Should You Upgrade a Prebuilt Gaming PC?

July 31, 2019 posted by

Hey guys, this is Austin. Today we’re going to find out, can you buy a cheap computer
and turn it into a gaming PC? So this is what we’ve got. This is the Dell Inspiron i3650. Obviously, none of these accessories are really meant for gaming, but… (laughs) Inside, we have the computer itself. Now, while this is a desktop, one of the things that
jumped out to me about it is it’s actually a really unusual shape. Inside, this guy is rocking
an Intel Core i3-6100, eight gigabytes of RAM, and
a one terabyte hard drive. It’s actually really not bad. The biggest thing holding
it back from gaming are the integrated graphics. That’s where this comes in. This is the new AMD RX 460. What makes the 460 an interesting upgrade for a system like this is
the low power requirements. So because it’s only a 75 watt card, that means it’s able to
pull all of its power straight from the PCI slot, which, with a system like this with
a fairly low end power supply, makes a big difference. So open this up, and inside we’ll see that it’s a little bit of
an unusual sort of layout. So basically we have the hard
drive and the optical drive, which are mounted vertically in the case. That actually is not a big deal for us, because that still leaves room
for a graphics card below. Okay, you know what? I’ve gotta say, I had
really low expectations for a prebuilt system like this. Installing the graphics
card is really easy. All you need to do is
line it up with the slot, make sure that clicks
all the way into place, then swing the metal latch
to hold it into place, and you’re good to go. So now let’s find out,
did this single upgrade turn our boring desktop into a gaming PC? To start with, I tried a few games using the integrated
graphics in the Core i3. It wasn’t pretty. GTA V just really isn’t playable. Even when you turn settings
down to normal at 720p, we’re consistently getting frame rates that dip well below 20 frames per second. Install the RX 460, however,
and it is a huge difference. We’re able to bump the
settings up to 1080p on high, and we’re getting around
60 frames per second. Moving to Dota 2, we’re getting a game that’s a lot more friendly
to integrated graphics, so the Core i3 is able to run it on the very lowest settings at 720p. However, we are getting around 60 FPS. Install the graphics card, though, and you’re going to see a big difference. So at 1080p at max settings, you’re gonna get around
90 frames per second. Rocket League is another game
that’s fairly easy to run, and we are able to get it
playable on the Core i3. Now mind you, we do have
to turn the settings down to 720p and performance. However, we are able to
get a fairly stable 30 FPS. Move over to the RX 460, and we’re getting a much
smoother 90 frames per second, and that’s with the settings
turned up to high at 1080p. Shadow of Mordor is a fun game, but it’s a lot more demanding, and the i3 really struggles here. Even with low settings at 720p, it frequently dips to around
15 FPS during the action. Surprise, surprise, move up to the RX 460, and we’re able to bump the
settings up to high at 1080p, and we’re still getting
around 50 to 60 FPS. As cool as all of this is, it doesn’t make a ton of sense
to buy a prebuilt system and then upgrade it to
make it a gaming PC. If you’re willing to build it yourself, you can get a very similar
level of performance for a lot cheaper. However, if you already
have a desktop at home that could use an upgrade,
or even an older gaming PC that just needs a little bit
more graphics horsepower, for $120, the RX 460 is
actually a really solid card.


100 Replies to “Should You Upgrade a Prebuilt Gaming PC?”

  1. Sevh1 says:

    amd eww

  2. Connor Cadin says:

    Is it just me or does he say “your good to go” too much

  3. Chicken Pie says:

    i think this is ADELE case like if u understood

  4. zekr says:

    Do You Recommend the gt 1030 or Rx 460 if you have a pc with a 275 power supply because I bought a Dell Optiplex 7010 Intel i5 8GB RAM And I’m not sure if I should try and go for a gtx 750 or play it safe and go with the gt 1030

    Great Video btw

  5. SlydzHD says:

    Rlly good vid this is really helpful as it refers to my computer directly lol

  6. Ryan Ghezzi says:

    I bought a HP Omen 870-224. I regret not building a PC myself but that was I received. I have upgraded the graphics card to a GTX 1060 6gb and I added a new PSU. I even went as far as transferring the internals into a new case. All that is stopping me is the Odense2-k motherboard. I was wondering if it would be possible if I could upgrade the motherboard to something more reputable? Any suggestions.

  7. Dankdatshiet says:

    Buy a refurbished pc for a lot cheaper (Im my country you can get a refurbished prebuild pc for 100 or less) install a graphics card AND BOOM, a gaming pc around 350€ that can ran any game you like at 60 fps in medium-high settings!

  8. proud says:

    2 years later the rx 460 is not available on amazon and i don't trust ebay because it probably doesn't work or its gonna die in like 2 days. newegg? nah fam i don't no website out of amazon but i guess i have to get it from there or get the 560 with 4gb for 140 (close to the 1050ti)

  9. Frosty says:


  10. Nofonex says:

    I got a better pc but the same case can i put a rx 580 with 2 fans(rx 580 xxx i mean)?

