How do I know if a computer is good for gaming?

I am not an avid gamer, but have someone on my Christmas shopping list who very much wants a gaming pc.  There's crap tons of gaming computers on the market, along with people selling custom builds, so I don't know how to select the best option.  Ideally, I'd like to spend less than $1k.

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    First, Y/A is global and Australia uses dollars of their own.

    Although the basics can be learned in five minutes, the details of good from bad parts takes a lot of experience.

    Most of gaming is about the graphics processor, sometimes referred to as video card or graphics card.

    There is a pulldown for desktop and restrict to refresh on this page of graphics processors to game performance.

    CPU is the AMD or Intel main operation. This has general performance of cpus, and a second tab puts a numerical value on a graphics processor.

    Every good gaming computer has 8 or 16 Gigabytes of RAM that stores operating software including the game that runs plus other processes.

    Every good gaming computer today has a solid state drive.

    Depending on details, there is performance of those parts and amount  that can be stored.

    Also, there is a power supply to convert AC wall current to the 12V of graphics cards and CPUs and the 3 and 5 volts needed also. There is a quality and efficiency on it and the amount of power for graphics cards.

    All computers have similar parts and  tower gaming pc can be built from purchased parts. If you're smart enough, you can find out all of the parts and choose similar to figure out the value of what you are getting.

    This is a part list

    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor

    CPU Cooler - stock as included with cpu

    ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard

    OLOy 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory

    Team MS30 256 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive

    Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

    EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB XC BLACK GAMING Video Card

    Rosewill TYRFING ATX Mid Tower Case

    EVGA BR 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

    Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit

    Without accessories, after rebates, before sales tax, $714.90

    This has decent cpu, low cost parts in general, GTX 1650 card

    It describes as

    Ryzen 5 3600, B450M Motherboard, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD, 2TB HDD, GTX 1650 4GB, 500W PSU, Windows 10 Home

    Since they get Windows operating system cheaper, and can use even cheaper parts, this description is $630 to $800 built and tested, and if it costs more, you need to know why.

    If you find a pc that looks good to you, send a link and ask.'s special $1069 +15 for keyboard, mouse, headset +1 for power supply upgradeWindows 10 Home (64-bit Edition)CyberpowerPC Elite M1 131 RGB 7-Color w/ 9 Button, adjustable Weight & lighting effects Gaming Mouse, and more(3)Phanteks Eclipse P400A High Air-Flow ATX Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ USB 3.0, ARGB, Full-Size Tempered Glass (White Color)i5-9600K, INTEL WW CI5 GAMING PACK, Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler, ASUS Prime Z390-P ATX w/ WiFi, 16GB (8GBx2) DDR4/3000MHz Dual Channel Memory (ADATA XPG Z1), GeForce® GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5, 600 Watts - Thermaltake SMART series 600Watts 80 Plus Gold high-efficient Power Supply, 240GB ADATA SU630-240G SSD + 2TB SATA III Hard Drive, CyberPowerPC Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard, CyberPowerPC Optical Gaming Mouse,

    $962.88 plus their included accessories. It's a fair price.

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