Tuesday, August 25th 2020

NZXT Announces the Starter PC Series, Starts at $699

NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, today announces an update to their Starter PC Series line of pre-built PCs with the introduction of the $699 NZXT Starter PC.

"Building a gaming PC can be very difficult for beginners." says Johnny Hou, founder and CEO of NZXT. "Not everyone wants to take the time needed to fully understand how to configure and build a system. They just want to play their favorite games. That is why we simplified this whole process with the NZXT Starter PC Series. As fans take their first steps into PC Gaming, they can rest assured that they're getting a build that is suitable for their needs and optimized for performance."
The new $699 Starter PC features an Intel Core i3 9100F and NVIDA Geforce GTX 1050. This allows for an easy entrance into the realm of PC Gaming, with performance of over 60 frames per second in 1080p at high settings on titles such as Fortnite, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and League of Legends. The Starter Plus and Starter Pro are also available with an upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM, and storage for gamers with greater performance needs.
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37 Comments on NZXT Announces the Starter PC Series, Starts at $699

#1
btarunr
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"Building a gaming PC can be very difficult for beginners." says Johnny Hou, founder and CEO of NZXT.
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#2
sepheronx
btarunr

For us it isn't but for most people it is. Plus most people are scared of making mistakes, dont have time to troubleshoot or any of that stuff. So hence why the pre-build market is still rather strong.
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#3
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Yeah show people a circuit board they freak out. Which is fine.
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#4
Soulwatcher
I wouldn't buy it, because you are going to have a terrible time playing newer games.
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#5
bonehead123
btarunr
Intel Core i3 9100F and NVIDA Geforce GTX 1050
gaming pc, yea good luck with that, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.........

In other words:

"if'n ya wanna play, den ya gotzta pay !"

This includes both the cost of a properly configured rig, as well as the time you need to invest in learning how to build & maintain it....

If you aren't willing to commit to both of these, then you have absolutely ZERO business even owning or being allowed to use a computer in the 1st place.. :cry:
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#6
Selaya
sepheronx
For us it isn't but for most people it is. Plus most people are scared of making mistakes, dont have time to troubleshoot or any of that stuff. So hence why the pre-build market is still rather strong.
Frick
Yeah show people a circuit board they freak out. Which is fine.
show them this price/performance delta, they may reconsider.
Also, advertising 3200 Memory on B365 :haHAA:
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#7
night.fox
@NZXT dont forget to put more RGB. Will sell more for sure....
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#9
Selaya
Apples and Oranges. Building a computer is quite a lot easier than welding your car.
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#10
Vya Domus
For a moment I thought it was a new case that was 699$ and for some reason it didn't surprise me ...
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#11
yiannis
With specs like that why not just buy a PS4 Pro instead which is cheaper?
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#12
lynx29
NZXT has always been an overrated brand imo, this type of shillness just proves my point.
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#13
panzar
btarunr
somebs
Yes. I dont care if i have to plug in some connectors etc.. but ALL of my friends, even those that sell such stuff as laptops, are afraid of building their pc. Helping them was $$ fun ;D

Imo those pcs seems to be priced quite well. GJ NZXT.

There is a typo.. for 699$ you get gtx 1650 not 1050
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#14
SamuelL
Frick
Yeah sure. And everyone leaving their car repairs to shops are idiots. Welding ain't hard!
Selaya
Apples and Oranges. Building a computer is quite a lot easier than welding your car.
I know the original comment is sarcasm, but either way you do not “weld” a car. If you need to have a frame welded, then either you have a project car or you should consider the junkyard (because that thing is likely totaled).

I guess you could weld a patch into a classic, metal-bodied car, but that isn’t something you have done “at the shop” anyways.

Edit: back on topic: the worst part of this feels like that i3. Some poor dummy is going to spend $700 on the base model only to find that future performance is kneecapped even if he upgrades gpu. No excuses to be made selling a $700 system targeted at gaming with such a crap processor.
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#15
milewski1015
SamuelL
the worst part of this feels like that i3. Some poor dummy is going to spend $700 on the base model only to find that future performance is kneecapped even if he upgrades gpu. No excuses to be made selling a $700 system targeted at gaming with such a crap processor.
Not to mention the small QLC NVMe drive and single channel memory...
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#16
Fierce Guppy
Buying a high-end PC takes no more expertise than buying a low-end PC. So let's call the series for what it is. It's the NZXT low-budget PC series.

