30 months ago
Hi guys, I'm brand new here on the forums. I'll try to keep this as short as possible. For the past 10 years, I've been strictly a console gamer, but now my 10 year old son is really interested in playing some PC games that aren't available on PS4. I figure if I'm dropping the money on a gaming machine, I might as well get something that will run the games I play as great as possible. I've decided to either buy an Alienware Steam machine or build one if I can save some money. However, it's been 9 years since I've built a PC and I am not up to date on the latest components. Plus, every time I put anything together on the parts picker, I wind up waaaay over budget.
Here's the specs on the Alienware Steam machine I'm looking at:
6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 6400T
8GB DDR4 at 2133MHz - 1 DIMM
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX960 GPU 4GB GDDR5
With current promotions on Dell, this model is going for $585 + tax. I already own a copy of Windows 10, so I'd just install that and run Steam in big picture.
Finally, my question: Is it possible to build something as good, or even more powerful, as the Alienware i5 for cheaper? If so, can someone help me find parts to come in at, or under, this budget ($585)? I'm just looking for the most bang for the buck and I miss building PCs. Thanks for your time. I know that was long winded. Joe