help for a PC gaming newb

GamingRN

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Jan 10, 2017
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im looking for help upgrading an older pc. i have 2 PCs to choose from that i have at my disposal. the first is a hp desk from around 2010 and zt systems pc from around the same era which should i choose ?

as far as general question that need help with are:
1. if i get a new motherboard what things inside the pc might not be compatible from the old motherboard ?
2. how to know if the cpu and motherboard are compatible ?
3. upgrading the motherboard is the way to up the amount of max ram that is supported ?
4. if i upgrade the motherboard would i need to upgrade the power supply ?
5. if i upgrade the graphics card to need to upgrade the power supply ?
6. how do i know if the graphics card is compatible with the motherboard ?

also this is separate but does anyone know the max ram supported on hp 15-f033wm laptop and if that laptop is set up where the graphics card can be upgraded ?

which is cheaper and easier laptop upgrades or desktop upgrades ?

finally, if there are anything i forgot to ask that you think might be important to or just any tips in general that might helpful for a new pc gamer.
 

GamingRN

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Jan 10, 2017
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around 300 or so is the budget im looking at. would just be better to reuse the power supply, case, disk trays, and pretty much replace all the insides like the motherboard, cpu, graphics card, as well getting some ram ?

 

ScrewySqrl

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I can get you a PC for around $400 thats a barebones system. it would need an OS though.

good enough to do 1920x1080 gaming on High settings.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($75.00 @ B&H)
Motherboard: ASRock B250M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($47.99 @ Directron)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 460 2GB Video Card ($99.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($25.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 350W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($31.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $400.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-11 10:19 EST-0500

its a 2 core/4 thread PC, 8 GB ram, 1 TB HDD, and a RX 460 GPU. a $400 gaming pc far better than the 7 year old PC you were looking at.
 

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