Hey everybody. I’m seeking recommendations for a mid-range Stusserbeast to be purchased this holiday season.
For years, I’ve built computers for my best friend and his family. This has worked out well, both for me and for him, since it has (on one or more occasions) given me the excuse that “well, he needs a new video card, so I might as well get one, too, just to be sure that I can help diagnose any problems he might have.” I’m sure there are others on the forum who have similar experiences. We typically see these friends 2x a year, so new PCs or upgrades happen on those occasions if needed. This year, due to the pandemic, we won’t be seeing these friends. Layered on top of that, my friend’s daughter – now 19 – has asked her parents for a gaming desktop. Normally, I’d build something and deliver it over Thanksgiving, but since we won’t see them this year, my friend has asked me to recommend a pre-built.
This PC is going to be used primarily for gaming (she already has a laptop for school, but it’s an older Surfacebook with the integrated GPU, so not so hot for gaming). Initially, that will likely be mostly shooters (Overwatch/Apex/Fortnite), and my anticipation is that it’ll be at 1080p, at least for now.
The total budget – PC, monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc. – is likely in the $900-$1100 range. One of the key factors is future upgradability; I’d like to be able to get her outfitted with something that will meet her needs for now but could take a future mid-range GPU, SSD, and RAM upgrade without requiring a new motherboard or PSU.
I am looking for recommendations both on potential vendors and any hardware recommendations (both stuff to look for and stuff to avoid!) My default on those rare occasions when I’m buying machines has been to just get a Dell (since they at least used to be about as generic as you can get, meaning easy to swap stuff out), but it’s been quite a while since I’ve bought one and don’t know if they skimp on the PSU, or do custom motherboards, or any of the other stuff that causes no end of headaches down the line. I’m not wedded to Intel or AMD for the CPU, but do want an Nvidia GPU due to past driver-related AMD trauma.
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