I may need a new pc soon, there are plenty of options from local stores with their own builds. It's confusing as hell, any type of input would be appreciated.
First option is on the lower end of my budget:
I-3 4160 3.6Ghz 2 core 3M (1150) Intel HD Graphics 4400 22nm
Either an H81 or B85 Asus motherboard (B85m-g 4sata 6gb/s 2 sata 3gb/s)
8GB DDR3 1600 ram
This falls into the lower end of my budget and it seems great for my needs mostly watching movies with some light photoshop usage and no gaming at all, although I do have Red Alert 2 and I may consider playing The Sims again.
The next options are about 50-70usd more.
I3-6100 2 core 3.7Ghz 3M (1151) intel HD Graphics 530 14nm
Asus B150 M-A I like this (6 sata 6gb/s and DDR4 ram)
8gb DDR4 2133 ram
I5-4460 (1150) 4 core 3.2 6M Intel HD Graphics 4600 22nm
B85M-G (4sata 6Gb/s 2 Sata 3Gb/s)
8gb 1600 ram
I'm currently using an old dell e521 with 2gb of ddr2 ram, Amd Athlon 64 x2 dual core 3800+ 2ghz Sapphire 5450 gpu, which I'm happy with watching movies, dowloading, livestreaming and doing some Photoshop on. If it weren't spazzing out on me, I wouldn't even consider getting a new pc so any of these is a big step up.
All three fit within my budget but I'd rather not spend any more than I have to right now. I like the quad core cpu on the third combination but for some reason I prefer the B150 motherboard from the second combo and it's ddr4 ram over the B85 and it's ddr3 ram. I don't know if I should even consider the H81's that are being offered with the lower end builds.
I don't know if there's a big difference between the onboard graphics 4400, 4600 and the 530 but I'd like not to have to buy a gpu if I can get away with it, but that's always an option sometime later.
Please let me know what you guys think. I don't know if I'm focusing on the wrong things here for my needs. I'm not a PC builder or power user, I don't foresee a lot of upgrades in the future (maybe more ram and a gpu) but for some reason I am leaning towards the newer B150 motherboard over the others.
As mentioned before, I do some photoshop work and I have been meaning to get into some light video editing and putting together short clips from my camera's outputting 720 and 1080 vids.
Edited by j1983, 24 July 2016 - 09:04 AM.