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    Default Simple build question from a newbie

    Which will probably require a complex answer.
    I'd like to build a desktop that doesn't have a lot of crapware on it and will serve my purposes. I'm looking for guidance/suggestions. I'm not a gamer, I'm a 62yr old geezer that's more into hot rods/motorcycles/mechanics than computers. I'm not totally ignorant about electronics. I was an electronics warfare specialist in the USAF, but that was over 40yrs ago. LOL!

    I mostly use my computer for: email, watching youtube, watching DVD's, playing CD's, online banking, discussion boards, eBay, Amazon, etc..

    I have a full tower and a mid tower that could be used for the build. I don't imagine any of the hardware in them would be usable since they were Windows 98 and XP systems. I'm currently using an HP Pavilion p7-1010 with Windows 7. I like Windows 7, but if it would be better/smarter to upgrade to Windows 10 for the new desktop, let me know.

    So, any suggestions on motherboard, power supply, hard drive, graphics card, etc., would be greatly appreciated. I don't use wifi at all, so that's not a concern.

    If this is posted in the wrong place, just let me know.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imlost View Post
    I mostly use my computer for: email, watching youtube, watching DVD's, playing CD's, online banking, discussion boards, eBay, Amazon, etc..
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    I'm currently using an HP Pavilion p7-1010 with Windows 7.
    https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c02856262

    Move to Windows 10 64 bit, update the BIOS, firmware etc and you are done... for what you do no need for a new rig
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    My suggestion would be to wait for mid February as AMD will release their Ryzen APUs. Specially a chip like the Ryzen 3 2200G. It's a simple CPU & GPU (Video Card) on a single chip.
    Since you don't game, it will reduce your overall system cost while still being able to give you good overall performance.

    Something to keep in mind is that right now, the cost of RAM is very expensive so it really inflates the overall build cost.

    Also, if you don't typically use a lot of storage space, then going for an SSD over a traditional hard drive will really increase the overall feel of the system. Making it seem very snappy, as an SSD (Solid State Drive) uses high speed flash memory instead of rotating platters like a traditional hard drive.

    Other than that;
    CPU: Ryzen 3 2200G - $109 MSRP
    Motherboard: AsRock B350M Pro4
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB Kit
    Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB NVMe SSD
    Power Supply: Corsair CX450M
    Case: Cooler Master N200

    With all of these components you should have a decent and speedy little system. You will need to purchase a 64bit OEM copy of Windows to install onto the system. You can't buy Windows 7 anymore so Windows 10 is your only option right now. It may take some time to get used to as they have changed the location of somethings as well as how certain interactions work but it's overall a very good OS right now.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I did some quick reading on the motherboard. From what I read in the reviews there seems there are some issues with it as far as quality and reliability. There are a LOT of negative reviews that say it works fine for a couple of days/weeks, but then starts freezing up or that it quits working altogether. Any insight as to those issues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imlost View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions. I did some quick reading on the motherboard. From what I read in the reviews there seems there are some issues with it as far as quality and reliability. There are a LOT of negative reviews that say it works fine for a couple of days/weeks, but then starts freezing up or that it quits working altogether. Any insight as to those issues?
    Just going off reviews it looks like there could be a bad batch in the wild but I honestly couldn't tell you more. I know one person locally with the board who has had it since launch without any problems.

    Unfortunately that's not really much help.

    Another option would increase the physical size of the build; so depending on where you had your old tower at it may no longer fit but you could change the board to the AsRock AB350 Pro 4. It's the full sized ATX version of that mATX board but it generally gets updates faster than it's mATX little brother and doesn't have nearly the amount of negative reviews in the last 6 months. It also has overall more positive reviews.
    While I haven't personally used this board, it's been a very popular option among builders.

    You would need to change the case out to something like Silverstone RedLine 05, Cooler Master MasterBox 600L, Fractal Design Focus G, or Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition

    Between those cases, it's really up to you to pick which you like the look of most. As all of these cases are pretty similar in feature set. The Corsair being the only "standout" as it's designed to be a bit quieter than the rest and as such doesn't feature a window or front mesh. In my opinion though, none of those cases are particularly noisy with what comes standard. Especially not if you end up having your computer on the floor next to your desk or under it.

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