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#1 TnTWalter

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 09:06 AM

Our very old Dell died....I know very little about computers. Was thinking about a Dell XPS 8700 although I hear there's a new one coming out... I also want to get a new monitor as ours as as old as the pc...I'm embarrassed to say but close to 8 years...we tend to use things till they die...

 

Laptop or Desktop?
DESKTOP
My budget for the new computer is: 
<$2k
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? 
email, web browsing, GIMP, spredsheets, budgeting, homework, photo editing

What software do you intemd on using on the computer? 
OPENOFFICE, GIMP, YNAB

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? 
my son might start playing games; could not with old system; he's 13

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? 
yes i like to keep multiple programs on

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
yes/but we have a backup drive too

Will you be overclocking?
i don't know what this means sorry

Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
Indiana
How many monitors are you planning to use?
one
Do you need peripherals? OS?
again don't know sorry

Any particular reason why you are upgrading?

desktop crashed

 

Thanks so much I'm a novice. Husband likes Dell. Not opposed to an IMAC or pre-built from a company but those seemed geared towards gamers.

 

 



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Posted 11 September 2015 - 10:28 AM

Does you know anyone who knows how to build computers? There are video guides on youtube and building your own PC is cheap and you can assure you only use quality components.

 

Btw overclocking is when you are forcing something to run at a faster speed than the manufactures intended (this will void warranty).


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 10:47 AM

my husband could probably do it but don't think he'd prefer to do it.

 

I was looking into those companies that build for you for a small up charge but seem to be geared towards gamers and seemed overkill for my needs.



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Posted 11 September 2015 - 11:33 AM

Just another question, what games is he playing? If he plays games like CSGO, Dota or LoL you can settle for a cheaper PC as they arent very demanding.



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Posted 11 September 2015 - 12:12 PM

he plays xbox games and ipad games right now because we don't have a pc or laptop that can handle...i guess he has played minecraft on the laptop...on xbox he likes call of duty type games.

 

but it's mainly for the family. kids have presentations [we use openoffice the free version of microsoft office] i do a lot of photoshop type editing [we use gimp...yes we are cheap]. 

 

i also do lots of web browsing research and have multiple tabs open. i prefer firefox which is a hog.

 

i do web pages in wordpress.

 

hubby does spreadsheets, etc. for work. 

 

we have YNAB budgeting software. we pay bills, etc. nothing too intense...

 

I went to pcpartpicker...

CPU:  i7-4790k [could probably do an i5 or i3]

MB Asus Z97A

Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB [2x4GB] DDR3-1600

Storage Samsung 40 EVO 120gb 2.5" SSD

Storage WD Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM 

Video MSI GEForce GTX 770 2GB Twin 

Case Corsair Pro 750 W 80+ gold cert. semi-mod ATX

Optical LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD writer

O/S Windows 10 Home [or is Pro better?]

 

I was thinking of getting the Dell 2412m monitor $299

 

the prices they show say it's about $1250 for above

thinking we could use our existing keyboard and mouse? 

don't see audio above? 

do I need a fan or cooler? or anything else? 

 

Is that overkill? or not enough? thanks.



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Posted 11 September 2015 - 12:18 PM

oops was just told <$1000 goal...need to revise. Ha!

 

I took the CPU down to i5-4690k and the video to MSI Gelforce GTX 750 TI 2GB 

 

now I'm at $944


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 12:37 PM

he plays xbox games and ipad games right now because we don't have a pc or laptop that can handle...i guess he has played minecraft on the laptop...on xbox he likes call of duty type games.

 

but it's mainly for the family. kids have presentations [we use openoffice the free version of microsoft office] i do a lot of photoshop type editing [we use gimp...yes we are cheap]. 

 

i also do lots of web browsing research and have multiple tabs open. i prefer firefox which is a hog.

 

i do web pages in wordpress.

 

hubby does spreadsheets, etc. for work. 

 

we have YNAB budgeting software. we pay bills, etc. nothing too intense...

 

I went to pcpartpicker...

CPU:  i7-4790k [could probably do an i5 or i3]

MB Asus Z97A

Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB [2x4GB] DDR3-1600

Storage Samsung 40 EVO 120gb 2.5" SSD

Storage WD Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM 

Video MSI GEForce GTX 770 2GB Twin 

Case Corsair Pro 750 W 80+ gold cert. semi-mod ATX

Optical LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD writer

O/S Windows 10 Home [or is Pro better?]

 

I was thinking of getting the Dell 2412m monitor $299

 

the prices they show say it's about $1250 for above

thinking we could use our existing keyboard and mouse? 

don't see audio above? 

do I need a fan or cooler? or anything else? 

 

Is that overkill? or not enough? thanks.

Not bad selection for a first timer.



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Posted 11 September 2015 - 12:38 PM

 
CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($176.88 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($132.98 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card  ($318.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Total: $983.49
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-11 13:38 EDT-0400


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 12:42 PM

Windows 10 Pro includes stuff like Microsoft Word and Microsoft Powerpoint, if you dont use those i would go with Windows 10 Home.



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Posted 11 September 2015 - 12:43 PM

thanks. so this is not overkill? i didn't know how to link from pcpartpicker. assuming your build is better for my needs? thanks again.



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Posted 11 September 2015 - 12:48 PM

oops..deleted...


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 12:48 PM



thanks. so this is not overkill? i didn't know how to link from pcpartpicker. assuming your build is better for my needs? thanks again.

Well yes its overkill for a home PC but with that kind of a budget i took some liberties.

Btw i did not include an optical drive in the build i posted (silly me) but here is one with optical drive and OS. (Did have to go with a cheaper graphics card but it will still be a MASSIVE upgrade for your son).

 

 
CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($176.88 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($132.98 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 380 4GB Nitro Video Card  ($213.98 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($34.99 @ NCIX US) 
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer  ($15.98 @ Newegg) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit)  ($97.89 @ OutletPC) 
Total: $961.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-11 13:45 EDT-0400
 
If the prices are alot higher where you live i can help you push down the price.

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 12:57 PM

again it's mainly for everything else...gaming is a plus that might be used...

 

ok so you changed out the memory; storage better samsung and switched caviar for seagate switched video and case and optical and added a power supply that i didn't have.  got it.

 

since you are quick with this...how about a good to better <=$750 build so maybe I can afford a new laptop too? lol. worth a shot.

 

Also, is there a guide on how to put it all together somewhere that you recommend?

 

 

thanks for your help.Trish



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Posted 11 September 2015 - 01:01 PM

again it's mainly for everything else...gaming is a plus that might be used...

 

ok so you changed out the memory; storage better samsung and switched caviar for seagate switched video and case and optical and added a power supply that i didn't have.  got it.

 

since you are quick with this...how about a good to better <=$750 build so maybe I can afford a new laptop too? lol. worth a shot.

 

Also, is there a guide on how to put it all together somewhere that you recommend?

 

 

thanks for your help.Trish

LinusTechTips on youtube has alot of video tutorials for everything tech related



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Posted 11 September 2015 - 01:10 PM

AWESOME. will check it out. Hope hubby approves. Appreciate the help.






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