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#1 Skittzo

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 02:31 PM

Hello,

 

I've spent a lot of time viewing build videos and suggested parts lists, and I think I'm finally ready for my first build. I have a list of parts and to a noob like me I don't see any compatibility issues. If I am overlooking something please let me know.

 

This computer is for my mother and will be used for general everyday computing, watching streams, and uploading and managing photos.

 

Thank you

 

 

Motherboard:  Gigabyte GA-H97-HD3    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-1150-Intel-Motherboard-GA-H97-HD3/dp/B00SUR7YFO/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1443381265&sr=1-1&keywords=Gigabyte+GA-H97-HD3

 

Proc: I5 4590  http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-4590-BX80646I54590-Processor-Cache/dp/B00J2LIFBY/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1443381424&sr=1-1&keywords=i5+4590

 

Ram: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8gb  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006YG9CQC?colid=2H6Y7VALMG5JY&coliid=I21RCGN628LR9U&psc=1&ref_=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_ttl

 

GPU:  AMD R7 370:  http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-Overclocked-Graphics-GV-R737WF2OC-2GD/dp/B00ZGF40QO/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1443381605&sr=1-1&keywords=AMD+R7+370

 

HD: WD 2TB Black:  http://www.amazon.com/Black-Performance-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00FJRS628/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1443381830&sr=1-2&keywords=wd+2tb+blue&refinements=p_89%3AWestern+Digital%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_four_browse-bin%3A8067152011

 

PS: Corsair CS 550M:  http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Modular-Efficient-Supply-CS550M/dp/B00GH9NA6O/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1443381910&sr=1-1&keywords=corsair+cs+550

 

Case: ATX, not selected yet.


Edited by Skittzo, 27 September 2015 - 02:40 PM.


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#2 gigawert

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 02:45 PM

Hello,

 

I've spent a lot of time viewing build videos and suggested parts lists, and I think I'm finally ready for my first build. I have a list of parts and to a noob like me I don't see any compatibility issues. If I am overlooking something please let me know.

 

This computer is for my mother and will be used for general everyday computing, watching streams, and uploading and managing photos.

 

Thank you

 

 

Motherboard:  Gigabyte GA-H97-HD3    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-1150-Intel-Motherboard-GA-H97-HD3/dp/B00SUR7YFO/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1443381265&sr=1-1&keywords=Gigabyte+GA-H97-HD3

 

Proc: I5 4590  http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-4590-BX80646I54590-Processor-Cache/dp/B00J2LIFBY/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1443381424&sr=1-1&keywords=i5+4590

 

Ram: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8gb  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006YG9CQC?colid=2H6Y7VALMG5JY&coliid=I21RCGN628LR9U&psc=1&ref_=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_ttl

 

GPU:  AMD R7 370:  http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-Overclocked-Graphics-GV-R737WF2OC-2GD/dp/B00ZGF40QO/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1443381605&sr=1-1&keywords=AMD+R7+370

 

HD: WD 2TB Black:  http://www.amazon.com/Black-Performance-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00FJRS628/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1443381830&sr=1-2&keywords=wd+2tb+blue&refinements=p_89%3AWestern+Digital%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_four_browse-bin%3A8067152011

 

PS: Corsair CS 550M:  http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Modular-Efficient-Supply-CS550M/dp/B00GH9NA6O/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1443381910&sr=1-1&keywords=corsair+cs+550

 

Case: ATX, not selected yet.

This is somewhat if not extremely overkill for "general everyday computing". An i3 CPU will be adequate and a  1 TB hard drive is plenty. I have never used more than 300 GB and I install tons of programs on my computer. Also, you can leave out the GPU as the integrated video will be fine in this case. 

 

Be sure to put together this parts list at pcpartpicker.com to verify the compatibility as well. :)


Edited by gigawert, 27 September 2015 - 02:46 PM.

