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Family photo build

Last response: in Systems
July 19, 2012 5:45:54 AM


I'm looking to build a PC for my parents. I've built PC's before but I'm unsure what chipsets/processors to go with.

Approximate Purchase Date: Few weeks from now

Budget Range: 600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Office use, photo editing (light)

Are you buying a monitor: Most likely

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Newegg, or amazon

Location: CA, USA

Parts Preferences: AMD for graphics, intel or amd for processor.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Unknown at this time

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Mom wants PC to do photo editing, also what software would be used to do photo editing? Keep in mind this is light photo editing so we don't need a core i7.

I would like to see builds from Intel & AMD if that's ok. We have a crap load of photos that my mom wants to put on to a central computer and then be able to share it using windows 7 homegroup or online via the cloud

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July 19, 2012 6:41:58 AM

Just an initial thing. Trying to fit Windows and a monitor into this price while still maintaining its performance to do what you want is near impossible without resorting to dodgy components. You may have to increase your budget a bit.

Intel Build.

CPU: i5 3570k. $220
If your wondering why I picked this CPU over say a 3450, its because this is the only CPU I can find with Intel HD4000 graphics. Which will be important as the budget doesn't really give room for a GPU.

Mobo: AsRock Z77 Pro4. $100

Corsair 300r. $80

RAM: 8GB 1600Mhz G.Skill Ripjaws. $66

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $100
Can get a lower capacity drive if you want.

PSU: Seasonic 520W, 80+ Bronze. $60

Total: $626

AMD build.

CPU: AMD FX-4100. $110

Mobo: AsRock 970 Extreme3. $80

Corsair 300r. $80

RAM: 8GB 1600Mhz G.Skill Ripjaws. $66

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $100

PSU: Corsair Builder Series 600W. $70

GPU: Sapphire HD7750. $110
You need this since the Motherboard doesn't support integrated graphics (and not entirely sure the CPU has it anyway). It will probably look better than integrated anyway.

Total: $616