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