So basically, I will be attending a high school pretty far away from home, and I need a sub-550 USD machine. A few available option for me is:
-Get a laptop with the Ryzen 5 3500U, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and use it as it is
-Buy a cheaper model with the Ryzen 3 3200U or 10th gen i3 and swap out the current RAM ( Mostly 4GB ) for 16 GB of RAM, slap in more storage
I'd be using this laptop for at least 5 years, until half way in my university courses so this is a pretty big choice to make lol. Gaming is also one of my priority, but I really don't play any graphics intense game anymore than League of Legends or CSGO.
Also, these are the devices I'm currently looking at. I'd appreciate a lot if anyone who uses them can share their experience about it:
-Asus Vivobook A412DA (Ryzen 5 3500U, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD) / (Ryzen 3 3200U, 4GB, 512 GB SSD)
-HP 14s (Ryzen 3 3200U, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD) / (Ryzen 3 3250U, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
-Asus Vivobook D409DA (Ryzen 3 3200U, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD) / (Ryzen 5 3500U, 4GB RAM, 512GB SSD)
-Dell Vostro 3490 (i3 10110U, 4GB RAM, 256 GB SSD)
There might be more, but these are the one that attracts me. ( By the way the ASUS laptops mention above all have 4GB of RAM on board, and to make it 8gb they put in another 4gb stick. Price efficient, but upgrades are hard)
Anyways, thanks for all your help!
p/s found a laptop with Ryzen 5 and GTX 1050 on sale for $550 but they don't ship to my place because of the pandemic :'l big F