I'm planning to build a new PC for various usage, with a limited budget. It is my first build, but I believe I have enough technical knowledge to get it done. I'd like to have an up-to-date and easily upgradable system since I plan to keep it for some time. I've been shopping for quite a while and would like to know your opinion about what I've gathered so far.
I have a 600-700$ budget : this must cover all taxes and shipping fees.
(650$ maximum for the parts)
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
-Home Server (File sharing)
-Multimedia : Image and Video Editing, Movies, Music...
-Office Work, Internet Browsing...
-Gaming (In future, when I have money for a decent GPU)
*Since I'm a heavy multi-taksker, consider that all the above tasks will be
performed at the same time
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
-Keyboard / Mouse
-Screen (Unless it fits within my budget)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
Newegg.ca (Yes, I'm from Canada )
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, if it doesn't induces any more expenses for cooling
This seems to be an interresting suggestion : I'd even save 5$!
However, there's one more reason I was interrested by the Phenom X2 : I heard about the possibility of ''unlocking'' 1 or even 2 of the disabled cores. I've read that the rate of success is fairly high, so this could be worth a try.
Unlocking cores is uncertain. You can for sure use the extra cores and you can for sure get some extra speed by a little overclocking. I'd rather see you buy the cores and then address the speed side of instead of the other way around. At stock, the quad will do considerably better than the dual for most of the stuff you have listed even if it is slower.