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Upgrading my Dell inspiron 3847 into a gaming computer


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#1 Jake56

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 06:17 PM

I was thinking of getting a proper gaming computer but I'm not sure if I should upgrade my current computer or buy a new one. Here are the specs for my current computer,

 

Operating System
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit

 

CPU
    Intel Pentium G3240 @ 3.10GHz   
    Haswell 22nm Technology

 

RAM
    8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)

 

Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 088DT1 (CPU 1)

 

Graphics
    SyncMaster (1280x1024@60Hz)
    Intel HD Graphics (Dell)

 

Storage
    931GB Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-75M2NA0 (SATA)

 

Optical Drives
    HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GHB0N

 

Audio
    Realtek Audio

 

If I should upgrade my current computer how should I go about doing that?



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Posted 30 May 2017 - 11:11 PM

Or build one !!


Edited by hamluis, 31 May 2017 - 02:41 PM.


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 11:57 PM

I consider upgrade to be too hard. You could swap CPU but that is quite expensive. Also PSU and probably case must be upgraded. Memory is old and expensive DDR3. Monitor is very poor on today's standards.

How big budget you have?

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 10:47 AM

Preferably around 700 dollars but I could possibly spend more


Edited by hamluis, 31 May 2017 - 02:42 PM.


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 12:24 PM

Considering current machine, this is "decent" gaming computer for only $100 over budget, including OS and monitor. Future upgrades possible. Add HDD and DVD drive from your old machine.

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/fXJn4C
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/fXJn4C/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B350M-A Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($88.59 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws 4 series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($59.92 @ Amazon)
Storage: ADATA - XPG SX8000 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($118.65 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte - Radeon RX 460 2GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone - PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.78 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit ($104.88 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: BenQ - GL2460HM 24.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor ($116.50 @ Amazon)
Total: $804.20
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-31 13:24 EDT-0400

#6 Jake56

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 01:47 PM

That looks good but I've never actually built my computer before and I'm not sure how I would do so


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 02:03 PM

Willing to try or ask friend to help? Building PC is not very hard.

Pre-built systems always have some weaknesses.

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 07:45 PM

I would be willing to try but I don't want to buy all the parts and be unable to put them together, also if I already have windows ten on this computer do I still have to buy it?



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Posted 01 June 2017 - 03:19 AM

If you cannot or do not want to build PC, then pre-built is better choice. Price/performance ratio gets worse though unless you cannot choose components yourself.

Your Windows is probably OEM version. You can try registering Microsoft account on old machine and after that use it on new machine. That may work. Then it won't work on old machine though.




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