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2670 No. 2670 [Edit]
what should I get under 1000 bucks; a laptop, a steam deck or a dsktop?
>> No. 2671 [Edit]
I think that depends largely on how important portability is to you.
>> No. 2672 [Edit]
I mostly stay at home
>> No. 2673 [Edit]
A desktop below 1000 is just going to be a non-portable laptop. Unless you get a mini-pc(which doesn't make much sense if you don't leave the house often).
>> No. 2674 [Edit]
How important is modification and upgrading? Because with a desktop pc you can swap out parts for new ones. With a laptop you're much more limited. The only pratical things you can really swap out on a laptop are usually ram and storage drives. Your stuck with the built in keyboard, the screen, and so on.
Sure you can attach those accessories to a laptop, but then that just makes it a PC at that point.
A steam deck meanwhile seems like you have even less options.
>> No. 2675 [Edit]
I don't have that much money. I don't know how to change things on a desktop
>> No. 2678 [Edit]
Either get a used laptop or an NUC type desktop. Since you stay mostly at home, NUC might be better since it'll probably last longer.
>> No. 2694 [Edit]
I would get a desktop. You can buy less RAM at first (then buy another identical stick of RAM) or you could get a CPU with integrated graphics and upgrade it later. Also using a HDD instead of a SSD is a good way to save some money. Don't save money by buying a cheap PSU. I recommend that you don't get a Nvidia GPU if you are planning on using GNU/Linux. Actually, Steam Deck uses GNU/Linux (SteamOS), so the experience with using another GNU/Linux distro (like Xubuntu) on a desktop isn't that much different if you don't need the extra portability. You could test first using GNU/Linux only and installing Wine/Steam, because Botnet 10/Botnet 11 costs money.

Also, even if you wanted more portability, I would get a laptop instead of Steam Deck. And remember that you need a screen and keyboard+mouse for your desktop computer, while a laptop already has those.

>I don't know how to change things on a desktop
You just need to look at the motherboard's manual and see where is slot X located and plug the part in. Watch a tutorial on YT before assembling your first PC. The only thing you can mess up is the CPU. You need to read the manual of the MoBo and CPU extra carefully.
>> No. 2696 [Edit]
can I get a good pc under 1000 bucks? If no should I geg a steam deck then

Post edited on 10th May 2022, 12:04pm
>> No. 2697 [Edit]
>can I get a good pc under 1000 bucks
Sure. But you need to post some example software that you expect to run. Would using GNU/Linux be a deal breaker for you? The Steam Deck uses it and you should get the exact same software compatibility if you ran GNU/Linux on a desktop PC that you assembled yourself.

>If no should I geg a steam deck then
I'm worried about Deck's battery life and I personally think that a laptop would be better, if you want more portability. And, in my opinion, a desktop is better if you need more power. Do you have a screen for your desktop PC? If not, you need to take into account the cost of a screen if you are going to assemble a PC. If you don't have a screen, you could also use a TV as your screen, though.

The GPU matters than the CPU when it comes to video game performance.
I would get the cheapest ATX or EATX case that has dust filters. And I think that an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or AMD Ryzen 5 5600 CPU is a good for the price. Note these models do not have integrated GPU. I would get G.Skill Ripjaws V, 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM sticks (Buy a package that has 2x8GB RAM sticks). I recommend getting a Western Digital or Toshiba HDD(s) instead of a SSD (this is a good way to save money). I don't know which motherboard you should get (I think getting a Asus or Msi MoBo that has AMD AM4 socket for the CPU is a good choice). I would get a Corsair or Seasonic PSU (there are PSU calculators online. I recommend getting a slightly better PSU than you need).
>> No. 2698 [Edit]
I can provide the screen (one from 2007)

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