Need help for a cpu

Mbramr

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Hello everyone. I need to build my grandfather a system that is powerful enough to run a virtual machine running windows xp. I need help with choosing a cpu. I'm thinking a ryzen 5 1600. If you guys could possibly suggest a lower budget option. All opinions are appreciated
 

Mark RM

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To run an XP VM takes basically nothing except enough RAM. A single core of even a Ryzen 1200 would be adequate. Two cores to the VM if you feel generous. Really the big thing performance wise when running VM's at home is having the virtual disk stored and launching from a separate spindle (disk drive) from the main OS (Hypervisor).
 

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When you create a Virtual machine (such as an XP virtual machine) part of the process is to create storage for it (a virtual disk drive). While you chose a nice SSD for your build, Virtual drives can and do take a lot of space you can't use on the primary OS (hypervisor). It's normal to have a regular normal hard disk drive for such chores such that the VM is never in contention with the hypervisor (primary OS) for disk resources.

I'll do a built in a minute, I'm also in Canada.

 

Mark RM

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CDN$ 136.99 CPU 1200 Ryzen
http://www.pc-canada.com/item/YD1200BBAEBOX.html
CDN$ 94.99 Mobo MSI B350M-PRO-VDH
https://www.amazon.ca/MSI-ProSeries-Motherboard-B350M-PRO-VDH/dp/B06XS53VR5
CDN $ $91.99 Single 8 gig stick of RAM compatible with motherboard
http://www.pc-canada.com/item/BLS8G4D240FSA.html
CDN $54.99 SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151074
CDN $19.99 Rosewill FBM-X1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mini Tower Case with Side Panel Window
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147262
CDN$ 103.99 Crucial MX300 275GB SATA
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820215016
CDN$ 49.99 Western Digital 1TB 3.5" 7200 RPM
https://www.amazon.ca/Western-Digital-Cache-Desktop-Drive/dp/B0088PUEPK
CDN $57.99 MSI GeForce GT 730 2GB card
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814137212

If you want it to be even cheaper, this whole thing will run on anything, like this;
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883160301CVF

Just add an SSD and a second 4 Gig stick of RAM.

 

Mbramr

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Change of plans, gonna give my dads computer to my grandfather and get my dad a more powerfull settup so he can do work. He needs something that can run a windows 10 virtual machine, and a couple other things, a pretty spiffy computer.

Cool are you in Ontario?

Do i really need a graphics card? Why not just use built-in dvi port of mobo.

Here's what i came up with:

http://a.co/fw6m9aN

Again, thanks a lot for the help.
 

Mark RM

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Because Ryzen CPU's have no video component (GPU) the port on the board is for using AM4 APU's and right now they suck so bad I can't recommend them. You can also do an intel build if you don't want to buy a video card.

That build you made also lacks a video card. The Ryzen 1600 is more than you need, but it's a nice CPU.

Yeah I'm in Ontario, rural area.
 

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