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Hi folks,

My name is Hank and this is my first post here. I'd like to build a computer for my wife and myself but need suggestions from people with experience. I built my own computer back in high school, but I'm 27 now and have no idea what's good and what's not these days. As a side note, I got my bachelors degree in a completely unrelated field to IT but was laid off last month. I decided it was time to do something I enjoy, so I am taking CompTIA A+ certification classes now and I have a good idea of what hardware is required and what it does (meaning I'm only about 98% clueless!)

The reason I came here is to get help choosing a CPU and motherboard. There are so many options out there that it is a bit overwhelming. I'm not much of a gamer, my wife does graphic design using programs such as InDesign, Photoshop, illustrator, and all the Microsoft office programs. Obviously we'll be web browsing, email, ripping videos, using something like handbrake to watch videos on phones and tablets, etc. I'd like to get the best bang for my buck and be able to tinker. I'd say any CPU over around $200 is out of my range. For my needs, what are some good cpu options between $100-$180? Is buying a used cpu something to consider? Also, I'm not planning on buying a dedicated graphics card to begin with, so I guess integrated graphics should also be a consideration.

After that, what motherboards should I be looking at? Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Edited by jhankg - 9/11/12 at 6:16pm
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well if your trying to save cash go with AMD for sure intel dosnt get good till u start handing out the big bucks

amds top CPU is 200 bucks. so if i were you id go with the 8120 or 6200 the extra cores will help with your wifes rendering

dont skimp out on a mobo! an integrated GPU dosnt really matter seeing that a $30 gfx card is better than most integrated graphics

id go for one of the top line ASUS boards (rog or sabertooth) or the gigabyte ga 990fxa
    
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Thanks for the response. After doing a little research, I've read some pretty negative things on AMDs bulldozer architecture. Is that just for games or overall performance? Is of possible to get an Intel i5 for less than $200? If not, is there a different quad core CPU made by AMD that I should look into? Thanks!

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I would say go for the Intel i5 2400, integrated graphics, great bang for the buck and probably more than enough for your needs. If you want the latest, get the 3570k, the Ivy bridge equivalent of the 2500k.

For a mobo get a intel Z68 or Z77 socket 1155, (compatibe) and the brands I would say Asus, AsRock or Gigabyte.

 

 

Hope it helped.

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I know you don't like the idea of going over $200 for your CPU, but the things you use your computer for benefit greatly from more cores and hyperthreading. What that means is that you would be happiest with a Core i7 processor. You probably don't need to get into overclocking, so you don't have to spend any extra for one of the "K" processors, but an i7-2600 or i7-3770 would really give you the best performance for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and especially Handbrake.

Some of the functions of the newer versions of Adobe's Creative Suite programs are capable of using discrete GPUs to accelerate processing. I'm not exactly sure which functions are accelerated or in which version of CS these capabilities were introduced, but I think it includes CS5 and later. My best guess is that the functions that are accelerated are the Photoshop and Illustrator Filters, Layer Merges, and Rasterizations. Again, those are just best guesses. I would recommend that you invest in a cheap NVidia GPU. You do not need to be able to play Crysis 2 in order to get good Photoshop performance from your GPU, and the multimedia benefits of a discrete GPU are handy. Get something cheap like a GT 620:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130791

The last thing that really boosts Adobe's products' performance is a lot of fast memory. If you are doing a lot of high-resolution work, especially stuff that involves RAW format photos, then you should consider getting 16GB of RAM. 8GB performs well enough for general use, but you do end up hitting your scratch disk space when you are doing large graphics. If you do mostly vector artwork and text layout then you can easily get by with 8GB, though. It would make the most sense to go with 1600MHz DDR3. It is priced quite well and performs well enough for any system. There is almost no price difference between 1333MHz and 1600MHz DDR3 DIMMs.

If you want to give us a budget amount and list any parts that you already have or any parts you specifically want to use, let us know and we can try to flesh out a build for you.
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Op if you want you can consider the Phenom II x6 1055T. It's better than Bulldozer. If you get the chip within 150$ then you can give it a thought.
Edited by jason387 - 9/20/12 at 1:00pm
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indeed it is biggrin.gif
is there any where that still sells them new though
    
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Its always fun to see what everyone else recomends.. well its a month later and the new processors are out.. and since you want a integrated video card.. and something you can play with.. pretty fast..
However there is one shinning star in the group that i just bought for my wife. Trinity here is a link from newegg site. .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOYoWQQApBE&feature=player_embedded
the fastest chip is on sale now for 10,00 off or 119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280

this does require a board that supports fm2


It does go to say that intel chips encode better but for the price vs performance its hard to beat amd. And for what you are going to be doing.. trinty sounds pretty good.
you can also add a video card later on to help with encoding as amd will have an encoder that uses the video card ( at least it did on my fx-8120 and hd6950 cards. )
right click on desktop in windows 7 and you get amd vision engine control center.. the encoder in in there.
these chips are unlocked easily overclock ..
anyway good luck and make your honey proud. :>
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