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March 15, 2013 8:35:15 PM

I need to build a new system for everyday use. My 5 yr old refurbished Compaq rebuilt pos keeps revving the fans and shutting off after 10 mins of burning some media. So I want to piece together my own system to fit my needs specifically.

I use my PC as a hub for all my media and my nephews console gameplay footage. I guess I'll need something that has a lot of storage and ram so I can render his videos in 720p. I also use a lot of storage for backups of console games and for his videos.

I have 6tb of external HDD space that can utilize USB 3.0 so something that can connect at 3.0 would be great. I have a 32 inch led TV as a monitor that uses HD component, HDMI and PC input but would like full HDMI use.

For now I have a USB capture device that is used for majority of the media but would like an internal card or if possible something integrated.

I'm not too worried about frequent expandability but I don't want to be stuck behind a wall if the need to upgrade comes around.

Thanks in advance
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March 17, 2013 10:18:56 AM

papasquat said:
I need to build a new system for everyday use. My 5 yr old refurbished Compaq rebuilt pos keeps revving the fans and shutting off after 10 mins of burning some media. So I want to piece together my own system to fit my needs specifically.

I use my PC as a hub for all my media and my nephews console gameplay footage. I guess I'll need something that has a lot of storage and ram so I can render his videos in 720p. I also use a lot of storage for backups of console games and for his videos.

I have 6tb of external HDD space that can utilize USB 3.0 so something that can connect at 3.0 would be great. I have a 32 inch led TV as a monitor that uses HD component, HDMI and PC input but would like full HDMI use.

For now I have a USB capture device that is used for majority of the media but would like an internal card or if possible something integrated.

I'm not too worried about frequent expandability but I don't want to be stuck behind a wall if the need to upgrade comes around.

Thanks in advance


What's your maximum budget?
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March 17, 2013 11:07:58 PM

I don't have a fixed budget in a sense....I mean I have to pay bills and buy groceries and all but you get the idea. I don't really want to spend more than 700 as I'm not trying to have a showcase build or high end gaming rig (the most gaming would be Sims for my wife and emulators for me as I game on consoles) so a great video card isn't a necessity, onboard would suffice.

I have a retail win7 and an OEM win8 already so no OS is needed.
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March 18, 2013 1:41:45 AM

papasquat said:
I don't have a fixed budget in a sense....I mean I have to pay bills and buy groceries and all but you get the idea. I don't really want to spend more than 700 as I'm not trying to have a showcase build or high end gaming rig (the most gaming would be Sims for my wife and emulators for me as I game on consoles) so a great video card isn't a necessity, onboard would suffice.

I have a retail win7 and an OEM win8 already so no OS is needed.


You do lots of video rendering and some mild gaming so I suggest this build. It has the 8-core Vishera FX-8350 CPU that has a lot of power to use for rendering but it doesn't have on board graphics so I added a cheap but decent video card to pair the CPU. I tried to make it bang for the buck as possible.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($92.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7750 2GB Video Card ($90.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $651.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 04:35 EDT-0400)

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Glad to help. ;) 
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March 18, 2013 2:05:17 AM

I think something akin to the below should be good for your needs.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.97 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $623.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 05:05 EDT-0400)
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March 18, 2013 2:44:53 AM

mikerockett said:
I think something akin to the below should be good for your needs.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.97 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $623.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 05:05 EDT-0400)


This one's pretty good too and if you add 1tb of HDD it would be $700 to be exact. I think the OP should go with this one instead.
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March 19, 2013 12:01:17 PM

hmmm i didnt get any email notifications on this thread. I thought people forgot me so i went and crammed for the past 2 days and heres what i came up with. If this can be improved on in certain components then let me know.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KMJ1


i know i dont need that much ram but it was a free added to it for free. I can swap out my chosen video card for the one recommended. I also dont need an optical drive as i already have 2 liteon ihas drives sitting here. So whatever the buffer zone to hit around 700 i can spend on a ssd (not too savvy on their functions) Am i able to just have the OS boot from ssd and change a file to make other installations run from a mechanical?

I have 3x 2tb usb 3.0 hdds that i use all the time. If that changes storage options
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