  11. Ryan Pik says:

    I've never seen an skylake cpu that is compatible with DDR3 Ram ;p

  12. Bumble Baytuna says:

    I was going to do this but then I saw a better deal for an i5, gtx 1060 rig

  13. Greg Riabov says:

    did you add gtx 1080 ti?

  14. Ethan Gee says:

    I've got this PC but the i7 variant with 16gb Ram. It already has a AMD R9 360 pre installed into it, would this still be classed as an upgrade? Im trying to get as good as possible without having to upgrade the PSU.

  15. Obama’s Uncle says:

    Gt 1030 would be a great choose too

  16. Gaafdovjun Gaming says:

    1:53 Newb

  17. GaryIsHere says:

    i have a prebuilt gaming pc it had a 750 ti and a i3 6100 8gb ddr4 now it has a 1050 ti and its getting a i7 7700 soon

  18. Xfurrywolfx says:

    My dell Inspiron 530 dont know what grapics card i need

  19. Anuj sharma says:

    Hey Everyone I Want your Help I Have Dell Inpiron 3268 i5 7gen Please Suggest A Graphic card

  20. KappaKorps says:

    thats my computer im seriously thinking about upgrading it

  21. TNK_Voltage says:

    What does he mean when he installs the graphics card

  22. ALt says:

    i have this pc with an i5

  23. Rafael Jaime says:

    would it be possible to upgrade the cpu to like an i7 or something? only reason im asking is cause i got this comp. used for a $100 so i got alot of room to work with in terms of money.


    Would the rx 560 work with my prebuilt that has a i5 7400 and a 210w psu with 80+ efficiency?

  25. Mike_ Prod. says:

    i have a pc with a i5 7400 and a 210w 80+ psu, will i be able to put a rx 560 4gb lp in it? the website sayt the tdp of the rx 560 is 60w so im just wondering

  26. DD PRODUCTION says:

    hey austin this is guys.

  27. Andrew Bailey says:

    Anyone did this withe the same pc if so tell me how it preformed

  28. Bass Nation says:

    See the reflection on the pc at 0:33!

  29. Citrus says:

    0:42 did he just say 75watt card… when this has a 240 watt supply??? HOW DUS IT RUN!!??

  30. MY LEG says:

    I have a rx 460 nobody get it thing sucks

  31. A R O N M says:

    Hey Austin this is Guys.

  32. The Loyalist says:

    Would a evga 980ti fit in it????

  33. YT Tsutarja767 says:

    Oof I have a slim desktop with a intel core 2 duo for 110 USD

  34. Erick Rosa says:

    I have this PC, and it has a 1080, a 650 watt INSIDE, and a larger cooler.

  35. Comp Wiz2007 says:

    Pre Built = Garbage built for your Grandma checking her facebook..    
    Grow the "F" up kid…   LMFAO..  That card is Trash

  36. Bean Soup says:

    I purchased myself an Alienware Aurora R7 just before I got into PC hardware, I'm aiming to sell it and use the money to buy some stuff to build a 1.2k gaming rig

  37. john is in ice says:

    well, i bought a pre built and my dumbass did not check for a pcie slot so i guess i will go grab a noose!

  38. Marios Zekou says:

    No it's not worth buying a prebuilt pc and upgrading it.Just buy parts. It's worth it only if you already have one.

  39. Drifty _ says:

    do .5 speed at the intro it is funny

  40. SebZi I says:

    I an gonna upgrade my pc what should i upgrade
    Geforce GTX 1060 3gb
    Intel core i5 6400
    8 gb ram

  41. Avicii Tributes says:

    I bought a pc for about $1200 with a gtx 960, can i upgrade it with a 1060 6gb?

  42. jimmy fox says:

    kind of ironic that I found this video on my computer with the exact same pc, but with a GTX 105ti

  43. Yameen says:

    GTX 1050 Ti Should be better?

  44. Fury Gaming says:

    Which is the background music…??=(PLEASE…)

  45. blink blackpink says:

    will it run better with the rx550?

  46. Christian Rubio says:

    So, I bought a mid priced gaming PC cause I wasn't confident in building one myself. its runs all my games really well. If I want to make any upgrades in the future could i without a problem.

  47. VampireQueen94 says:

    I'd really like if i could get a response to this by Austin or…anyone really…I really need help..But I have an HP Pavilion Desktop 550-126 i5-6400 and i've had it for about 4 years now i think, and i'm a big Overwatch player, but recently i've been getting errors such as game crashes or something along that line as well as major lag when no other game has or does that to me. Overwatch is the only one that does it. So I've come to the conclusion that the intergrated graphics aren't cutting it anymore, so i've been scrounging around for a graphics card i can install into it that will not only fit in the case, and at least run my games on the minimum requirements, but on a budget as well….Really what i'm saying is: Will this graphic card work with my computer?

    Would really love some responses for help. Thank you!

