These Budget Desktop Computers Are Great for Diving Right Into PC Gaming

For anyone setting foot in the world of PC gaming for the very first time, it can be a daunting experience.  It also shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Unlike picking between Playstation or Nintendo, where your choices essentially boil down to what system-exclusive games you want to play, PC gaming is a very different beast.  Customization is through the roof, with all sorts of different graphics cards, RAM, and processors to think about.  All of these choices will carry over to the games you play in terms of performance and graphics output depending on your setup.  It’s also extremely important you pick the right computer if you want to run Skyrim with every mod available or your kids want to run “graphically intense” games like Minecraft & Roblox at super max settings.

Personally, I’ve always bought my gaming PCs prebuilt.  My PC friends shame me for this, but that’s just how I roll.  Building your own PC or watching Henry Cavill build his own can be a satisfying experience, but not everyone wants to do that.  If you’re like me and just want something affordable, reliable, and ready to go, the list of PCs here are great options for diving into the PC gaming scene right away.

However, if you do end up deciding to go down the route of building your own PC, there are some PC gaming cases included on this list to help you get started.

Best Cheap Gaming PCs

Shinobee

Shinobee SSD Ultra 8-Core Gaming PC

  • CPU: AMD FX 8300 8 Core
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3 PC-1600 (Dual Channel)
  • STORAGE: 1TB SATA III HDD

First up is the Shinobee SSD Ultra 8.  This model of the Shinobee comes equipped with an octa-core processor, 240 GB SSD + 1 TB of hard drive space, and 16GB of DDR3 memory.  It also has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 that will really bring out those beautiful graphics in your games.

Buy for $499.00 on Amazon

Skytech Chronos

Skytech Chronos Mini Gaming PC

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4-Core 3.6 GHz
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR6
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 500 GB Flash Memory Solid State

The Skytech Chronos Mini Gaming PC not only looks cool, but it’s capable of running your favorite games at High to Ultra settings, with crisp 1440p QHD resolution and smooth 60+ FPS gameplay.  This PC also features a 500GB SSD that is up to 30x faster than a traditional HDD.

Buy for $1,069.47 on Amazon

iBUYPOWER

iBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GT 730 2GB
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • STORAGE240GB SSD

If you’re looking for an entry-level gaming PC for your kids or yourself, the iBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC is a great place to start.  This PC comes equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 alongside the NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 graphics processor, which is a GPU for gamers who enjoy less graphically demanding games (Roblox and Minecraft, I’m looking at you).  You can also add your own additional storage via the open M.2 or SATA ports.

Buy for $756 on Amazon

HP Pavillion

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1650
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 256 GB

The HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop features loads of customization features with interchangeable LED lights and system optimization from the OMEN Command Center.  Outstanding performance with 4K visuals courtesy of the 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10400F processor.  This PC also comes equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card that features all-new NVIDIA Turing architecture and 4 GB GDDR5 dedicated memory.

Buy for $859 on Amazon

Acer Nitro Gaming Desktop

  • CPU: 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10400F Processor
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics with 4GB GDDR5 Video Memory
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: Flash Memory Solid State

This might be the most expensive PC on the list, but in the world of computers, this is still a very affordable price for a solid gaming PC.  I personally own this one, so I figured I’d throw it on here.  I’ve had no issues and it runs new games extremely well.  I did upgrade my RAM by purchasing an extra 8 GB.  Some owners claim to have put in upwards of 32 GB of RAM, but that’s totally your call.

Buy for $1,069 on Amazon

Best PC Gaming Cases

For those of you that have decided to go out and build your own, here are a few PC gaming cases to help you get started.  How you build the rest is entirely up to you.

MUSETEX ATX PC case

MUSETEX ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case

This excellent ATX Mid-Tower Gaming computer case supports motherboards up to ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX.  It also features mounts for up to 2 x HDD’s and 3 x SSDs.  This PC case comes equipped with 2 Galaxy dark 4mm thickness translucent tempered glass, allowing you to show off what is running your precious new gaming desktop.

Buy for $199.99 on Amazon

NZXT PC case

NZXT H510 Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case

The NZXT H510 Mid-Tower PC case features front I/O USB Type-C Port and tempered glass side panel with single screw installation.  Other features include a patented cable routing kit with pre-installed channels and straps which will make wiring easy and intuitive.  Seriously, cable management is always important.  You don’t want to show off your new PC and have cables everywhere, it’s the ultimate sin.

