[SOLVED] Upgrading old i3 550 prebuilt pc

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I recently got the HP Pro 3130 from an office department because they were giving it away.

After using it for awhile, I feel like it needs an upgrade. The issues I had with it is: Lagging, Not responding and Blue Screen Of Death (Bsod)

The specs of the pc
Case size : micro tower
Cpu : Core i3 550
Mobo : MS-7613
Ram : 2 × 1gb ddr3-1066
Rom : hitachi hdd 500gb
Os : windows 7 pro 64-bit
Psu : 300W

I am going to use this pc for personal use such as using Microsoft office, browsing the internet, watch movies and a bit of gaming.

What I had in mind is upgrading the motherboard, ram, power supply and adding a graphics card. My budget for this is around 300$.

I need help on choosing parts because its my first time upgrading. Even after doing some research online, I am still lost on choosing parts.
 

WildCard999

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Reuse the HDD and dump the rest.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.39 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($76.88 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($60.88 @ OutletPC)
Case: Thermaltake - Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $277.13
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-03 20:06 EST-0500

I'd use the Vega 3 iGPU for gaming until you can afford a decent dedicated GPU such as the RX 560/570.


With the issues your having with the current system I don't think it would be wise to dump money into it.
 

WildCard999

Titan
Herald
Reuse the HDD and dump the rest.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.39 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($76.88 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($60.88 @ OutletPC)
Case: Thermaltake - Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $277.13
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-03 20:06 EST-0500

I'd use the Vega 3 iGPU for gaming until you can afford a decent dedicated GPU such as the RX 560/570.


With the issues your having with the current system I don't think it would be wise to dump money into it.
 
The issues with the old system could be to the old hdd. I would get this. The 2200g is much more powerfull than the 200ge, featuring 4 full cores, and much more powerfull vega graphics. [PCPartPicker part list](https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Mw777W) / [Price breakdown by merchant](https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Mw777W/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/RkJtt6/amd-ryzen-3-2200g-35ghz-quad-core-processor-yd2200c5fbbox) | $91.99 @ Walmart
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte - GA-AB350M-DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6ddxFT/gigabyte-ga-ab350m-ds3h-micro-atx-am4-motherboard-ga-ab350m-ds3h) | $69.95 @ Amazon
**Memory** | [Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/wQmxFT/team-vulcan-8gb-2-x-4gb-ddr4-3000-memory-tlgd48g3000hc16cdc01) | $60.88 @ OutletPC
**Case** | [Thermaltake - Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Yn7CmG/thermaltake-case-ca1d400s1nn00) | $39.99 @ Amazon
**Power Supply** | [Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3hkwrH/corsair-power-supply-cp9020102na) | $39.99 @ Newegg
| *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $322.80
| Mail-in rebates | -$20.00
| **Total** | **$302.80**
| Generated by [PCPartPicker](https://pcpartpicker.com) 2019-02-03 20:11 EST-0500 |
 
Here is a great performance for money system. It doubles the 200ge performance. It is overclockable, quad core, and has very powerful gfx. This has a small ssd and nice overclocking. motherboard for $330
[PCPartPicker part list](https://pcpartpicker.com/list/VdxqMZ) / [Price breakdown by merchant](https://pcpartpicker.com/list/VdxqMZ/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/RkJtt6/amd-ryzen-3-2200g-35ghz-quad-core-processor-yd2200c5fbbox) | $91.99 @ Walmart
**Motherboard** | [ASRock - B450M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/LLYLrH/asrock-b450m-hdv-micro-atx-am4-motherboard-b450m-hdv) | $72.99 @ Amazon
**Memory** | [Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/wQmxFT/team-vulcan-8gb-2-x-4gb-ddr4-3000-memory-tlgd48g3000hc16cdc01) | $60.88 @ OutletPC
**Storage** | [Team - L5 LITE 3D 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/JPgzK8/team-l5-lite-3d-120gb-25-solid-state-drive-t253td120g3c101) | $24.89 @ OutletPC
**Case** | [Thermaltake - Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Yn7CmG/thermaltake-case-ca1d400s1nn00) | $39.99 @ Amazon
**Power Supply** | [Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3hkwrH/corsair-power-supply-cp9020102na) | $39.99 @ Newegg
| *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $350.73
| Mail-in rebates | -$20.00
| **Total** | **$330.73**
| Generated by [PCPartPicker](https://pcpartpicker.com) 2019-02-03 20:17 EST-0500 |
 

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