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thebigmidget
  • 52 months ago

So about a month ago I built my first computer after a few months of reading over forums and trying to learn and now my mother would like me to build her a computer as well.

The only direction she gave me was an HP-Envy Desktop from BestBuy.com Model # 750-124 SKU 5370600 and UPC 889894252487.

The computer is listed at 749.99 on bestbuy.com but was I was wondering is if I should just tell her to get this computer or could we build something comparable for cheaper?

The main use for this computer is low end gaming (browser based games), photo editing, and photo storage. She is wanting to take all of her old stuff and put it into digital format. I don't believe she is going to get into video editing but mostly just scanning photos and messing with them before she saves them..

Thanks for all the help!

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Same CPU, wireless ready motherboard, same amount of memory, plus an SSD better power supply and most likely better quality case...for a bit cheaper.

...oh and the full version of Windows not the OEM version.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock H110M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $70.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $33.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $44.20 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $65.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $43.24 @ Mac Mall
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB (32/64-bit) $105.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $734.28
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-23 15:37 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't take much to edit photos. I do it just fine with an i5 and 8GB RAM.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B150M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $76.98 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $69.79 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $152.99 @ Micro Center
Case Raidmax EXO ATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $17.78 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $87.95 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $695.46
Mail-in rebates -$45.00
Total $650.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-23 15:58 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

What would she need with a GTX 750 Ti?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It fit in the budget and I doubt an i7 or 16GB RAM is needed. A dedicated GPU has other benefits outside of gaming. I can tell even just browsing the net feels better with a dedicated GPU. The system feels a little more sluggish with integrated graphics. I was still playing around with build ideas and posted the first and then edited in another. Sometimes I'll edit a post several times before finished. lol

edit:

see

I keep adding build ideas. :p

I think the first one in my post is the best idea.

edit:

and the final edit is the build left...

ta da

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Xxplosive, I took that build you had and just added in an HHD... Do you think this will work out for her? She needs more storage space then 500 gig I believe... She is talking about scanning and saving over 50 years of photos.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/thebigmidget/saved/r24H99

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That is fine. Pretty much all cases come with too many HDD bays than most people will ever need and motherboards come with at least two SATA data cables (x1 DVD/CD drive and x1 HDD + PSU has plenty of power cables).

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, Just one last question. I noticed you did have a build with a GPU in it. Why did you pull it down and would there be any benefit to price increase with going with a GPU?

She will not be watching movies or anything of that nature... Might watch a few internet videos or play browsers based games.

Also, What kind of interface would she have to use for the scanner? Im assuming USB but a friend told me something about using HDMI for faster scan times... Any advise?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, All of those look a lot better then what I saw on BestBuy.com.

If she was dead set on having a dvd/cd reader/writer would those cases be able to hold one and will it be compatible with the MB?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The case in the build I posted has two 5.25" bays and 6 SATA III ports on the motherboard. You can have one or two DVD/CD drives or one DVD/CD drive and add a media card reader or something.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi buddy..

The HP Desktop your mom suggested:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-envy-desktop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-2tb-hard-drive-brushed-aluminum/4370600.p?id=1219738783376&skuId=4370600

It has an i7-6700 CPU and integrated graphics -- no Video card, 2TB SATA 3 HDD and 16GB of DDR3 RAM.. Very very overpriced..

Even though we all can suggest some of the best Performance-to-the-Dollar builds here in this forum, but I found this Tomshardware thread here particularly poignant..

Best PC Builds - Build a Gaming PC on any budget..

A $750-1000 build should be the sweet spot..

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $67.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $65.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Deepcool 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $87.95 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter Edimax EW-7822UAC 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $29.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Thermaltake Commander Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Laser Mouse $14.99 @ Micro Center
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $821.77
Mail-in rebates -$55.00
Total $766.77
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-23 15:45 EST-0500

The main advantage of a custom build like this would be upgradability.. the 750W PSU would allow you to upgrade extensively.. Also YOU KNOW for a fact what components are inside your PC, for example the MSI B150M MORTAR is a B150 chipset and a well-known champion performer instead of some non-descript H110 OEM HP chipset.. etc..

The MSI B150m MORTAR awarded GOLD @ Overclockersclub and VALUE AWARD @ HArdwareHeaven..

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_b150m_mortar/9.htm

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/2015/12/msi-b150m-mortar-review/

Hope this helps :-))

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