Hey all. I'm so glad I found Tom's Hardware. I can see myself spending a LOT of time here...
I'm going to build a system for my small business which I currently run off of a (surprisingly good) Toshiba laptop I got from Best Buy's clearance table for $450. It does the basics, but we're looking to do a lot more video, and, to the best of my ability, more graphic editing stuff for marketing purposes. As the CEO, I also reserve the right to play some kick-ass games on company time when time allows. (Hah!)
I'll likely hook two monitors up to it.
I've been doing a fair amount of research, and the following is where I'm at. I was shooting for a sub-$1,000 price point, but I can live with what I've compiled. (Full disclosure: I basically took 3/4's of the System Builder Marathon: $1000 Enthusiast PC to complete it. I was hoping to get some advice and feedback, and I apologize in advance if I've posted in the wrong place or have too many noob questions.
Thanks, WR2. I'm a little surprised that I didn't compile a list of totally incompatible items.
And thanks for the suggestions to chip off some of the price. I had a perfectly workable Office Pro 2007 disk until I crushed it by accident recently, so I'll have to work that into the budget somehow. Your suggestions will help.
How much video editing will you be doing?
If you're not going to be doing all that much actual editing I think the Core i5 2500K could be an excellent choice. i5 2500K $180 @ Microcenter
Nothing too terribly heavy. We'll do some "Tips" videos for our customers, and if we get really creative, some hopefully funny videos for promotional purposes. In the past, basic editing killed my computers. I just want to avoid that irritation in the future.
Have you talked to MS about getting a Office Pro 2007 replacement disk?
Ah...no. I bought a little Asus micro laptop off of Craigslist back when I thought I'd be a lot more mobile, and the seller threw in a corporate edition of it. So, I'd rather just get a free and clear copy.
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 case same price as the Rosewill CHALLENGER but the HAF 912 has free shipping, a $10 rebate and will run quieter.
OK, sounds like the 2500K will be fine, it's really quite good at all that media content creation too. If you were doing heavy duty video editing the 2600K might have been useful and worth the extra $100.
-> The usual advice; read the manual / install guide; look at the parts, read the manual again and if everything makes sense and looks right - then go ahead with the install.
While you're waiting for delivery you can download the online version of the motherboard manual and start getting familiar with it. Same for the other parts you want to order if they have install guides or manuals available.
Thanks. I started poking around the site this morning and found the guides. It's exactly what I'm looking for. I'm fairly technical -- I built my website by myself starting with the question "What is a HTML?" I'm looking forward to this, and I THINK the wife will authorize all these purchases. Lol.
My concern is that the mobo "only" has the following slots:
PCI Express 2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16* [Black] (max. at x4 mode)
*The PCIEX16_2 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX1_1 slot, PCIEX1_2 slot and USB3_34 connector. The PCIEX16_2 runs at x1 mode by default for system resource optimization.
PCI Express x1
The graphics card, however, requires a PCI Express 2.1 x16
Am I just reading this wrong, or is everything compatible?
You're not wrong - except when you say the graphics card 'requires' a 2.1 PCI-e x16 slot.
It will be perfectly happy in a 2.0 slot. The video card is fully compatible with the motherboard. It's not an issue.
Not even the most expensive models of the newest motherboards (like ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME or GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7-B3) have 2.1 PCI-e x16 slots. They're all 2.0.