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a b C Monitor
February 21, 2013 11:11:28 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Sooner or later.

Budget Range: $300 Max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Programming Java, C++, Python, etc.

Are you buying a monitor: Possibly

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (unless linux is recommended here?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg & Amazon

Location: Texas, USA

Parts Preferences: Open to anything

Overclocking: Yes (only to a stable point)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: either 720p or 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Preferably quiet, cool pc. ALSO: If it can be mATX that would be preferable a small enclosure would be nice to have.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: To begin the adventure into programming, I want a separate computer. I don't really want to screw up on a $2000 machine, so why not build one specifically for programming? This is meant to be home use programming.
February 22, 2013 12:00:04 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/F4yZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/F4yZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/F4yZ/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($47.40 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($40.12 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GT 620 2GB Video Card ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.85 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($46.00 @ Vuugo)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $350.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 20:59 EST-0500)

Linux should be OK here.

Hope this helps,
Michael.
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February 22, 2013 12:11:45 AM

michaelwang_99 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/F4yZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/F4yZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/F4yZ/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($47.40 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($40.12 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GT 620 2GB Video Card ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.85 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($46.00 @ Vuugo)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $350.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 20:59 EST-0500)

Linux should be OK here.

Hope this helps,
Michael.


Out of curiosity why the APU (correct me if I am wrong) with the 620? Seems redundant to have a GPU and an APU.
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February 22, 2013 12:18:07 AM

burritobob said:
Out of curiosity why the APU (correct me if I am wrong) with the 620? Seems redundant to have a GPU and an APU.


Well, this was a plan of a build from a previous thread. I just stuck it in because it seemed like it was what you were looking for. I can modify it if you would like me to.

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February 22, 2013 12:19:27 AM

michaelwang_99 said:
Well, this was a plan of a build from a previous thread. I just stuck it in because it seemed like it was what you were looking for. I can modify it if you would like me to.


I would just be curious is there was some cost/benefit analysis between getting the 620 and sticking with the AMD APU.
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February 22, 2013 12:24:16 AM

burritobob said:
I would just be curious is there was some cost/benefit analysis between getting the 620 and sticking with the AMD APU.


Well, in theory, it's not ideal. An APU can be used for programming that does not render high-requirement programs (such as games). If you are programming a game, a GT 620 would be better. If you are not, then APU should be good enough.

Can you be more specific on what kind of programming you are doing? That would give me a better understanding on what to plan out.
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February 22, 2013 12:33:28 AM

I'm interested in doing C++ & Java programming at a basic level and slowly progressing into games and more advanced programs.
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February 22, 2013 12:37:56 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F5Vt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F5Vt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F5Vt/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 6570 2GB Video Card ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $404.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 21:37 EST-0500)

Sorry, I went over by 5 dollars.

Just dial down the graphics card if you think it is too powerful.

Hope this helps,
Michael
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March 4, 2013 2:11:26 PM

Any Micro ATX options?
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March 4, 2013 8:57:28 PM

burritobob said:
Any Micro ATX options?


There are, I just prefer ATX due to the easier upgrading options. Do you have a preference for a Micro ATX board? Because that certainly can be done.
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March 4, 2013 9:06:48 PM

michaelwang_99 said:
There are, I just prefer ATX due to the easier upgrading options. Do you have a preference for a Micro ATX board? Because that certainly can be done.

I was just looking for a small form factor quiet pc, it makes life a lot easier if I can put it just about anywhere compared to a tower. I do have space if that is the best way, but I really do not plan on upgrading until java and C++ development use beyond this.
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March 4, 2013 9:14:31 PM

If you just want it for programming, and that alone, honestly consider a Raspberry Pi, it is a very small investment, so it's not really a problem if you decide programming isn't your thing.

As a Java/Haskell programmer, I would highly recommend using and getting comfortable with Linux and the terminal. It will make things much easier later on down the line, and make you a more flexible and well rounded programmer.

I would 1 up the mATX idea, and suggest an mITX form factor. You will have a very portable and good looking platform, which is more expandable than you might think (though this doesn't really seem like a problem given the purpose of the PC). The Bitfenix Prodigy is a very high quality case, that looks fantastic. Here is a suggested build: CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Foxconn H61S Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($55.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.79 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $394.69

There's no video card (you won't need one for programming) and I've chosen to just have an SSD since you are unlikely to keep any vast music libraries or games on this thing. It can also become an awesome LAN machine at some point if you so wish.

Best of luck with your foray into the programming world, it's a lot of fun! (for some of us..)

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March 4, 2013 9:38:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($103.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $304.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 18:38 EST-0500)
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March 4, 2013 10:56:54 PM

Best answer selected by burritobob.
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