dharmakarma
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Last seen 11 days ago.
Intel
Core i7-4770 - Good 17 months ago.
Processors

— Much more powerful vs Core i5-3470 than benchmarks show, for basic everyday computing. But nearly not as much value-for-money in the used market as i5-3470. Hyperthreading at the i7 level (not i3) really improves overall experience.

Intel
Core i5-3470 - Excellent 17 months ago.
Processors

— *One of the CPU Gods* This is most powerful, popular, sufficient, efficient, loved, economic (used market) quad-core CPU. Can handle mid-level workstation tasks as well as 99% of all home computing with such grace and ease that it has become one of the CPU-gods.

AMD
FirePro V3900 - Average 17 months ago.
Graphics Cards

— Most entry-level AutoCAD-certified hardware (for AutoCAD 2017). So this is the cheapest option (USD 10-12, ebay) currently for those who wish to do 2D AutoCAD with certified driver support. As a performer...meh

Intel
HD 630 (Desktop Kaby Lake) - Good 17 months ago.
Graphics Cards

— For pre-Ryzen APU systems, this is the best economic alternative for non-gaming crowd; can even handle large number ( 10000) AutoCAD drawings surprisingly well; obviously low-power draw and suitable for small-footprint systems and those who like quiet at cheap. But after Ryzen APUs entered, this is definitely not good value or performance - i.e. it has become dated.

AMD
Radeon HD 8570 - Average 17 months ago.
Graphics Cards

— It is probably decent value but better alternates exist (even in 2020, miner-crazed, saturated refurb-hardware market). Most suitable for older 3rd and 4th gen Intel Core CPU-based desktops.

AMD
Radeon R5 240 - Excellent 17 months ago.
Graphics Cards

— Basic and value-for-money card for those setting up refurb-ed 3rd and 4th gen Intel Core i CPU-based desktops, on par or better than 6th and 7th gen Intel Core iGPUs. I use it to run 2009 yr. manuf. DELL monitors at max resolution for basic tasks, large number object rendering in MS PowerPoint/other non-CAD drawing tools, and Asphalt 9 (I consider this 'basic' 3D game). Although based on HD 8570 gpu, this card (Radeon R5 240) performed better for above purposes and is also quieter than Radeon HD 8570.

Intel
Pentium Silver N5000 - Excellent 22 months ago.
Processors

— For nearly any use with a laptop, this CPU is the real deal!! I have purchased a dell-refurbished DELL 3190 with N5000 cpu and 8GB RAM, with a heat-efficient reliable 128GB m.2 SSD. This laptop is fan-less. The performance of the CPU is noticeably better than my other laptop (i7-4500U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SATA SSD). I have run Office 365 programs, AUTOCAD 2017, and image processing of large image files. Eagerly waiting for the successor CPU...

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CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i5-11400F $220Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11600K $259Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $78
Intel Core i7-10700K $277Nvidia RTX 3080 $700Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $79SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $92SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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