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Suggestions invited. Basic media pc, maybe budget gaming pc.

DJ.1
  • 71 months ago

I welcome your suggestions and critique.

My goals from this build are: - replace a 12 year old pc still running Windows XP - have a basic computer for surfing the net, watching videos, occasional photo edits, converting my music on vinyl LPs to MP3. - have the option to make it a basic gaming pc by adding a video card such as Radeon R7 or R9.

On July 30 the price is just under $600 with a video card. Or about $500 with no video card.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/DJ.1/saved/DZ6qqs

I may move the Sound card from my old PC to the new one. I have some old hard drives that I can reuse for media storage.

Thanks in advance.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, for a something that you need, your better off using Mac OS for the Photo Edits and Music stuffs... lol, plus the OS is free!!! I took the liberty of including a how to video on making a bootable Mac OSX USB

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $89.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $49.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI A88XM GAMING Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $94.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $96.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Asus Radeon HD 7770 2GB Video Card $134.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair 350D MicroATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99 @ Newegg
Other Mac OSX
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $655.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-30 12:21 EDT-0400
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Well that processor doesn't have integrated graphics. So your computer wouldn't work without a video card.

If i could make a suggestion, go with a higher end AMD APU, which would enable a bit of gaming. If you decide you want more performance, you could add an appropriate graphics card that can run in crossfire with your integrated graphics.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I've changed the CPU to Intel Pentium G3258 and mobo to MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I highly recommend not using that thermal paste, it's maybe 5 years old and will not be very effective. I recommend IC diamond for some better cooling.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I'll use the IC Diamond.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thermal paste is thermal paste for the most part. The stuff OP picked out in the original build is really good stuff.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thermal paste is still a very important part in my opinion.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed it is, but the stuff he picked out is good stuff.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, can't argue about that.

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