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Striking a balance between budget and "gamer-upgradeable-proof"

grobert93

2 months ago

I am starting a educational path at college in photography and video editing and am waiting for apple to release their non-existent 14 inch MacBook Pro. In the meantime, I wanted to learn and experience building a windows computer for my hobby of website programing (especially portfolio for photography work).

I have a loose budget of 500 dollars to work with. My priority is a basic amd computer that will "load my emails and check social media" but can also run classic and "modern" games. My list include Roller Coaster Tycoon 1-3, Planet Coaster, Minecraft and CD based games such as railroad tycoon. I want this computer to have the ability to be upgraded with a graphics card (or a better one of my build ends up with one) if I choose to game harder. But for now my main need is just to play these games during my college experience, while my apple computer of choice will be used to edit video and photography.

With that said, I saw both of these build guides on this website that offered attractive prices. I'm not familiar with all the parts and wanted to know if I would want to lean toward the gaming build, and if so, what I could sacrifice right now with the ability to upgrade later in the future?

https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/4Wv6Mp/budget-homeoffice-build https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/bgj48d/entry-level-amd-gaming-build

I already have a ssd, windows 7 and 10 keys, mouse and keyboard. So my focus is a small/med size tower with hardware. I do not care how ugly it looks though, performance and price is key.

Thanks in advance! I am excited to build my first "gaming" computer.

TLdr;

"Gaming" computer based on AMD $500 budget Upgradable in the future I have a 256 GB ssd, mouse, keyboard and windows 7/10 license already.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jZ768M

Way better than those two lists, really good upgrade path as well.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/QcKNPn If you care a little about gaming If not, u can add a rd 560 and that will be in budget

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Forgot to mention, I have a 256 GB ssd from Kingston I was planning on using, I have a licensed copy of windows 7 and 10, and a mouse and keyboard already. Mostly just tower hardware.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Win 7 ends in a few weeks, so that is useless, unless it is going to not be on the internet.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm considering partitioning my ssd in half, win7/win10. w7 would contain games that run on cd, maybe run windows xp on virtual machine etc. win 10 would connect to internet.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

ok

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