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Cheap office PC + Finale use

gunbladebeserkr
  • 72 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD 5350 2.05Ghz Quad-Core Processor $64.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus AM1M-A Micro ATX AM1 Motherboard $42.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $84.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.92 @ Amazon
Case Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $19.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply FSP Group 300W 80+ Certified Micro ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Mwave
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $310.85

Just needed for youtube/emails, some music, and using Finale music software for my mom. Thoughts?

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

This will perform better, and the case is much much higher quality:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor $89.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-S1 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $46.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.99 @ Amazon
Case Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply FSP Group 300W 80+ Certified Micro ATX Power Supply $41.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $360.92

The motherboard and case have a combined $15 in Mail in rebates if such things matter to you. The processor is a quad core unlocked at a high clock speed already, and the RAM is a tiny step down from corsair quality wise, but it will perform identically. The HDD is a smidge cheaper and performs quite well and I left your power supply. I do strongly recommend you get a modular or semi-modular PSU for such a small enclosure. It just makes it easier to assemble.

I'm sure your build would have done okay, but the clock speed is extremely slow and it will be a bit anemic.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Single best improvement would be a tiny SSD.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, this will work pretty well. She was thinking about getting a back to school deal on desktops, but I figured I could build her one that works just as well or better for cheaper, but we'll see I suppose.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, well those "computers in a box" use way outdated technology and they are slow from the moment you boot!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll try to explain to her that the machine I could build her would be better but I think she'll just look at the bottom line :/

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my rock-bottom-budget-build, perfect for online stuff & basic office work -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Celeron G1820 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $49.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $52.99 @ Micro Center
Memory Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $42.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP900 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ Newegg
Case Cougar MG100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $29.99 @ Mwave
Power Supply SeaSonic 300W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Mwave
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $15.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $276.92

4gig ram should be fine, it's what I use on my machine & I'm a multi-tasking fool :D (not a gamer tho)

You can double the ssd space for an extra $5, 64gig is kinda limiting, again it's what I have in my rig - https://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-internal-hard-drive-ssd9sc120gmdfrb

Or if she needs some hdd space for mp3 collection etc the smallest/cheapest I see is 320gig for $35 - https://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd3200aajs

Seasonic are prolly the best name in psu manufacturers so i'd keep that but I guess you could save an extra $10 by going with your case pick.

edit. what's the pricing like on these back-to-school pcs she's looking at? a quick google gave me prices way higher than these builds.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure. She's out of town at the moment so I haven't had a chance to talk with her about it yet.

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