I need help, please

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by bellamabel2018, May 10, 2018.

  1. bellamabel2018

    bellamabel2018 n00bie

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    So I have a little bit of Christmas Ca$h and wanting to build a cheap gaming PC as my current PC is ancient. I had a few questions below.

    Current specs:

    AMD Athlon 3700+ 2.2GHz
    A8N SLI DELUXE with A8N PREMIUM BIOS v1303
    4GB DDR
    Nvidia Geforce 8800GT
    650W PSU
    2TB Hard Drive

    Cheap Gaming PC Build:

    AMD A6-5400K Trinity Dual-Core 3.6 GHz $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113282

    ASRock FM2A68M-DG3+ $46
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157578

    Klevv Fit 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820101078

    Total =$116
    Left $84

    The A6-5400k APU is comparable to the 8800GT, but I found a GTX 570 for $60 which is a substantial upgrade. Though It would also be nice to go with a SSD which I don't have also. I guess I could just get one later. So I think I'll jsut go with the video card. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Aenra

    Aenra Limp Gawd

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    My general advice, applying to everything in life: Don't patch up, in the end it costs you more; save, work, save some more, do it right.

    If you have to do it now, a better GPU will be preferable to a faster hard drive, 100%, but that's in theory. If the games you play/wish to can be run by the APU, then obviously the opposite stands.

    It's too tight a budget, but in the end, you know best.
     
  3. Chas

    Chas [H]ardness Supreme

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    Agreed. Save your money. The effect of the upgrade you're looking at will be minimal.

    Believe it or not, an SSD would probably make a more noticeable difference than your planned upgrade.
     
  4. Neapolitan6th

    Neapolitan6th Gawd

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    If you reuse the case and PSU (and run a non activated copy of windows 10)

    You might be able to scrape by with a budget of $240-$300 and get a 2200G, b350/a320 mATX, 2x4 ddr4 kit.

    $90 2200G
    $60 AM4 a320/b350 motherboard
    $80 2x4gb ddr4

    It will help if you can buy used, open box, or items on sale.

    A nearby microcenter would help greatly. They even have some cheap $30 120gb ssds if you are trying to cut a close budget.

    It isn't the most glorious, but it is mildly doable.
     
  5. HiryuuX

    HiryuuX Limp Gawd

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    I'd agree that a 2200G would be the best bang for buck and HUGE improvement over your current setup. Even the integrated Vega 8 graphics unit is significantly more powerful than an old 8800GT. I'd highly recommend a small SSD (120-128GB ish for $30-40) to give you hugely improved startup and load times though.