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I want to build a new PC. This beast is about to be 10 years old and is showing his age.

I only play Blizzard and Steam games so don't need a $2.5K machine.

Found a $980 build for AMD, but don't want AMD. http://blog.logicalincrements.com/2017/12/building-gaming-pc-christmas-2017-980-2250-rigs/ I know I could cheat and replace with i5-8400 (out of stock) or i5-8600K ($270) & use the Prime Z370-A https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813119038 and that only bounces me up ~$200.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have locals who claim they can help, but all they're pushing for is top of the line... I get it, but I'll never game that hard at this point in life.

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Something I always consider when building a PC is how much of my old PC is reusable.

The majority of what will up the performance is Motherboard, Processor, Ram and Video card.

Depending on where local is for you, you should have some options for either in store or online shopping.

I personally live in the Vancouver/Portland area and get most of my parts at either Fry's or ENU.

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Graphics cards have GPUs in them.  With the right software, GPUs are the cheapest flops per dollar available on the market (because they are essentially nothing but flops and memory).  As a result, anyone who wants to mine digital currency buys a machine with multiple graphics cards slots and loads up on high end GPUs meaning they compete with gamers for available high-end graphics cards.

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