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First Time Build: Are These Parts Compatible and Will They Fit My Needs?

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December 3, 2013 9:36:59 PM

Hello! I am building my first ever desktop and I believe I have assembled a list of compatible parts that suit my desires, but this being my first time, I wanted to seek expert advice before I purchase anything. I have done lots of research and I think I am familiar enough with the jargon and how parts fit together to undertake this project, but please forgive me if I say some stupid things. Below I have listed relevant information and a parts list. Any advice would be extremely helpful to me and I greatly appreciate you all taking the time to offer this sort of consultation for free.

So my main questions are: Do these parts work together? Will it suit my needs (listed below)? Are there cheaper alternatives? Are there slightly more expensive alternatives that would drastically improve the system's capabilities?



Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP; within the next week.

Budget Range: $300-$500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Recording and editing music in Reaper (lots of associated plugins that demand processing power) (processing many tracks ~15), Editing videos in Adobe Premiere, streaming videos, surfing the internet, maybe playing some games like Skyrim but only if the integrated GPU is powerful enough. In other words, I DO NOT want to buy a graphics card.

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: I need everything except for a monitor and peripherals. I have a USB interface for recording.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, although I have access to a student discount for Windows.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon, but I don't mind purchasing from any reputable vendor.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Bloomington, Indiana, United States

Parts Preferences: I have no real preference except that I am leaning towards AMD for the processor

Overclocking: No, mostly because I don't completely understand it

SLI or Crossfire: No, also because I don't understand it

Your Monitor Resolution: I don't know yet as I will be getting my monitor from a friend for free.

Additional Comments: I don't have any special needs except that it can't be absurdly loud, which may compromise recordings.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My 5-6 year old low-end Inspiron laptop just can't handle the programs I want to run in an acceptable way to me. Faaaar too slow and too much latency.

Current Parts List:

Motherboard-
MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor-
AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D AD580KWOHJBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory-
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT8G3D1339DS1S00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive-
Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive-
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case-
Rosewill Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case FBM-01
http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-MicroATX-Tower-Computer-...

Power Supply-
Logisys Corp. 480W 240-Pin Dual Fan 20+4 ATX Power Supply PS480D2
http://www.amazon.com/Logisys-Corp-240-Pin-Supply-PS480...

Total was ~$396 when I compiled this parts list a couple days ago not including OS.

Thanks again for your input!

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December 3, 2013 9:47:45 PM

AMD APU lacks computing power for video editing, despite its 4 cores

you might want to consider getting FX 6300
or even intel i5 haswell

both are within your budget
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December 3, 2013 10:05:20 PM

You do not ever need 16 gb of ram with that low of a budget, that's just a huge waste, I have a 1300$ system and I still stuck with 8.
This build also dosnt have a video card which won't preform very well with many gaming related apps, I made you a build that's a little more then your budget but it's a great one:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.48 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($155.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $571.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-04 01:01 EST-0500)
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December 3, 2013 10:17:50 PM

Thank you for the input! Does the FX 6300 have integrated graphics? And as for theawolwarrior's suggestion about getting a graphics card, I'm not at all concerned about gaming. I just MIGHT play some games if the computer I build for recording music and editing video ends up being capable of it.
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December 3, 2013 10:44:59 PM

it is intel i5 build with 16GB of ram
you can always cheap out on ram and get 8GB instead
you can optimize some avid editing programs with intel quick sync

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $497.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-04 01:47 EST-0500)
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