Buy for $69.99 on Amazon

Corsair iCUE PC case

Corsair iCUE 4000X RGB Mid-Tower ATX PC Case

The Corsair iCUE Mid-Tower combines stylish tempered glass, customizable RGB lighting, and innovative cable management into one nicely packaged PC case.  Each fan is equipped with eight individually addressable RGB LEDs for your very own customizable lighting.  You can also fully control and synchronize the RGB lighting for up to 6 fans with the included iCUE Lighting Node CORE and CORSAIR iCUE software.

Buy for $134.99 on Amazon

Pioneering Hospital Opens $200 Billion “Sleep Injuries” Wing for Dads

SCOTTSDALE, AZ—The Scottsdale Hospital broke ground today on a $10 million wing focused entirely on treating injuries fathers sustain while fast asleep.

Officials say the Chuck Haggerty Memorial Center for The Treatment and Study of Dad Sleep Injuries will give specialized treatment to those sleep injuries that only Dads seem to sustain.

“Every day, thousands of Dads manage to injure their necks, legs, shoulders, ankles and ribs, all while lying down motionless and unconscious,” said Dr. Kevin Williamson, chief of Dad Radiology at the hospital. “We want to know why, and we want it to stop.”

In addition to treating Dad patients, the new wing will also house sizable research labs. Hospital officials say they hope to become the first researchers to identify the mysterious, nocturnal force that is tweaking Dads’ shoulders.

The facility is named for Chuck Haggerty, a father of two who tragically woke up with a sore wrist in 2012 but is otherwise alive and healthy.

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Hero Dad Who Jumped off Bridge To Save Baby Honored With Air Force Flight

It was one of the most remarkable stories we’ve seen this year. A dad involved in a five-vehicle car accident on a bridge leapt into action, literally, when a baby was ejected from a vehicle into the bay below. Jonathan Bauer heroically jumped 30-feet from the bridge to save the baby in the water below.

And sometimes, awesome things happen to awesome people, so the Air Force Thunderbirds recognized his heroism and took him on an incredible flight as their “hometown hero” in the Ocean City Air Show.

When Bauer spoke about the incident, he said he did what he had to do. His daughter said seeing her dad jump off the bridge was the scariest moment of her life.

The Air Force Thunderbirds shared footage from Bauer’s flight and a pic of the hero dad, saying ‘his selfless act shows the best America has to offer, and we’re proud to have honored him with a flight today.’

So now you all know the way to score a once-in-a-lifetime ride with the Air Force in the back of an F-16, you just have to respond with incredible heroism in the face of enormous challenges. But if it was easy, the skies would be full of hometown heroes, instead of the select few who have earned the unique reward.

Alex Trebek’s Daughter Remembers Dad on First Father’s Day Without Him

Father’s Day is the greatest holiday of the year, clearly. A day for Dads, what more can you ask? But for families going through their first Father’s Day without Dad, the day takes a different tone. Legendary game show host Alex Trebek passed away in the fall, and his daughter paid tribute to the lesser-known side of the icon, as a dad.

Trebek’s oldest daughter, Nicky, shared a picture on Instagram of a touching family moment of her famous dad with all three of his children (Nicky is 55, Matthew is 31 and Emily is 28).

“Seems like a minute ago,” she wrote, along with the hashtags “missingyou”, “trebekgang”, and “dadlove”.

 

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Trebek loved being a dad to Nicky (who he adopted in 1981) and Matthew and Emily (who he had with his second wife). His kids have said previously he was a great dad who was generous to everyone and persistent in fighting challenges.

 

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His ‘Never Give Up’ spirit was on display during his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, as he continued to film new episodes of Jeopardy during treatment.

It’s definitely a hard first Father’s Day for the Trebek gang without him, but they won’t be the only ones who never forget him.

Father Figures: He’s a Natural

“My husband is a natural – even if he’s not my son’s natural father.’

5 1/2 years ago I found out I was pregnant with my then-boyfriend’s child. He decided to not be a part of our lives from then forward, which at the time seemed devastating but ended up being the best thing possible.

My son was born in July and I raised him as a single mother always hoping for more for him. On our first date, my husband suggested I bring my son with me so I wouldn’t have to worry about finding a sitter. He was 6 months at the time and such an easy baby, so of course my husband fell instantly in love with both of us.

He has been the only dad my son has known, and that’s all I would want for him. He plays with him every night even after long days of work and finds new and creative ways to entertain him. He encourages him to be himself and challenges him to try new things.

