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Discussion Building a pc for a friend

nhardinger2003

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So im not new to the whole pc building game, ive built my own and several others, however i seem to be stumped on this one. So a friend of mine wants to get into pc gaming, i told him great, heres what you need, i told him a pc, monitor, keyboard and mouse, and well of course games. He told me that he mainly wants to play simulator games, like farming sim, car mechanic, etc.. So my other issue is he is very budget minded, doesnt have a lot to spend, i have been looking for somewhat modern components to get him up and gaming on a budget but some of it i dont really like. Right now im looking at the following: Ryzen 3 3200g, asrock b450m pro 4 motherboard matx, 2x4 gb of t force dark ddr4 2400 memory(gonna run it at 2666) a 1tb wd blue hdd, and a gigabyte rx 570 4 gig model. powering it will be a evga 500 fx powersupply all together in a micro atx case that i have. My issue is this is about 500 which is way more than he wants to spend, i could get him a system for 200 and call it good, but i want to help him future proof it as well as being able to play all current and possibly some future simulators. Any opinions on what i should look at for building him? Would a first gen ryzen build and a 1050 ti still hold up these days? Any opinions would be helpful. Thanks.
 

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Go for a Ryzen 2600 and the GPU, don't waste an APU. 3000Mhz memory isn't much more expensive. 1TB hard drive is pretty cheap, I would still see if you can manage a 256GB SSD instead. Also some dramless 500GB SSDs from lesser known brands out there for under $50.

1st gen Ryzen is still fairly decent for a CPU. 1050Ti, eh, if you can wrangle a GTX 1650 do that instead.

I know $100 difference seems like a lot, but you get so much more with it right now. And this would avoid cost in the future to replace low-end parts.

Decent:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.68 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.97 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX500 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 570 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $488.60
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-12 15:20 EST-0500


Cost optimized:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($58.54 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.97 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($34.85 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB Phoenix Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Corsair)
Total: $406.33
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-12 15:24 EST-0500
 

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