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Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (South Africa)
Installed: 2017/07/14 01:35:18 PM
Boot Mode: BIOS (Secure Boot not supported)


System Model

MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD MS-7529 1.0
Enclosure Type: Desktop


Processor

2.60 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5300
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded


Main Circuit Board

Board: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD G31TM-P21 (MS-7529) 1.0
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. V4.7 07/28/2010


Drives

3378.44 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
2653.06 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

ST3000DM008-2DM166 [Hard drive] (3000.59 GB) -- drive 0, s/n Z5050WV3, rev CC26, SMART Status: Healthy
ST3250410AS [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 2, s/n 6RY6JQKB, rev 3.AAF, SMART Status: Healthy
TS128GSSD340 [Hard drive] (128.04 GB) -- drive 1, s/n 20140317B337500171E0, rev SVN263, SMART Status: Healthy


Memory Modules c,d

4096 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM1' has 2048 MB
Slot 'DIMM2' has 2048 MB
Slot 'DIMM3' is Empty
Slot 'DIMM4' is Empty

My son wants a faster Desk top pc (Fortnite), what do I do that will be cost effective off-course?
 
You have a slow CPU, not enough (realistic) RAM, and presumably lack a suitable graphics solution on the existing system.

I would recommend:

Ryzen 5 or Intel i5 CPU
Suitable motherboard (mobo and chipset depends on CPU preference)
Minimum of 8GB of DDR4 RAM
GTX 1050ti graphics card

Also in an ideal situation, an SSD for boot drive, or even better for loading games. 2.5" SATA SSDs are good, and even better are the M.2 drives, depending on what you want.

An example of what I'm talking about: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Rdtw8Y

I could have gone with cheaper, less powerful CPUs, but there's not a massive difference in price between the lower 3-4 Ryzen 5 CPUs. An even better card would be the GTX 1060 3GB, but it's another third in price over the 1050ti. That 480GB SSD would be way faster than a 2.5" SSD for a good price). I threw in an inexpensive mobo, and an entry level Bronze 80+ PSU for good measure.

I tried to put together a guesstimate benchmark build of your system, based on info, and I just literally guessed at your graphics, then compared them to the suggested build(s) - http://www.userbenchmark.com/PCBuilder/Custom/S0-M38.7716.2159.227784vsS0-M258318.188434.482768.2159.90467?tab=HDD

And swapping in a GTX 1060 3GB for the 1050ti - http://www.userbenchmark.com/PCBuilder/Custom/S0-M38.7716.2159.227784vsS0-M258318.165268.482768.2159.90467?tab=GPU

The latter system would be more than capable of what you want, without being obsolete too soon, and not terribly expensive.
 

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