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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:43 PM
Posted 25 November 2013 - 01:09 PM
For a budget machine you are best off buying. The main reason being the cost of the Windows license. You may be able to reuse the case, DVD drive and hard drive, but I doubt the power supply.
If you could give us an idea of how much you want to spend, we can give you a better idea.
Your basic pricing looks like this:
$300 - web browsing and e-mail
$500 - general use
$750 - casual gaming
$1,000+ gamer / video and audio work
Until you get into the $750 area you'll have a hard time building for what you can buy. With the up coming black Friday and cyber Monday deals coming you may find a decent machine for a good price.
Posted 25 November 2013 - 08:07 PM
Posted 26 November 2013 - 01:49 PM
Generally you can get a pretty good gaming PC for around $750, but much below that isn't really good for much besides general computing tasks. If your Acer PC is in a normal mid-ATX case with a decent 500W power supply, you should be able to get a decent PC since you will be reusing your case, power supply, hard drives (If they are less than five years old), and optical drives.
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 - Assuming you have a standard mid-ATX case and it can take a traditional ATX motherboard, this will work. $66
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced STEALTH 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - Should be enough for now. $74
CPU: AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) - Again, this should be enough for what you're doing. $159
GPU: ASUS R9270-DC2OC-2GD5 Radeon R9 270 2GB - If your video editing program can take advantage of the GPU, you can use this. If you need a power supply, you may need to scale this down to a Radeon R7 260X. $179
This is about $480.
Edited by DJBPace07, 26 November 2013 - 01:51 PM.
Posted 26 November 2013 - 06:50 PM
Posted 26 November 2013 - 06:53 PM
Posted 27 November 2013 - 07:39 AM
Some rendering programs can use the GPU to accelerate rendering instead of relying entirely on the CPU. This is on a program by program basis. Pinnacle Studio, and Adobe Premiere, both support GPU acceleration. AMD graphics cards use OpenCL whereas Nvidia cards use the proprietary CUDA so there can be issues if your program supports one but not the other. Generally, if your program supports OpenCL, you're good with a graphics card from either AMD or Nvidia.
Posted 27 November 2013 - 08:04 AM
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