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Opinion on $325 build

RickSJ
  • 71 months ago

I had a limit for a $325 build and I came in right at that price ($240 hardware + $85 operating system). Can anyone give me some opinions on this build and what should this machine be capable of doing (gaming, movies, music, etc...)? Thank you.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LWFFbv

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

i have no idea what your build is.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

If anyone knows of any better parts for cheaper or the same price, I would appreciate it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That build would definitely be OK for playing music, encoding a video stream, using office productivity software, browsing the web, and playing an old game or two (old as in Starcraft: Brood Wars or Tribes 1 old). It would still seem a bit slow to begin doing all those things because it's got a rather slow HDD in it, and it can't do A LOT of those things at once because it's a dual-core processor, not a quad core or a dual with HT. Movies would be a little choppy on a big screen. But it should be an acceptable little PC with a heck of a lot of room for upgrades.

That being said, I think that generally Intel CPUs and Windows are a poor use of funds at this price point. May I suggest the following $240 build (with Windows @ $85) and a $325 build (Linux instead of Windows):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A4-6320 3.8GHz Dual-Core Processor $49.11 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $44.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston Fury White Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $42.99 @ Amazon
Storage Toshiba Product Series:DT01ACA 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.99 @ Amazon
Case Apex PC-375 ATX Mid Tower Case w/300W Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $239.06
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-04 09:47 EDT-0400

Linux build: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 740 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $74.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-S1 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $34.69 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage Toshiba Product Series:DT01ACA 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card $85.06 @ Micro Center
Case Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $19.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan $3.56 @ NCIX US
Case Fan Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan $3.56 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $323.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-04 10:01 EDT-0400

These two above builds are more oriented toward playing games and watching movies. You should be able to do both quite comfortably on either system, but be aware that the Linux box will perform MUCH better at games than the Windows box (although it will have a smaller selection of "just" several hundred titles available to you).

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