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  • Xmas Computer Halp!!

    Okay nerds (and I say that as a term on endearment), I need help getting a home PC for my 8 year old daughter for Christmas. I bring shame to my generation for my lack of tech savvy; but my 8 year old daughter is something of a savant. She’s well beyond her years operating an iPad and she is ready for some heavy machinery. She wants to game (think Roblox & Minecraft or any of the other 100 apps she has on her iPad); she wants to stream movies and music; she would like to edit photos and videos; and I would like for her to be able to do future homework assignments on it as needed. She’s only ever had a Mac- so ideally it would be a iMac of some sort, but the prices seem to be totally insane.. I’ve got the whole extended family pitching in for this, with a budget in the $750-$1000 range.

    Please, help me nerds, you’re my only hope.

  • #2
    The basic iMac starts at $1099, which is just beyond the top end of your budget, but it would probably be everything she needs. The MacBook Air is a bit more, starting at around $1200, I think.

    Dell has some All-in-one desktops for $699 that might work well for her. All-in-one meaning no "tower" to hook up to. The guts of the computer are in the same physical box as the screen.

    https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell...on-24-5477-aio

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    • #3
      Don't need much power to run Minecraft and that genre of games. My advice would be to buy a an actual tower from someone like Dell or HP with the ability to add a much better video card in the future. Really zero reason to buy any Mac. PC can do the same and has much more flexibility.

      I'd go with this for $529 and add their option for the $130 monitor.

      https://deals.dell.com/productdetail...=19&l=en&s=dhs

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      • #4
        Mac deals are harder to come by than PC deals, but Macs will last longer if you treat them even halfway decently. If you're flexible on getting a PC over a Mac, you'll be able to find something more easily. Just make sure it has a strong graphics card and processor, otherwise it's going to come up short in the photo/video editing and gaming pursuits.

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        • #5
          Good advice so far. I'm a Mac guy, but I have to run Windows at work, but I reluctantly must admit that Windows 10 is very nice and "Mac-like." An 8 year old will be able to do anything on a 10 box as she will on a Mac, IMO. So as much as I love Macs, if that was my daughter, I'd save hundreds and go with a nice mid-range PC.

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          • #6
            Thank you nerds so much



            - I'm leaning more and more towards a Windows 10 mid-range PC with 'strong graphics and processor' You guys (and gal) Rock!

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            • #7
              Should I shop the deals on amazon- or should I shop elsewhere?

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              • #8
                You can get a great deal if you venture out East on Colfax after 10 pm....

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                • #9
                  Good timing, I just got this from Costco. I’d still go with a PC and save the money, but it’s your money not mine!


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                  • #10
                    You might want to check out SlickDeals once you get an idea of the top 2-3 specs you need. Just don’t get too bogged down in the threads as that community can nitpick things to death.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KUGDI View Post
                      You can get a great deal if you venture out East on Colfax after 10 pm....

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                      • #12
                        How do you guys feel about refurbished iMacs?

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                        • #13
                          I’ll echo Raider and Gard...it’s better to go with an upgradable PC. Get a good deal on a box with a high-end i5 or i7 CPU (or AMD equivalent) with a healthy amount of RAM, no less than 8GB. That will be a pretty decent “beginner gamer” machine. You can upgrade the GPU, RAM, and SSD if/when it’s needed.

                          This coming from a Mac guy. But it’s really difficult to upgrade Macs these days. Although one option would be to get a souped up Mac Mini (allows for RAM upgrades) and add an external GPU. But that will exceed your budget.

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                          • #14
                            my brother has a 2013 MBP he's selling, his wife upgraded and doesn't need it anymore, if you wanted to go that route

                            I personally would never buy an old machine, but Macs are pretty damn reliable. I think they want in the neighborhood of 500-600, and that may be more than you're looking to spend...I don't have specs, but if you're interested I can either put you in touch with him or get specs for you

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                            • #15
                              I've been pleased with NewEgg...

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