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I need some super duper nerdy help for something I know nothing about lol

Ive given up on the Switch. I much prefer sports games and FPS games and the Switch just is not capable of having a good experience for those games.

I know a bunch of friends who 'built' their own gaming PCs, the problem is Ive heard them say they have dropped 2-3.5k on building them. I would like a PS5 but there are so many more games on Steam that I want to play that are PC exclusive so Im stearing away from console. 

The issue is I have no idea where to start and Im out of my realm. I dont know the first thing about PC gaming besides somebody telling me I can get a gaming PC and make it controller friendly through some sort of connector (cause Im too old to learn keyboard and mouse)

Also, I have a buddy who built some sort of hybrid PC, its powerful enough he uses it 1/2 for work and he also put whatever components in it to make it 1/2 a good gaming PC as well.

I would like something like that. Sort of a "All-In-One" work/gaming PC. I dont need to top top top of the line stuff. Just something average or above average that gets the job done thats poweful enough to play games smoothly and do my normal work on Photoshop

Question is that I need help with........where do I start. Is there something prebuilt I can get? Can I spend less than 2-3k on it? Maybe in the 1k-1.5k range like the cost of a good laptop?

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7 minutes ago, MKnight82 said:

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lol Im in my 30s now and have been holding a controller for 20+ years, there is no changing now. I dont have the patience to go through a learning curve of mouse/keyboard at 34 y/o.

With the console though, nobody I know plays on console anymore--all of my friends are on PC. So getting a console is also about being able to play/chat with friends. 

My work PC is also like 6 years old and still runs Windows 7. Im thinking of just asking them to get me a nice new work PC and add whatever components into it myself to make it a 'gaming PC'. I assume its just a powerful graphics card and a butt load of RAM?

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1 minute ago, AkronsWitness said:

lol Im in my 30s now and have been holding a controller for 20+ years, there is no changing now.

With the console though, nobody I know plays on console anymore--all of my friends are on PC. So getting a console is also about being able to play/chat with friends. 

My work PC is also like 6 years old and still runs Windows 7. Im thinking of just asking them to get me a nice new work PC and add whatever components into it myself to make it a 'gaming PC'. I assume its just a powerful graphics card and a butt load of RAM?

Im 38.

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3 minutes ago, MKnight82 said:

Im 38.

More power to you sir, Ive spent the last 3 years getting pwned by a bunch of GFuel 12 year olds in Call of Duty who have the reaction time of a cat. I need a wireless Playstation controller for PC if thats a thing.

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More power to you sir, Ive spent the last 3 years getting pwned by a bunch of GFuel 12 year olds in Call of Duty who have the reaction time of a cat.

Ya I don't play multi-player anymore.  I'll occasionally play online in NBA 2k but that's about it.  I play an online madden league with @Flatlynerbut he's older than me so its pretty even lol. 

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1 minute ago, MKnight82 said:

Ya I don't play multi-player anymore.  I'll occasionally play online in NBA 2k but that's about it.  I play an online madden league with @Flatlynerbut he's older than me so its pretty even lol. 

haha yeah my skills have gone downhill with age, its amazing to me how good I was at FPS games when I was 15-25 years old compared to 34. But still thats all I play for some reason. Mix in the occasional MMO like Path of Exile.

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Alrighty... here are some great resources. Right now is a bad time to build as GPU and CPU maket has been crazy, but it has gotten better. It was worse over the last 12 months but there is a light at the end of the tunnel

https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/ - great resource for building your own
https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsales/ - follow up from above to find good sales
https://www.reddit.com/r/suggestapc/ - can post with what you are looking for a budget and people will legit just find pre-built's for you (PREBUILT ONLY)

I would recommend a prebuilt if you are new to this. They are easier to get now anyway. I would decide your budget and go from there. I went pre-built shopping last year and got one in March - was going to build but the market was bad

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13 minutes ago, JBURGE said:

Alrighty... here are some great resources. Right now is a bad time to build as GPU and CPU maket has been crazy, but it has gotten better. It was worse over the last 12 months but there is a light at the end of the tunnel

https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/ - great resource for building your own
https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsales/ - follow up from above to find good sales
https://www.reddit.com/r/suggestapc/ - can post with what you are looking for a budget and people will legit just find pre-built's for you (PREBUILT ONLY)

I would recommend a prebuilt if you are new to this. They are easier to get now anyway. I would decide your budget and go from there. I went pre-built shopping last year and got one in March - was going to build but the market was bad

Awesome thanks! I think I will def. use that Reddit suggestions thread. Dumb question but can any decent gaming PC be used for normal everyday work? The only really other thing I need it for is web browsing, Adobe Suite and MS Office.

I was looking on Google and found this one that seems to get pretty high numbers for 'budget gaming PCs'.

https://www.newegg.com/skytech-st-chronosm-0237-ne-chronos-mini/p/N82E16883289131?item=N82E16883289131&source=region&nm_mc=knc-googleadwords-pc&cm_mmc=knc-googleadwords-pc-_-pla-_-gaming+desktop-_-N82E16883289131&gclid=CjwKCAjwmK6IBhBqEiwAocMc8qi6Wx3NuxqgXNNekGP3HU5664eRJVI352SIi3kzZ6sEtLMzzcHD0BoC8QEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

 

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59 minutes ago, AkronsWitness said:

Awesome thanks! I think I will def. use that Reddit suggestions thread. Dumb question but can any decent gaming PC be used for normal everyday work? The only really other thing I need it for is web browsing, Adobe Suite and MS Office.

I was looking on Google and found this one that seems to get pretty high numbers for 'budget gaming PCs'.

https://www.newegg.com/skytech-st-chronosm-0237-ne-chronos-mini/p/N82E16883289131?item=N82E16883289131&source=region&nm_mc=knc-googleadwords-pc&cm_mmc=knc-googleadwords-pc-_-pla-_-gaming+desktop-_-N82E16883289131&gclid=CjwKCAjwmK6IBhBqEiwAocMc8qi6Wx3NuxqgXNNekGP3HU5664eRJVI352SIi3kzZ6sEtLMzzcHD0BoC8QEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

 

Gaming PCs will be able to do anything you need a normal PC to do. I would look for some pre-builts and post in the suggest a pc thread and someone will tell you it's a bad deal and post a better one. 

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The way the market is right now find a solid pre built... Not a good time to build your own and you'll actually pay more to do so.

As far as controllers go just get an Xbox controller and the Xbox wireless dongle for PC, it's fully compatible with most PC games right out of the box.

As far as having a PC that can do both .. Any decent gaming PC is going to have enough juice to do productivity stuff just fine.

The latest AMD CPUs are better than Intel right now in almost every category so I'd go with them personally.

Anything more detailed would require knowing what kind of budget you're working with 

 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, rob_shadows said:

As far as controllers go just get an Xbox controller and the Xbox wireless dongle for PC, it's fully compatible with most PC games right out of the box

As long as the pc has Bluetooth, which it will, you can use a ps4 or Xbox one controller without needing any dongles. In order to use a ps4 controller you may need to download the program ds4 but it's very easy to use. 

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