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~$600 Music Production Build

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April 27, 2014 5:28:09 AM

Hey all,

Looking to build a new computer for a friend It'll mainly be for producing music, and everyday use. It will need to have the monitor and OS included in price. I don't need anything special for the keyboard/mouse/etc. The case doesn't need to be fancy at all. Looking to keep the price around 600$ with all peripherals, but I can flex up to 700$ max. If you think 600$ is too much and I can spend less, please feel free to help me with comments and lowering the budget. Thank you!

Approximate Purchase Date: July

Budget Range: 400-700$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Music production, internet, college work

Are you buying a monitor: Yes - must be included in price

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, most likely Windows 8.1

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever pcpartpicker chooses!

Location: United States!

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Would like at least 1920x1080

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April 28, 2014 12:24:07 PM

Intel i3 Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.00 @ B&H)
Total: $711.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 15:20 EDT-0400)

AMD APU Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($103.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.00 @ B&H)
Total: $707.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 15:22 EDT-0400)

I would look up the programs you use, and see if Intel or AMD works better for what you do. The integrated graphics in either build is fine for general computer use, and you could always add a GPU down the road if you ever want to get into gaming.
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May 8, 2014 6:23:33 AM

Hey sorry for such a late response, thank you so much for your help, currently in Afghanistan don't get internet well over here.

Not that I'm opposed to either of those builds, was just wondering if there's anything out there at a cheaper budget, ~500-600?

Thanks all!
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