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June 18, 2012 6:31:37 AM

I'm a Web Developer. Cold you guys please recommend a PC for me. My budget is under $500 (my income is $500 / month).
My requirements are as follows. I will run following programs simultaneously.

MS SQL 2005/ 2008 Express Edition.
MS SQL Server Management Studio.
Adobe Dreamweaver CS 5
Adobe Photoshop CS 5
WAMP Server
FileZilla
Firefox with extensions like Firebug

I did have two P4 PC for this task with 1GB RAM per each. And yesterday one PC went dead with a smell after 20h of nonstop work. And the other one is also giving troubles constantly.

Please help me to build a replacement for both of them.

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June 18, 2012 7:08:31 AM

An editing PC should have an i7 processor and 16GB of RAM, but considering your budget, we may have to compromise. Can you tell us what hardware you have in these existing machines, chances are you will have to cannibalize the PSU, Optical Drive. HDD, Case and possibly the motherboard if there recent enough.

Also, how important is Photshop in what you do? If its only a minor conern, you can get lesser components and still be fine, I'l assume its important for now.

So an i7 3770. $320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: AsRock H77 Pro4-M. $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 16Gb G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600Mhz 1.5v. $94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That is effectively your budget gone, so run these with whatever PSU, HDD, optical drive and case you have from the previous computers. It will edit things quite well.

If Photoshop isn't a massive concern. (I assume web editing doesn't require much resources, and if you'v been working on 1GB of RAM before, these will just be faster outright anyway)

CPU: i5 3570k. $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Same as above, just two less sticks, so 8GB. $46
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: AsRock Extreme4-M. $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

New HDD (because faster drives leads to faster editing). Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB cache. $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This also fills your budget, but a decent hard drive is important in any rig. This also allows for overclocking if you get a aftermarket heat-sink down the track. You will still have to use whatever Power Supply, Optical drive and Case that you have.

Also don't expect to game on either of these rigs, while the Ivy Bridge integrated GPU is a big step up from Sandy Bridge's, don't expect anything amazing. Though the second build is a very good framework if you want to throw in a dedicated video card later.
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June 18, 2012 7:13:17 AM

OP budget is under 500
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June 18, 2012 7:16:50 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
Total: $529.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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June 18, 2012 7:18:00 AM

manofchalk said:
An editing PC should have an i7 processor and 16GB of RAM, but considering your budget, we may have to compromise. Can you tell us what hardware you have in these existing machines, chances are you will have to cannibalize the PSU, Optical Drive. HDD, Case and possibly the motherboard if there recent enough.

Also, how important is Photshop in what you do? If its only a minor conern, you can get lesser components and still be fine, I'l assume its important for now.

So an i7 3770. $320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: AsRock H77 Pro4-M. $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 16Gb G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600Mhz 1.5v. $94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That is effectively your budget gone, so run these with whatever PSU, HDD, optical drive and case you have from the previous computers. It will edit things quite well.

If Photoshop isn't a massive concern. (I assume web editing doesn't require much resources, and if you'v been working on 1GB of RAM before, these will just be faster outright anyway)

CPU: i5 3570k. $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Same as above, just two less sticks, so 8GB. $46
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: AsRock Extreme4-M. $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

New HDD (because faster drives leads to faster editing). Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB cache. $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This also fills your budget, but a decent hard drive is important in any rig. This also allows for overclocking if you get a aftermarket heat-sink down the track. You will still have to use whatever Power Supply, Optical drive and Case that you have.

Also don't expect to game on either of these rigs, while the Ivy Bridge integrated GPU is a big step up from Sandy Bridge's, don't expect anything amazing. Though the second build is a very good framework if you want to throw in a dedicated video card later.


he said the compu hes replacing went dead with a smell so its probably the psu in it anyways i wouldnt risk a new build on a psu from a p4, would u??
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June 18, 2012 7:24:04 AM

jasont78 said:
he said the compu hes replacing went dead with a smell so its probably the psu in it anyways i wouldnt risk a new build on a psu from a p4, would u??
Good point
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June 18, 2012 7:31:27 AM

OP said he had two computers and only ones dead, so I thought he could salvage one from there. But yes, I do agree, its not good to use such old PSU's of possibly low quality. I was just trying to squeeze the most out of his cash and available resources.
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June 18, 2012 7:52:02 AM

Understandable but it's never wise to skimp on PSU that's a big no...no... :non:  on any really overly tight budget you look to skimp on things such as cases, less ram, less hard drive space, and only if you half to but never PSU. ;) 
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June 18, 2012 10:03:35 AM

bigcyco1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
Total: $529.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)



Go for the above, recommending an i7 or even an i5 in a $500 budget and then telling him to resuse most parts from an old P4 system is just silly.
It's like transplanting a buffalo heart into a mosquito.
The fx6100 will still be so much faster than the P4.


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June 26, 2012 11:37:04 AM

Thank you very much all. I now have a rough idea what should I have to look for.
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