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$600 PC Build (Home Recording Studio)

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April 16, 2014 8:10:44 AM

Hey everyone,

My father in law likes to post YouTube videos of him playing guitar and singing. He just recently upgraded to a condenser mic and audio interface to his old outdated PC. He wants a new desktop to be able to edit his video and audio for $600. I told him I'd look into building him a PC or buying one. There are so many options on PCPartpicker that I just don't feel educated enough on todays PC components to get the best bang for his buck. Looking for some suggestions please.

I do have a mouse, keyboard, license of windows 7, and Sony Vegas Pro for him.

A kicker in the budget will be that he needs a monitor.

Hoping to give him 8GB RAM( 2 X 4 GB), 1000 GB @ 7200RPM, Intel CPU, and a decent graphic card. I understand that an AMD processor may be more bang for the buck so I'm not against them.

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April 16, 2014 8:19:28 AM

something like this:
wd 1tb blue 7200 - $60
8gb ddr3 1600 - $70
AMD FX6300 six core - $110
whatever motherboard is on sale with rebates ATX AM3+ ~ $70

23/24" 1080p monitor.. whichever is on sale with rebates.

i would just use newegg for all of it.. they're rarely beaten on price, and never beaten on service
xfx 500w 80+ bronze PSU - $50
gtx 750 video card ~$110 whichever is on sale with rebates
raidmax case ~$30 whichever is on sale with rebates
April 16, 2014 8:43:45 AM

If he can save up another $50 he can get this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.74 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $656.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-16 11:43 EDT-0400)

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April 16, 2014 8:47:43 AM
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core $109.99
Motherboard ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ $59.99
Memory Patriot Viper 3 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 $49.99
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $56.98
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $144.99
Case Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower $29.99
Power Supply XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V $49.99
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.98
Monitor Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" $99.99
Total: $621.89

yeah, i know its $20 over budget, but if you cant go $20 over, then drop the video card to the amd R7 260X.