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I just got a free computer with the following components:

-Asus Q87M-E 

-Intel Core i7-4790

-EVGA GeForce GT 640


-Two 1TB hard drives

-SparklePower 300W PSU


The computer is from 2013, and I want to do as little as possible to use it for some casual gaming. Any suggestions for what it needs first?

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1. PSU

1a. GPU (do not replace this without upgrading your PSU)

2. SSD

Sabre - i7-8086K - MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X - AsRock Z370 Fatal1ty Gaming K6 - 32GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 - 500GB Western Digital Black M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0x4 - 500GB Toshiba (Dell OEM) M.2 NVMe - 1TB Inland Professional SSD - 960GB SanDisk Ultra II - 4TB Seagate Barracuda - Corsair RM650i - Fractal Design Meshify C White TG - Noctua NH-C14S


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The CPU is good. 

An SSD for the operating system will help a lot to make it feel more responsive and fast. Even just a cheap 250gb SSD will make a huge difference.

Replace the power supply and upgrade the graphics card and it'll be good for gaming.

CPU: Intel i7 6700k  | Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170x Gaming 5 | RAM: 2x8GB 3000MHz G.Skill Ripjaws 5 | GPU: Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080ti | PSU: Corsair RM750x (2018) | Case: BeQuiet SilentBase 800 | Cooler: Corsair H100i AIO | SSD: Samsung 970 Evo 500GB + Samsung 840 500GB | HDD: Seagate Ironwolf 8TB + 2x Seagate Ironwolf 6TB | Monitor: Acer Predator XB271HU + Samsung BX2450

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CPU is fine tho. just slap RX570 or 1660 ( idk whether is bottleneck or not ). but you gotta replace PSU first. something like CX 550W is okay. and SSD. Adata SX6000 is okay for casual gaming. or SATA SSD like MX500

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------    Spec: Asus Vivobook S140UN    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------


| CPU: i5-8250U Turbo 3.4Ghz | 

| RAM: 8 single-channel DDR4 2333mhz |

| Storage: 128GB Sandisk SSD + 1TB HTSG HDD

 | GPU: MX-150 4Gb 25 TDP |

| Monitor: LGMK430H-B |

| Audio: JBL 450BT Wireless Headset |

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I'd say the graphics card will definitely need some upgrading, maybe a 1050ti or a 1060 (with at least 2GB of VRAM, I recommend 4). Also the power supply. It should be good but if you want more performance, then you will want at least a 400W one. This will then come very close to my own personal gaming PC, which is now broken but i wont go into that, which used an AMD ryzen 5 CPU, a 1050ti and a 400W power supply. That system used to run most major games at 60 fps or higher. Also consider adding more fans as both the graphics card and psu upgrades will increase heat by a reasonable amount. Replacing one of the HDDs with a small (maybe a 64 or 128GB) SSD to run the operating system on (i recommend using windows 10, if it is not already installed, to get maximum compatibility) and keep the other HDD for general storage. Since the PC is from 2013, you may also need to upgrade your RAM to DDR4 RAM for compatibility with other components, look into this and if you need to do it you will also need to replace the motherboard as DDR4 RAM will only fit in a DDR4 slot.





 Definitely a better GPU, most likely a 1050ti (with at least 2GB of VRAM, I recommend 4)

  Higher wattage PSU, not required but probably a good idea for better performance of your GPU and CPU

   Possibly a small (64 or 128 GB) SSD to install your operating system on, keeping the HDDs for general              storage

Possible Issues:

 Some of these upgrades may require DDR4 RAM (I am assuming that since the PC is from 2013 it is using   DDR3, or even DDR2, depending on the budget it was originally built on, look into this and if a RAM change     is required, you will also need a new motherboard as DDR4 RAM will only fit in a DDR4 slot.

  The upgraded power supply and GPU may also create an increased amount of heat which means you will

  need more fans

   I also recommend using windows 10, if it is not already installed, for maximum game compatibility. 


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1 hour ago, Nathan Breese said:

If I buy a used GPU like a 1050ti that only requires a 300W PSU, would I still need to upgrade it? 

If you like the house you live in, yes.

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CPU: Xeon X5650 OC'd to 4.4GHz @ 1.36V (courtesy of @XR6) Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 RAM: 4x4GB G.Skill DDR3 1866MHz GPU: Asus RX 570 Strix Storage: WD Blue 1TB and a 128GB Kingston UV400 PSU: EVGA 600B Case: Fractal Design Define C Monitor: Dell G2410T and two Dell P2210 on a Steelcase Eyesite triple monitor stand Mouse: Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Keyboard: Northgate Omnikey Ultra Mousepad: Steelseries QcK XL with stitched edge Headset:  Sennheiser HD598SE


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2 hours ago, kelvinhall05 said:

If you like the house you live in, yes.


3 hours ago, Nathan Breese said:

If I buy a used GPU like a 1050ti that only requires a 300W PSU, would I still need to upgrade it? 

Even in cheap/budget builds you NEVER skimp on the power supply. that thing can and will burn your hopes and dreams if you overload it or use a cheap, no name model. and that PSU is old, it may of been rated for 300W when it was new, but not now. But overbuilding can be a problem in terms of efficiency, I would get a 450-600 watt model form the likes of corsair or evga.  

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PSU and GPU for sure.

I7 9700k- MSI Z390 Gaming Edge AC - Be Quiet Dark Pro 4 - Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200 2X8GB - EVGA GTX 1080TI SC 2 - WD BLACK NVMe M.2 500GB - WD Blue M.2 Sata III 2TB - EVGA Supernova 650 P2, 80+ Platinum -Nzxt H500 - Display Alienware AW3418DW - Keyboard Logitech G513  - Mouse Logitech G502 - Headset  Astro A50 2019 Edition - Logitech Z623

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