Right now I have a 2012 Macbook pro, and am getting kinda tired of it. I think I want to move over to PC but I have a few questions.
1. I'm not a big gamer, Id play vanilla minecraft, Skyrim, and ESO. I'v never played any actual games on my computer so I don't know how good of specs any of that would require.
2. Should I even build a PC? Money isn't a big concern for me right now, so I'm looking a lot more at performance and longevity.
3. How hard is it? I'm pretty computer illiterate and have trouble even adding mods to my Minecraft.
4. Are there certain things I need to look out for? Compatibility issues between parts, brands that should be avoided, dumb mistakes while building?
5. Any good websites to get started? Or a good prebuilt brand?
1. You can always get a previous generation of hardware like the GTX 900 series that will run all those games really well. The 960 It just depends on whether or not you think you'll be getting into the high end games. GTX 960 would run GTA:V, Overwatch and BF1 well so it definitely would run Skyrim, ESO and Minecraft.
2. When it comes to money, I'd say in the long run it's just better in general to build your own PC if you can. Most of the PCs that are prebuilt these days allocate money where it really isn't required such as the case or ram. I got a prebuilt for $1,500 a few years back when I was new to PC hardware and mine didn't even come with an SSD.. In short, it's better off picking the parts so you get the most out of your PC.
3. PCs are different to Macs, but it won't take long for you to get use to it all. Also, you're using Forge for Minecraft mods right? Once you set that up it's as simple as dragging the mods into the mod folder
4. When it comes to parts, there's a few things to keep in mind. Avoid i3 at all costs (get at least an i5) for your CPU, make sure your motherboard supports the newer DDR4 rather than DDR3 and when it comes to brands I suppose it's all preference.
5. PC Partpicker
is a really good website to check which parts and gives you a general idea of what the price will be. You can go to the recommended websites to buy the items but you can also buy them from a PC store. I highly recommend you building your own PC, but if you don't feel confident enough or have no one to help you build it you can always get a prebuilt but you'll have to look around to make sure you're not getting ripped off.
You're always welcome to set out what you want to buy and I'm sure people on the forum, including myself, will help you out! I've seen a few other threads relating to people buying new PCs and the community here is always willing to give a helping hand to make sure you're getting the best of the best!