  48. Freakoon says:

    Hello sir, i have a question can I upgrade my cpu with a prebuild MSI design?

  49. Team Solo Triples says:

    What about a gtx 1060

  50. haider rajput says:

    What graphic card you use

  51. # A says:

    Can Hp compaq 6300 tower install gtx 1060 evga single fan sc , please i want answer

  52. Cody parkey Missed kicks says:

    If anyone knows all the parts in a pc for a cheap price reply to this comment and tell me or comment on my video

  53. Succulent Anime says:

    In 2019 core i3 is very disgusting

  54. YagNation says:

    Why do tech youtubers drive Audi's?

  55. pp man says:


  56. RaemenClapz says:

    Austin I know I'm 3 years late but I have a question to ask.
    I have a Dell Inspiron 3668
    I want to upgrade the CPU but what size is the motherboard compatible for the CPU with?

  57. Huntorix says:

    What you should do with a pre built pc is put it next to your crib because only babys would game on a pre built

  58. ColZen says:

    Quick answer:

    I upgraded from a gtx 1050 ti (Cpu) 6300 fx
    To an ryzen 5 2600 rx 580 for an incredible performance boost.

  59. El Moutaraji Mohammed says:

    My favorite youtuber❤️

  60. KenjiAnimations says:

    Is the graphics card that Austin was using 2gb or 4gb

  61. Feedsomefood says:

    Got my pre bulit 4 free, it has rtx 2700 and a icore i7 9th g intel

  62. Catventure says:

    0:30 guys there a drunk person. go look at the desktop

  63. boomchongo says:

    Can I install the RX 460 without upgrading the power supply?

  64. Juice Pouch says:

    Well it's cheaper to just buy refurbished ones they are like 50 % cheaper than new and perform the same and just upgrade it with the 460

  65. Richard Chai says:


  66. alenjav says:

    Why does the Radeon 460 look exactly like a gtx 1050

  67. Mark Scherger says:

    I have that exact PC, and right now I use it for gaming. I mostly play CS-Go and Fortnite, and I use a NVIDIA GeForce 710 graphics card. I was wondering if you think I should upgrade in this to make it better for gaming

  68. Doritos 123mlg says:

    This might be overkill but can you put i9 CPU and a RTX 2080 ti

  69. Drewless says:

    That's what I did with my XP 8300 it has a i7 2600, 12 gb ram, so I just installed a gtx 1050ti boom

  70. Couch Potato says:

    Just got an ad that was 300 minutes long…I’m concerned

  71. chromey :/ says:

    my mum said dell stand for doesnt ever last long when she brought my pc

  72. Pugg0221 says:

    I put a GTX 1070 in a work pc 🙂

  73. Sciron says:

    so I need help in the comments because I have a HP Omen Obelisk with a RTX 2080 and a core i7 8400 and im not sure if I should upgrade the crappy edoras motherboard or not because if I do I would void my warranty


    With what do you record your games?
    Because when i record it drops alot of frames

  75. Khalid Hebshi says:

    Imagine installing an RTX 2070 in it

  76. c r a b says:

    But can it run mine sweeper?

  77. a says:

    I made this setup at home! Runs so good thank you so much!

  78. OGVilzu says:

    Its not prebuilt gaming pc its prebuilt pc

  79. Slpawd says:

    Fortnite e?

  80. Ryzzu says:

    Did anyone else get Austins ad on his own video?

  81. True g boss says:

    I got an ad of austin about intel

  82. Commandblock6417 says:

    Dear Dell, why the F put 8Gigs of ram on an i3?

  83. Kiztrum says:

    I had literally the same GPU

  84. Reylen says:

    0:08 ''This is the dell'' I never knew that Austin was a rapper.

  85. VOID 8K says:

    I don’t know about you guys but lately I have been getting ads on Austin’s videos and the ads have him in it where he is showing off laptops.

  86. Parthiv says:

    shit pc + 144hz monitor = default dance

  87. Stevewontdoit says:

    Can someone tell me what this graphics cards equivalent is in invidia

  88. Mike Liang says:

    That is the exact same computer i use

  89. ZayBoi Z says:

    can u do this with triple titan v graphic cards?

  90. 1000 Subs With No Videos says:

    And really mad cause when I try and search for a low end GPT all I can find is 1080 or overpriced 1060s can anyone give me a link for this gpu I’m Canadian

  91. Swizzy says:

    I just got an ad on this video about Austin Evans talking about laptops…

  92. Savage 44 says:

    I bought a rx580 yesterday for 170 it says it was supposed to be 370 on amazon did I do good and will this work on a prebuilt dell optiplex 990 ?anyone? please , thank you. I forgot to mention a got a new power supply too

  93. Taran Patel says:

    0:15 lol

  94. sibeb says:

    0:29 the reflection LOL

  95. int_kirlez089 says:

    Does the gpu work with inspiron 3668?

  96. zone can build says:

    999k views lmao

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