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Can someone help me build my first pc

charl.a_

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Hello, i am a teen gamer who wants to switch from console to pc. I would like to spend around 300-400 on this as i'm still in high school. I am unsure to buy a prebuilt pc or build my own, and if i were to build my own would someone please guide me on what components to buy. As i come from console i don't know much about pcs. I will also be buying my parts from the uk. Thankyou
 

moocow

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At that budget, you are looking at used or refurb machine with a used graphics card. A pre-build machine at 400 UK Pounds can't get you even a low end 720p gaming machine.
 

charl.a_

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im not planning to run demanding games so would u say that would be ok for games like Minecraft etc. Also is it cheaper to build your own pc or to buy a prebuilt??
 

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There are shops that let you pick your parts and charge a fee for assembly. I can't get a new system to go below £500 if you have to buy everything new. Can you reuse a case, power supply, and monitor? Assuming that you do have those things, this is what I came up with:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor (£126.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£62.52 @ More Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Toshiba OCZ TR200 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£45.83 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit (£83.00 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £361.34
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-15 21:15 BST+0100


You need to do some research regarding how well Minecraft runs on Ryzen 5 3400G processor. I wouldn't expect you to be able to run more than 720p at medium quality. At least you can throw in a graphics card and 8GB more memory later when you have up more money and then disable the onboard video to game at better quality.
 

charl.a_

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Thankyou sadly i cant reuse a case or power supply but i have a monitor. Would u say i could get a power supply and a case for about 50 and would u say its worth using the ryzen 3 or i3 9100f so then id have more money for the power supply and case
 
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ok so there are some decent combo deals on amazon.co.uk that are pretty decent and you can mix and match some parts but what I came up with would get you 720p basic games and you could add in a used 570/580 later on that would help get you to better games on 1080p gaming





so total before taxes is 396.78

I would suggest adding in a hard drive if you can swing it for putting your games on and just use the nvme drive for your OS and like I said a used 570/580 is pretty good deal used for a gaming rig on the cheap also you can run windows 10 without activating it ya just dont get some of the pretty background until you can afford to get yourself a KEY for it
 

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You can go to local electronics recycler
For your PC case and PSU
Or curbside note: 650 watt PSU
 
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charl.a_

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Thanks moo cow I will take ur ideas and ginger bees ideas into account and attempt to build my first pc

and thankyou kaptcrunch i will check it out when i come to buy them

Ginger Bee that is all i need for the pc other than the external hard drive u recommended? Also what add ons could i get in the future as i will be getting a job next year?
 

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I would upgrade it to a 2400G for the combo for another 30 pounds. Bee referring to another internal drive. There's enough SATA connector on the motherboard to take another drive. Start watching how to build a PC on Youtube, just not the Verge one. That's the how not to build a PC video. I didn't know you can run Win10 without activating it.
 

charl.a_

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Thanks man ill watch a video tonight but getting off now as ive got school tomorrow. Also, Would it be better for another internal or external hardrive and what size would u reccomend
 

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