Not sure what I'm looking for hubby says i5 with nividia graphics card? daughter likes to game and is looking to eventually get a drawing pad to hook up to computer. So I need something that can handle all that, but we are on a budget. Any help or advice would be GREATLY appreciated. Please and thank you-
The big issue will be the "gaming." What types of games does the daughter like to play? If it's casual games like Candy Crush of Facebook, almost any PC/laptop will do. If it's more AAA or MMO games, like Overwatch or World of Warcraft, you may want something with a powerful graphics card.
What's the budget? Are you looking to keep your existing monitor, or do you need a new monitor as well?
Gaming on a desktop doesn't require an i5 processor, an i3 will work just fine. It has more to do with the video card. You need a powerhouse to play the latest games with all settings maxed out for the best picture...
Not saying an i5 isn't a solid processor, just pointing out that you can save about $100 by getting an i3. You're going to need a good video card with either one for serious gaming.
A "mid-level" gaming desktop I would say is something with i7-6700, 8GB+ ram, Radeon 760 or better video. For something like that you are looking to pay about $700-$800 during a sale. If you take that spec down one notch, you are looking at about $500.
I did a search and didn't find a deal at the moment but you can usually find one of this every week from either HP or Dell. Keep a tab on FW and other deal site.
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