How does this Look for a Budget Build?

My brother is going to be giving me money to start saving to build/upgrade his 10 year old HP prebuilt & I would like opinions on what I come up with, Budget is around $400 Canadian:
He currently got:
Windows Vista Home Premium (32 Bit I Think)
Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz, 8MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB
Zotac GTX 750 1GB
3GB DDR2 RAM (2x 1GB, 2x 512MB)
40" (I Think) 1080p Smart TV

Here's what I'm thinking of getting currently:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Athlon X4 845 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($64.21 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-F2A68HM-H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Case: Corsair - 100R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Power Supply: EVGA - 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $254.18
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-31 19:40 EDT-0400
Won't be OCed so stock cooler should be OK, I have a unused stock cooler for a FX-4100 if it'll fit & work better.
I currently have 4GB (2x2GB) of G.Skill Ripsaws X 1333 CL7 in my computer, I plan on upgrading to 16GB (2x8GB) of 1866 CL9 so it could use the 4GB I Currently have.
For storage, I'm thinking maybe reuse the old HDD or maybe buy a new 1TB WD Blue depending on cost of everything else in budget.
For GPU, either reuse the GTX 750 1GB or I have a Radeon HD 6970 2GB I upgraded from last year (if the GTX 750 is reused, then money could be saved by going with a less powerful PSU, the one I chose is assuming I use the HD 6970 as it should perform better that the GTX 750)
The optical drive will be reused, not that it's currently being used much I think, would likely be used to install Windows mainly.
As for OS, someone he works with got a friend who could install Windows 7 for $60, although If there's a good store/site that's 100% legit authorized by Microsoft to sell keys, I have a Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1 CD from when I bought it ($125 back in like 2014) for my computer, so I could install it for him if I could get a good, safe, legit key.
Will mainly be used for playing WoW & watching movies, but I may be able to convert him from WoW to FFXIV
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Athlon X4 950 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Asus - PRIME A320M-K Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Memory: Kingston - HyperX Fury Black 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($47.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Xion - XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: EVGA - 400W ATX Power Supply ($39.50 @ Vuugo)
    Total: $267.46
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-31 20:50 EDT-0400
    This is much better.

    Your PSU is overkill. Will never use 600 watts
    FM2 is dead. AM4 is MUCH better, and cheaper.
    Better case.

    You ca use your existing key.
    EDIT: Changed to Canadian money and changed part list accordingly
    Reply to lperreault21
  2. I'm looking to buy from Amazon or Newegg as I got a Air Miles card last month so I'd like to take this opportunity to start collecting Miles.
    your (Revised) part list might be OK, but:
    No price data for that stick of RAM at Amazon or Newegg, so had to sub it for something else:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Athlon X4 950 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Asus - PRIME A320M-K Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Xion - XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: EVGA - 400W ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Total: $271.95
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-31 21:00 EDT-0400
    Also, would that 400W PSU be good for a Radeon HD 6970 (Thought 500-550W was minimum for it) or would I be better off using the GTX 750?
    As for using my existing key, when I bought Windows 7 for my PC I got a OEM copy for system builders, not retail, so can I Use my OEM key on 2 PCs? Or use my Windows 7 CD with a Vista key?
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  3. Lord Letto said:
    I'm looking to buy from Amazon or Newegg as I got a Air Miles card last month so I'd like to take this opportunity to start collecting Miles.
    your (Revised) part list might be OK, but:
    No price data for that stick of RAM at Amazon or Newegg, so had to sub it for something else:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Athlon X4 950 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Asus - PRIME A320M-K Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Xion - XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: EVGA - 400W ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Total: $271.95
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-31 21:00 EDT-0400
    Also, would that 400W PSU be good for a Radeon HD 6970 (Thought 500-550W was minimum for it) or would I be better off using the GTX 750?


    Ram is fine,

    Well, IF you put the AMD card in and it does not boot, use the 750

    Should work though, other parts are low power.

    Im going to bed now. So i can catch up in the morning.
    Reply to lperreault21
  4. Lol, did not relize that you have 400 bucks

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Memory Express)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350-Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($63.20 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $428.16
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-31 21:11 EDT-0400


    MUCH BETTER!!!!!!!

    You can overclock and Has better case/PSU

    More ram

    looks better.

    Con, 20 over
    Reply to lperreault21
  5. How about this?
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Athlon X4 950 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Elite 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($52.78 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case: DIYPC - P48-W ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: EVGA - 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $342.74
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-03 20:02 EDT-0400
    Should be somewhere around $387.30 after Taxes, his old HDD reused & hope the Radeon HD 6970 will work with the 500W PSU.
    This is the 6970 that'll be used: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129170
    Reply to Lord Letto
  6. So I've been thinking, Used CPUs & GPUs have done me good till now, so maybe buy a old prebuilt with a old 2nd or 3rd Gen i5 (Such as a i5-2400) to use as a possible base, with that in mind, how does this look: https://www.kijiji.ca/v-desktop-computers/kitchener-waterloo/i5-3470-4gb-500gb-business-gaming-kodi-computer/1310858941?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true
    i5-3470
    4GB DDR3 Ram (Thinking Single Stick of 1600 CL11
    500GB Seagate 7200RPM SATA HDD
    Windows 10 Professional Installed & Activated
    Office 2013 Professional Plus
    iTunes
    Kodi Media Player 17.3
    All for $145 Canadian

    If I were to get it as a Base, it'd need a New Case to make sure a Nice GPU would fit, I came across a Corsair Carbide 270R for just $30-35 if I were to get it: https://www.kijiji.ca/v-computer-components/kitchener-waterloo/corsair-carbide-270r-case/1298750908

    Then it's just PSU to replace the 240W that comes with the Base, Cost of the Base & Case would be $175-180, so of the $400 Budget that would leave $220-225 left to spend on the PSU & Whatever else, so for a 550W SeaSonic 80+ Fully Modular PSU & another 4GB Stick of 1600 CL11 RAM would cost $143.03 + Tax (so about $161.62):
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Memory: Corsair - ValueSelect 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.04 @ Amazon Canada)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $143.03
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-09 13:59 EST-0500

    all in all would be $336.62-$341.62, $58.38-63.38 under Budget.
    Reply to Lord Letto
  7. lperreault21 said:
    Lol, did not relize that you have 400 bucks

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Memory Express)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350-Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($63.20 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $428.16
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-31 21:11 EDT-0400


    MUCH BETTER!!!!!!!

    You can overclock and Has better case/PSU

    More ram

    looks better.

    Con, 20 over


    Lord Letto, you should reallllllly consider this build. Puts you into a current platform with an upgrade path.
    Reply to Corwin65
  8. Corwin65 said:
    lperreault21 said:
    Lol, did not relize that you have 400 bucks

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Memory Express)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350-Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($63.20 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $428.16
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-31 21:11 EDT-0400


    MUCH BETTER!!!!!!!

    You can overclock and Has better case/PSU

    More ram

    looks better.

    Con, 20 over


    Lord Letto, you should reallllllly consider this build. Puts you into a current platform with an upgrade path.

    But with current pricing+tax(13%), it would be about $190 over budget.
    url=https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/vN786X]PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350-Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($132.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $522.95
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-10 02:38 EST-0500
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