Opinions on Cheaper Build & Upgrading vs Expensive Build

Aug 8, 2018
So my dad gave me his old pc and I've had it for a long time now it's probably like 7 or 8 years old or something close. I have a ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics card and a AMD Athlon II 640 Quad-Core Processor. Basically, its old. I have been wanting to upgrade and start my own and build it entirely new, so the question is should I start low budget (so I can get it sooner) or wait and save a bit more for an expensive build that I would be set up with?

I want to be able to run games like Fortnite, World of Warcraft, and some other games, maybe Siege and eventually anything after I upgrade if that's the route I go.

Also I'm not asking for someone to post a build but if you know of one that's low budget and suggest that it would be super cool if you could link it or get it to me somehow.
Well if you do it right from the start, you can build an cheaper system that can be upgraded with a better GPU later to give you a better gaming experience.

Something like an i3-8100 + GTX 1050 Ti right now, can easily be upgraded to a next-gen mid-range GPU later that is equal to a GTX 1070 or so, and the i3-8100 would still do well enough, but could also be upgrade as well. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/7DH6q4

Or if you're on a tighter budget, perhaps a Pentium Gold G5400. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/M8g84q



Nov 16, 2014

You should have dual memory sticks for better performance.
Also don't forget to get a SSD.

Slightly better for lower price:

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/CC87pG
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/CC87pG/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - A320M-DGS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($49.29 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill - NT Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Inland - 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.89 @ OutletPC)
Case: Deepcool - TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($38.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $444.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-08 07:17 EDT-0400
Both of you are off on the motherboard.

If you're going with a Ryzen 5 2400G then you should get a B450 motherboard. A320 does not support overclocking nor does it come out of the box compatible with the Ryzen 5 2400G. The X470 is a bit overkill for the APU system.


My advice on this subject is that you should *NEVER* buy with the intention of upgrading because you'll never be satisfied with the parts you have and you'll always be wanting something more. And then when everything is said and done you'll spend at least 3 times as much and have tons of parts you'll have no use for. I always feel that it's better to buy once and be done with it. I personally would go with building a new build from scratch, but get one that you feel would suit you best for your budget.
Aug 8, 2018
Well, in total I wouldn't mind spending an eventual price of around $1200. So basically it's either save and spend around that on a completely new rig or cut that budget down to something lower around 700 or 800 and then gradually upgrade until I have the quality of a rig that is worth $1200.

If I go low budget build I want to be able to run the games I mentioned without many problems I understand it won't be perfect but with the pc I have now I struggle to play simple games without frame rate issues or freezing, and preferably decent graphics.