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Want to build a cheap system with some requirements.

I want to build a new system under 500$ when x-mas rolls around, and hopefully, I can get the details straight so we have a fixed price.




Quad-core or six core proccesor (preferably AMD)

8 - 16 GB of DDR3 or DDR4 ram

1TB Storage 

16 GB SSD Boot device

500$ or under



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110$ : AMD RYZEN 3 1200 4-Core 3.1 GHz (3.4 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113446

075$ : ASRock AB350M Pro4 : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157762

076$ : Team Elite Plus 8GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model TPRD48G2400HC1601 : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313742

050$ : WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEXWD : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

064$ : SanDisk Z400s M.2 2280 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SD8SNAT-128G-1122 - OEM (sata m.2 goes in 2nd m.2 slot on mb) : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=09Z-01Y8-00005

020$ : CASE ROSEWILL Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case - SRM-01 : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147248

047$ : CORSAIR CX-M Series CX450 450W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Semi-modular Power Supply : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139146

080$ : GIGABYTE Radeon RX 550 DirectX 12 GV-RX550D5-2GD 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125968



psu : 27$ after 20$ rebate card

vga : 70$ after 10$ rebate card


Total : 522$ (492$ after 30$ in mail in rebates)


With socket AM4, you'll still be able to upgrade to a Ryzen 5 (4 / 6 core and multithreading at a later time) or a Ryzen 7 (6/8 core and multithreading) when you have more money). Intel requires changing motherboards for the 8th series processors, and probably 9th series will also need new motherboards, so you get better upgrade path with AM4


Optionally, you could go for an older generation AMD x4 950 (quad core 3.5 Ghz) for 60$ : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113456


It's lower performance than Ryzen 3 1200, i would say it's comparable to an Intel i3-6100 in performance but you're saving 50$ this way, which can go in the graphics card budget giving you a more balanced computer when it comes to gaming ... up to 130$ will get you a more powerful GTX 1050


110$ : EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 SC GAMING, 02G-P4-6152-KR, 2GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487296

(and a bunch of others around this price with GTX 1050 chip, but you should look for cards with 3 GB or 4 GB of memory)


110$ : (90$ after mail in rebate) : PowerColor RED DRAGON Radeon RX 560 DirectX 12 AXRX 560 4GBD5-DHAM 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131731



You could also spend 10-15$ more and go for a WD Blue 2 TB drive, you'll use that 1 TB of data in no time and it's a shame spending 50$ for 1 TB when you add 10-15$ and get double that.


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