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Budget pc for a church

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October 26, 2012 8:33:34 PM

Hi there,

I need a budget pc for my church. I need to keep the budget at £330 excluding the os but this is only a target. the main use of this pc will primarily be powerpoint, recording with audacity and playing videos - all on a projector so must have extended desktop. as none of these tasks are very demanding your input on the best pc i can build for that budget would be helpful. I want this to be upgradable in the future but to last a couple years till that is required. i also have no preference between intel and amd but i gather amd are much cheaper.

here is what i have come up with:

mobo
gpu
cpu
psu
hdd
case
ram

thanks in advance!


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October 26, 2012 9:18:40 PM

amd may be cheaper per core ect but its not always better for the money. Your mobo needs a bios upgrade to use the cpu. I'd get an intel i3 108.68 (inc vat?), msi mobo 57.30 (with vat). There is no need for the gpu (another point of failure). and ram for 27.70 (all inc vat).

i3
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i3-3225-s-115...

mobo
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-b75a-g43-intel-b75-s...(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-dvi-d-hdmi-atx

and I would use this ram
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-xms3-pc3-10600-(1333)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-150v
October 26, 2012 9:54:20 PM

thanks for the input, why would you chose the i3 dual core over the amd with 6 cores? do you know how i would connect two monitors to just the mobo? and do you think that case too basic?
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October 26, 2012 10:28:58 PM

I missed the dual monitor part my bad. As for the intel vs amd. I'm an intel guy but typically i3s are better for stuff with a single thread. Your mobo would need to change because it needs a bios update for the amd cpu.
October 26, 2012 10:47:50 PM

Also amd's 6 cores haven't been well received and have done quite poorly against even there early cpu's I agree with jack on the i3 suggestion that or a cheap i5 which is a quad core solution.
October 26, 2012 10:59:34 PM

Two cores, 6 cores, they will both perform the EXACT same for your needs.

The system I recommend would be
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ldOX

It's cheap, and it will perfectly fit your needs. The graphics are HD4000 which itself even being integrated, is overshooting your needs.
The system weighs in at $282
October 26, 2012 11:00:57 PM

so i will definitely go intel. i3 is all we can afford, do i need a good gpu for the dual monitor function? any suggestions?
October 26, 2012 11:13:49 PM

for basic things like documents videos excel, power point presentations you'd be fine. The gpu you have picked out at the top will do just fine with more then 1 screen.
October 26, 2012 11:41:19 PM

it would do just fine the only downside is that its not HDCP compliant which means you wouldn't be able to play blu rays but regular dvd's and normal hd content through youtube or something would show.
October 26, 2012 11:55:58 PM

thanks for your help! i think i know what i'm doing now!
October 27, 2012 4:29:15 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (£75.99 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard (£52.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£25.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: OCZ Solid 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£53.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£35.99 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £283.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

this is plenty of power for Office work, and a stronger GPU than the 5450.
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