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A $400 budget gaming PC using old RAM.

CrispyCram

38 months ago

My old PC recently crashed, well the HDD did, so I have decided that it's time to buy a new PC all together since the old one was slow anyways. I already purchased a 2 TB Hitachi HDD to keep the old PC alive until now, so I will be transferring that over, and as the title says, I'm taking the 8 GB (4x2 GB) DDR3 1333 RAM with it. Everything else is scrap (except maybe a case fan, would have to check size but I don't know if I'll even need it). So, using what I had, this is the best budget build I could come up with.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $104.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus B150M-A D3 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $74.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage PNY CS1311 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.99 @ Best Buy
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Video Card $109.99 @ B&H
Case Zalman ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $32.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $37.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $400.94
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-18 12:14 EST-0500

Any changes are welcome, but try not to go more than $25 over! Thanks!

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I would be interested what your old system was. Maybe you could keep the motherboard as well and buy a faster CPU & GPU only?

Also, I pretty much dislike the idea of using DDR3 with Skylake technology. DDR4 is available, use it! (Sell your old DDR3.)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Well um, I don't quite know how to check what Mobo I have. I know it had a Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz CPU, iGPU.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that's pretty old. Even the graphics was on the motherboard, not on the CPU. :)

Plan B then: sell the DDR3 RAM, get DDR4 instead and a DDR4 motherboard.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

ddr3 will damage skylake cpus

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $104.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston FURY 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $41.98 @ PCM
Storage PNY CS1311 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.99 @ Best Buy
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Video Card $109.99 @ B&H
Case Zalman ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $32.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic 350W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $31.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $420.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-18 12:27 EST-0500

I would recommend upgrading to DDR4, it's worth it. I swapped out your Mobo for one that supports DDR4 and is a tad cheaper. I also swapped out your PSU for something cheaper and less wattage, because unless you're planning to upgrade, you won't need a 450w. A 350 is sufficient. I have you a single stick of DDR4-2133 RAM. It'll serve you well. It totals down to 421$.

Of course, this is my recommendation. You are free to do as you will.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it, meets my needs and stayed in the budget. If it's really that worth it to upgrade to DDR4 for only $20 more, I'll take this!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it is worth it. As the others have said, using DDR3 with Skylake can result in damage to your CPU. And I am glad I have helped!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't want to use DDR3 with Skylake. You should either get DDR4, or use a Haswell platform. Haswell is still pretty good.

Something like this should do it:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor $108.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $40.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Plextor M7V 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Video Card $109.99 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $24.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $399.83
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-18 12:34 EST-0500

There's a few compatibility notes on this one, but nothing at all to worry about. It'll perform well enough.

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