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I have become so lost...

I started building PCs as a teenager, first one in 04. Minimum spec, but I remember a mentor of mine sprung for a 64mb graphics card. From what I remember back then building rigs was good cpu speed, enough ram and a gfx card with as much memory as you could afford. I lost touch with my understanding of hardware spec after cores and hyperthreading, I still have no idea wth a cuda core is.

 

Anyway, I'm in need of new cpu mb and ram. I don't need brand new top of the line. 3ghz or so, handles games and supports 8gb ram or more. I've been thinking of trying to find used PCs on eBay that have good spec, any advice on a cpu to keep an eye out for maybe something a few years old as much as 5 years would suit me fine.

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4th gen Intel is still great as Intel havent really dont much more than spamming more cores and makeing hotter chips since then :P 

 

what you should get really depends on what you want to do, if its running games at 1080p medium you could get away pretty cheap but if its maxing all the new AAA games you are ofc going to have to spend more. It really helps to know a budget and what you are going to be using the computer for if we are to recomend you anything

I spent $2500 on building my PC and all i do with it is play no games atm & watch anime at 1080p(finally) watch YT and write essays...

Builds:

The Toaster Project! Northern Bee!

 

The original LAN PC build log! (Old, dead and replaced by The Toaster Project & 5.0)

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"Here is some advice that might have gotten lost somewhere along the way in your life. 

 

#1. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

#2. It's best to keep your mouth shut; and appear to be stupid, rather than open it and remove all doubt.

#3. There is nothing "wrong" with being wrong. Learning from a mistake can be more valuable than not making one in the first place.

 

Follow these simple rules in life, and I promise you, things magically get easier. " - MageTank 31-10-2016

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Bananasplit_00 said:

4th gen Intel is still great as Intel havent really dont much more than spamming more cores and makeing hotter chips since then :P 

 

what you should get really depends on what you want to do, if its running games at 1080p medium you could get away pretty cheap but if its maxing all the new AAA games you are ofc going to have to spend more. It really helps to know a budget and what you are going to be using the computer for if we are to recomend you anything

Agreed, I'd say Skylake (6000 series) is probably the pinnacle over Haswell (4000 series) but at that point we're arguing semantics anyway. Anything after Skylake is seriously pointless, exact same CPU with efficiency improvements and more cores bolted on.

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Yeah, 1080p, mid settings gaming. I've never needed to crank the gfx to enjoy games. I have a GTX 1060 6gb, hopefully that'll get me mid to high settings. Definitely not maxing 

AAA. Honestly, if I could just add more ram to my setup I would, and keep my 10 yr old cpu, lol. 

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