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Old 11-14-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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I have an unusual question that maybe someone here can answer or direct me to somewhere to find the answer.
I am doing some repair work on a run-of-the-mill Dell laptop and I will give it to a 10 year old for his use. He currently uses a computer for playing games. We thought about getting a new one more suitable for gaming (what ever that means), but I'm not sure that he needs such a thing at his age. I'm looking for some kind of guidance on how to determine when he needs a bigger badder computer. I'm thinking that it will depend on the demands of the games he is interested in. Is there any guidance anywhere that gives information on age appropriateness of popular games and ranks them on adequate hardware requirements needed? Or, something like that?
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I'm thinking that it will depend on the demands of the games he is interested in.
Precisely. You'd need to see what kind of hardware those specific games require

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Is there any guidance anywhere that gives information on age appropriateness of popular games and ranks them on adequate hardware requirements needed? Or, something like that?
Not that I can think of. Chances are, though, he's not going to be playing anything like Call of Duty or GTA (Well, at least I hope not at that age), so you probably don't need to go too high end, but laptops are hopeless for gaming. Either they have poor graphics capabilities, or run too hot and cook themselves after 2-3 years. Something like a Core i3 with a mid range GPU would probably do fine.
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c.hegge,
Thanks. I guess I'll just see if I can get this old laptop running and let him use it as long it serves his purpose. If/when he needs something with more computing power, we'll deal with it then.
Thanks for the tip on laptops not being good for gaming. We'll keep that in mind when that time comes.
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