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To: goldworldnet who wrote (1149)10/25/2021 11:32:23 PM
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Good luck with the dental work!

Do you know what laptop your buddy decided to get?

Wasn't even going to mention that GPU it's so old! ;-) But at least that can be replaced too over time. The area where to go from $500 to $550-600, imo, is a 2nd or 3rd Gen Ryzen. While CPUs can be replaced it's the riskiest and most annoying upgrade to perform in my experience. Replacing the motherboard is worse if something shorts out but at that point even most DIY would scrap it and salvage parts. You might be the exception with the backup MoBos you buy.

That extra $50-100 on a CPU up front would yield a noticeable single thread performance improvement, and also future proof the box a bit better than a 1st Gen Ryzen. All the other upgrades are easier fixes and can be done at the owner's discretion.

I've definitely noticed a waxing and waning value over time of DIY boxes versus the best value you can find at a major chain or online. The DIY almost always has more upgrade potential and the satisfaction of knowing the ingredients in the soup. The latter can at times offer better value and convenience up front and almost always limited upgrade potential.
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