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keeperoffish98

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Hi y'all,

I was hoping if you could help me figure out the best way of helping my fiancée upgrade her desktop/gaming rig to get the most of her money. I'm not sure if it would be better to simply upgrade components or just build her a new one (not necessarily using all new parts, but you get my meaning). Her current set-up will be in other details.

Budget (including currency): Absolute max of $US1000, but aiming for under $800

Country: US

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: 

Fallout 4, Sims 4, Just Cause 3, Planet Zoo/Coaster, Zoom, Microsoft office.

Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): 

No additional peripherals are needed

She's wanting to improve gaming performance in general, but it was prompted what I think is just a driver issue that I should be able to fix tonight

Current System:

It is an ibuypower prebuilt from ~2014

CPU: AMD FX-6300 6-cores @ 3.5GHz

CPU cooler: A Ziaman(?) fin and fan cooler; I don't really know

Ram: 16 GB DDR3 (2x8GB)(I don't know the speed yet, but will check it and update asap)

Motherboard: MSI 760GMA-P34(fx)(She's already had to replace it once)

Graphics Card: Radeon R7 200 series (probably a 240) 2gb

HDD: Seagate 1TB

Power supply: Soly Tech 400W Non-modular

OS: Windows 10 Home

 

Things that I know need improving:

More storage

SSD

Graphics Card

 

My quick well-under budget mockup that needs improving for a new system (MQWUBMTNIFNS for short):

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/fluffythepc/saved/rwMyK8

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$1000 will get you:

- Ryzen 3600

- B550 motherboard

- A 500gb SSD (WD Blue or Crucial P1) plus a cheap 2TB HDD.

- A RTX2060 or RX5600XT


Ryzen 2600 @ 4ghz | Radeon RX580 | 32gb HyperX 3200mhz | 500gb Samsung PM981a | 5 TB HDD | Corsair CX450

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($204.99 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard: MSI B550M PRO-VDH WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory  ($53.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($59.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($54.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT 6 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($259.99 @ B&H) 
Case: Cougar MG120 MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($47.98 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GM 450 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply  ($111.10 @ Amazon) 
Total: $903.02
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-23 15:42 EDT-0400


Ryzen 2600 @ 4ghz | Radeon RX580 | 32gb HyperX 3200mhz | 500gb Samsung PM981a | 5 TB HDD | Corsair CX450

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4 minutes ago, keeperoffish98 said:

Hi y'all,

I was hoping if you could help me figure out the best way of helping my fiancée upgrade her desktop/gaming rig to get the most of her money. I'm not sure if it would be better to simply upgrade components or just build her a new one (not necessarily using all new parts, but you get my meaning). Her current set-up will be in other details.

Budget (including currency): Absolute max of $US1000, but aiming for under $800

Country: US

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: 

Fallout 4, Sims 4, Just Cause 3, Planet Zoo/Coaster, Zoom, Microsoft office.

Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): 

No additional peripherals are needed

She's wanting to improve gaming performance in general, but it was prompted what I think is just a driver issue that I should be able to fix tonight

Current System:

It is an ibuypower prebuilt from ~2014

CPU: AMD FX-6300 6-cores @ 3.5GHz

CPU cooler: A Ziaman(?) fin and fan cooler; I don't really know

Ram: 16 GB DDR3 (2x8GB)(I don't know the speed yet, but will check it and update asap)

Motherboard: MSI 760GMA-P34(fx)(She's already had to replace it once)

Graphics Card: Radeon R7 200 series (probably a 240) 2gb

HDD: Seagate 1TB

Power supply: Soly Tech 400W Non-modular

OS: Windows 10 Home

 

Things that I know need improving:

More storage

SSD

Graphics Card

 

My quick well-under budget mockup that needs improving for a new system (MQWUBMTNIFNS for short):

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/fluffythepc/saved/rwMyK8

If you act fast, EVGA b-stock cards are currently going for cheaper then used. https://www.evga.com/products/productlist.aspx?type=8&family=GeForce+10+Series+Family

($199 GTX 1070, $150 GTX 1060, etc) With a 1 year warranty to boot. 

 

You could also take a trip to microcenter if you have one nearby for a CPU price discount. Though I recommend waiting 3-4 weeks for the October release of Zen3 CPUs from AMD. 


Fine you want the PSU tier list? Have the PSU tier list: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1116640-psu-tier-list-40-rev-103/

 

Stille (Desktop)

i7-8700k @5.15Ghz (Delidded) - Cryorig H7 Ultimate - 16GB Vengeance LPX - MSI Armor GTX 1080 - SanDisk Plus 480GB - Crucial MX500 500GB - Intel 660P 1TB SSD - (2x) WD Red 2TB - EVGA G3 650w - Corsair 760T

Evoo Gaming 15" (Finally got rid of the MacBook :D
i7-9750H - 16GB DDR4 - GTX 1660Ti - 480GB SSD M.2 - 1TB 2.5" BX500 SSD 

El-Sleep (ProxMox server)

2x Xeon E5-2667  - 48GB ECC DDR3 - Quadro 4000 - Dell H310 HBA (Flashed with IT firmware) -500GB Crucial MX500 (Proxmox Host) Kingston 128GB SSD (FreeNAS dev/ID passthrough) - 4x4TB Toshiba N300 HDD

Toys: Oculus Rift CV1, Oculus Quest, about half a dozen raspberry Pis (2b to 4), Arduino Uno, Arduino Mega, Arduino nano (x3), Arduino nano pro, Atomic Pi. 

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