Question Suggestions for 13 y.o. boys 1st Gaming PC

rocks911

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I am wanting to purchase a pre-built PC for a 13 year old boy. He wants it for gaming. I havent been in the market for a while and so dont really know what to get.

I think most of what he plays if not all of it is online. Hes got a decent connection at home at 50/50. I am looking for a suggested build of a PC running Windows. I prefer HP to Dell if that makes any difference.

Any thoughts would be appreciated, Im outta my league here.
 

WildCard999

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Budget?

Need peripherals? Monitor?

I would actually avoid HP if possible, they come with a lot of bloatware which eventually slows down the system significantly.

If your near a Microcenter you can buy better quality parts then you'd see in a prebuilt and have them build it for you. I think it's about $120 but may be cheaper if you buy the parts from them.
 

WildCard999

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This is what I'd recommend for a prebuilt, it will handle 1080P & 1440P gaming well.

https://www.newegg.com/abs-computer-technologies-mage-m-ala109/p/N82E16883102699?Item=N82E16883102699#close

However with prebuilts they tend to cut corners on parts such as the powersupply which is the single most important part of the build. Building a system can be fun and rewarding as well as getting better quality parts. There is also plenty of guides online. If your near Massachusetts I'd build it for you for free as I enjoy building systems.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($197.75 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($94.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GAMING Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $999.39
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-20 15:50 EDT-0400
 

ConanLock

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I would choose the same build as WildCard suggested. Note that using the b450 Tomahawk along with the Ryzen 3600 will require an extra step. You will have to update the BIOS, which is done by downloading the newest available one from MSI (https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/B450-TOMAHAWK) then following their instructions in this video:
View: https://youtu.be/iTkXunUAriE


Note: most other b450 boards do not support this method of BIOS updating, meaning the Ryzen 3600 will not be supported. The Tomahawk is the best budget motherboard that does support it.
 
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jrazor247

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I wish I had a stereoscopic 3D monitor when I was a teenager.
Invest in a 1440p 144Hz and run it at a lower resolution.
There is alot better content out there that fully uses the stereo medium.
 

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