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Building New Computer, Suggestions Welcome


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#1 jonnyray

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 06:37 PM

So Ive been thinking about building a computer that me and my girlfriend can both use.  I would use it for music recording (so high end soundcard), and she will use it for computer graphics (So nice graphics card).  I have a good grasp on computers.  I do not work in the field but know enough where I could successfully pass the A+ probably, and Im sure i can build a new computer.  I was hoping you guys could throw out some suggestions for a good build.  Im looking to spend 800-1200...or if you really think that wont cut it we could probably go a little higher.  Im also wondering about RAID, im not experienced in it, but I know that it is something I would want for the type of use we will get out of the system.  Thanks!

 

Also. Im not pro-INTEL or pro-AMD.....unless I should be for what im doing.  Haha


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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:30 AM

Well, here's an idea.

 

Case:  Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - It's basic, but should do well unless you install the large, high-end graphics cards.  $60

 

Motherboard:  ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 - A basic motherboard that should support your needs.  It allows for AM3+ CPU's but should not be used for Crossfire given the speeds on the PCI-E X16 slots.  If you want Crossfire, I suggest a 990FX based board.  $78

 

GPU:  PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB - This is a mainstream graphics card that gets good results.  If you are gaming, this is decent for most games.  $159

 

PSU:  CORSAIR CX750M 750W - More than enough power for this computer.  $89

 

CPU:  AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz - This is the best desktop CPU AMD makes.  $199

 

RAM:  Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - This is a single 8GB stick, which leaves you plenty of room for upgrading later on should you need to.  $65

 

SSD:  Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III - This is the drive you will install your OS and a few of your highly-used applications on.  $99

 

HDD:  Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - This is the drive you will write most of your data to.  RAID should not be used unless you are using it for redundancy given the SSD.  $69

 

ODD:  ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - A basic drive is all you really need.  $19

 

Soundcard:  ASUS Xonar Essence STX - Asus makes some of the best audiophile/pro-sumer audio cards around.  I have two of their cards and they are fantastic, though pricey.  $179

 

OS:  Windows 8 64-bit Full Edition - If you don't like the tiles, just go to the desktop run your programs there.  I almost never use the metro interface and don't mind Windows 8.  This is full version of Windows 8, which is similar to the Professional version of Windows 7.  $139

 

Total Price: $1,164


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#3 jonnyray

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:20 AM

Hey thats awesome thanks! Thats perfect in my price range. So my girl is into font design/art, so do you think that graphics card is plenty fine for that?

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:24 AM

Hey thats awesome thanks! Thats perfect in my price range. So my girl is into font design/art, so do you think that graphics card is plenty fine for that?

Depends on the software that is used for font design/art.


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:46 PM

That card is a mainstream graphics card for games, so it should be, at the very least, decent.  Now, if you are doing CAD or 3D Modeling, a professional graphics card may be more useful, but can be extremely expensive.


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