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Ideas on building a General Use PC [Fixed]

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A friend of my mom is asking for advice for a new computer, whether to buy one or build one. I still have no idea what she'll be using it for but I strongly believe it will serve as a computer for school work for the kids, media(music, video, pictures), etc. I was told for sure that it will be used by the kids for school work.

I would like some thoughts on;

1) Intel or AMD CPU?
2) My guess is there should be no need for an unlocked processor but the price difference isn't drastically different so, unlocked or locked CPU.
3) If the build sees no gaming, stick with no discrete GPU? If there will be extremely light gaming; 650/660 or 7770/7850?
4) Form factor unknown, I would assume Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX.
5) CPU Coolers, stock or aftermarket. If were going straight up and locked CPU, stock should be enough. Or should I go with an aftermarket for better temperature and noise levels?
6) Add in an SSD for better speed and multitasking?

I will be speaking with my mom's friend about the general use for this computer but for now I want to get a general idea of what I should suggest. I will post up various builds with suitable parts and I'd like some comments/suggestions.

AMD/Intel friendly, but with the suggested budget I'm sure an Intel build is extremely possible.

Budget: 1000 USD

Of course this is just an example build, something to give me an idea of what to suggest and to show off as an example to my mom's friend. So nothing is official. Intel Build (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus H87I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.75 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Silverstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.88 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $692.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-18 23:49 EDT-0400)
Warning: AMD Build (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($101.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: PNY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Silverstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.88 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $720.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-19 00:40 EDT-0400)

Edited by G2O415 - 8/18/13 at 9:41pm
post #2 of 11
Firstly I would go for a AMD FX 8350 because it is very cheap
Edited by mpw94 - 8/18/13 at 9:15pm
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EDIT: Okay yeah, I totally confused the word workstation. Fixed though. rolleyes.gif
Edited by G2O415 - 8/18/13 at 9:34pm
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It's a workstation... like a server.... find out the requirements BEFORE spec-ing out the hardware.

No point in speculating.
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post #5 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

It's a workstation... like a server.... find out the requirements BEFORE spec-ing out the hardware.

No point in speculating.

Yeah, I totally confused the word workstation. I fixed the thread though. Sorry about that
post #6 of 11
1) What sort of "workstation" is this going to be? A true definition of a workstation is one that has abundance of horsepower, if money is not a issue
2) If you're going AMD PD FX it's all unlocked. If you don't need the best multi-thread performer on a budget then go for Intel
3) 7850 anyday (660 is to 7870 what 650 is to 7770 btw)
4) mATX is not easily found on AM3+ that is decent and will handle a OC'd 8350 (or even stock TBH)
5) If this is going to be a proper workstation even a tx3 is out of the list. Go for a 120mm tower, http://www.amazon.com/DeepCool-Gamer-Storm-Extreme-Overclocking/dp/B003XWVG2I
6) Oh definitely, it's a must.
7) For mATX boards i recommend http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128616 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128548 for IVB
PSU : Go for a Seasonic G-550. No less.
Case : CM N200. The bitfenix is actually pretty huge for a ITX case

Anyway why are you considering a 4430? It's like a i5 with it's legs shot off
Edited by DaveLT - 8/18/13 at 9:42pm
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Zotac SSD Premium 480GB OCZ Vector 180 480GB Hitachi 7K3000 3TB 7200rpm Barrow 250mm Glass 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy MX EK-D5 X-TOP Rev.2 + Swiftech D5 Aquacomputer R9 290X "Bitspower EML" fittings 
CoolingCoolingMonitorKeyboard
Magicool 360 Ultra Magicool 240 Slim Dell U2713HM CM Storm MECH 
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FSP Aurum PT 1200 Phanteks Enthoo Pro Logitech G502 Tesoro Aegis X3 Virtus.Pro 
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post #7 of 11
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I know, I know. I came off extremely stupid when I first posted this thread doh.gif. I fixed it though, it's not a workstation. It's a personal computer for general use now
post #8 of 11
if I were to build a server with 1000 dollars in my pocket.
I would go for Twelve-Core AMD Opteron™ 6234, I would then grab Geforce GT 640 EVGA 2GB, and then I would buy HDD if I need huge amount of space over 256GB otherwise I would take SSD. and then I would buy as much memory ram as I can afford.




if I were to build a personal computer with 1000 dollars in my pocket.
I would go for AMD FX 8350, I would then grab Geforce GT 640 EVGA 2GB, (Geforce GTX 670 if heavy gaming) and then I would buy HDD if I need huge amount of space over 256GB otherwise I would take SSD. and then I would buy at least 4GB of ram (16GB of ram if heavy gaming).
Edited by mpw94 - 8/18/13 at 9:48pm
post #9 of 11
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Gah! Everytime I repeat it, I feel even more stupid lol.

It's no longer a server/workstation. I misunderstood the word and blatantly posted it as a workstation build without doing a google search of what a workstation is.

I jumped the gun and thought workstation, a computer to do work like microsoft documents etc. lol tongue.gif
post #10 of 11
I am sorry dude tongue.gif
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