New to this whole PC gaming thing?
Maybe you read a review of the new John Wick Hex PC-only game and it piqued your curiosity. Or you decided that it was finally time to see what all the fuss is about with one of those big MMORPG’s (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) — like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, or Elder Scrolls. Now it’s time to get a gaming rig.
Right now you can get a good starter system at Amazon that won’t break the bank. The online retail giant is offering the HP Pavilion 690 gaming desktop computer for just $ 389.94, a 33 percent discount and its lowest price all year.
You’ll get plenty of bang for your buck with the Pavilion 690. Along with the 1TB hard drive and Windows 10 OS, the system features 8GB of memory, an AMD Ryzen 3 2200G processor, and Radeon RX 550 graphics card to help deliver visuals you can almost sink yourself into. Plus, it comes with a keyboard and mouse, so you’ll be all set to start gaming. It even has multi-monitor capability, upgradable memory and a built-in re-writable DVD drive so you can watch your favorite movies when not kicking booty.
This may only be a basic starter model, but this gaming desktop gets the job done for someone testing the waters. PCMag gave the Pavilion 690 an excellent rating for its already low price, combined with surprising computing power for such a compact desktop. One of the few downsides found is the lack of a SSD, which can potentially make gameplay clunky if there is a lot going on at once. But that problem is easily remedied with any inexpensive SSD add-on, so don’t sweat it too much.
Keep your consoles, sure. But for your first foray into PC gaming, you aren’t going to find a much better price for what you get in the HP Pavilion 690 gaming desktop computer. Just don’t complain to us when you get hooked on one of those goofy Fortnite dances.
Post by Chris Rierson of the Mashable Deals team; originally appeared on Mashable.com.