Hello all, long time reader of Tom's Hardware, first time poster. Thanks for any help or advice you can provide with my new build.
I am looking to build primarily a computer to handle my small business needs. I own a bakery with my wife so small things like storing recipies, handling the Point of Sale software , and other such things. I spend quite a bit of time in the office so I would like some options for gaming also. After reading several articles on this site, below is what I've come up with. Please take a moment to look it over to see if there are possibilities for reduced pricing for same performance and all that stuff.
Approximate Purchase Date: This week... possibly tomorrow
Budget Range: Below $1000 at least. I'm comfortable with $1000 but have ~$750 with my current component selection. Would love lower, but either way. I still have to buy the software.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Support small business, databases, spreadsheets and all that. Gaming off & on.
Monitor Resolution: Haven't thought about it really. I have a 20" flat screen at home that I'll be using.
Additional Comments: I'm pretty sure I'll be getting Windows 7 and then probably Microsoft Office, although not sure what package for the Office yet. I have the full version from being a student on my laptop but don't think that's transferrable, lol. I'll also be using some sort of 'LogMeIn' software so I can login to the office computer remotely and do whatever I need from a laptop.
Temperature: I have all of the fans for the CMStacker except the motherboard fan which I plan on getting. Being that it's in a bakery, it sometimes gets hot back here in the office. Would I need any other aftermarket fans or is what I will have sufficient?
Again, thanks for all the help that you may be able to provide. I really do appreciate and value your time.
Already Have Case:CoolerMaster CM Stacker Still has USB2.0. Would I be able to upgrade or get a part that sits in a bay slot that has a bunch of USB3.0 or is the difference not in the wiring but in the MB? Power supply:Real Power 450W (RS-450-ACLY) Is 450W enough these days? Should I just bite the bullet and get another?
Looking through some of the other builds, I think I should probably be able to cut down on the motherboard price. Any recommendations? Or any recommendations on the overall build itself?
Also, is the power supply ok for my build? I've been looking for power consumption on my individual components to see but can't figure it out. I see all these new builds getting 750W, etc. power supplies, and it's starting to worry me, lol.
Still Open Question
1) My case already has a build in bay thing for the USB ports but the description says USB 2.0 on the web page. Will I need to get something else to add to the front bay to take advantage of USB 3.0?
2) What are the advantages & disadvantages of having a SSD/HDD setup?
3) After looking at some of the other builds, I'm thinking I can skimp a little on the motherboard if needed. Any suggestions?
4) I'd like to purchase whatever it is that I'm buying very soon, so are there any other changes that you guys would suggest?
Ok, cool. I'll look into the other power units here in a bit. On another note, I was reading a few more reviews for the motherboard and saw where the Z77 chipset is a little better than the 68, so I looked up a few other motherboards with that chipset and this is what I've come up with.
If I'm right, it has the rear USB connections and then the onboard USB connections are the ones I can wire to the front rack of the case, yes?
Also, not completely sure what the differences between the three MB'S are? Is it just the additional connections and better heatsinks for the MB'S as the price goes up?
After a good bit of lookin, I think I've answered my questions.
1) USB 3.0 is a difference in the connection so I'll have to buy a separate front bay interface for that to match the MB USB3.0.
2) SSD shortens system boot and game loading times quite noticeably.
3 & the post below about MB'S) Looks like the main thing that separates the two more expensive boards from the cheap one is that the ceap one has only physical LAN connections where the expensive ones have WiFi. Since my computer is a desktop destined for the same office the router is going to be, WiFi is really not needed.
The newb question) It will definately be 64 bit.
Final build configuration to come for ya'lls approval.