the one machine has four fans. He has had issues with his computer overheating in his apartment in the past. Can you tell me what, if anything, I’m missing?
The one I linked is cheaper, and has a much better CPU cooler. You can always add fans to that case. Arctic fans are pretty cheap, but still good.
 

ScrewySqrl

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ABS is NEwegg's house brand, the PCs are built out of parts they have on-hand, same as if you did a DIY build. It tends to be stuff they have in surplus, but none of the parts are bad, and build quality is quite good. I'd generally pick an ABS PC over Dell, HP, or Lenovo.
 

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