Any recommendation for a new desktop PC

Hi, I want to buy a desktop PC. Will be used for internet etc and CAD.
Also a bit of casual gaming. Our all- in -one is too slow . for CAD and not upgradeable.
Can you still buy the old tower style PCs that can be upgraded? I will probably need a new graphics card and may increase RAM?
Any help or suggestions most appreciated. cheers.

geek_jack47, Sep 2, 5:01 pm

Yeah "old style" PCs are still a thing. Shops like Computer Lounge do custom builds and would be a good bet if you don't know how to do it yourself.

To give any kind of useful recommendation we'd need more info though:

- What's your budget?
- What sort of gaming?
- Does your CAD software require a professional video card like a Quadro?

geek_suicidemonkey, Sep 2, 5:03 pm

Onboard graphics are surprisingly powerful these days.

geek_r.g.nixon, Sep 2, 6:29 pm

Brand on the box means nothing.
Brand of components inside it mean everything.
Go to Playtech or ComputerLounge if you know nothing about the components and what is quality.

geek_lythande1, Sep 2, 6:46 pm

For sure. But for anything more than the most casual of gaming, nah. Especially if it's a dual purpose CAD+gaming machine.

geek_suicidemonkey, Sep 2, 6:50 pm

Thanks for the help.
Budget up to $1000.00 (incl monitor)
Games, Flight Simulator X, Unreal, Fallout.
CAD is Turbocad V20

geek_jack47, Sep 2, 7:17 pm

Best bet is to give Computer Lounge a buzz and let them know your budget, they'll recommend something to suit.

Worth noting it'll be tough to put together a decent system with monitor for $1k. It's doable by sticking with lower end components, and you wouldn't get a graphics card. $1500 would do it.

geek_suicidemonkey, Sep 2, 7:28 pm

Yeah, under $1,000 for a game machine is going to be pushing things (or cutting some corners) $1500 is more realistic once you add in a nice monitor / graphics card etc.

If you are stuck with that budget, you could do it with a used (ex lease) business machine which should cost ~$500 for a good i5 minitower, with enough case space and power supply to take an upgrade.

Then you have $250 for a new GTX1050 graphics card, $200 for a nice monitor, and you have a machine that will do what you need. The 1050 card should run off a standard desktop PC power supply.

Listing 1747724014 would be the sort of thing.

Wont be top of the line gaming, but it will waste your current all in one.

geek_ianab, Sep 13, 8:06 pm