Hi Everyone - new member, but frequent visitor. Looking to build an efficient home office PC. 1st build in more than 7 years (dumpster diving). Currently have 2 home PC laptops approximately 2-3 years old. Any input is greatly appreciated!
I would ditch the SSD. It's not worth the cost. It's true that startup would be faster, but I've got a similar HDD to the one below, and my boot time (from cold start to desktop) is easily 30 seconds, without any special tricks/configurations. With a SSD that *might* be down to 20 seconds. You'd see better performance from a better CPU over the SSD. Also, only getting a 40 GB will not leave much room for programs.
there's a few things i'd recommend:
ditch that western digital and pick up a samsung f3 spinpoint drive, which is faster and more reliable.
ditch that ssd drive. there's really no reason to pay for something like that for a boot drive on an office machine, it won't make enough of a difference. if you need more storage, get the 1TB version of the samsung f3.
this will give you a bunch of extra money in your budget for a bigger display, more storage, or a faster cpu.
Thanks for the quick replies - the SSD idea doesn't seem to make sense from a price/performance ratio. A friend of mine was planning to put one in an HP quadcore refurb for system startup - but haven't heard his results yet. Does seem pricey though
I like the specs of the GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM. Any thoughts on the integrated video? I don't have any immediate gaming intentions (maybe down the road), but would it be sufficient enough for streaming video / media clips?
The i3 is about the easiest CPU to overclock. You can overclock it to almost extreme amounts without much trouble.
Onboard video is decent, but may struggle a little with full HD support (the i3 is the exception). I would probably be more comfortable saying the i3 would be able to stream any content without trouble, but the onboard graphics might have a few hiccups for HD content. I can't say that for sure though, as it's been a while since I've used onboard graphics...