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400-500 usd build for my sister

Budget (including currency): 400-500

Country: us

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: minecraft, blender, gmod, etc

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): rn she has an intel xeon w3550, 12gb of ddr3 at 1333mhz, an a radeon r7 200. she has all peripherals, gonna be bought around christmas or after christmas. 1080p probably 60hz for the time being.


some of the stuff will be bought at the sharonville ohio microcenter, also she wants ryzen, along with a radeon gpu


pc specs:



i5 4590

16gb ddr3 1600mhz

optiplex 9020mt motherboard

256gb ssd, 2tb hdd

xfx rx 570 8gb

optiplex 9020mt case

thermaltake 500w smart



optiplex gaming pcs > flashy gaming pcs 

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youll need to find some insane deals to fit a dgpu like an rx 570 into that budget. maybe go for an athlon 3000g on a b450, gets you 4ghz overclocks and upgradability in the future. buying used would make all that a lot easier

topics i need help on:




my "oops i bought intel right before zen 3 releases" build

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 (placeholder)

GPU: Gigabyte 980ti Xtreme (also placeholder), deshroud w/ generic 1200rpm 120mm fans x2, stock bios 130% power, no voltage offset: +70 core +400 mem 

Memory: 2x16gb GSkill Trident Z RGB 3600C16, 14-15-30-288@1.45v

Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S w/ white chromax bling
OS Drive: Samsung PM981 1tb (OEM 970 Evo)

Storage Drive: XPG SX8200 Pro 2tb

Backup Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 4TB

PSU: Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 750W w/ black/white Cablemod extensions
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Dark (to be replaced with a good case shortly)

basically everything was bought used off of reddit or here, only new component was the case. absolutely nutty deals for some of these parts, ill have to tally it all up once it's "done" :D 

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U should adjust ur expectations look at some build guides on PC part picker, the entry level Intel could work but no ryzen at that stage with a dedicated GPU, u could go onboard graphics, but that is a little spotty sometimes, also it will get extremely!ly outdated quickly

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