As much as I love the mouse and keyboard for gaming; if I was limited to $700-$1000(USD) I'd much rather buy myself a next gen console than any of those.
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#17
Vader
Of course the DIY community will bash the pre-built market, but i have checked these builds in PCPP and there seems to be a $100-120 cost over base components. 120 dollars accounts for the build, the Wi-Fi card, windows 10 license, and the warranty. Doesn't seems that bad IMO. If you like to build your own PCs you don't have to buy them.
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#18
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
SamuelL
I know the original comment is sarcasm, but either way you do not “weld” a car. If you need to have a frame welded, then either you have a project car or you should consider the junkyard (because that thing is likely totaled).

I guess you could weld a patch into a classic, metal-bodied car, but that isn’t something you have done “at the shop” anyways.
Oh boy there are so many things to weld on a car mate. And all of this proves the point. We all have different skill sets.
Selaya
Apples and Oranges. Building a computer is quite a lot easier than welding your car.
Everything is simple if you know it.
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#19
Selaya
Tbh, the biggest bottleneck I see is the board actually - the B365 is just garbage; but for all intents and purposes of a hard budget build, the part selection isn't wrong - Ryzen 3 with B450/B550/A520 would probably have better upgradeability, but out-of-the-box performance will be more or less the same. Don't expect 60fps at 4K with these, obviously but for 1080p medium/high at 60fps these are sufficient enough.
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#20
Chrispy_
NZXT need to get over their solid front panel obsession, stat.

It's 2020 - the year of heatwaves, 200W Intel CPUs and 400W RTX3090 cards.

All aboard the mesh train, CHOO CHOO MOTHERTRUCKERS.
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#21
MercJ
Selaya
Apples and Oranges. Building a computer is quite a lot easier than welding your car.
Agreed, but I think they both contain the same amount of "unknowns" to someone that's never done it before. Maybe "more accessible" than welding? (Eh, even that - well, I guess I've never Googled "how to weld a car", maybe it is just as accessible ;) )
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#22
dragontamer5788
Selaya
Apples and Oranges. Building a computer is quite a lot easier than welding your car.
Well, maybe welding your car. But oil-changes and tire-rotations are pretty easy, and I still see plenty of people go to the dealership for that.

Oil change is just pulling a screw out, waiting for oil to drip out. Then you remove the filter, add the new filter, and pour the new oil in. There's a few "ceremonial' bits you're supposed to do (rub oil on the filter which apparently makes a better seal), but this sort of stuff is no harder than wearing ESD while putting a computer together or making sure your fans are blowing the right way in your case. Someone's gotta tell you about it, and it makes sense once you've done it.

Tire rotation is even easier: remove tire, then move tire to other locations.
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#23
Caring1
Would have been better value with an AMD APU in the starter system.
And it's not a good reflection on the company that they won't even use an NZXT branded Motherboard in their own builds.
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#24
Fry178
@bonehead123
so i guess you have your own farm for veggies and meat, bake your own bread,
otherwise no business do have those, right?


@dragontamer5788
you do realize there are lots of ppl on this planet that either make more money/hour, and/or will use the "saved" time not doing things like building a pc, doing oil change themselves?
why would i waste about 1h (purchase parts, jack up car etc) to that, if i can pay someone 30-50$ to do it for me, while i work for 1h, making +100$.

do you think ppl like rocket scientists or brain surgeons are not building their own pc/doing oil changes etc, because they lack the mental capacity to do so?

btw:
only in america are ppl told to come in for tire rotation (and most charge them money).
any uneven wear on tires means you need an alignment and probably suspension (or related) work.
dont know anyone in germany/europe that ever done/needed it, and most drive low profile tires on larger rims thatn in the US,
not even talking about that most have/had directional tires, so you cant even "rotate" them around.
and since front/rear arent the same width, it even prevents swapping front<->rear.
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#25
panzar
Frick
Everything is simple if you know it.
Do you think that 70 yo granny will know how to build a pc for her grandchild? ^^
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