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$600 Budget Fry's Audio/Video work desktop New Build

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July 17, 2013 11:21:24 PM

I am having a hard time building a budget 600 dollar audio/video editing desktop. You would think skimping out on the gpu an reusing a few components would make this process easier lol

A couple of guidelines are:
- The components have to bought from Fry's Electronics because I have a $500 store credit gift recipe.
They internet price match so it shouldn't be that big of a deal.
- I am reusing my Antec P90 case but I don't have a PSU. So I'll need a one.
- I have a Window's base OS....if you know what I mean ; )
- Keyboard, mouse, an monitors are already purchase. So are speakers.
- I would like Bluray player and a really good burner for DVD's an the such.
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Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as uh we (?) can.

Budget Range: $600. Before rebates. After tax and shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: It is supposed to be used for audio recording (making music) and web browsing. A work computer. Video editing perhaps. No gaming necessary.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: None

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Fry's Electronics. A must.

Location: LA county area, California

Parts Preferences: Best bang for the buck, so any I guess. On board graphics.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Not sure. Irrelevant?

Additional Comments: Problems that I am having are:

Should I invest in a SSD? I have an external tera drives and I'll constantly be backing stuff up. So a USB 3.0 is a must. Maybe a Firewire? A multie system connectivity would be useful (Macs). But I won't need a large disk space for the SSD since storage will be on external.

I will be content with on-board-graphic, but the option to upgrade at a later date would be wise. I know I'll need a fair GPU for video editing/rendering but it is not a necessity at this moment. Rather put my money into a better cpu and/or better general components.

Choosing a Motherboard is driving me crazy. I won't be overclocking. I don't wish to pay for that feature. But I would like bluetooth, hdmi, etc..

Do I need a BTX PSU or ATX for my Antec P90 case?! An which pin connector will I use.

I am willing to spend more.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This is actually for a friend, he requested that I build it for him. Buuuuut I'll bum it off to the forum lol
I do have a list components and multiple builds, however, i rather compare afterwards. An I've never built a Auido/Video work desktop. From the research I've done on the internet/google is that most system are in general just like a gaming machine. I feel unease because I have a nagging feeling that I am missing a prime component for this type of build.

I very much appreciate your assistance! =)
July 18, 2013 5:34:39 PM

I can't know inventories, and I don't have the time to check. So I'll give general instructions, and you must decide for yourself

Buy NVidia cards. The GTX 660 is on a sale spree due to inventory stuff all around.
PSU, buy the cheapest 80+ gold. Why? 'cause anything gold has to be of good quality.
Buy whatever motherboard is in a good bundle savings pack. Look for HXX, or ZXX series.
Buy Intel Ivy Bridge. price drops should be sweet.

Maybe check this out in the end,

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