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 Post subject: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:26 am 
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Hey guys,

I'm looking to build a new desktop for my office, so I don't have to pack/unpack everything every time I go from home to office and back. Trying to keep the costs down

It will generally be used for the basics, Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook, browsing, older games (CS / AoE3) which I know a barebones kit would probably do fine, but also I'd like to be able to stream netflix (or local video) on a 55" LCD TV I have and still be able to computer things on a 27" LCD TV. Additionally, I am playing around with some Adobe CS5 programs and editing video.

I'm comfortable with AMD or Intel, but I was thinking AMD is the way to go, I see parody in everything but price. Recommendations on what to get/where (links to deals)? Would prefer to stay under $500, but if that is not possible, as close as possible.

I was thinking this barebones bundle from TigerDirect might work well for me? What do you think?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... u=B69-0778


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:20 pm 
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What's your budget for this build?


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:36 pm 
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LatiosXT wrote:
What's your budget for this build?


You're losing your touch, Latios. He said he's got a $500 budget.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:58 pm 
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phillyj wrote:
LatiosXT wrote:
What's your budget for this build?


You're losing your touch, Latios. He said he's got a $500 budget.

I'm not losing my touch. I just have a selective filter. :D

Anyway...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.83 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.96 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($107.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $488.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-13 19:06 EDT-0400)

This does not include Windows, which you will need to add $100. Otherwise this should perform quite well and leaves you room to upgrade to a better processor if need be.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 6:07 pm 
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Building off of LatiosXT recommendation, if you want an AMD CPU, try this:

AMD FX 6300 $120 or the FX 6200 for $130 (the 6200 has a higher base clock speed)
ASRock AM3+ 980DE3 U3S3 $70

Should be competitive with the 4130.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:28 am 
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Hey guys thanks for the help.

Just wondering, why would one go with the 3.4ghz dual core Intel over a 3.8 Ghz 6 core AMD other than some sort of Ford vs. Chevy brand loyalty? It has always appeared to me that since Intel was like 'the original cpu' in the consumer pc cpu market with the pentiums they have retained some ability to charge for their name, but have they proven their cpus are superior to AMD? Seems to me you get a lot more bang for your buck with the FX-6200...


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:43 am 
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It depends on what you want to do. If your tasks are multithreaded (which video encoding and photo editing usually is) then AMD is pretty good here. Otherwise for most other tasks, Intel usually wins out because it has better single-threaded performance. Among other things to consider are heat and power consumption, which AMD is generally worse in, but not by much.

Now if you're wondering why... because not all processors are built the same and it's a toss up whether or not AMD's cores can be called cores.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:31 pm 
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Hey looking to revive this thread and modify it slightly - about to buy my parts and I have a 15% cash back deal if I buy TigerDirect(through Bank of America - check out their Deals section in online banking if you have any of their credit cards)..

I would prefer going AMD and put the money to better use somewhere else like a SSD or something else that would help with Adobe CS5 programs that can be hardware intensive .. also I realize this was a couple months ago and now things have probably changed ever so slightly..

So can you'll revise this build to be bought completely through TigerDirect (Unless .. 15% off TD and combining shipping, etc. is not the most effective route) to be an AMD PC for $500 or less?

Also the OS issue was brought up, I have Windows 7 now on a Toshiba I bought a couple years ago and am not impressed.. IMHO XP Pro is the best Microsoft OS I've ever used and I have a copy of that.. any reason to go to Windows 7 or 8? I run Microsoft Office 2007 for the most part, and a few products in the Adobe CS5 lineup (Photoshop & Premeire mostly).

This one actually would come out to about $500 after cash back deal & rebates... anything you could configure a better deal?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... 7&CatId=31


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:31 pm 
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I can't do a build for you now but XP is being phased out so it's best to get Win7 or 8. I use 7, and it took some getting used to, but it's not too bad.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:56 pm 
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Any reason to go to Windows 7 over XP? There's a few

  • Because Windows XP was around before SSDs took off, it lacks all the housekeeping that keeps SSDs alive for as long as possible. I had a work laptop with an SSD and XP and I noticed it started to poop out at almost 2.5 years of use. I'm not hopeful of modern SSDs since they're starting to use TLC flash, which has an even shorter life span than MLC flash.
  • Windows XP has terrible security. Running as an admin on XP is basically running as root. NT6's security mechanism may be annoying, but if you have a bad program, you have to basically give it permission to run.
  • Official support ends next April. Though I'm sure this is just Microsoft helping you with it. They may have stopped releasing patches a while ago.
  • If you're going to use Photoshop, you'll probably want to invest in more RAM as well. While Windows XP does have a 64-bit version, it sucks as there's very little driver support for it.
  • Speaking of driver support, any new hardware you'll find probably doesn't have XP support anymore. Or support will drop when Microsoft drops it.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:02 am 
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I reread your original posting and now I am wondering why you don't want to get a laptop? Is there a special reason for a desktop? The only intensive program you mentions was Adobe CS5 and video editing. I'm sure you can get a nice AMD or Intel PC for $500; maybe less because its the holiday season. It would come with the OS and Office already.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:45 am 
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Wouldn't performance be really lacking on a laptop in that price tier? Also I've yet to see a laptop come with MS Office unless you explicitly ask for it (they usually come with a trial version).


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:17 pm 
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Where am I going to find a laptop that matches that link I posted for $500?


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:26 am 
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alright, I guess you're right. Here is an AMD build including Win7 using Tigerdirect only. If you skip the GPU at this time, you can shave of ~$120 and get a better card off newegg or something when there is a sale. There's about $50 in shipping charges in this build. I went with a mATX board so you can use a cheaper case. That's the best I could find in cost savings.

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CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($112.27 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ TigerDirect)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.27 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.10 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($117.27 @ TigerDirect)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.27 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.27 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $582.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-05 10:24 EST-0500)


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:56 am 
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dcteachergeek wrote:
Where am I going to find a laptop that matches that link I posted for $500?


they are out there, if you are close to a Frys here is an in store only deal http://www.frys.com/product/6677904?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG


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 Post subject: Re: Help me build a performance PC on a budget
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:08 am 
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If you jump on it right now, TD has a barebones kit using the parts I gave above but with a different case and their cheap PSU. Total price is $200. If you do get this, I would suggest buying a separate name brand PSU like a Corsair or seasonic for ~$50-70.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... =B69-00006


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