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Another First Time Build: <$400, GIS

nrwilsonaz

61 months ago

Howdy folks, First build for someone who has avoided the hardware and "software guts" (BIOS, OS) side of technology for most of my life. I'm trying to keep it affordable, while also capable. I do light-moderate GIS, mostly analysis, very little cartography. I'm thinking the onboard graphics will be adequate but I am open to adding a GPU, hence the Crossfire capable mobo. I've done some resource intensive GIS Python scripts, looking to get into more serious languages in the next year (C family) and RDMS systems (MySQL, PostGreSQL). Basically looking to explore some of the software licenses I got as a student recently and need a better machine than my 5 year old laptop. Got a little time on my hands thought I would try building instead of just buying.

Looking for advice on parts, possible bottlenecks and other classic newbie mistakes.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor $84.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A78M-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $60.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.88 @ OutletPC
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $15.99 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $361.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-06 00:05 EST-0500

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks decent for a cheap, simple, general purpose PC with about average graphics capability. I would add a cooler master cpu cooler (maybe a vortex plus to blow down on the unheatsinked vrms). The stock apu heatsinks are terrible n it could get a lil toasty. Also I would go with a WD blue drive...it's a more reliable drive I've found in my experience. Wouldnt hurt to have a DVD drive in there in case u ever need it

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks very good.

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