When we wanted to grow our family, we had a very hard time getting pregnant and found out my husband has fertility issues. We underwent two rounds of egg retrievals and had four embryo transfers that ended in miscarriages, but I eventually got pregnant with our now almost-one-year-old.

My husband is my boys’ favorite parent, although he would tell you differently. He makes them both laugh regularly and is a great role model. I’m so happy my sons and I have him.”

– Veronica Albecker

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Bandit’s Best Dad Moments in ‘Bluey’ Season 2

After months of waiting, Bluey Season 2 is now on Disney+!  It has been pretty nice to be able to finally watch some new content, after watching the first season in its entirety 7200 times.  My family and I went ballistic, binge-watching the 50+ new episodes in a weekend.  It’s top-notch stuff and once again, Bluey’s dad Bandit is a standout character.  The writers for this show just get dad life and I can appreciate that.  It makes me wonder if I’m the one watching Bluey with my kids or if they’re the ones watching it with me.

There are plenty of hilarious moments with this new season, but there are also a surprising amount of emotional story beats as well.  The kids laughed, my wife and I almost cried a few times.  It was awesome.  I’d be writing all day about Bluey if I didn’t restrain myself, so we’re only going to be talking about a select few episodes.

Here are some of my absolute favorite Bandit dad moments from Bluey Season 2.

Dance Mode

Bluey Dance Mode Episode
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When Bandit unintentionally eats Bingo’s last chip at a restaurant, he makes it up to her by giving her the power of “Dance Mode”.  This gives her the ability to make her family members burst into dance at any place or time.  She only has 4 chances to use it, so she wants to pick the right moment.  Bingo wants them to dance in the middle of a crowded plaza, but Bandit and Chilli are hesitant.  Bandit bribes her with money but it’s not what she wants.  Ultimately, they finally give in and end up back at the plaza.  Bandit shouts “Attention everyone!  I’m doing this for my kids!” and The Heeler family bust a move in front of everyone.  Whatever it takes to make your kid happy right?

Sleepy Time

Bluey Sleepy Time Episode
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Sharing a bed with your child always seems nice in principle, but you’ll quickly find yourself fighting for the blanket… and space… and your entire bed.  The same goes for The Heeler’s.  At bedtime, Bingo is determined to sleep for the whole night in her own bed.  After reading a story about outer space, Bingo is propelled into an intergalactic dreamscape.  While this is happening, Bluey asks her mom for a glass of water to help her fall asleep.  When Chilli returns, Bluey is sleeping in her spot.  Chilli has to sleep in Bluey’s bed and somehow Bingo finds herself in bed with Bandit and Bluey.  Sharing a bed with their dad, Bluey and Bingo believe they’re running through space when in reality they’re kicking the absolute crap out of their father.  After enduring the beatdown, he finds himself sleeping on the floor using a slipper as a pillow and his underpants as a blanket.  Can’t say I’ve used my underpants as a blanket, but I’ve come close.

Rug Island

Bluey Rug Island Episode
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In this episode, Bandit learns how to be a kid again.  This is something we should all try to do, especially when we have kids of our own.  Bluey and Bingo set up the imaginative “Rug Island” in the backyard, repurposing their play mat and felt-tip pens, pretending they’re bananas or a campfire.  While adults are not typically allowed on the island, Bandit (who should be off to work) suddenly finds himself in this imaginative world with the girls. He is tempted to stay and rediscover his inner child, as he learns about the routines and customs of the land.  Bandit ends up, unfortunately, having to leave Rug Island to go to work, but Bingo gives him a “present” which is just a yellow pen.  In their imaginary world though, it could be so much more.  When Chilli asks what Bingo gave him, Bandit replies with “Everything.”

Cafe

Bluey Cafe Episode
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As a parent, it can always feel pretty awkward when meeting other parents.  When your children start to play with other children, you almost feel obliged to talk to their parents.  In the case of this episode, Bluey makes a new friend at the park.  Bluey immediately wants to invite Winnie and her dad Fido over for breakfast, but Bandit wants to take things slow.  That’s the thing with kids, they’ll just make new friends right away and they’re best friends for life and they want to hang out every day.  As you get older, you make friends at your own pace.  After multiple hangouts at the park, Bluey and Bandit are excited to see Winnie and Fido, but they aren’t there.  Bandit and Bluey are a little bummed out because they were looking forward to hanging out with them, so they decide to leave, but Winnie and Fido were running late and they bump into each other on the way out.  So excited to see one another, Bandit decides to go outside of his comfort zone for his daughter and invites Fido and Winnie over to their house for breakfast.

