In Mum’s old office (storage space) at Chin Swee Road, Manhattan house. Anything worth salvaging? I’m probably going to get the monitor/keyboard/mouse though.
Likely, an “upgrade” is highly unlikely if that means replacing almost everything…
Programming/work related; Slack, Web browsing, , Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio 2017/2019, other ides, NodeJS server, etc.
Multimedia related: Spark AR, Audacity, Photoshop,, etc.
Game/coding related: Unity, Steam, Games (PUBG/Fortnight, ARMA3, DOTA2, CS-go, X-Com 2, etc.)
At $1000 with a good sale offer or Build from scratch? Or, able to drop down to (potentially likely around $700 good sale offer) for a slightly less “gamey” system.
AMD Ryzen 5 is good enough for me. Or I5 10th generation. I7 not too necessary. However, don’t mind scaling it down to Ryzen 3 or I5 9th in some case based on the work that I do.
4 cores, 8 threads is good enough for me. However, I don’t mind having 6 cores, 12 threads, or something like 6 cores 6 threads, etc.
Something like Geforce GTX 1650 is more than good enough for me. But even then a lower grade Geforce gtx 1050 is still fine for less-heavy/competitive gaming ( an achievable 60 fps is good enough for me, even if it means lowering stuff to med/low for some types of games.
Even mobile/integrated GPU performance like AMD Radeon vega 8 is fine by me as long as settings are at medium or low for specific types of games. Even then, this would border around 40 fps territory for certain cases which might not be ideal.
However, if I do wish to run Spark AR software though (for work), it requires at least (Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Nvidia GeForce 710 / AMD Radeon HD 6450) video cards.
8GB DDR RAM is more than good enough for me.
Equivalent Mid-level gaming laptops have their price sale offers around $1400 to $1800.
So, it’s around potentially 50% percent to 80% more of cost when it comes to getting PORTABILITY at the expense of slightly less powerful components as mobile hardware counterparts are slightly weaker compared to their desktop equivalents. Not forgetting hardly much upgradability.
The shells and misc:
Seems like potentially once can save about up to 10% to (25% at the most) of the total cost of buying an already assembled PC system?
Eg. (for a higher end gaming PC typically priced at $1700) https://unlabeledft.com/2019/10/16/the-ultimate-guide-for-the-%E2%80%8Bcheapest-way-to-build-custom-pc-in-singapore-sim-lim-vs-amazon-ryzen-build/ (saves 21% of the cost). For a higher base cost, the amount you save can be significant though.
On the lower end, the potential additional cost saving (however slight) comes more in terms of customisability to your exact needs which might not be available from some vendors( eg. deciding to exclude certain things you might not need at a given point of time, especially for things that can be bought LATER at no further cost.
Even for the GPU, A significant saving could exist in deciding to use a lower end GPU first that still meets one’s requirement, especially if one has such a GPU lying have one lying around for free (ie. a spare unused one), etc. or get a CPU offer with onboard PPU that is good enough, so you can decide to buy a better GPU later when the need arises at no/little further cost.
The board and misc peripherials
(excluding chassis) Probably save between 185 to 300 dollars for custom manual build vs 1000 bucks?
If buy a new chassis: - $50 to 150
that means save only between 85 to 200 dollars for a similar system if a new chassis is bought as well?