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Suggestions for my sisters pc

KK my sister has a vastly outdated pc but i can save the following parts

power supply---- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KJMD272/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1

Case — https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005869A7K/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Graphics card ---- https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-128-Bit-Express-Graphics-GV-N420-2GI/dp/B012ZDI8ZS/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=

OS ---- windows 7 64bit

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.

  • Where are you/your sister located?
  • Do you have a hard drive you can use, or does she need a new one?
  • To be honest, that GPU might not be worth keeping, it’s pretty old itself.

Here’s a quick option for new parts:

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/GCNdCL

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.

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By reno nv and the hard drive is questionable but i am going to try and use it

Had this in my PCPartpicker:
Link

Part Price Note
Ryzen 2400G 120 Might even be better than the salvaged GPU
ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 60 mATX board
Team T-Force Dark Z 64 2x 8GB, 3000Mhz
Crucial BX 500 55 480GB 2.5" SSD, everyone needs an SSD in their life
Cooler Master MasterBox E300L 40 mATX case
SeaSonic S12III 450W 45
TOTAL 400

Ditch what you don’t need.

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That’s basically what I linked. Great minds think alike I guess :slight_smile:


@Shotine Check out @mutation666’s sale thread, he has an AM4 motherboard for $30.

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2400G will absolutely be faster than a gt420

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Do you want this to be upgradable or not?

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.

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Its all about the cost vs benefit here tbh just about anything is a upgrade for her atm lol.

I get what you are saying. But what is the intended life span? And will you build it and then never open it again, or do you or your sister plan on throwing in a new GPU / CPU in a year or so?

The first one will be cheaper now the second will be cheaper over time. That’s why I’m asking.

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Not so sure about that.
When the integrated GPU on the 2400G runs out of steam, you can throw a $100 GPU in there and just keep moving.

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TBH in my may years of building pcs i have never just upgraded a processor because by that time i am normally ready to upgrade the motherboard and ram as well so that will not be a worry for me.

Thanks for the input everyone here is what i ordered… granted a couple bucks more but went with amazon for prime and easy returns if something happend

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/

That’s an empty list, I think there’s maybe a share button

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pcpartpicker.com

cough

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lets try this

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Shotine/saved/#view=ftvGcf

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Hmm, I think you did a massive blunder with that system;

  1. Only one stick of DDR4 memory unfortunately only provides half of available RAM speed, a 2x8 kit would greatly speed this up.

  2. 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.

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went for the mobo and ssd for upgrades / transplantability, as mell as making up for general performance slack.

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Can you use the current old hard drive?

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($58.64 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Patriot Signature Premium 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $290.51
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-09 17:17 EDT-0400

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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 :slight_smile:

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nope the old hard drive is ata well unless i want to adapt it

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