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dennisk919 1 month ago

I have discovered that my mothers old hp envy laptop is dieing. It's over 5 years old. So me, my sister and brother in law are working together to try and get her a newer computer. The budget is keep it as low as possible but will last for 5+ years. What she does with her computer now is shopping and financial stuff, it also holds a lot of photos. I also need to keep the tower as small as possible, not a lot of desk space. My brother in law is getting the monitor, he has connections. My sister will be customizing the case in a Mary Engelbreit theme, she's an artist. I'm putting it together.

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gogo809 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Get the highest thread count you can. That will give it legs.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $159.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $47.99 @ Newegg
Storage Team - L5 LITE 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $52.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fractal Design - Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $45.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $426.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-13 20:29 EST-0500

Note: My prices never include Mail-In-Rebates unless specifically requested.

  • CPU: This is a quad core cpu just like the Ryzen 3, only hyper-threaded.
  • Cooler: The stock cooler will do just fine!
  • MOBO: Pretty low end really. But you just won't need much. This should fulfill every basic requirement you could have.
  • RAM: A single stick so you can easily upgrade later. 8GB should be plenty.
  • SSD: Any cheap SSD will do. This size should give you enough room for now.
  • GPU: The CPU has integrated graphics so you don't need to invest in a graphics card.
  • Case: Mini-Itx cases are generally smaller, and they allow for smaller motherboards. This cases is larger, but cheaper, and micro atx motherboards are cheaper than mini itx motherboards as well. This case is okay (for the price), and it should give a blank canvas to your sis for modification!
  • PSU: Lower end power supply, but semi-modular so it is easier to work with. Decent enough for the load you will be putting it under.

It is certainly possible to go cheaper than this. Cases can be had for $20, you can drop down to the Ryzen 3. You can get a cheaper motherboard by about $12 or so. Might require a bios update to support the Newer ryzen processors, but that is fine because AMD will loan you a single core processor for the task. You can go with a smaller SSD or HDD. Sufficient power supplies would cost around $30. I just happen to think the upgrades are very worth it.

kschendel 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I rather like this build, but do check on how much storage she's using now. With a lot of photos it might be prudent to start out with a 1 TB SSD, which is just about double the price but worth it in the long run if that much storage will be used.

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $99.47 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *MSI - B450I GAMING PLUS AC Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard $122.00 @ Amazon
Memory *Patriot - Signature Line 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $51.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Team - L5 LITE 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $19.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Case Silverstone - SG05BB-LITE Mini ITX Desktop Case $46.47 @ B&H
Power Supply Silverstone - SFX 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified SFX Power Supply $59.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $444.80
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-13 17:51 EST-0500
fredointhecut 1 point 1 month ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $99.47 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - B450I GAMING PLUS AC Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard $122.00 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage HP - EX920 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $89.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake - Core V1 Snow Edition Mini ITX Desktop Case $48.18 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 450 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $64.90 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $524.53
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-14 06:49 EST-0500