Custom Pc- Help needed

Themig

Winger
My son has saved like a trooper to get himself a gaming pc. I'm clueless on this sort of stuff. So it's mainly for gaming, he has £600 saved and we'll pay for the rest. Any recommendations? Where should we go? What cost do you estimate?
He's 14 btw, if that makes a difference
 


MorNando06660

Goalkeeper
Let's be honest you can double that budget and you're still gonna struggle to get a top end machine, serious gpu shortages atm and scalers pushing the prices up means now is a bad time to buy.
This unfortunately. It’s very difficult to buy a gaming pc, especially on a budget. I would wait until next year or buy an Xbox/ps5 if you can find one.

That’s from someone also looking to build a high end gaming pc.

If you are adamant that it needs to happen then a prebuilt one might be the way to go from:

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RYHOPER1

Midfield
The shortages won't get any better any time soon, the next generation of GPUs will probably be out before them.

They are becoming available for retail prices but you have to be quick and probably need to use some kind of stock alert.

Pre built is probably the way to go, this one isn't too bad for the money Ryzen 5 5600X + RTX3060 + 1TB SN550 NVME + 16GB + B550 WIFI £1200.00 From Palicomp. - hotukdeals

dont bother buying a windows key from any of the stores if that is a aditional charge just get one from ebay for around £5.

slightly older hardware but this one isnt bad either

if your a member of costco they have had some decent systems in recently.

if this comes back in stock its well worth the price in the current climate

the term "gaming PC" is also pretty subjective, all depends on what he wants to play, but you have to consider that might change in future.
 
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My son has saved like a trooper to get himself a gaming pc. I'm clueless on this sort of stuff. So it's mainly for gaming, he has £600 saved and we'll pay for the rest. Any recommendations? Where should we go? What cost do you estimate?
He's 14 btw, if that makes a difference

Find out what games he wants to play and also what will you be plugging it into?

The monitor/tv will make a difference to what you need to spend, as if its a 4K LG OLED for example, it's going to need some oomph to push out at full resolution. But if you are going to run on a smaller monitor with a lower refresh rate/resolution then you won't necessarily need to spend as much (as it doesn't need as much power)
 

K3NA

Central Defender
I've just had a stock alert email from Box.co.uk for an RTX3080 GPU. When these cards first came out in September last year the RRP was around £600. They are asking £1699.99 now. Absolutely f**king ridiculous price.
 

RYHOPER1

Midfield
I've just had a stock alert email from Box.co.uk for an RTX3080 GPU. When these cards first came out in September last year the RRP was around £600. They are asking £1699.99 now. Absolutely f**king ridiculous price.
which 3080 was it, the RRP for around £680 was only for the founders edition which you can only get from scan. If its from box it would of been a AIB card and they were always more expensive.
 

Banks

Striker
Be careful with window keys. I got one no bother but when trying to buy them for mates had loads of bother with rip off merchants. They aren't as easy to find as they used to be
 

Roger

The Gaffer
Staff member
I've just had a stock alert email from Box.co.uk for an RTX3080 GPU. When these cards first came out in September last year the RRP was around £600. They are asking £1699.99 now. Absolutely f**king ridiculous price.

Price increasing faster than Bitcoin!

I have a 2060, and even those are selling now for nearly double what I paid for it.
I'd be tempted to sell it, but it saves me loads of time in image processing and video rendering.
 

RYHOPER1

Midfield
Be careful with window keys. I got one no bother but when trying to buy them for mates had loads of bother with rip off merchants. They aren't as easy to find as they used to be

ebay seems to be cracking down on them, I got one that didnt work but had no problems getting a refund.

I got one from pixel codes, and I see a lot of people recommending that instead, they are still only around £4
 

K3NA

Central Defender
which 3080 was it, the RRP for around £680 was only for the founders edition which you can only get from scan. If its from box it would of been a AIB card and they were always more expensive.
Pallit Geforce. £1699.99 is still far too much, it's profiteering at it's worst. Fortunately i managed to get a AMD Saphire RX 6800 XT a few months ago and i'm more than happy with it's performance.
 

bennett83

Striker
My son has saved like a trooper to get himself a gaming pc. I'm clueless on this sort of stuff. So it's mainly for gaming, he has £600 saved and we'll pay for the rest. Any recommendations? Where should we go? What cost do you estimate?
He's 14 btw, if that makes a difference
. My son is wanting one, my first choice would be to buy all the parts and teach him how to build one but that has been completely ruined by the gpu prices. Unfortunately youd probably looking at £1500 at least just for the base unit then you have a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Expensive game this gaming pc business
 

Snappy

Striker
Staff member
Looks likely to be end of this year if not into 2022 for both PC and console parts shortages. You'd then think they'll be a period of further instability with prices. Grim.
 

SAFC2403

Winger
Im still rocking a 760(which I got off a kind chap on here). Prices have gone f***ing mental even for second hard cards. I’ve been looking at a rx580 second hand and the prices are around £400 ffs
 

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