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#1 Hunters21w

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:20 AM

Hello all, looking to get some recommendations on a parts list for an upcoming build. A friend of mine will be doing the installation of everything due to my inexperience. He's also getting a parts list together but I thought I'd get a second opinion here.

Just to start off, I'd like the case size to be in a mini ITX form factor. Similar to the Cooler Master Elite 130 size. Something that I could fit in my living room entertainment center. The plan is to use the TV as the monitor.


My budget for the new computer is:
$600ish

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Mail, web browsing, Microsoft Office, Blu Ray player.

What software do you intend on using on the computer?
Windows 10, Office etc.

Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
No.

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?
Approximate 2-4 at most at any given time.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
I plan to store pictures and videos.

Will you be overclocking?
No.

Do you need peripherals? OS?
No. Recommendations for peripherals are appreciated and will not come from the build budget.

If I have not provided enough information please let me know. Thank you for your time.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:36 AM


Just to start off, I'd like the case size to be in a mini ITX form factor. Similar to the Cooler Master Elite 130 size.

 

 

you will regret a small case.....go BIG right from the start, even if you don't need the room now,

 

better airflow, and lots of room and options for expansion/changes in the future



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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:39 AM

How big are we talking? You think Micro-ATX will be large enough?

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:50 AM

I'd go with something like that. Edit: added HDD for music and videos.

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RVz2Ps
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RVz2Ps/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - A8-7600 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($76.47 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-F2A88XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard ($82.70 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston - HyperX Fury White 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($63.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: ADATA - Premier Pro SP600 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($93.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate - Constellation ES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Total: $370.34
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-18 11:51 EDT-0400

+ Case and PSU. That "possible incompatibility problem" can be ignored.

Edited by Drillingmachine, 18 September 2017 - 10:51 AM.


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:00 AM

I appreciate the recommendation. I've always had Intel processors in my laptops so I'm somewhat biased. Could you recommend a nice processor to replace the AMD you picked? Btw don't hesitate to pick components that will add up to $600 if you think it'd improve the overall reliability of the computer. I'm very comfortable at that price point. Thanks!

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:20 AM

You don't need discrete GPU and AMD has much better GPU's than Intel has so it's somewhat hard to recommend any Intel CPU as it has much worse GPU.

Or if you have no problem with discrete GPU, then it's different story.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:35 AM

At this point you're right, I don't need any dedicated GPU. I'm not completely ruling it out in the future though.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:47 AM

I don't recommend mini-ITX motherboard if planning to use discrete GPU.

Another system here:

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RBMRcc
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RBMRcc/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B350M-A Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($77.49 @ B&H)
Memory: Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: ADATA - Premier Pro SP600 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($93.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate - Constellation ES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Video Card: XFX - Radeon HD 5450 1GB Video Card ($38.20 @ B&H)
Total: $448.44
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-18 12:45 EDT-0400

I had to add cheap discrete card as Ryzen has not integrated GPU. Intel have virtually nothing sensible available for that price range if excluding dual cores.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 12:26 PM

Thanks again! Could you recommend a blu ray optical drive? Or did I miss it?

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 01:43 PM

For example https://pcpartpicker.com/product/qHdqqs/asus-optical-drive-bw16d1ht

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 03:39 PM

Here is my parts list:

AMD Athlon X4 950: $59.99

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113456

 

Motherboard: ASRock AB350M

 

$59.99

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157763

 

Memory: Ballistix Sport LT 8GB
$77.99

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820164003&ignorebbr=1

 

 

Case: Carbide Series 88R

$54.99

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139068&ignorebbr=1

 

Power Supply: SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM

 

$69.90

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151119

 

Graphics card:

EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 GAMING

 

$124.99

 

Blueray drive:

ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM

 

$52.99

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247&ignorebbr=1

 

Hard drive:

WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive

 

$49.99

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339&ignorebbr=1

 

Grand total:

 

$561.82

 

I only chose the parts so you can have a few upgrade paths.

It would do you nicely for now and once prices drop down on some parts like GPU's and memory it would pay off.

It would do everything you want

 

I stuck to newegg as the AMD Athlon X4 950 isnt on PC part picker right now, but the numbers would be close anyhow


Edited by MadmanRB, 18 September 2017 - 03:43 PM.

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