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1st Build - 500-600$ - Photo/Video editing, Web

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February 11, 2012 3:23:11 PM

I am thinking about building my first PC. I have never built a full PC but have some experience working with computer components.


Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1 month

Budget Range: $500-$600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing (PS 5.5), Movie Editing, Web Browsing

Parts Not Required: Power (Antec EA 650), CD/DVD drive, Monitor (Samsung 2253BW), Mouse, Keyboard (wouldn't mind replacing KB)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Best bang for buck.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050

Additional Comments: Definitely trying to build a QUIET machine here. The one I am replacing has a PNY 9800 GTX card in it and sounds like a jet taking off. It doesnt need to be silent, but would prefer quiet components. Also, I do have working keyboards available, but wouldnt mind picking up a new one if there are some good deals. I do want to have wireless LAN.
February 11, 2012 3:26:27 PM

PS - Was planning on running this with Ubuntu
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February 11, 2012 8:25:26 PM



  • Alright, so i nixed the DVD burner because I already have one, and that took the total down to 586.94.

    I like the suggestions you have made, and it looks like good components for what I need. I have a couple questions regarding this package:

    1. How much benefit would it be to use the next level i5 processors? (Such as the 2500 or 2500K)
    2. Also, I noticed some talk of newer processors coming out soon. Would it be in my best interest to wait until then to buy if I can manage with what I have for a little longer? (or is that irrelevant at this price point)
    3. Do I need any additional components to what you have listed (CPU Fan? Mounting supplies?)
    4. Any other suggestions?

    Thanks!
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    February 12, 2012 4:39:04 AM

    The onboard graphics would work kinda, but you'll get better driver support on the dedicated card, and that's why I recommended it.

    1. Not much. You can get better performance out of an i7 though. 2600 for instance.

    2. There's always something new coming along. Just buy now.

    3. The CPU comes with a fan, and that should be all you need. The MB will have two SATA cables.

    4. Be sure to consult the master sticky at the top of the forum, where you will find a link to an excellent build guide.
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    February 12, 2012 11:07:09 PM

    I this is about what I'm planning to build. Except for a 6870.

    I want to pull the trigger but whats 1-2 months anyway?
    I'd like to check out Ivy bridge and see what other MBs come out too.

    Unless your current machine is dead, I would wait. Thats what im doing.
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    February 12, 2012 11:09:35 PM

    AMD FX-8120 Eight Core CPU ($199.99)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
    M5A97 Asus Motherboard (FREE with CPU)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
    MSI Radeon HD 5670 Graphics Card ($69.99) ($10 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    G.Skill Value Series 8GB DDR3 1333 MHz ($36.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    NZXT Source 210 ATX Computer Case ($39.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Corsair Builder Series CX430 430w PSU ($44.99) ($20 rebate) ($8 off with promo EMCNJHD22, ends 2/1)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB HDD ($69.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Asus x24 DVD Burner ($18.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Total = $480.93 without shipping, tax at Microcenter, rebates ($30), or promocodes

    $500 FX 8120 build. Only problem is you have to have a Microcenter near you.
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    February 12, 2012 11:28:12 PM

    Check out my $600 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    Just drop the video card and use the iGPU in the i5 2400 (-160)
    Total Approx.: $451

    I disagree strongly with the FX chips, they're terrible. Even though they have "8" cores, they fail to perform compared to Sandy Bridge chips. In a few multi-threads the FX-8120/50 performs but in general, loses out.
    FX-8150 vs i5 2400
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=363
    Keep in mind the 8150 is $270 or $260 @ Microcenter and the i5 2400 is $190 or $150 @ Microcenter.
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    February 23, 2012 4:43:24 PM

    Best answer selected by dr3am000.
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    February 23, 2012 5:02:58 PM

    This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
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