Is this a good deal for this desktop setup?

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  1. LIVEFRMNYC

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    I haven't been a desktop enthusiast or gamer for damn near a decade. I plan on getting a fast desktop for as cheap as possible that is also decent for average games.

    I'm leaning at purchasing this at $399 ....... Acer Aspire ATC-780A-UR12 Desktop Computer; Intel Core i5-7400 Processor 3.0GHz; Microsoft Windows 10 Home; 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM; 1TB 7,200RPM Hard Drive

    I'll replace the 1TB drive with a Samsung 850 Evo 500GB for around $150 for the OS. And will replace the Disc Burner with a 3TB drive that I already have for storage.

    Will also add a 1050ti card for also around $150.

    Will probably add another 8GB ram shortly afterwards, but I'm not too concerned about that to factor into the price.

    So I'm looking at maybe around $750 tops. Is that worth it? I'm leaning towards yes, but would like some confirmation or maybe some better ideas within the price range. Thanks.
     
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    How cheap are we talking? If you can still save parts in your old system like HDD or RAM if possible that will save more in the long run. That is what I did whenever I upgrade my system. Also look to see if there are prebuilt AMD RyZen system that might even save you more. Also ask how long do you plan to keep this system going and that will also factor in future upgrade plans.



    This is the spec listed. What I would change first is Video to higher GPU like your doing but a higher model then 1050.

    Sad part is I wished they had included NVMe slot that would do more for Windows 10. But leave your 1tb as backup drive and use the SSD as the Primary drive. That way you have a drive for storage. "Never" use the primary drive as Storage your asking for trouble. This is from experience.

    Don't you'll regret it everyday. Get at least a GTX1060 6Gig of Ram-you will be happy you did that. It cost more but will do more for your "bang for the buck" in the long run. It can run games very well but alot will depend on how big is your Monitor and is it TN or OLED or IPS that is something you need to find out about. I got a 27 TN on MSI GTX1060 6G and it run pretty good the 27" is 2550x1440 panel though so it's high resolution for that size and it looks good. Make sure to get the latest driver for the GPU and do "custom" install and remove "GeForce Experience" option from the list it doesn't help.

    Today's 16 is the minimum but check to make sure all your RAM match so you can have better performance for the upgrade to 16gig Ram.

    Spend a little more for the GPU and that should hold you over. Here's what I did when I upgraded from i5-4690K iNtel to RyZen 1500X Asrock X370.

    *Bought new Asrock X370 board upgraded UEFI to 2.30-they said only if you have problems but I upgraded regardless.
    *Bought new AMD RyZen 1500X (note) motherboard/CPU combo gives you discounts
    *Bought new RAM since it's DDR4 for 16gig
    *Upgraded to NVMe drive-still have to figure how to format it to work properly(messed up the first time)
    *Saved CPU cooling fan just bought adapter and it worked.
    *Saved HDD because I have archives of archives of Dead Sea Scrolls on them... :)
    *Saved Tower since it had room to spare and was more then able to eat up the board and upgrades and it already had USB3 ports to spare on it-future planning.
    *Upgraded MSI GTX970 4G to MSI GTX 1060 6G GPU
    *Saved 27" Montior
    *Saved 750W PS
    *Upgraded wireless Keyboard/Mouse combo

    So if you plan it right you can still save a bundle...mine came in around 800$$ from Micro-Center as well. And when putting it into the case your planning to get take you time damaging small connections and pieces isn't worth the trouble they are. Mine upgrade is just a example of how I did mine so it's only for reference purpose.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I actually purchased the Desktop in my link. The changes I made was replaced the 1TB HHD for a 850 Evo 500GB SSD, and using it for my OS. I disconnected the DVD drive and use the SATA port for my 3TB 7200rpm HHD. The 1TB HHD I took out is being used in a external 3.0 USB case, which I have Linux (and the Bootloader) on that drive. I also added a 16GB Ram stick, so now I have 24GB.

    So far I'm satisfied. Actually surprised how well the Intel 630 graphics plays back 4K videos and even simple Windows Store racing games like Asphalt 8. I'll take your advice and get a 1060 6GB instead of a 1050 4GB. I also plan on getting a mixed reality headset early next year, so that would be better. Is a 300 power supply good enough, or should I swap for a 400-500?
     
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    Is the PS a name brand? And how many components will be attached to it? If you got SLI then you should go for at least name brand 750W might be over kill but that way the PS isn't overworked and plus it gives you power when needed and safety margin. I got along fine with my name brand 750W for over 9years now since and it is the same one that powered the i5-4690K iNtel Asrock board and it still running good. But just look at how many components will hook to the PS and you can tell if you if you need a bigger PS or not. But if you do plan on going SLI in the future at least stay with the 750W there are not that expensive to get.
     
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