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Looking for a good gaming computer for my 11-yr old

Hello,
I want to buy a computer that's gonna last a few years. My son plays alot of games like Call of Duty, Minecraft, Nascar, etc. I've been looking at different brands, Alienware, Acer Predator, Cyberpower and not sure what to buy. so confusing. thanks, Adele
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  1. Have you thought about building one? It's the best way to get the best per buck in your favor.
  2. It's been a while since I put a computer together. I'd rather buy a prebuilt one. I wouldn't know where to start ordering the parts.
  3. Best answer
    If you're up for the challenge, Newegg.com has very good prices with computer parts... They also have a wide variety of brands and choices to choose from.

    If you're NOT up for it... Then Cyberpower can build you a computer to your specs and needs at a somewhat fair price.
  4. He's 11? Buy him an xbox, he'll fit right in with the XBL crowd. No troll.
  5. intel4eva said:
    He's 11? Buy him an xbox, he'll fit right in with the XBL crowd. No troll.


    ^ This...

    But judging by the games he plays... He's old enough for an entry-mid level gaming comp.
  6. His dad wants to play Nascar on it too lol. He plays PS3, but really needs a desktop for gaming & to set up his minecraft server too. His laptop doesn't cut it anymore. Building his desktop might be good for him to learn how it's done. I'm in Canada, not sure if newegg.com ships here. I'm looking at Tigerdirect.ca. I just want to make sure we get a good computer this time. Our last one didn't run Nascar graphics (we had bought a Dell & an NVidia graphics card).
  7. adelelorette said:
    His dad wants to play Nascar on it too lol. He plays PS3, but really needs a desktop for gaming & to set up his minecraft server too. His laptop doesn't cut it anymore. Building his desktop might be good for him to learn how it's done. I'm in Canada, not sure if newegg.com ships here. I'm looking at Tigerdirect.ca. I just want to make sure we get a good computer this time. Our last one didn't run Nascar graphics (we had bought a Dell & an NVidia graphics card).


    You're right, this would be an excellent learning opportunity for him, and even offer father-son bonding time. Get dad to look at buying a barebones kit off of canadacomputers, tigerdirect, or ncix and take it from there. These kits usually contain a case, motherboard, ram and cpu. They just need to pick a hard drive, maybe a dvd drive, and a monitor. Don't get a laptop if the mobility is not needed. A desktop will be far faster and a bigger monitor is better so you don't have to squint. They can assemble it together and upgrade it as required. The quality will be way better than what you can get at best buy, and for a lot less too.

    Also be aware that the vendors I mentioned (unlike newegg) have plenty of physical locations throughout the country. Check their websites. If you live near one, driving there may be cheaper than shipping, faster, and you get to talk to someone who's at least a little bit of a geek.
  8. As a dad, whose built 3 boxes with each of my 3 sons, I'd strongly recommend a build as a father-son project. AT 11, Dada is his hero, the greatest person in the world. Im guessing you know about the tooth fairy but I'm guessing you haven't yet encountered the Idiot Fairy.

    That's when ya son goes to bed and Mon and Dad are still great.....then the Idiot Fairy comes during the night, and when they wake up, Mom and Dada are idiots and their friends know everything :)

    My dining room table is the neighborhood computer work bench and all my sons friends all come here to build and work on their computers. It's been a very rewarding bonding experience.

    Newegg has a Canada outlet .....www.newegg.ca

    Here's a recent build I did for one of my son's friends ... $1461 US ..... change all the links to to newegg.ca to shop up north. For example:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097

    becomes

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097

    Case - $ 105 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097
    PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition 850 PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022
    MoBo - $ 180 - ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
    CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196
    GFX - $ 225 - Asus GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $ 120 - Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697
    SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
    DVD Writer - $ 19 - Asus 24X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    Card Reader $ 35 AFT XM-35U http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820176016
    Monitor - $ 170 - ASUS VH242H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052
    Keyboard - $ 62 - Logitech G110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126087
    Mouse - $ 35 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104318

    I wasn't all that happy about the HD choice they made (only 2 year warranty). Id switch to this:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
  9. adelelorette said:
    Hello,
    I want to buy a computer that's gonna last a few years. My son plays alot of games like Call of Duty, Minecraft, Nascar, etc. I've been looking at different brands, Alienware, Acer Predator, Cyberpower and not sure what to buy. so confusing. thanks, Adele

    If you're looking for a budget gamer, I have a nearly new Athlon II X3 3.2GHZ w/HD 5770 520W PSU that I built for sale on ebay if you're interested.
  10. Thanks but I'm not looking for a budget system. I want something that will last a while. I had decided on a Digital Storm ODE Level 3, BUT the shipping to Canada is over $300, then there's duty.

    Here's the minimum specs I'm looking for:

    Intel i7-2600k 3.4ghz
    2 video cards (either Nvidia GTX570 or Radeon HD6870)
    8MB ddr3 memory
    1 TB hard disk
    power supply 800w corsair
    asus sabertooth p67 motherboard

    Where can I find a good quality gamin pc similar to this?
  11. adelelorette said:
    Thanks but I'm not looking for a budget system. I want something that will last a while. I had decided on a Digital Storm ODE Level 3, BUT the shipping to Canada is over $300, then there's duty.

    Here's the minimum specs I'm looking for:

    Intel i7-2600k 3.4ghz
    2 video cards (either Nvidia GTX570 or Radeon HD6870)
    8MB ddr3 memory
    1 TB hard disk
    power supply 800w corsair
    asus sabertooth p67 motherboard

    Where can I find a good quality gamin pc similar to this?

    LOL... that's for an 11 year old?

    Why not try one of the 'computer boutiques' like Velocity Micro. Before I started building my own, I had one of their machines. Well built in the USA, with all comercial components, no OEM parts. You start with their offerings and customize it to your satisfaction. Best part, they stand behind their machines A+.
    http://www.velocitymicro.com/category-gaming.php?cid=12
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