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:26 AM

You don't need a powerhouse PC for a general home office computer.  Here is an idea:

 

CPU/APU:  AMD A10-7700K - This isn't the most high-end CPU, but it should be good enough for your uses.  It has the graphics card built in.  $119

 

Motherboard:  GIGABYTE GA-F2A68HM-H FM2+ - You don't need the highest end, feature laden motherboard for this build.  $44

 

OS:  Windows 10 Home, Full Edition - This includes a 32-bit and 64-bit copy of the OS.  You'll want the 64-bit one.  $119

 

RAM:  Mushkin Enhanced Stealth 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 - Should be plenty of RAM for your use case.  $48

 

SSD:  Crucial BX100 2.5" 500GB - I assume that the user of this PC doesn't have a ton of files.  If they do, a traditional hard drive should supplement this, leaving the SSD for programs and the OS.  $159

 

Case/PSU:  Antec Sonata III 500 Black - This case comes with a power supply and is known for quiet operation.  $119

 

ODD:  ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - A basic optical drive, you may not even need this if most of the data isn't stored on disc.  $19

 

Total Cost:  $633

 

 


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 10:47 AM

It'll work and I can't see anything likely to cause compatibility problems.  I have to agree it seems a bit overkill for suggested uses, unless the "managing photo's" means editing and processing lots of them.  Perhaps if she likes the odd game of GTA V it'll do the job too :)

 

Just an idea, but if I was building/getting a computer for my mother definitely one of the requirements would be "unobtrusive" looks and small form factor.  A big ugly (in her view!) ATX case would be out of the question.  Without the need for high powered hardware, it's quite easy to build a nice system based on Mini ITX parts.


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 05:30 PM

Yeah I would go with an i3 (even if this was an entry level gaming computer even i3's pack quite a punch though, intel has been packing heat in its more budget processors, even modern Pentiums seem like high tier processors at times)


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 05:51 PM

Guys, thanks so much for your input. I will consider all this great advice and make the proper changes to my build. The first change I decided to do was add an SSD drive for Windows 7 (either the Samsung 850 EVO 250g or one of the Crucial SSD). I'm a little in the dark as far as once having an SSD and HD will my mother need to designate which drive the downloads go to each time (:C or :D) or can I set it up to auto download her programs, photos, etc. to the HD?. I just want to make it as dumb-proof for her as possible. I've seen videos on configuring the BIOS for the 2 drives, but still not completely confident I can pull it off so I'm sure I will have more questions when I get to that point.

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:36 PM

Yes you can move user folders like Documents, Pictures, Music, Video, Downloads etc. to a location on a different drive.  It's pretty straightforward - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-move-windows-7-personal-folders-my-documents-another-drive.htm


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 09:41 PM

Of course, 250 GB is still a good amount of space, and it'll be a while until you fill it up. Hey, I play lots of games and install lots of software and I haven't even used 200 GB yet.


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 08:42 AM

Skittzo, there is no need for all the high level performance (and heat) that has been suggested. I have done years of research based on performance and power draw and heat generation. I created many spreadsheets to organize the data. If you buy this PC here with the Core i3 4130T CPU, your mother will be happy, you will be happy, and it will work out fine. It has great performance to price ratio, and will run cool and stable. The integrated graphics, Intel HD 4400, is enough for your mother's uses. It costs $400, less than a custom build.

http://www.neweggbusiness.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9B-83-265-731&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleBiz-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleBiz-PC-_-pla-_-Desktop+Computers-_-9B-83-265-731&gclid=CjwKEAjw7aiwBRCPgdu70arX70wSJADK6iDDI7KRbxf1RS6KO8TcR5N_Bt5YsXQKUczkuarhwzuSsxoCE4zw_wcB

 



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Posted 29 September 2015 - 05:42 PM

That PC is tiny!!!!!!! I could imagine it having overheating issues if not taken care of properly.


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 09:53 PM

It doesn't have those problems. The CPU's TDP is only 35 watts, and the GPU is integrated so no concern there either. You can google the brand name and model and read the reviews people have written.


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Posted 30 September 2015 - 06:16 AM

It certainly is less expensive than the AMD model above, but is also much slower with a dual core and no SSD, but for home usage, it can work.  That PC should be eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.  Here's that PC at the non-business Newegg.


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