Help Picking a Gaming PC?

Hi fellow OzBargainers.

First time gaming PC buyer. Looking to buy a Dell Inspiron, but not sure which one to buy.
eBay currently has a 20% off for Dell, while the Dell website has a 10% off on PC's.
Currently have a ViewSonic XG201 as a monitor (144hz 1ms)

Dell Website Intel
Dell Website AMD
Ebay Intel GTX 1060 6GB ($1119)

Which one seems to be the best value?
Or are there better alternatives elsewhere you can link me too?
What's the most optimal play here? :P


  • +3 votes

    Whats the most optimal play here? :P

    The optimal play is to pick out components and build a custom PC. If you don't want to assemble it yourself(totally understandable) you can pay a computer store such as MSY to assemble it for you for $50-$70.

    You need to decide what monitor you will be using, that should be the measuring stick for the components you choose. What is your budget? With the current tech, 1440p/165hz/IPS/G-sync panels are the best monitor and the best gaming experience. Configure your PC around this.

    • +1 vote

      Ah, forgot to mention I've got a monitor at home, Viewsonic Xg2401 (144hz,1ms). Picking and buying parts separately is definitely a fine idea too, but thought it would be a bit time consuming but may reconsider. Anyway, Thanks for the response!

      • +2 votes

        Use PC Part Picker. You have have a setup done in less than 20 minutes. Very easy to find, buy and ship parts too


    Optimal play?
    I would take the Websites (GTX 1060 Intel i7) Inspiron Model. Looks the goods apart from not having an optical drive if you wanted one. $980 is a decent price


    Dell are actually having a 15% off sitewide coupon that you can stack with 7% cashback at Cashrewards. Helps to make the Dell options much cheaper.

    I personally would opt for the Intel ones with NVIDIA graphics. Amar89 has summed up here why it's probably best to avoid the RX 580, however the VRAM is much lower in the 1060. Either way they're still both very good cards for the price.

  • +1 vote

    From these options ….

    I would get the 1,029.99 Inspiron Gaming Desktop
    AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700 Processor
    16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4, 2400MHz
    AMD Radeon™ RX 580 with 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory

    You already got a Freesync monitor, this would suit if just fine, if you can upgrade to a RX 580 with 8GB.

    the $989.99 Inspiron Gaming Desktop
    Intel® Core™ i7 8700
    8GB, DDR4, 2400MHz; up to 32GB
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 3GB GDDR5

    Would be ok, just try to get a 1060 with 6GB and 8 more GB of ram.

  • +1 vote

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($234.00 @ Shopping Express)
    Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B450M-A Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($128.00 @ Shopping Express)
    Memory: GeIL - EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($209.00 @ Umart)
    Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($128.00 @ Shopping Express)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.00 @ Shopping Express)
    Case: Deepcool - TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.00 @ Shopping Express)
    Total: $961.00
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-12 21:16 AEDT+1100


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