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Hello all-
I’m looking to replace an old Dell Inspiron (i3-6100) with a new computer and need some input on buying another cheap Dell or building a budget PC, or possibly upgrading the current Dell. I tend to buy a budget PC every 5-7 years and am wondering if building might be a good option. The current Dell is just plain slow and I’m guessing it’s not worth updating, but it is an option I’m considering.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: System is used for basic home office work (Word/Excel/PPT), email, surfing the internet, Zoom meetings and Quicken. I do a little bit of CAD work (typically Autocad Fusion 360) I also occasionally edit/create short videos for high school classes (I’m a teacher) using OpenShot or Lightworks.

Budget Range: Not firm, but $500-600 US would be nice.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Location: Sacramento, CA, USA

Your Monitor Resolution: 27” 1920 x 1080 Resolution

Additional Comments:

Option 1:
Update the Dell Inspiron (i3-6100) with a 500GB SSD and a GPU. Something like a Zotac GTX 1050TI .

Option 2:
Buy a budget Dell. For example, they have an i5-10400 Inspiron with 8 GB memory, onboard graphics, and 512GB NVMe SSD that would probably fit the bill, here.

Option 3:
Build something per the list below. I’ve selected these components to be budget focused but also allow upgrading over time. For example, I’ve selected a GPU that is really more a display adapter and I would add a better GPU once prices come down.

CPU: Intel Core i3-10100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor
MB: Asus PRIME Z590M-PLUS Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard
Memory: Silicon Power 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
Storage: Memory: Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
GPU: MSI GeForce GT 710 1 GB Video Card
Case: Fractal Design Define Mini C TG MicroATX Mid Tower Case
PS: EVGA B5 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

Questions: Which option do you suggest? Any problems or suggestions for the parts list for that option?

Thanks ahead,
Dave
 
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A display adapter might struggle with CAD and editing loads. This should be more balanced...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i3-10105F 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor | $92.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard | Gigabyte B560M AORUS PRO Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard | $139.99 @ Newegg
Memory | Silicon Power 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | $53.97 @ Amazon
Storage | Mushkin Enhanced RAW 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $45.99 @ Newegg
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 G6 4 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card | $210.00 @ Adorama
Case | Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower Case | $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | Corsair CX (2017) 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply | $39.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $652.92
| Mail-in rebates | -$30.00
| Total | $622.92
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-09-23 23:53 EDT-0400 |
 
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Thanks @Hellfire13 ! That makes sense. Do you have any idea how this will perform compared to a prebuilt like the Dell I linked or upgrading my i3? Also, is it just a price thing to use an SATA SSD vs m2 SSD or is there another reason?
Thanks again,
Dave
 

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Another system to consider, giving you more cores, and threads, than an i3, and an IGP a bit faster than a GT 1030.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($253.97 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($101.86 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($82.20 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar MX330-G Air ATX Mid Tower Case ($58.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($62.62 @ Amazon)
Total: $609.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-09-24 12:26 EDT-0400
 
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Thanks @Hellfire13 ! That makes sense. Do you have any idea how this will perform compared to a prebuilt like the Dell I linked or upgrading my i3? Also, is it just a price thing to use an SATA SSD vs m2 SSD or is there another reason?
Thanks again,
Dave
The prebuilt has 10400 with iGPU which is again pretty much a display adapter with 2 additional cores. The PSUs on those are usually crap in case you plan to upgrade later. The i3 you have is a dual core and adding a card might improve performance graphically but processing will still be slow for heavier workloads.
 

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