Question New PC - Casual Gaming - Value play

mike8675309

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1. Replacing an old windows PC running a AM3+ motherboard with 16gb of DDR3 1600 memory. PC will be used for casual gaming and sharing media as it is connected to a TV screen with expansion options in the future as there are two kids 4 and 2 that will be growing up with it.

2. $1000 is the top of the budget. Don't need a monitor but likely need a case. Power supply is dead.

3. Parts availability in the USA, with a Microcenter close by.

5. Looking for the system that will be able to grow and AMD or Intel is fine.

6. I'll be using storage, I have a moving drive, an SSD, and a DVD/CD drive. Otherwise, I expect everything else has to go.

7. No plan to overclock

8.1920 x 1080 on older television. Is not 2k or 4k.

9. Would like to start collecting parts now, though if it makes more sense to wait, that's doable.

10 .I'll need Windows.
 

mike8675309

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Looking at pc part picker I found these modest system recommendations. Any red flags with either the AMD or Intel? Or anything saying intel for sure right now, or AMD for sure right now.


Intel Core i5-12400F 2.5 GHz 6-Core Processor
Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
Gigabyte Radeon RX 6600 8 GB EAGLE Video Card
Phanteks Eclipse P300A Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case
Cooler Master MWE Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply


AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor
Asus PRIME B550M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
Gigabyte Radeon RX 6600 8 GB EAGLE Video Card
Phanteks Eclipse P300A Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case
Thermaltake Smart BX1 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
 

Tech Junky

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Well, if you plan on growing with a better GPU the PSU's are likely not to be sufficient.

On Intel going with an F CPU means you have no backup if your GPU fails i.e the iGPU built into the non-F versions

DDR4 is still the best option at this point with inflated DDR5 / MOBO options.

There's of course new options coming EOY with both. CPU / MOBO's will be updating again for new CPU designs.

There's also the ability to skim through completed builds based off the CPU you intend to use for ideas. As to your existing PC swapping the PSU is easy / cheap enough to do for ~$100 or less. Replacing the PSU though with a new build in mind should shoot for the new target wattage if considering a new higher power GPU.

Taking into consideration this will be hooked up to the TV are you considering Plex or some media playback? Then the CPU/GPU will make a difference if transcoding is needed from the original format.
 
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