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Posted 17 November 2015 - 01:59 AM
Posted 17 November 2015 - 10:10 AM
The good news is you may be able to reuse the power supply and the various disk drives, which will save you money. The bad news is that most of what you do have to buy can get rather expensive depending on your use case. You may need a new PC case, that is, depending on whether or not your current one accepts standard ATX motherboards. If it does, you're all set there. With the operating system, if you are using a non-System Builder/OEM version but a full, boxed retail version of Windows, you can move it to another PC. With the System Builder/OEM editions, those are tied to your motherboard and cannot be moved. As for the other components, you'll need new RAM, CPU, motherboard, GPU, and operating system.
That PCPartPicker build is based on the older Intel platform which is slowly being phased out for the Skylake platform, plus, it doesn't have a copy of the operating system.
You may not get a high-end PC with that budget, but you should get something reasonable at around $500. You will probably not be able to get a current Intel platform based on Skylake at a sub-$500 budget. I priced out a build with the least expensive i5 Skylake processor (i5 6400 6M), a basic motherboard (Gigabyte GA-H170-D3HP), cheap DDR4 RAM (1 8GB stick of DDR4-2133), and a full version of Windows 10 Home, and you only had about $40 for a GPU. I suggest increasing your budget if at all possible. Most games utilize the GPU very heavily so I recommend getting a good one, such as a GTX 970, which is more expensive than your PCPartPicker build.
Posted 17 November 2015 - 12:56 PM
Posted 17 November 2015 - 12:58 PM
Posted 17 November 2015 - 01:22 PM
Posted 18 November 2015 - 08:43 AM
Laptops for gaming are rarely a good idea, unless you are playing older games or those not requiring a high-end GPU. I suggest replacing your dying PSU, saving some money, around $600 to $700, and upgrading then.
If you are going to get a laptop, the Microsoft Store sells them after they reimage the machine and thus removing all the junk manufacturers insist on installing. I believe they call it "Signature Edition" PC's.
Edited by DJBPace07, 18 November 2015 - 08:48 AM.
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