I am surprised we don't have a general PC build help forum section, I guess this is the next best spot since i THINK i want to go intel, but i am not necessarily 100% set on it since its been awhile since I've done a build. I will start here and post in multiple forums if needed to reach other audiences since we don't have a build help section.
I am going to help out my work and build them a new desktop for a sanitary sewer CCTV camera system. It will be inside an enclosed trailer that has AC, basically a small mobile office. The software is called WinCan VX and after looking through their recommended specs I have some questions for help with a build.
1. They claim to need an ATX form factor with 400W power supply. I think mATX would still be fine, they just wanted to be sure there are enough PCI and/or PCIe slots. ITX may be pushing it, but we shall see.
2. 8 GB ram or more, is 16GB more of the safe standard these days or is 8GB really sufficient?
3. GPU = GeForce 9 or higher, I am a fan of NVidia and would think now-a-days i'd be looking at a 10 series or 20 series. More on this in a moment.
4. RS232 Port, this is a serial data port correct? Worst case it even says a USB-Serial Converter can be used.
5. HD, they suggest 500 GB and for some reason are specifying it be partitioned to 200 and 300 GB. I am not sure why they wouldn't just let you utilize a full drive and might just ignore that suggestions, but worst case I would consider a smaller SSD and a larger HDD instead of a large 500 GB+ SSD.
6. CPU - intel core i5 or higher. I have been a fan of intel for the sense that their CPUs seem to stay current and last a very long time without need to upgrade. AMD seemed to only get a few years and then regret the purchase. Have things changed greatly with Ryzen and now AMD is a competitor again? I'd think this build could last 6-10 years as long as the software isn't changing or has minor updates. It's not like a gaming PC where every year they continue to push the mark. (My i7 3770K is still treating me fine and well for my personal gaming PC)
7. Video encoding card - These I know nothing about and to be honest am a bit confused because I figured modern day higher end GPUs would be able to do this already. Is this a justifiable expense to have a dedicated encoding card vs a nicer GPU or CPU? Here is a bit more of the language they included: "Recording video clips in the formats of MPEG1, MPEG2, and MPEG 4 usually requires the use of specific hardware encoding devices. CDLab provides and entirely supports the following products directly: VITEC Board (VM4-2-C7 or VM4-2-C8)."
I am not trying to reinvent their recommendations and work around it, just justify it better, understand it better, and make sure we are spending our money wisely.
I will plan on using Windows 10 Pro for the OS.
My questions other than maybe some comments for the above are what would be your recommendation for a CPU, GPU, necessity of the encoding card, and anything that might be new to market or changed greatly in the past 4 years or so that I may have missed.
If you have questions, please ask, otherwise I appreciate your insight and opinions.
Let me revise this thread and try and go another way with it since no one was able to chime in with my first attempt.
I am pretty sure I am going with the following and want help selecting the remaining components:
CPU - i5 9400F
Mobo - Asus TUF Z390 Plus Gaming (Wifi)
Ram - 16 GB (2x8) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 MHz
Encoding Card - AverMedia Live Gamer HD 2 (recommended by software company)
Case - I'll browse and pick something at some point, low priority item
Cooler - Please recommended a decent budget friendly cooler these days or let me know if the factory one will work fine
SSD - I haven't touched an M.2 SSD yet, are they worth the cost for a work PC or should i stick with SATA? [1TB MX500 vs 500Gb 970 Evo?]
GPU - GTX 1050 Ti?
PSU - My other main need of help, budget yet will last 7-10 years? I probably don't need the wattage, but is a CX 550M good enough?
If I am severely overlooking anything that is a minor price bump, let me know.
I don't think I need a 9600k for $90 more and while a Z390 board might be overkill, I want one that is 9th gen ready and WiFi is a plus. I also like the TUF components for the work environment so that board seems to fit well.
The CX550 is okey but not all that great so a much better option is the Fractal Design Ion+ or the Seasonic Focus Plus series
As for NVME vs SATA dont bother with SATA anymore not with NVME drives getting as cheap as they not unless you can find a SATA drive much cheaper
Thanks, it looks like a focus plus 550 is $20 more so that I can swing. 550w is plenty right?
I'll have to look more into the NVME drives since when I did look at samsung it was similar price for half the storage of the Sata SSD. 500gb might be enough anyway, I just need to also be sure the NVME drives show good longevity like the SATA ssd's have.