Help choosing a mini desktop, what will you choose?

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  1. daltoy

    daltoy Member

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    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-G06...&ie=UTF8&qid=1403116352&sr=1-14&keywords=mini)

    Or this one: Intel NUC Mini Desktop i3 4GB 120GB SSD ($324.99)
    (http://www.amazon.com/Intel-NUC-Min...1403114794&sr=8-2&keywords=mini+desktop+intel)

    In advance, thank you very much for your answers! :pc1: :)
     
  2. Barry J

    Barry J Ancient Guru

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    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-pcs-computers-sff-small.asp
     
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  3. scoter man1

    scoter man1 Ancient Guru

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    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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  4. daltoy

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    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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