new to PC gaming and could use a hardware recommendation

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#1 Posted by topher78714 (639 posts) -

Hello. I am VERY new to PC gaming (been a console gamer my entire life) but there are too many games out there that interest me now that I would love to play. My question is I know NOTHING about computer specs or what I should look for so I was hoping somebody could help me out. Below is what I am looking for:

- I am looking to replace my old laptop with a new computer tower that I can connect to my 55in HD TV (not a computer monitor) via HDMI.

- I don't need to be too powerful currently but would like it to be easily upgradable over the next few years (aka easy to find and replace parts for. All I've ever done is replace the HDD in my PS4, so I don't know much about how to rip apart computers)

- built in wireless (optional) not 100% necessary.

- I would like it to stay at or below $300....again I'm not looking for a powerhouse, just something to play South Park Stick of Truth, DOTA 2, LoL on medium settings.

I would appreciate any input, thank you!

#2 Posted by MonsieurX (28705 posts) -

Forget it for a whole tower for 300$(if it does include OS)

#3 Posted by PredatorRules (7061 posts) -

Hello. I am VERY new to PC gaming (been a console gamer my entire life) but there are too many games out there that interest me now that I would love to play. My question is I know NOTHING about computer specs or what I should look for so I was hoping somebody could help me out. Below is what I am looking for:

- I am looking to replace my old laptop with a new computer tower that I can connect to my 55in HD TV (not a computer monitor) via HDMI.

- I don't need to be too powerful currently but would like it to be easily upgradable over the next few years (aka easy to find and replace parts for. All I've ever done is replace the HDD in my PS4, so I don't know much about how to rip apart computers)

- built in wireless (optional) not 100% necessary.

- I would like it to stay at or below $300....again I'm not looking for a powerhouse, just something to play South Park Stick of Truth, DOTA 2, LoL on medium settings.

I would appreciate any input, thank you!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/34Ix8 enjoy

#4 Posted by Arthas045 (5050 posts) -

@topher78714 said:

Hello. I am VERY new to PC gaming (been a console gamer my entire life) but there are too many games out there that interest me now that I would love to play. My question is I know NOTHING about computer specs or what I should look for so I was hoping somebody could help me out. Below is what I am looking for:

- I am looking to replace my old laptop with a new computer tower that I can connect to my 55in HD TV (not a computer monitor) via HDMI.

- I don't need to be too powerful currently but would like it to be easily upgradable over the next few years (aka easy to find and replace parts for. All I've ever done is replace the HDD in my PS4, so I don't know much about how to rip apart computers)

- built in wireless (optional) not 100% necessary.

- I would like it to stay at or below $300....again I'm not looking for a powerhouse, just something to play South Park Stick of Truth, DOTA 2, LoL on medium settings.

I would appreciate any input, thank you!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/34Ix8 enjoy

Damn good job on the budget!

#5 Posted by Sparky04 (3383 posts) -

PredatorRules recommended a very good build. In the future you could also purchase a dedicated graphics card which will improve performance a lot. The one thing is that you need a copy of Windows and those usually run 100 dollars unless you can get some discounts. Also you'll have to figure out how to install it without a disc drive(that's not hard).

#6 Posted by Innovazero2000 (3124 posts) -

Yeah that is a good build, AMD's APU's are super viable for low end gaming until a dedicated card can be bought.

#7 Edited by nicoloplay (9 posts) -

@topher78714 said:

Hello. I am VERY new to PC gaming (been a console gamer my entire life) but there are too many games out there that interest me now that I would love to play. My question is I know NOTHING about computer specs or what I should look for so I was hoping somebody could help me out. Below is what I am looking for:

- I am looking to replace my old laptop with a new computer tower that I can connect to my 55in HD TV (not a computer monitor) via HDMI.

- I don't need to be too powerful currently but would like it to be easily upgradable over the next few years (aka easy to find and replace parts for. All I've ever done is replace the HDD in my PS4, so I don't know much about how to rip apart computers)

- built in wireless (optional) not 100% necessary.

- I would like it to stay at or below $300....again I'm not looking for a powerhouse, just something to play South Park Stick of Truth, DOTA 2, LoL on medium settings.

I would appreciate any input, thank you!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/34Ix8 enjoy

Wow, that's an amazing quotation, lower than his budget, sounds really interesting. Might check it out soon.Though I already have my own PC and Ps3 to love. :)

#8 Posted by Horgen (109953 posts) -

@topher78714 said:

Hello. I am VERY new to PC gaming (been a console gamer my entire life) but there are too many games out there that interest me now that I would love to play. My question is I know NOTHING about computer specs or what I should look for so I was hoping somebody could help me out. Below is what I am looking for:

- I am looking to replace my old laptop with a new computer tower that I can connect to my 55in HD TV (not a computer monitor) via HDMI.

- I don't need to be too powerful currently but would like it to be easily upgradable over the next few years (aka easy to find and replace parts for. All I've ever done is replace the HDD in my PS4, so I don't know much about how to rip apart computers)

- built in wireless (optional) not 100% necessary.

- I would like it to stay at or below $300....again I'm not looking for a powerhouse, just something to play South Park Stick of Truth, DOTA 2, LoL on medium settings.

I would appreciate any input, thank you!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/34Ix8 enjoy

Damn, you did it.

However TC I will suggest that you save up another 200-300 at least before buying a computer you want to use for gaming.

#9 Posted by dbtbandit67 (353 posts) -

Hello. I am VERY new to PC gaming (been a console gamer my entire life) but there are too many games out there that interest me now that I would love to play. My question is I know NOTHING about computer specs or what I should look for so I was hoping somebody could help me out. Below is what I am looking for:

- I am looking to replace my old laptop with a new computer tower that I can connect to my 55in HD TV (not a computer monitor) via HDMI.

- I don't need to be too powerful currently but would like it to be easily upgradable over the next few years (aka easy to find and replace parts for. All I've ever done is replace the HDD in my PS4, so I don't know much about how to rip apart computers)

- built in wireless (optional) not 100% necessary.

- I would like it to stay at or below $300....again I'm not looking for a powerhouse, just something to play South Park Stick of Truth, DOTA 2, LoL on medium settings.

I would appreciate any input, thank you!

You won't be able to build any sort of custom build with new parts even of the lowest settings at $300 or below

If that is really your budget, buy older used rigs on Craigslist

There are still decent ones up that can still run games at minimum settings

#10 Edited by insane_metalist (5862 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

@topher78714 said:

Hello. I am VERY new to PC gaming (been a console gamer my entire life) but there are too many games out there that interest me now that I would love to play. My question is I know NOTHING about computer specs or what I should look for so I was hoping somebody could help me out. Below is what I am looking for:

- I am looking to replace my old laptop with a new computer tower that I can connect to my 55in HD TV (not a computer monitor) via HDMI.

- I don't need to be too powerful currently but would like it to be easily upgradable over the next few years (aka easy to find and replace parts for. All I've ever done is replace the HDD in my PS4, so I don't know much about how to rip apart computers)

- built in wireless (optional) not 100% necessary.

- I would like it to stay at or below $300....again I'm not looking for a powerhouse, just something to play South Park Stick of Truth, DOTA 2, LoL on medium settings.

I would appreciate any input, thank you!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/34Ix8 enjoy

Damn, you did it.

However TC I will suggest that you save up another 200-300 at least before buying a computer you want to use for gaming.

Yeah, at least $500. You want a better mobo without a doubt.. otherwise forget about upgrading later on..