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<$700 PC parts - need help!

Last response: in Systems
November 9, 2012 7:54:46 AM

So, I am very new to this, and I am getting a computer built, but I need to work out what parts to buy, so I thought I would ask a knowledgeable community for any help about it before I go buy things!

I am starting from scratch and can use all the help I can get!

Approximate Purchase Date: Not until I know what to get!

Budget Range: Up to around 700 (would prefer lower if possible)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, music recording,

Are you buying a monitor: No!

Parts to Upgrade: All

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Lismore/NSW/Australia

Parts Preferences: Any, as long as it is good!

Overclocking: Maybe, not sure if it is worth it or not?

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I would prefer it not to be loud.

Why Are You Upgrading: For gaming, work and fun!

Thanks for your time, and I really hope to hear from somebody!

More about : 700 parts

a b B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2012 8:03:32 AM $40 $52 $59 $189 $45 $95 $10 $65 $75
craigslist copy of windows 7 unopened $70

Total: $700. SSD is optional, but I never use my old sata hardrives anymore. I would rather do with less storage space. If your board works well in sleep mode, then you may not need an ssd. Some of my newer boards don't power up properly in sleep mode due to bios options or wireless keyboard/mouse issues.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2012 8:41:29 AM

The performance of an SSD is far more important for system responsiveness and data loading time of files/scans/programs then for mere booting time, lol.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2012 10:45:23 AM

Not if you don't download much and turn off your pc instead of using sleep mode. Booting up with a full load of windows 7 security files is slow without the ssd. It's still the main advantage. It's also quiet. This poster has a limited budget, so it's up to him to estimate his space requirements and decide if he wants a better case or motherboard instead of the ssd.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2012 10:58:00 AM

Downloading is hardly relevant because that's bottle-necked by internet speeds, not storage speed. Booting up on a 7.2KRPM HDD or better isn't going to break any records, but you only do it no more than a few times a day and it's not bad. All the time that you are on, you are loading other stuff and that makes a far greater difference than the mere boot speed does.

Sure, it's OP's call, but an SSD is most certainly more important for much more than mere boot speed.