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Advice: Building a multimedia PC for an office environment

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November 24, 2013 5:09:31 PM


Approximate Purchase Date:
In about a month
Budget Range:
~$1500-$2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
No gaming. Prefer a blu ray player. Heavy emphasis on monitor/speakers/soundcard. Very nice 5.1 setup preferred or perhaps a 2.1. It's going to be used for music and movies and such. Big monitor. Keyboard and mouse as well. Big hard drive. Needs to be quiet. Classy case and keyboard mouse/ etc. No gaming mouse with tons of LEDs and such.
Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg.com but open to other sites
Country:
US
Parts Preferences:

Overclocking:
No
SLI or Crossfire:
No
Monitor Resolution:
At least 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments:
thanks for any help. by this is for my dad's workplace so it's like an office/multimedia pc. I have experience building computers and am pretty knowledgeable about the topic but was looking for some advice.

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November 24, 2013 6:19:25 PM

you can start modifying this template
no dedicated gpu required
less noise, less heat, less power
elegant case

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($16.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 350D MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 360W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($61.99 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.98 @ OutletPC)
Speakers: Creative Labs Inspire T6160 50W 5.1ch Speakers ($77.29 @ Adorama)
Total: $985.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-24 21:18 EST-0500)

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November 24, 2013 6:29:30 PM

You don't need a $2K rig for that purpose. You can get a PC for $500 - $600 that will handle what you need and then some.

Maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($134.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X40 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($95.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vector 150 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.79 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy M Midnight MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($105.78 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $841.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-24 21:29 EST-0500)
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November 24, 2013 7:34:50 PM

Is PCPartPicker the go to resource when building a computer nowadays? I've been out of the scene for a few years
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November 24, 2013 7:40:34 PM

redrims999 said:
Is PCPartPicker the go to resource when building a computer nowadays? I've been out of the scene for a few years


Yup it's what most of the regulars here use and it makes things really easy.
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