Question Help for Cheapest gaming pc build?

Kilsnacks

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Hello! I am looking for the cheapest build I can do that can run modern games 30fps or more. My friend who doesn’t have any money at all pc broke so I would like to build them one we generally play games like Resident Evil 6 and Left 4 dead 2 but I would like them to be able to run new titles as well. I don’t necessarily have a budget but since it’s not for me the cheapest it can be the better. I put this list together but feel free to give me any suggestions or a different build for what I need https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kf7Fmg

My friends broken pc is an old optiplex micro and they live a few hours away hence the reason of starting a new build
 

Kilsnacks

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Hm... a couple of things. The motherboard may need a BIOS update before it can be used with the 3200G. The other is lack of a PSU.

What budget are you working with?
I don’t really have a set budget but since I’m going to be giving it away I’d like to not spend a whole lot like $300 or less would be amazing but I can spend more if needed.
 
To keep things as cheap as possible I'm just wondering whether anything can be salvaged from their old system, and if they would be able to install some of these themselves. (I'm thinking particularly the hard drive and RAM.) In any case, there's still the issue of the OS. Hopefully, I am assuming, their Windows licence is digitally connected to their account, so it should be reusable. I'll leave this for reference: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change

Likelihood is a new PSU is needed as prebuilts like Dell's may use proprietary PSU sizes and connections. Something like this would be a starting point: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FdRFf7/corsair-cx-2017-550w-80-bronze-certified-atx-power-supply-cp-9020121-na
It's more than currently required but still a bit of room for an energy efficient graphics card upgrade.

The remaining issue is the CPU compatibility with the motherboard. AMD does have a boot kit loan offer, though technically it wouldn't apply in this case. Might still be worth asking if it applies for this particular motherboard. https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/faq/pa-100
Otherwise the other option would be an out of the box compatible motherboard, but we'd be looking at extra expense.

Using PCPartPicker I was hoping to see the 2400G at a lower price, but for some reason that's more expensive than the 3000-series counterparts....
 

thekillerx10

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Do you mind using used parts ?
also this is the cheapest new build you can get :
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($91.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A320M-S2H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Zalman T2 Plus MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA BR 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Walmart)
Total: $335.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-22 11:08 EST-0500


 

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