My question for everyone is I am trying to find the best deal i can on the motherboard/processor and ram that i can find new or used just as low priced as possible (she is flat broke and i will prob end up fronting the cost). It will be used for media, and some light gaming.
The 2400G would take care of the CPU and GPU. If you want to save some cost I would drop to 8GB of RAM (or not get an SSD if using something else). Or drop to a 2200G for less graphical performance, but also like $40 cheaper.
Alternatively you can look for a University or business store where they sell off there old equipment. Sometimes you can find used computers with fairly decent processors in them for not mich money. Just toss in a GPU and she’d be good to go.
Or the third option would be to purchase stuff used off eBay or forums (like our BST section here). A lot of people will sell stuff only a generation or two old for a song.
If not, a Ryzen 3400G coupled with 16 GB 3000 MHz RAM and a cheap 500GB m.2 SATA/nvme SSD in an asrock A300 case will be 400 to 450 dollars and last you for at least 3 years. That is a brand new computer.
Otherwise, get the MSI tomahawk Max for your current build, start with the 2400G, and upgrade to a last gen AM4 CPU once the new socket comes out. Meanwhile buy a better GPU in a year or so.
You can go cheaper but you will have to spend more money if you upgrade and 3400G brings that slight edge to the 2400G for only 30 bucks extra. Of course the APU could be upgraded too for the future 4600G rumored to hit the market next year, if that is the plan do 2400G.
Hmm, I think you did a massive blunder with that system;
Only one stick of DDR4 memory unfortunately only provides half of available RAM speed, a 2x8 kit would greatly speed this up.
The 1TB WD will be dog-slow, better to invest in a 500 GB SSD and/or nVME in that case. Yes, more expensive, but totally worth it in terms of performance. Like seriously, even on SATA an SSD drive will wreck a mechanical drive, it’s amazing what a difference it does.
When I first built my A10-7850K a few years ago…“WOW I can play Crysis 3!”
Don’t discount brick and morter store options. here on the east coast Microcenter has killer deals that blow pc partpicker out of the water. When I lived in SoCalFry’s and PCWharehouse has some awesome deals but that was a long time ago.
From your PC specs I am guessing you can throw in another stick of ram at a later date