Help choosing a pre built desktop


Recruit Rank 0
Jul 27, 2018
Hello everyone,

I'm looking for a new desktop and I want something that's a little more powerful than it really needs to be, but I don't want to overpay for specs that won't really improve performance. I will mainly be using this for playing online poker, surfing the internet (lots of tabs open on chrome), and some spreadsheet work. I keep 4 or 5 programs open at the same time pretty often. Occasionally I will be making video recordings of my poker sessions, but I won't be doing any editing. I'm willing to spend up to $1,000.00 but I don't want to spend that if it's not necessary.

Core I7 7th gen

Core I5 8th gen

Core I7 8th gen

Ram: Minimum 16 gigs must be upgradable to 32

I need to be able to run 2 monitors, but I don't know if I need a separate graphics card. ?

Do I need an SSD?


Arjun Chandran

Master Sergeant Rank 13
Dec 30, 2016
Anyway you are building this in 2018 so choose the latest generation processor. SSD is good for all purposes so that your desktop will be more responsive.

Abhiram Shibu

Sergeant Rank 10
Jan 1, 2017
8th GEN CPU has 2 more extra cores. This is true for i3, i5 and i7.

Personally I am a self builder of my PC and also helped friends to build PC. If I were you, I would go for ryzen instead of intel chips as ryzen 2nd gen is more newer.

I don't know if you can get a prebuilt PC with ryzen in it, any way worth a try. :)

SSD is a must, if you need the responsiveness you are expecting.. Or opt for SSHD.

Why choose intel?

Has more clock speed.
Higher reputation
Optane compatibility .

Why AMD?

Has newer processors.
Higher number of cores.
More power efficient.
Intel need a competition to make price low.

RAM clearly depends on the use case. For you, given the usecase, I think 32 GiGs is an overkill. But better have than be sorry.
Remember that ram which used to cost 2.3K-INR for 8GB is now around 7K-INR.
Hope I helped you :)