Hello all. I am currently looking to buy some parts for a desktop to replace my crappy laptop which has been chugging along for 4 and half years. Buying a new laptop is expensive, and I see a desktop as a cheaper solution.
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Approximate Purchase Date: I am unsure about this, because I don't know when prices will be relatively low. I was hoping to get this machine by the end of the summer because of my job.
Budget Range: My budget is from $500-600. Laptops that fit my needs are about 100 to 200 dollars more expensive.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Lite gaming (low-med settings for some indie/mainstream games), Web browsing, Watching videos, Office work (Microsoft office, etc.)
Are you buying a monitor: Yes - all I have is my CRT monitor from 10 years ago. I don't think that's a good idea. I would prefer something in the 20 inch range.
Parts to Upgrade: All of it, I am starting from scratch.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 preferable, but if WIndows 8 is cheaper I will get it instead.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I would prefer Microcenter because of their 3.5% sales tax. I also have amazon prime so shipping from that site isn't a problem. Newegg is fine as well since I can use the warehouse option to avoid shipping too.
Location: I live in North Jersey, USA. Hence, the microcenter.
Parts Preferences: I have a preference for Intel CPUs as well as Nvidia graphics cards. AMD has been very unreliable for me with their drivers. I don't want to touch them with a ten foot stick.
Overclocking: I have never overclocked, and I don't think I'm savvy enough to figure it out on my own. I would prefer not to, but if anyone can point out a good learning tool, I would look into it if it saved me a significant amount of money.
SLI or Crossfire: No. From what I understand that requires multiple video cards.
Your Monitor Resolution: Since I'm buying a monitor about 20 inches, 1600x900 resolution?
Additional Comments: I don't know how much future proofing will be put into this build, so I'll just say that I don't think I will upgrade this machine in the future. Buying more expensive parts so they last longer is definitely NOT a priority for me. Also, I don't need a mouse and keyboard and speakers, that stuff I have available.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop has been crippled several times now, and I am tired of working on a hunk of plastic which sounds like a jet engine, can't play minecraft on the lowest settings and lags everytime I access the C drive.
That looks like a decent part pick but I have some issues with that build. Is there a reason you picked an AMD processor besides it being relatively cheap? If anything I prefer Intel. Also, the monitor isn't included so I am guessing that build is about one hundred dollars more expensive. Is there really no way to get a low end office-gaming PC/monitor included for ~$600?