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Need help with choosing parts for music and graphic editing and design

JoneStar
  • 54 months ago

I'm planning on building an older family member a PC that he'll use mostly for heavy music editing and creation, graphic design, and word processing/documenting with a high minimum use of the internet. My budget is under $300. I'd prefer to order the parts off of Amazon or eBay for simplicity. Thank you.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

For graphics design? what software is he using?

You mean 300 without OS, monitor and peripherals? This is a very low budget...

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sorry. He prefers Windows XP (which he has an installation disc for) but would settle with Windows 7 or Linux. The monitor and peripherals are already in my disposal. The monitor has a DVI-D output. He hasn't specifically told me what programs he uses but he'll use the programs he has in his disposal that ran successfully on XP, Vista, and 7.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

there is not much that can be done with a 300 budget and windows 7 is out of the question... There are cheaper motherboards but the ones i checked didn't have DVI-D. They did have HDMI and D-SUB. Probably for around this budget this. Maybe someone can get a better build for this budget, or you could try eBay for used components.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor $114.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $78.88 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $35.95 @ Amazon
Case Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $324.69
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $304.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-23 22:47 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for assembling that list. The monitor has D-Sub/VGA as well.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

ok, so this would work then.. went with the newer 4170 as this motherboard doesn't need a bios update for the 4170.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4170 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $111.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85M-GAMING 3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $57.75 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $35.95 @ Amazon
Case Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $300.66
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $280.66
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-23 23:01 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, this should do.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-7600 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $84.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A78M-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $58.69 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $34.99 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.75 @ Amazon
Case Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $298.40
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-23 23:11 EST-0500

Price includes shipping on all parts, all from amazon, no MIR's.

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