To buy or to upgrade?

Dec 4, 2016 12:07PM PST

I'll keep it short as possible. My 15 year old son wants a PC for X-mas that he can game on and also do video editing for youtube and such. I have about $575 to spend. These are the options I have thought of.
1 -
AMD FX-Series FX-6300 (3.50 GHz) 8 GB DDR3 1 TB HDD AMD Radeon RX 460 Windows 10 Home 64-Bit. It's $569 plus tax. This would be plug and play.
2 -
Dell OptiPlex 990 Computer Tower Intel Core I7 2600 3.4G 8GB DDR3 320G Windows 10 Pro 1. This is $368 so it would leave me about $200 to buy a nice GPU (and PSU if necessary).
What do you guys think I should go with? It looks like to me that it would be better to get the older I7 and combine that with a GPU that is much better than listed in option 1, but I don't know enough about all this to know if the older motherboard or anything else would limit option 2.
Anyone have comments or suggest an option I haven't thought of? I do need Windows 10 to be reasoned into the overall price. Thanks in advance!!!

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Tough call.
Dec 4, 2016 12:24PM PST
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#2 wins
Dec 4, 2016 1:16PM PST

Fit in a gtx 1050/ti gpu.

Psu...looks like that machine comes with a 265w unit.
Your going to be tight on power.

Do some measuring on the old psu and eyeballing the clearance you have.
Shop for a 400w+ single rail unit.

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Another question.
Dec 4, 2016 3:54PM PST

If I go with option #2, can I buy a nicer case down the road and swap everything into it? I'm sure he would want a better looking "gaming" case with lights and cut outs and such. I'm not sure if the motherboard would be interchangeable though. Thanks again!

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Most folk won't. Why?
Dec 4, 2016 4:04PM PST

Most folk get a little lost with the case connections. If you want to paint the case, that's a few dollar deal and can really make it custom.

The current case has all the nice connections, I would not change that.

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Dec 4, 2016 5:53PM PST

Yea, I've never swapped cases before but I have learned to do a million things, thanks to YouTube!
So that older i7 is that much better than the newer 6300? If that's the case, I can drop in a $150 1050 gpu and buy a $35 psu and that would be better than the prebuilt gaming PCs in the $5-$600 range?

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I'm going with a nod to the i7
Dec 5, 2016 7:48AM PST

I've lost count of PCs with that AMD combo. You won't see me build or buy that.

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Just to muddy the water
Dec 5, 2016 9:11AM PST
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I bet he probably prefer...
Dec 5, 2016 12:46PM PST

option #1. Brand new vs. refurbish. and the case looks awesome. But what do I know, I am an old man.

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Down the rabbit hole!
Dec 5, 2016 8:02PM PST

Well, I have been consumed with this for the past 24 hours. Googling "Optiplex 990 upgrade" and stuff like that. There's a guy on youtube that installed a Geforce GTX 960 and used the OEM psu.

I am not against upgrading the psu at all though just to be able to install a 4gb gpu. Look at the benchmark results from the video above. I know nothing about this. Are these good results?

Also, I have been looking at OEM stock case mods and a couple look fairly easy. Adding LED fans, etc would dress it up some. Any thoughts?

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