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Default Help choosing a mini desktop, what will you choose? - 06-18-2014, 21:11 | posts: 18

Hello to everyone,

I'm trying to surprise my dad with a secret gift. I am thinking about changing his old pentium4 for something more fancy/flexible.

This machine has to be:
Better than geforce 6600 (to be able to play AoE III, Caesar IV, Tropico IV)
Reproduce videos in 720p, if possible in 1080p
budget: 350-550$ (plus 50-75$ for shipping, from USA to Venezuela)

I'm looking for a mini-desktop mainly because of:
1. the shipping price (weight/volume)
2. I think it could be useful for him to move the pc from house/work (he has one slow there)
3. it will seem futuristic to him
4. freeing some physical space (not very important)

What do you think about the: ASUS VM60-G067R ($449.00)
(http://www.amazon.com/Asus-VM60-G067...&keywords=mini)

Or this one: Intel NUC Mini Desktop i3 4GB 120GB SSD ($324.99)
(http://www.amazon.com/Intel-NUC-Mini...+desktop+intel)

In advance, thank you very much for your answers!
   
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Default 06-18-2014, 22:01 | posts: 1,632 | Location: Ipswich UK

From the specs they would be great as a small PC connected to a TV but from what I read they are not really for gaming.

I am May be wrong I think you need to find someone that has one to get a true idea of what there capable of.


Some small PC capable of gaming

https://www.dinopc.com/shop/pc/mini-...-sff-small.asp

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Default 06-19-2014, 04:14 | posts: 4,231 | Location: MI, USA

You'd obviously get a lot more bang for buck if you just went for a micro-atx build. You could do an AMD build micro-atx mobo, APU, case, ssd and ram for probably $550 or less. I don't know about shipping on something like that though.

When I say micro, the cases would be something like this or this

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Default 06-19-2014, 20:38 | posts: 18

Yeah, I see is not the best idea, it gets expensive (compared to atxs) and is not desgined for playing.

Thanks both for your anwsers.
   
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