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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:52 am 
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I put together an adaquate system probably 7-8 years ago with advice from this forum. It is time for new components. Here is what I had:


System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model GA-MA785GMT-UD2H

Processor AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 550 Processor, 3100 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)

4 GB ram

This is a home computer. No gaming, web browsing is its primary use. I run two monitors.
I do run MS office and work with spreadsheets occasionally. I may have a couple of spreadsheets open at once and a couple browsers.

I am indifferent to AMD vs Intel

I recently added a SSHD so I am good there. My DVD player went out a couple years ago and I rarely miss it. My old motherbaord had an integrated video card. I purchased a separate video card and used it until it went out then used the integrated video. I am again, indifferent to built-in video or adding a video card.

I am thinking 6 GB ram.
I do not know enough to say DDR3 vs DDR4

I almost understand what overclocking is--but would never do it.
Any advice would be appreciated.

I am thinking with Video card and ram to spend about $400.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:35 am 
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Using an integrated video system takes away from main memory. A portion at the top of the "stack" becomes dedicated to video needs. Always best to use a video card with its own memory cache. If using on-board video, maximum would be no more than 25% of total system memory.
A 6-GB main memory allocation is an odd count. Normally 2, 4, 8, et al. But if a triple-channel memory design, then plausible.
Almost all memory designs today are dual-channel. Faster and more efficient.
You really have no choice as to "DDR2", "DDR3" or "DDR4" memory installs. That intent is fixed with the motherboard design.
But always go only with what is recommended by the motherboard provider for memory.. on their QVL (qualified vendor list).

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:25 am 
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Thanks Karlsweldt,

I am now looking at these components:

MSI B350 TOMAHAWK AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M1A2666C16

AMD RYZEN 3 1200 4-Core 3.1 GHz (3.4 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1200BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

I may have to buy a new power supply

and it seems I would be better off with a video card.
Any recommendations?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:46 pm 
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Thanks,

I am looking at these components

MSI B350 TOMAHAWK AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M1A2666C16

AMD RYZEN 3 1200 4-Core 3.1 GHz (3.4 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1200BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

ryzem 3 1200 or do I get ryzen 5 1600


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A new PSU of minimal 650 watts would be recommended.. or higher. A PSU will never "push" more power than the system requires, but has better regulation and expected life. Go with a quality brand.
As to memory, a premium grade as recommended by the vendor's QVL is good. No worries about red-line data flow extremes.
The 'value' grade of memory may be sufficient for systems that are exactly on FSB speed, but can hang on any higher data speeds,
Case venting is a critical matter. You don't want to exhaust more air than is coming in with fans. Favored ratio is 1.5:1 air flow, higher in than out. This way, the PSU gets its proper cooling air flow.

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