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$600 Editing and LightGaming Computer Build!

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June 25, 2012 8:25:58 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible.

Budget Range: $500 - 650.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Editing (PhotoShop, Cinema 4D, Sony Vegas Ect.)
Light Gaming (Minecraft) and plenty of Surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse and Case (Using a Thermaltake Soprano Computer Tower Case w/o PSU)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.msy.com.au, Pretty much anywhere in Australia.

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: Atleast 8 GB of RAM and atleast 1 TB of sotrage.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: N/A (I Don't Know What That Is, Sorry)

Monitor Resolution: Unknown but will hopefully be running dual screen.

Additional Comments: So my beloved laptop has just died and I thought to my self what better time than to build my own PC. I will be using it for basic editing of videos and pictures with programs such as PhotoShop, cinema 4D and Sony Vegas Pro. I will also want to run Minecraft and a screen recorder (Either Fraps, Bandicam or Camtasia) The only problem is I have never built a PC before and I am on a budget of around $600. If you could give me some ideas on what I need and don't need as well as where I can get it from it would be much appreciated, I would also like to know some recommendations on parts and what will and won't work with each other. Needs to be fast and able to run without too much lag. Must be able to run Minecraft on full settings no lag with the screen recorder on and to be able to edit quickly.

Thanks in advance,

-Max

P.S: I live in Melbourne, Australia but I can use online stores.
June 25, 2012 12:57:31 PM

Another Aussie, a Melbournite at that!

That makes it a lot easier on cost as you can pick up components directly from MSY, PC Case Gear and uMart instead of shipping.

As the very limited budget restrains from getting proper editing hardware (i7, 16GB of RAM), you will have to do with whats an essentially cut down gaming rig.

CPU: i5-3570k. $245
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM: 8GB G.Skill 1600Mhz. $60
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Motherboard: AsRock Pro4-M. $105
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular. $80
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $95
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

That unfortunately comes to $585, so out of money right there. This build assumes you have the OS already (if not another $100). No graphics card on it, but the integrated graphics should be able to run Minecraft fine. The PSU is of sufficient wattage if you wanted to add one later.

If your willing to part another $35, you could get a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, which will let you overclock and pull as much performance from the CPU as you can.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Make sure to check out other stores to see if they have the same components cheaper, Umart I know has the RAM a couple of bucks cheaper and MSY has the HDD a bit less. All those websites have Melbourne pickup locations, so no shipping cost needed.
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