Question 11 Year Old PC - Help Needed with new system

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I have an 11 year old Dell Studio D540 -

I believe it's time to replace it but I am not finding any pre-build machines that I think will work but then I am just a basic user and not a PC GuRu.

Wondering if anyone can offer suggestions for system or a system build whose more experienced?

These are my basic requirements:

  1. Windows 10
  2. Dual Monitor Support (DVI orHDMI)
  3. SSD for OS
  4. GPU that can handle fusion 360/Steam Games - heavy GPU use
  5. Adequate RAM for above average use
  6. As silent as possible PC case/Fans, etc. (Small office so lots of fan noise is not ideal)
  7. Budget $1,000 or below all in
Day to day use is normal use, Email, Web Browsing, MS Office, etc.
* would like the ability to run Fusion 360/CAD/Steam Insurgency SS type apps with no GPU issues
* would like to avoid massive GPU coolers, etc if possible
* would like to buy as much if possible via Amazon Prime
 
PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/TR8Gx6

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($111.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($239.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.88 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $831.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-24 15:32 EST-0500

Leaves you 170 USD left to do with as you want. You could get a better GPU such as a GTX 2060 Super or RX 5700/5700XT or a better CPU such as a Ryzen 3700X. You can also pick whatever case you prefer as long as it supports a full ATX board. The only other thing about this build is that there is a possibility that the motherboard wont have an updated BIOS for Ryzen 3000, however this motherboard allows you to update the BIOS without a CPU installed.

Limiting yourself to Amazon really does limit your options as well as rebates.
 
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PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/TR8Gx6

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($111.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($239.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.88 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $831.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-24 15:32 EST-0500

Leaves you 170 USD left to do with as you want. You could get a better GPU such as a GTX 2060 Super or RX 5700/5700XT or a better CPU such as a Ryzen 3700X. You can also pick whatever case you prefer as long as it supports a full ATX board.

Limiting yourself to Amazon really does limit your options as well as rebates.
Thanks for the breakdown.

What about the OS. Can I bring over the Windows 10 OS that I bought and loaded to this OLD PC or do I have to buy a whole new license?
 

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Thanks for the breakdown.

What about the OS. Can I bring over the Windows 10 OS that I bought and loaded to this OLD PC or do I have to buy a whole new license?
If you bought a full retail license, then yes. If you bought an OEM license then no... or possibly maybe. I've read if it's tied to your Microsoft account, it might work, but honestly, I couldn't be certain - I've only briefly skimmed over what others have said about it.
 
The only other thing about this build is that there is a possibility that the motherboard wont have an updated BIOS for Ryzen 3000, however this motherboard allows you to update the BIOS without a CPU installed.
To avoid that issue entirely, you should probably just plunk down the extra $3 for the MAX version of that motherboard, which is the same board, only with a larger BIOS chip that includes support for Ryzen 3000 processors right out of the box.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/jcYQzy/msi-b450-tomahawk-max-atx-am4-motherboard-b450-tomahawk-max

And yeah, I would put the remaining budget toward a higher-end graphics card if "heavy GPU use" is a primary concern.
 

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Thanks for the breakdown.

What about the OS. Can I bring over the Windows 10 OS that I bought and loaded to this OLD PC or do I have to buy a whole new license?
Where did the current WIn 10 license come from?
Is it linked to an MS account?

In the context of a new $1,000 PC, a new Windows OS license for this system is 10%.
To fund that, sell the old system for $100.

Either way, the new hardware will require a new OS install. Don't just slap in the old drive with its OS and hope it works.
 

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I did the CMD to show it. This PC had an OLD OS and sluggish so I bought a SSD and the bought Windows 10 via Microsoft store I believe.

I would like to order today and hopefully get the stuff by Monday or Tuesday.
 

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I did the CMD to show it. This PC had an OLD OS and sluggish so I bought a SSD and the bought Windows 10 via Microsoft store I believe.

I would like to order today and hopefully get the stuff by Monday or Tuesday.
OK, just checking.

That license should work on the new system.
Of course, that leaves the old system with no OS license. But no problem...
 

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