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Budget Gaming PC Upgrade


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#1 Planemaster2

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 12:38 AM

So I have a budget of ~£550 to upgrade my current system with. Ive re-used as many parts as o can to cut costs and this is what Ive ended up with

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£94.97 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard (£76.59 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Team - Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£91.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£84.90 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Toshiba - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For £0.00)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card (£139.99 @ Novatech)
Case: Corsair - SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For £0.00)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For £0.00)
Optical Drive: LG - GH24NSD1 DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For £0.00)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit (£100.37 @ More Computers)
Wireless Network Adapter: Netgear - A6210-100PAS USB 3.0 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter (Purchased For £0.00)
Total: £588.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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My current system is in my signature so this upgrade should be pretty beneficial going from a FX-6350/750 Ti to that system.

Im also looking to give the Ryzen 3 a moderate overclock as well.

Edited by Planemaster2, 06 December 2017 - 12:42 AM.

System Specs:
 
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit                                           - Motherboard: GA-78LMT-USB3 6.0 (Socket M2)           - Audio: Corsair HS40 USB Gaming Headset
CPU: AMD FX-6350 (Vishera 32nm Technology)         - Display: HE247DPB (1920x1080/60Hz)                          - Optical Drives: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NSD1 ATA Device
RAM: 12.00GB Single-Channel DDR3/801MHz                - GPU: 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti (MSI)         - Storage: 931GB TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 ATA Device (SATA)

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 09:32 AM

Is the OS on your current system not transferrable?  That could free up some funds.  How was it acquired, through upgrade of older retail Win 7/8 Pro or was it an OEM license?


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 11:52 AM

Is the OS on your current system not transferrable?  That could free up some funds.  How was it acquired, through upgrade of older retail Win 7/8 Pro or was it an OEM license?

 

 

It's an OEM version of Windows 10 Pro so I can't transfer it. However, what do you know about these key resellers who apparently buy a load of Windows keys in bulk and sell them for discounted prices? Are they legitimate or a scam?


System Specs:
 
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit                                           - Motherboard: GA-78LMT-USB3 6.0 (Socket M2)           - Audio: Corsair HS40 USB Gaming Headset
CPU: AMD FX-6350 (Vishera 32nm Technology)         - Display: HE247DPB (1920x1080/60Hz)                          - Optical Drives: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NSD1 ATA Device
RAM: 12.00GB Single-Channel DDR3/801MHz                - GPU: 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti (MSI)         - Storage: 931GB TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 ATA Device (SATA)

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:01 PM

I really don't know.  From what I can make out, the legal position is uncertain and so I think I'll err on the side of them being dodgy.  License re-sales is definitely a contentious issue.  However, in Europe at least there are companies selling OEM keys at vastly under retail prices all over Google Shopping, Ebay etc..  You don't exactly have to look hard.  You'd think if they wanted to (and if they had the legal powers to do so), Microsoft and it's lawyers could easily shut down such operations.


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:21 PM

I really don't know.  From what I can make out, the legal position is uncertain and so I think I'll err on the side of them being dodgy.  License re-sales is definitely a contentious issue.  However, in Europe at least there are companies selling OEM keys at vastly under retail prices all over Google Shopping, Ebay etc..  You don't exactly have to look hard.  You'd think if they wanted to (and if they had the legal powers to do so), Microsoft and it's lawyers could easily shut down such operations.

 

Interesting...

 

If I did cut the Windows 10 out to a much cheaper variant then I could fit a 1060 6GB/RX 580 in which would definitely up the performance. I'll think about or perhaps I could use an inactivated version for now and decide later.


Edited by Planemaster2, 06 December 2017 - 01:22 PM.

System Specs:
 
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit                                           - Motherboard: GA-78LMT-USB3 6.0 (Socket M2)           - Audio: Corsair HS40 USB Gaming Headset
CPU: AMD FX-6350 (Vishera 32nm Technology)         - Display: HE247DPB (1920x1080/60Hz)                          - Optical Drives: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NSD1 ATA Device
RAM: 12.00GB Single-Channel DDR3/801MHz                - GPU: 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti (MSI)         - Storage: 931GB TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 ATA Device (SATA)

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:36 PM

I would advise against using a key reseller, as they are mostly from owners of MSDN licenses that have access to those keys and are redistributing them for profit. It is explicitly stated in the MSDN terms that those licenses are only allowed for use by the individual owning the MSDN. They will more than likely be deactivated by Microsoft.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:41 PM

Right, that's good to know. What about using an inactivated version of Windows 10? I've heard those work pretty well minus the watermark in the corner of the screen and limited desktop customisation.


System Specs:
 
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit                                           - Motherboard: GA-78LMT-USB3 6.0 (Socket M2)           - Audio: Corsair HS40 USB Gaming Headset
CPU: AMD FX-6350 (Vishera 32nm Technology)         - Display: HE247DPB (1920x1080/60Hz)                          - Optical Drives: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NSD1 ATA Device
RAM: 12.00GB Single-Channel DDR3/801MHz                - GPU: 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti (MSI)         - Storage: 931GB TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 ATA Device (SATA)

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:47 PM

As far as I can tell, there aren't really any restrictions on using an unactivated version of Windows, except for the restriction on personalization and several locations that tell you that Windows is not activated. This includes the message at the bottom right of the screen that cannot be dismissed.

 

However, that's not to mean that today, tomorrow, a week from now, or even a year from now, Microsoft won't crack down and disable all features until it is activated.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:29 PM

As always, I recommend MLC drive instead of TLC drive like this https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/6L2rxr/a-data-internal-hard-drive-asx930ss3240gmc

 

For Windows "transfer", you can try that: https://www.windowscentral.com/how-re-activate-windows-10-after-hardware-change

 

That's not really "transfer of OEM license" (more like promotion of Microsoft account) so it should work.


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