BALANCING CHRISTMAS MONEY FOR A NEW PC
As They Say, With the New Year Comes A New Me – Why Not A New PC?
Christmas is around the corner, and that nice bundle of cash you got seems to be burning a hole in your pocket. It’s the perfect opportunity, but where do you start? If you are anything like me, you don’t have much. We’ll look at lower spec parts you can easily find. You probably won’t be able to use VR or super high graphics in the newer games, but they’ll be playable. Also, you’ll always be able to upgrade in the future if needed without replacing too much.
I like to start off with a CPU and combo. Because we want to save money, we might want to go with AMD Ryzen chips. As of now, the Ryzen 3 1300X is $125, or an Intel alternative (the i3 8100) is at $126. As for a motherboard, an AM4 socket board (Ryzen’s required socket) at its cheapest, is about $50 dollars.
The ASRock – A320M-DGS has all you need, 2 DDR4 RAM slots, an AM4 socket, a USB 3.0 header, and plenty of SATA plug-ins for multiple drives if wanted. Though if you decided to go the route, the MSI – Z370 GAMING PLUS is the cheapest for the i3-8100 I could find at $115 and has all the necessary features but a different form factor.
Now comes RAM.
Crucial – Ballistix Sport LT 8GB should be enough, but at a slight price of $88. Other RAM can really only go higher unless you decide to go with 4gb (which is a death sentence for most games’ performance). Storage is simple and cheap, with a single 1TB hard drive ($50) by Western Digital. If you want blazing fast speeds for boot time, you can shell out the extra cash for an SSD, which are substantially faster. At the moment, GPU prices are through the roof. We can go with a 1050ti Mini from Zotac at $220, but there are other, better cards, out there. With the current prices however, that’s what you are going to want on a budget to play anything relatively new.
For a case,
we can go with a Deepcool Tesseract for $40. This case has plenty of drive bays and cable management space, plus USB 3 on the front panel. To bring the physical parts of the PC to a close, an EVGA BT 450 watt 80+ bronze power supply at $22.
Your desired operating system will affect the price some, but I will not include it. You can find Windows keys for as little as $20-$40 in various places on the internet, or you could possibly use a key from an old PC or laptop you had. I cannot guarantee that will work, but it did for me. You can also use one of the various versions of Linux, which is free. There are video tutorials on how to install operating systems all over youtube. So in all, theroute comes to roughly $660 where as the AMD route costs roughly $590. You can find tutorials on how to build your own PC on just about every tech channel on youtube as well.
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