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Build Advice PC Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by The RAM, 24 Mar 2020.

  1. The RAM

    The RAM Member

    1 Jul 2009
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    Hi all,

    I'm looking to upgrade my rather old PC. I've included the information required as per the guide!

    Up to £500
    Main uses of intended build: Day to day work, some gaming.
    Parts required: CPU, Graphics card, RAM, Motherboard, (PSU - Maybe).
    Previous build information (list details of parts):

    - 550W Corsair CMPSU-550VXUK, ATX (Potentially re-use)
    - MSI 770-C45, AMD 770, AM3, PCI-E 2
    - Fractal Design Define R2 Black (Re-using)
    - AMD Athlon II X3 440, Rana, Triple
    - 8GB Corsair XMS3 Classic DDR3 PC3-12800 <1600>
    - Palit GTX460 768MB

    Monitor resolution: 1650x1050 (I may upgrade to 1080p once I've saved up again!)
    Storage requirements: None. I'm reusing my two SSD drives and 1TB mechanical.
    Will you be overclocking: Not immediately, but perhaps in the future.
    Any motherboard requirements: None that I can think of.

    Extra information about desired system: When gaming, I'm playing a wide range of games from the classic UFO - Enemy Unknown (from the 90's) to XCOM 2. The main gripe is that with most games post 2014 or so my system struggles. Knowing my PC can handle some newer stuff too may make me more inclined to get some new titles, especially given the time we'll have to spend indoors. It'd be nice to be able to max everything again, just like I did when I upgraded 10 years ago, but I recognise the budget is quite tight!!

    I run my current PC with stock cooling, so I'm not too fussed about anything aftermarket. My case has 4 120mm fans (two in, two out) and this seems to have kept things cool enough for the last 10 years!

    I have been considering the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 as a potential CPU as it's currently a nice price (Circa £155) and would be an enormous upgrade on my current CPU. Graphics, motherboard and RAM are where I fall down with not knowing the options, as I haven't really been able to keep up with the latest hardware.

    It's been a long time since I've posted here, but I've never really stopped following Bit-Tech and its news, occasionally browsing the forums from time to time. Thanks for any suggestions in advance.

    The RAM
  2. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

    30 Aug 2015
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    Look for a Ryzen 1600 AF. Start there.

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