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So my mom's desktop has finally hit the wall and is just too slow for her to use anymore. She was looking at buying a pre-built computer but I built my own a couple years ago and told her to let me look into it.

What I am looking for is just a general computer, no gaming will be done on it. Mostly for photo editing, video editing, just general stuff like that. Nothing fancy. I am going to look as well, but any suggestions that you all would have would be greatly appreciated.

No software or peripherals are needed as we have all of that already. Only extra thing needed will be a Network Card or USB Network adapter
    
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First for the CPU. You could probably go for an AMD setup, something with a lot of cores.
Then the RAM. 8GB of RAM should be enough.
For storage you shouldnt go for SSD, but just stick to HDD, about 2TB. Also remember an optical drive. nothing fancy really.
Extra PCI-E isnt needed.
Stock coolers should also just be fine, except if its going to be overclocked.
For the power supply 430W is enough.
Case is pretty much your decesion.
If you buy the right places, you should be able to buy some good stuff for the money. hope this helped just a little smile.gif
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I'll throw one together on PCPP for you really quick and edit this post to add it.If she wants the video editing to go fast, she will most likely want an Intel build, as renders go about 13% faster (in my experience). If you would like me to throw together an AMD rig too, I would be more than happy to do that.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($75.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN951N 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($25.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Silverstone TJ08B-E MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Rosewill Internal Card Reader ($14.99)
Total: $608.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-24 18:13 EDT-0400)


For some reason it is a higher price on PCPP than it gave me in the BBCode Markup posted here.

Another edit:
Realized I somehow left out a PSU...
Edited by dman811 - 5/24/13 at 3:14pm
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Well I went ahead and put this one together.

$270 bundle from Microcenter
Asus P8Z77-V LK LGA
Intel I5-3570K

Or I could substitute the processor out for this one, which would be a $220 bundle.

Intel I3-3225

The rest from Newegg

PSU : Corsair CX430M $49.99
RAM : G.Skill Ripjaw X 8GB $72.99
Optical : Asus DRW $17.99
Network : TP Link TL-WN722N $15.99
Case : Cooler Master HAF 912 $59.99
Hard Drive : 2x Western Digital Blue 1TB $129.98

Total : $617 with i5, $567 with i3
    
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That seems pretty good, but i still think you should go for a AMD setup, because they offen have more cores, than Intel. And for editing stuff, the more cores, the better smile.gif
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Originally Posted by jabroni View Post

Well I went ahead and put this one together.

$270 bundle from Microcenter
Asus P8Z77-V LK LGA
Intel I5-3570K

Or I could substitute the processor out for this one, which would be a $220 bundle.

Intel I3-3225

The rest from Newegg

PSU : Corsair CX430M $49.99
RAM : G.Skill Ripjaw X 8GB $72.99
Optical : Asus DRW $17.99
Network : TP Link TL-WN722N $15.99
Case : Cooler Master HAF 912 $59.99
Hard Drive : 2x Western Digital Blue 1TB $129.98

Total : $617 with i5, $567 with i3

That works too.
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The only thing I don't know about is whether to get a USB Network Adapter or a PCI/PCI-E Card
    
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The only thing I don't know about is whether to get a USB Network Adapter or a PCI/PCI-E Card

It depends on how strong the connectivity needs to be. I would suggest something with at least 300Mb/s Wireless N connectivity.
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Also the only other thing I couldn't decide on is whether or not I should go with the i3 or the i5. She doesn't do a ton of video editing. It's mostly just used for photos.
    
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Also the only other thing I couldn't decide on is whether or not I should go with the i3 or the i5. She doesn't do a ton of video editing. It's mostly just used for photos.

Grab the i3 if that's the case.
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