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Upgradeable budget PC

ctdewberry
  • 51 months ago

What an awesome site! I need to replace my... no joking here... 9 y/o hand me down laptop...

The goal here is to get something usable for now, and upgradeable in the future.

I'm buying from the US

Wish list:

-Processor? Um something better than a 1.65 Ghz AMD E-450 lol

-At least 1GB on the integrated GPU

-DVI and VGA outputs, both

-At least 4 GB RAM,

-500 GB hard drive, doesn't have to be solid state

-No dedicated video card

-Windows something or other.. I'm fine using 7 but if 10 is cheaper...

I have peripherals, though I'll need another monitor so I can continue my dual monitor setup. I have a 1080p DVI behemoth, so I'll need something like a 17" VGA cheapness for my auxiliary screen, though I'll probably look for one used.

For specific uses, this will be for school work and 2D web apps. (think 123d.circuits.io) (lots of heavy javascript, need a faster CPU) While my current system 'technically' does this stuff... it doesn't do it well without giving me grief

And that should do everything I need to do right now... hoping for around $250 + monitor (the cheaper the better)

I'll eventually want to turn this into a decent machine... dedicated video, 16GB RAM, additional hard drive, so the less I have to upgrade, the better. On the other hand, if its better to build this and start from scratch on a new build, that could be an option too.

Any other tips or advice would be appreciated :)

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a starter PC for Skylake build. You start with a Pentium processor, which is good enough for the work you want. It has integrated graphics and you can dedicate some memory to graphics from your 4 GB RAM. You can also overclock with CPU to gain more performance of it.

It has option for future upgrades:

  • up to 4 DIMM, total of 64 GB RAM.
  • i7 Skylake
  • overclocking
  • dedicated graphics card
  • more storage (RAID if needed)
  • Crossfire (but not SLI, that requires more expensive motherboard.)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $45.00
Motherboard ASRock Z170A-X1/3.1 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $98.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston FURY 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $23.29 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.89 @ OutletPC
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $84.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $398.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-03 08:26 EST-0500

Please, note that the Cryorig H7's price is manually entered, PCPP does not give you a price for it. You can get it on Amazon or anywhere else really around that price.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

A similar, but cheaper build:

  • no overclocking option
  • only 2 DIMM up to 32 GB RAM
  • cheaper power supply

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $45.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston FURY 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $23.29 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.89 @ OutletPC
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $43.57 @ Mac Mall
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $258.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-03 08:34 EST-0500
  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

OP wants it to be 250$ including a monitor

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

250 excluding the monitor. A secondary monitor for stat display like I have now isn't biggest priority. Oh man you guys are being so helpful :D

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

ah

  • 51 months ago
  • 0 points

and a windows

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Just find a cheap 720p or 1080p monitor and you are sorted.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $45.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill NT Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $16.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Pipeline HD 500GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $36.95 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $26.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic 400W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $42.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $228.90
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-03 08:40 EST-0500
  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-7600 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $74.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock FM2A68M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $49.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Mushkin ECO2 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $27.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Pipeline HD 500GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $36.95 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $26.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $251.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-03 09:29 EST-0500

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Monitor Acer V173 DJObm 75Hz 17.0" Monitor $74.99
Other Shipping Monitor $15.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $90.24
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-03 09:26 EST-0500

Edit : Separate monitor prices :)

Integrated AMD Radeon R7/R5 Series Graphics in A-series APU

DirectX 11.1, Pixel Shader 5.0 with FM2+ CPU. DirectX 11, Pixel Shader 5.0 with FM2 CPU.

Max. shared memory 2GB

Three graphics output options: D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI Ports

Supports Triple Monitor

Supports HDMI with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2160) @ 24Hz

Supports Dual-link DVI-D with max. resolution up to 2560x1600 @ 60Hz

Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz

Supports Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12bpc), xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI Port (Compliant HDMI monitor is required)

Supports Blu-ray Stereoscopic 3D with HDMI Port

Supports AMD Steady Video 2.0: New video post processing capability for automatic jitter reduction on home/online video

Supports HDCP with DVI-D and HDMI Ports

Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) playback with DVI-D and HDMI Ports

Saving Tips : Find even cheaper monitor :)

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel option :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI H110M Pro-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $54.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $30.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Pipeline HD 500GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $36.95 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $26.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $243.90
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-03 10:27 EST-0500

To support professional monitors, TV's, beamers and other displays, this MSI motherboard features DVI and a VGA video output. No matter what screen type you want to connect, using a dedicated graphics card or an onboard connector, MSI motherboards have you covered.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

I agree. Windows and a (good) monitor alone can be $250. Just keep saving, and your end project will be MUCH better for the price than anything you can get right now.

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