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claybr00k
  • 53 months ago

I was given a working ThinkCenter M91p (MT: 4524): 4x5Tower; i7 chip; Radeon 5450; 4gb RAM (2 2gb sticks), 500gb HD. With a budget of $200-400 US should I try upgrading hardware or just invest in a whole new machine?

Any advise would be appreciated - both in general and on specific video cards recs. I've upgraded memory, hard drives, cd drives, power supplies, etc on computers but never built a whole box from scratch.

If this should go in another forum, I apologize - wasn't sure whether "Part List Opinions Wanted" or "Create A Part List For Me" was more appropriate.

Scott

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

So what is this PC going to be used for?

If it's just general use, it should be fine as is, maybe bump up the ram to 8gb and swap in a more reliable power supply.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Mostly general usage by family of four - office/school work, web surfing & netflixing. Teenagers may want to play Batman: Arkham games. Max gaming is NOT a priority but if he can run it, even at less than max settings, that would be a bonus.

Occasional light video editing work.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd add this to your system. I'd check thoroughly first to make sure that the GPU and power supply will fit into your case. As long as the PSU states ATX as a form factor, this new one should fit.

Purchased parts are just placeholders to check compatibility

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $0.00
Motherboard MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard Purchased For $0.00
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card $194.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $335.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-20 14:32 EST-0500
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