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Need suggestions on using old desktops to make a new desktop

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I want to build a PC using a combination of my own old parts and some new parts. Just to get this out of the way, I do not care about looks or aesthetics. I am ONLY looking for performance. I am looking to build a PC that can both have a decent FPS rate in games (e.g., Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends) and can also do some editing work in programs like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere. For screen resolution, it would either be a 1280 x 720 monitor or 1920 x 1080 monitor, I am not factoring in the monitor yet because the monitor will not be budgeted in this build. My budget is around $150 - $200 CAD, and I live in Canada. I am fine with buying used parts from sites like eBay, Kijiji, and Craigslist, I really just need the performance. The caveat in this build is that I want to try and save some money by using some parts from old desktops that are just lying around in my closet. I have made a Google Doc listing what I am working with (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xfLf9Rw9K85OCDxFJEE9FiXOPEHWg-zGGhc_DgLZdXA/edit?usp=sharing). I think at best I can use things such as: the case, fans, heatsink, motherboard, hard drives, possibly network card, possibly power supply, and the optical disk drive -- if I put one in my build since those are practically obsolete now. I guess I am mainly looking for a new processor, RAM (I want at least 8 GB for multi-tasking), a GPU, and maybe a power supply depending on how much power-hungry my GPU will be. I also am not sure if doing this will create bottlenecks with other parts in my system.

If you have any suggestions, they will be greatly appreciated.

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14 minutes ago, crazysteve240 said:


Minimum cpu required for CSGO is a Pentium 4. Have you tried playing with this system before?

Otherwise I'd say see about the harddrive and maybe an AMD APU. I think you'd need a new Motherboard, and ram though.


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you gear is really old and you will need a new motherboard as it uses DDR ram. You might be able to find an ex-lease i7-2600 and pair it with a GTX 1050 within your budget


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Both of your computers are really old and might not work with newer cpus. You will have to change the cpu, motherboard, ram and possibly the power supply.

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