Bin Night

Bluey Bin Night Episode
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This episode is light-on story, but it is extremely relatable.  Each garbage night, Bandit, Bluey, & Bingo take the bins to the curb.  Bandit is able to catch up on daily events with his daughters, and he even encourages them to help out their neighbor with her bins too.  It’s just a wholesome dad episode.  I always ask my kids to help me take out the trash, and just like Bandit and his girls, I get to catch up on all the latest happenings in the world of TikTok.

Burger Shop

Bluey Burger Shop Episode
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After reading a parenting book, Bandit decides to allow his children to make their own decisions.  It’s a fun and absolutely terrible idea.  Bluey and Bingo want to play Burger Shop while in the bathtub, and he gently encourages them to finish their game and go to bed.  Ultimately, Bandit realizes that a more authoritarian approach sometimes is required to make the children listen.  You can’t be the fun dad all the time.

Duck Cake

Bluey Duck Cake Episode
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Trying to get my kids to clean up is a nightmare.  If I’m feeling a little too relaxed and want to burn myself out and feel exhausted, I just ask my kids to clean.  It stresses me out every time.  In “Duck Cake”, Bandit sets out to prepare a famous duck cake for Bingo’s birthday, which proves to be more difficult than he anticipated.  Concurrently, he implores Bluey to clean up her toys, but she struggles to find the motivation to do so. When she sees her father become dispirited while baking, Bluey begins to understand the value of assisting others.  It actually works so well, that Bluey cleans up her mess and Bingo’s mess.  She also proceeds to go on a cleaning spree.  Nice one Dad.  I wish it was that easy with my kids.

Octopus

Bluey Octopus Episode
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This episode is all about inspiring other dads to try something and make it their own.  Chloe is exhilarated while playing a game called “Octopus” at Bluey’s house.  She tries to replicate the experience at home with her own father but becomes disheartened when her father struggles to play the game with the same zest as Bluey’s father.  This leads Chloe’s father to research the octopus, which helps the duo to improvise and reinvent the activity in their own way.  Instead of bringing each other down, we can inspire other dads with our actions.  Bandit has definitely made an impression on me after watching the show.

Grandad

Bluey Grandad Episode
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Okay, this last one is more geared towards Chilli and her relationship with her father.  Bandit isn’t in this episode, but the reason I’m putting it here is that it’s just a great dad-centric episode.  I have a daughter and this hit real hard.  Chili, Bluey & Bingo are off to visit their Grandpa, but he’s just had heart surgery and should be recovering.  Instead, they arrive at his house and he’s trying to shovel a tree stump out of the ground.  Grandpa and the girls run off and Chilli chases after them, saying he needs to rest.  Dads can be pretty stubborn.  In the end, Chilli finally catches up to them and relaxes on the dock while the girls swim in the lake.  Chilli talks about how they used to swim in the lake together.  Chili says it was forever ago, but her father says it feels like yesterday and a time-lapse takes them back to where she is just a little girl sitting beside her dad on the dock.

Michigan Dad Organizes Community-Wide ‘Juneteenth Family Reunion’ Celebration

Juneteenth has been celebrated for over 150 years, but it wasn’t until Thursday that the important day officially became a federal holiday. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which declared that all slaves should be freed. For southern states, however, it took until the end of the Civil War in 1985 for the proclamation to be enforced. Even so, some chose not to inform their slaves of their independence. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with an important message. Two months after the end of the Civil War, the last slaves on U.S. soil were freed.

A Michigan dad named Shaun Dirden didn’t grow up celebrating Juneteenth. In fact, he and his wife Nikki only learned about the significance of the date about a decade ago. Now that they have children of their own, the couple wants to ensure that the next generation both remembers and celebrates the day that changed American history.

“I remember asking my dad and he said, ‘oh, I know about Juneteenth.’ And I said, ‘then why did we never celebrate it?’” Dirden recalled in an interview with Click On Detroit. “So he knew about it, but we never celebrated – that’s why I want to do something different with my daughters. So they can actually celebrate Juneteenth.”

Juneteenth is known by many names including Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Jubilee Day – each one signifying the incredible joy associated with liberation from slavery. Rather than celebrating Juneteenth as a family, the Dirdens decided to make Freedom Day an occasion their entire community would remember.

In an effort to both educate their community and celebrate the momentous day, the Dirdens began organizing an event called the Juneteenth Family Reunion. Everyone is welcome at this particular family reunion – in fact, over 1,200 attendees are expected at the third annual event.

