[SOLVED] Recently received a 'gaming' pre-built as a gift. Would like to convert it for workstation use.

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It's a HP pre-built. The specs are listed on this website: https://support.hp.com/my-en/document/c07585298#AbT0

It's supposed to be a gaming PC. While I do play a few titles from several years ago I do so infrequently. I can't say I'm much of a gamer these days due to time constraints. I'd like to use the PC for my work-related purposes like CAD, 3D rendering, data modelling and video editing. What are the parts I should look into upgrading? I feel like the RAM for one is way too small for the tasks I anticipate doing on the PC. Also is the 3060 Ti suitable for the kind of workstation-related tasks? Would you say the I5 is sufficient?
 

logainofhades

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The board doesn't support 16gb memory sticks just 4 and 8.
Yes it does.

https://support.hp.com/my-en/document/c07119829
  • Dual channel memory architecture (One DIMM per channel)
  • Two DDR4 DIMM (288-pin) sockets
  • Supports up to PC4-23400 (DDR4-2933)
  • Supports 4 GB and 8 GB DDR4 UDIMMs
  • Supports up to 4 GB on 32-bit systems
    NOTE:
    32-bit systems cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.
  • Supports up to 32 GB (unbuffered) with two 16 GB DIMMs on 64-bit systems
    NOTE:
    Maximum memory shown reflects the capability of the hardware and can be limited further in the operating system.
 

Lafong

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RAM is a plausible upgrade.

SSD is fine.

Power supply is unknown quality, but big OEMs tend to be a bit shaky on that component.

Cooling is likely stock Intel. Probably "adequate" if not a high overclock.

CPU was introduced last year and was a good choice for gaming at that time. I don't know how important speed is to you.

If you use the machine for work, how big a deal would it be for you to do task X in 9 minutes rather than 11? If a big deal, maybe you change CPUs?

Maybe not a big deal if you stand on the throttle only an hour a week rather than 15.
 
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It's a HP pre-built. The specs are listed on this website: https://support.hp.com/my-en/document/c07585298#AbT0

It's supposed to be a gaming PC. While I do play a few titles from several years ago I do so infrequently. I can't say I'm much of a gamer these days due to time constraints. I'd like to use the PC for my work-related purposes like CAD, 3D rendering, data modelling and video editing. What are the parts I should look into upgrading? I feel like the RAM for one is way too small for the tasks I anticipate doing on the PC. Also is the 3060 Ti suitable for the kind of workstation-related tasks? Would you say the I5 is sufficient?
I suspect your WS stuff will want ram.
A 2x16GB kit might be worthwhile.

Livesafe....wonder if that's a trial version.
If so your call if you want to buy it.
I have not seen a problem with windef but we all run our machine different.

Get the proper bios and drivers and don't run unneeded background stuff.
Should not take long to figure out if the pc does what you want it to do.
 

logainofhades

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The board doesn't support 16gb memory sticks just 4 and 8.
Yes it does.

https://support.hp.com/my-en/document/c07119829
  • Dual channel memory architecture (One DIMM per channel)
  • Two DDR4 DIMM (288-pin) sockets
  • Supports up to PC4-23400 (DDR4-2933)
  • Supports 4 GB and 8 GB DDR4 UDIMMs
  • Supports up to 4 GB on 32-bit systems
    NOTE:
    32-bit systems cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.
  • Supports up to 32 GB (unbuffered) with two 16 GB DIMMs on 64-bit systems
    NOTE:
    Maximum memory shown reflects the capability of the hardware and can be limited further in the operating system.
 

Zerk2012

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Yes it does.

https://support.hp.com/my-en/document/c07119829
  • Dual channel memory architecture (One DIMM per channel)
  • Two DDR4 DIMM (288-pin) sockets
  • Supports up to PC4-23400 (DDR4-2933)
  • Supports 4 GB and 8 GB DDR4 UDIMMs
  • Supports up to 4 GB on 32-bit systems
  • Supports up to 32 GB (unbuffered) with two 16 GB DIMMs on 64-bit systems
I didn't read down far enough I typed at 4 or 8gb.
 
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I'd like to use the PC for my work-related purposes like CAD, 3D rendering, data modelling and video editing.
The CPU and GPU are quite decent. Motherboard limits your maximum memory. Upgrade memory as high as you can.

If you need more, consider a new PC and move CPU / GPU as needed. The PSU is kind of low wattage to be adding much of anything else.
 

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