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January 10, 2013 3:34:09 PM

Hey guys im looking for a computer for 300$. I use it mainly for recording music and some gaming nothing hardcore. I have an xbox for that. I would prefer not to build it because i never have. But in the future i would like to be able to put more ram in and a sound and video card. Right now im looking at this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 10, 2013 4:02:28 PM

Sigh. You should build one. All you have to do is look up some tutorials, and/or find someone who knows how to do it. The computer you have right there is....hm. That's all I'll say. But, here's something you can build that's better, faster, and more reliable. It's $15 over, but it's faster, and delivers more performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 631 2.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI A55M-P33 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($77.86 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $314.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-10 13:01 EST-0500)
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January 10, 2013 4:16:55 PM

My dad worked in I.T for a really long time so i can build it i would just rather not. but its the better option i will
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January 10, 2013 5:20:19 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($50.38 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($106.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.39 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $460.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-10 14:19 EST-0500)

This will do everything you need it to and play modern games on medium and older games on high settings.
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January 10, 2013 5:24:48 PM

tiny voices said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($50.38 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($106.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.39 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $460.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-10 14:19 EST-0500)

This will do everything you need it to and play modern games on medium and older games on high settings.

I took out the Video card because i can wait for thatand also have a cheaper one now and the optical drive cause i have one already. i looks like this http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wSxZ

Is that still a good build?
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January 10, 2013 5:26:59 PM

Yeah it will be fine. Just don't expect to be playing any games without a video card.
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January 10, 2013 5:29:11 PM

I know its not problem to me as of right now. Sound is much more important to me. Will this be able to run sony vegas?

Also i know this is a stupid question but how many pci-e and pci slots will this build have?
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January 10, 2013 5:32:42 PM

it has one pci and one pci e slot in addition to the Video card slot.

You can always grab a different motherboard which will have more slots.

It will run Vegas just fine. If you wanted to, you could get an i5 and it would be a bit more expensive but it would give better performance. In my opinion its not really worth it for this build.

Here's one just for an option: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.39 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $415.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-10 14:36 EST-0500)

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January 10, 2013 5:39:39 PM

dean18 said:
I know its not problem to me as of right now. Sound is much more important to me. Will this be able to run sony vegas?

Also i know this is a stupid question but how many pci-e and pci slots will this build have?


tiny voices said:
it has one pci and one pci e slot in addition to the Video card slot.

You can always grab a different motherboard which will have more slots.

It will run Vegas just fine. If you wanted to, you could get an i5 and it would be a bit more expensive but it would give better performance. In my opinion its not really worth it for this build.

Here's one just for an option: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.39 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $415.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-10 14:36 EST-0500)

So with the original build i would put in a new video card thats pci-e and still have the two other slots for a sound card and something else? sorry if im asking stupid questions its my first build
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January 10, 2013 5:43:54 PM

with a modern GPU it will likely block the pci e slot and you will only have the pci slot left. Just look at some motherboards and find one that is compatible with your CPU and suits your needs
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January 10, 2013 5:49:17 PM

tiny voices said:
with a modern GPU it will likely block the pci e slot and you will only have the pci slot left. Just look at some motherboards and find one that is compatible with your CPU and suits your needs


http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-970extr...
I like the amount of slots on this one but does in perform well?
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January 10, 2013 5:50:30 PM

I think what suits you best is an apu : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wSOU

Keep in mind the FX-6300 is a good cpu, but you must get the gfx card, without it, it doesn't work, cause it doesn't have on die gpu, if you can spend 400$ get the
tiny voices build.
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January 10, 2013 5:50:34 PM

Yes, it will perform just fine.
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January 10, 2013 5:51:37 PM

Sony vegas is a decently CPU intensive program
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January 10, 2013 5:54:12 PM

Thanks so much my final build is http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wSOc if theirs anything that needs to be changed tell me. Thanks again you were very helpful
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January 10, 2013 5:55:51 PM

It's good but you must get a gfx card, get the 7770 of what tiny voices recommended.
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January 10, 2013 5:58:03 PM

djangoringo said:
It's good but you must get a gfx card, get the 7770 of what tiny voices recommended.

I already have a Graphic card as i previously said its not great but right now its not a priority. i need to keep my budget as low as possible for now
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January 10, 2013 5:59:45 PM

Alright then, didn't see it, i was just thinking without it, so i just warned, if it's a pcie card then it's fine, the FX-6300 is a good cpu for your needs.
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January 10, 2013 6:04:02 PM

djangoringo said:
Alright then, didn't see it, i was just thinking without it, so i just warned, if it's a pcie card then it's fine, the FX-6300 is a good cpu for your needs.

sorry i diddnt mean to come of as a D***. its a PCI-e x16 thats fine right?
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January 10, 2013 6:09:52 PM

It will all be fine. The board has plenty of pci and pcie slots for your needs.

the 2 pci express 2.0 x 16 slots are only for video cards.

The pci express x1 and pci slots are what you care about.
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January 10, 2013 6:11:54 PM

What about an operating system?
Just wouldn't want you to order all the parts and not be able to use it cause you forgot to budget for an OS.
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January 10, 2013 6:12:48 PM

Sorry if I'm stating the obvious, but you won't have an OS on your new computer. Unless you plan on running Linux, you'll have to buy a copy of Windows if you don't already own a retail version.

edit: beat me to it :lol: 
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January 10, 2013 6:24:06 PM

I have on operating system so no worrys ill be fine with that. you guys were all very helpful.
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January 10, 2013 6:35:50 PM

Best answer selected by dean18.
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January 11, 2013 3:00:36 AM

What Tiny Voices suggested is a good build. However, if you are going to use Vegas you maybe better off with an Intel CPU just sayin.
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