The first year the Dirdens organized their Juneteenth Family Reunion, several hundred people joined in the festivities. This year, nearly 30 vendors will bring food, music, entertainment, and so much more to the Dakota County residents. The annual celebration has grown every single year, with multiple organizers now coming together to make the powerful and joyous event a success.

“It all started with an idea…” the Juneteenth Family Reunion Website explains. “An idea to create a safe space for our community to come together to recognize and celebrate Black people, history, and freedom. Our vision was simple. Organize in the name of our ancestors.”

Do We Really Want Them To #ReleaseTheSchumacherCut of ‘Batman Forever’?!

What hath the Snydercut wrought?

Ever since fans successfully clamored to have Warner Bros and HBO Max release Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League, fandom everywhere has been inspired. Truthfully, fans were on their bullshit long before the #releasethesnydercut movement actually resulted in the release of the Snyder cut – they were rallying for re-dos of Game of Thrones’ final seasons and The Last Jedi and more. Some of those efforts are more worthwhile than others, but none of them seemed to have a chance until the four-hour Justice League actually premiered back in March.

Now fans are more emboldened than ever. How else can you explain the #releasetheschumachercut hashtag that has been trending on Twitter lately?

Joel Schumacher, who passed away last year, was a well-respected director with Grisham adaptations (A Time to Kill, The Client), 80s classics (The Lost Boys, St. Elmo’s Fire, Flatliners), and even a few bona fide good movies (Falling Down) under his belt. But he also directed the last two Batman movies before Christopher Nolan took over.

Batman Forever and Batman and Robin are not well-respected films, and Schumacher’s campy approach is pretty much single-handedly responsible for the gritty, “realistic” take Nolan brought to the Dark Knight trilogy. When the main takeaway from your films is the fact that the Batsuit had nipples on it, “gritty” is not what people think of. But it turns out that Schumacher actually wanted to go darker, and fans want to see it.

A longer, darker director’s cut has been rumored for years, and according to Film Stories, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman confirmed its existence last week, and shed some light on what it was like.

“Batman Forever still has a renaissance coming. I really am interested to see whether the original cut of Batman Forever comes out because I got to see it, recently, the very very first one, which was Preview Cut: One. It was really dark, it was a pretty psychological exploration of guilt and shame.”

Forever, if you can’t remember, was the one with Val Kilmer (Clooney came after), Jim Carrey, and Tommy Lee Jones. Jones’s Two-Face has since been revisited by Nolan, and Carrey’s Riddler is getting a massive makeover in next year’s The Batman, which also promises yet another dark and psychological take on the superhero.

Would Schumacher’s original vision have held up? It was supposedly meant to explore Bruce Wayne’s trauma and mental health. But it also had a scene like this, so maybe it’s best we stick with what we got:

Father Figures: A Great Example

“This is my dad. He also known as ‘Papa’ to his 13 grandkids.

This weekend, Papa officiated the wedding of his first grandchild to get married. My dad is a minister. This may cause many to assume things about him based on negative experiences with church, God, and all things spiritual, but my dad is an exceptional example.

He has served in ministry for more than 40 years and I can attest that he doesn’t just practice what he preaches, he embodies what he teaches. He is a great example of a humble, kind servant.

He is selfless, loving, and tender. He is also bold, intelligent and strong!

I am 46 years old and I know no greater hero than my dad.”

– Shawn Kirkley

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Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd Reunite for ‘The Shrink Next Door’

These days, it’s not easy to sneak projects in below the radar. With the internet and social media, someone is always watching for news, and someone is always leaking rumors. It’s nearly impossible to keep projects under wraps or prevent spoilers from emerging, especially when there are high-profile stars involved.

Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd are pretty high-profile, so it’s an accomplishment that this is just about the first time we’ve heard about their new project. It’s called The Shrink Next Door, and it’s a new miniseries for Apple TV+.

It’s based on a podcast of the same name, and it stars Rudd as a psychiatrist who starts to insert himself into the life of one of his patients, played by Ferrell. Sounds sort of like What About Bob? in reverse, and, judging by the trailer, much, much darker.

Ferell and Rudd aren’t exactly looking their best, and they’ve got Kathryn Hahn and Casey Wilson along for the ride. The Shrink Next Door hits Apple TV+ in November.

Check out the trailer, which lacks the absurdist hijinks Ferrell and Rudd typically get up to together, but at least there are a lot of enormous glasses!