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#1 JeffyDurden

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 10:34 AM

Hey everyone. I am now looking to buy a desktop. My budget is between 1200-1500ish. I do need a monitor as well. I think a 24" is my best option. I pretty much need everything except the mouse  :P

 

I have tried using pcpartpicker.com but I don't think I know enough about which parts would be the best choice for me. I think that I want an i7 and 16 gigs of RAM. Besides this, I'm not sure what to do. The computer will be used for the following: web browsing, watching videos/Netflix, a little bit of gaming (mainly World of Warcraft), running a website, forex trading (the reason I want at least a 24" monitor). This is the majority of what it will be used for.

 

I have never put together a PC. I think I probably could if I needed to. So, either building one or buy a premade are both options.

 

Thanks in advance!



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 01:32 PM

So the budget is 1200-1500$ and this is the shop where you intend to buy.Premade or ready configurations is not good to buy,because may not fit you purpose.So:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54570

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87xud4h

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmy16gx3m2a1866c9

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd1002faex

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-internal-hard-drive-cssdf180gbgsbk

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42765kr

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss750km

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caph410b1

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24ns95

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-24ea53vp

I prefer this type of keyboard with convex keys not like keyboard of laptop.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-keyboard-gkforcek3

Total:1228.19

A lot of variety in this shop I have lost.

For tasks you want the PC one i5 is enough.

I don`know whether V.A.T is included.


Edited by Alex&Vanko, 07 May 2014 - 03:55 PM.


#3 JeffyDurden

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 02:20 PM

Thanks Alex&Vanko,

 

I appreciate the help. I noticed that after adding a monitor, OS, and a CPU cooler the price jumps up quite a bit.

 

Is there any particular CPU cooler that I should get for this system?

 

Also, with using the standard hard drive and the SSD how do I set that up?

 

Thanks for the help!



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 02:54 PM

CPU is box.No need to buy cooler.You will install Windows upon SSD.Clicking and operations in Windows will be faster also loading and stages in games..HDD you can use as a storage.I will edit my first post to put in 1300$ with monitor and keyboard and remain money for Windows.



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 03:56 PM

See what is it now.I have removed SSD.We may put i5k if you want overclock.And for that is needed another cooler more powerful.Motherboard is very good for this amount of money.Also we may put another for 100$ if no overclock.


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 11:49 PM

Based on your requirements you don't really need to spend more than $600. Doing the tasks you describe, you will see no noticeable improvement in anything for the extra $700 you are spending. Just something to keep in mind.



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Posted 10 May 2014 - 01:28 PM

Thanks for the info Bludshot. I've been stuck using a so-so laptop for the last year and just want something more powerful. I may end up doing a little more than I posted such as minor video editing or trying some newer games. What would you recommend to do?



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Posted 10 May 2014 - 09:56 PM

Yeah, if you are actually going to play new games, then you'll get something out of the greater expenditure. With your budget I just recommend getting awesome parts and making a beastly machine that you can use for years. You can post your parts here and ask people to comment on them (for example if you picked the wrong ram, etc).

 

I recommend Intel i7 (the i5 will do you though) and Nvidia graphics card. Other people like AMD. Don't get any dual SLI stuff it's not cost effective. I recommend against overclocking because it's a hassle and your parts will wear out sooner, and you won't truly notice the extra speed, it's more of a hobbyist thing for people to feel cool (sry overclockers no offense lol). I mean, leave the overclocking to the overclockers who enjoy that stuff. (I'm sure that attitude of mine is making me miss out on an extra 500mhz that I would never notice...)

 

Definitely get an SSD, probably 256 gigs for C, a 1tb regular speed drive for D, and a slow 2 or 3 or 4 TB green drive for storage. Then you can do your main stuff on C (games, the main video you are editing this week) and secondary stuff on D (games you play less often and don't mind it loading a little bit slower). The green drive is for storing large videos and stuff. It's completely worth it to get the slower bigger drive, because if you try to get a normal speed drive it's way more expensive for virtually no benefit. (well, come to think of it, don't buy the green drive till some day when you run out of space and need it)

 

Get a good quality Power Supply with modular cables. Don't just look at the wattage number. Get a nice big case that's easy to work with like a HAF or a nzxt.

 

Consider not buying a 3rd party cpu cooler since I think the stock ones are fine if you aren't overclocking. The lower end coolers are not any sturdier than the stock cooler.

 

Also if I was spending that much, I would get a blu-ray burner. With your monitor, pay attention to what inputs it has on there (hdmi, dvi, etc)  I would buy the monitor at a place like Best Buy because the price is just as good and they have better return policies. Don't buy a sound card, just wait and see if the onboard sound is good enough which it really might be.


Edited by bludshot, 10 May 2014 - 09:57 PM.


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 10:17 AM

Awesome. I'll put together a parts list and then I hope you can steer me in the right direction from there. I appreciate your help.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 12:48 AM

It is almost based upon you and i think you had made right choice the process which all you need is also available in it, yes you could go for CPU cooler also as it would help your cpu to processes faster.



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 02:26 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/mistersprinkles/saved/yLjWGX

 

Here is a build for $1000 (needs an OS)

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/mistersprinkles/saved/BNhj4D

 

Here is a build for $730 (with OS)

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/mistersprinkles/saved/hXHRsY

 

An Intel build for the same price (needs an OS)

 

For your monitor, try to get something IPS based, not TN. Much better quality and improved viewing angles. 


Edited by Mistersprinkles, 02 June 2014 - 02:27 PM.


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 10:10 AM

Hey Mistersprinkles. I like your $1000 dollar build. Can I ask why you chose that particular video card? Also, would adding another 8 gigs of memory make much of a difference?



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 01:37 PM

Hey Mistersprinkles. I like your $1000 dollar build. Can I ask why you chose that particular video card? Also, would adding another 8 gigs of memory make much of a difference?

 

Sorry that was an older build I had done for someone else, you should change the motherboard to the Z97-A as that is the newer board and will support Broadwell processors when they come out. 

Why did I choose that video card? It's the best video card that fit into the build. $280 is a good price for an R9 280X (you can find them even cheaper used on Ebay). It is better than a GTX 760 ($230) and has an extra GB of VRAM, all for an extra $50. Not bad. 

Adding 8GB of RAM will not make a difference for gaming. If you do heavy productivity tasks where you will go over 8GB, then get 16. Otherwise save your money. 

And obviously, the wireless adapter is optional. If the system will not be run wirelessly, don't buy it. 

Also, you may want to add an aftermarket cooler like a Noctua NHD14 so you can overclock the CPU. 


Edited by Mistersprinkles, 05 June 2014 - 01:38 PM.





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