Build me a Comp + Setup - $1200 budget

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware & Builds' started by Dot, Feb 15, 2009 with 69 replies and 1,228 views.

  1. Dot

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    I have been convinced by Azzid to build my own PC instead of buying pre-made.

    I am being given a budget of around $1200 for a PC that I can use in college. It has to last me 4-5 years and in good condition.


    I am a total newb with building comps right now but I did peek inside an old PC and just messed with things. Keep that in mind.

    I have a laptop that i will be using for class in college but I need a bad *** computer to come home too.

    I'm going to do everything from:

    • Flash
    • Photoshop
    • Video Editing (most popular programs)
    • Office Applications
    • Internet Radio Broadcasting
    • Online Business
    • Daily Computer Usage for all or most of these things.
    Some setups I would like to include with my PC is this:

    • OPERATING SYSTEM! I need Vista or Windows 7. Non-pirated.
    • If you go to this image and look at this compaq pc do you see the A/V cable plugins? I want that on my PC somehow if possible.
    • Really good printer (scan, copy, fax, etc)
    • Decent Speakers (not too fancy needed)
    • A second monitor to dual monitor with (maybe even three if it's within the budget
    • *OPTIONAL* Online radio broadcasting equipment

    Please help me out guys! It's for my birthday on March 18th!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy!!!!!!
     
  2. Madman340

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    Windows Vista 64-bit OEM
    Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - Operating Systems

    ATI TV Wonder HD 600
    Newegg.com - DIAMOND ATI TV Wonder HD 600 TVW600PCI PCI Interface - TV Tuners & Video Devices

    Canon PIXMA Printer
    Newegg.com - Canon PIXMA MP620 2921B002 Up to 26 ppm 9600 x 2400 dpi Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer - Printer - Inkjet Printers

    Logitech Speakers
    Newegg.com - Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - Speakers

    G.SKILL 2 x 2GB DDR3 RAM
    Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

    WD 320GB HDD
    Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

    Sapphire HD 4850 Gfx Card
    Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

    Core 2 Quad Q8300 CPU
    Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

    CM690 Case
    Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

    Gigabyte Mobo
    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

    Thermaltake 500W PSU
    Newegg.com - Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply - Power Supplies

    LG DVD Burner
    Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVDR DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners


    Grand Total w/ shipping: $1,035.98


    I'd let some people go over it before purchasing; it's late and I am tired. :huh:
     
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    Lol, knew I missed something. :biggrin:
     
  5. OP
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    Updated to Nerve's Post

    Total w/o Vista:

    $1007.89

    Total w/ Vista:
    $1107.88

    Still waiting on some other posts to confirm this a good setup for what I need.
    What I need is:

    • Built to last 4-5 years
    • Fast with Designing Programs and Video Editing Programs
    • Built for Daily Usage
     
  6. OP
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    WAIT!... I need a monitor :/
    And i dont need speakers!
    And possibly cheap dual monitors!
     
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    Alright sweet, thanks for the reccomendation.
     
  9. AzzidReign

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    If you are doing 20" monitor, I wouldn't recommend getting 2 of them. If you are going to do dual monitors, at most get a 17" widescreen.

    Why do you need 2 monitors? Also, if you haven't signed up for the newegg newsletter yet, be sure to do that. They've been putting a lot of good stuff on sale and if you are patient, you can prolly collect everything you need within a month and save some money but if you want to buy it all at once you may spend a little more.

    Also, I don't recommend a 64-bit vista...I tried it out and hated it. It wouldn't let me run a few of my programs. And it wouldn't let me use cracks for multiple programs I wanted to use. So I've gone to a 32-bit windows 7 and love it :smile:
     
  10. TuBbY BuNnY

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    I've been using Vista 64bit for a while now and works fine. Only issue was it BSOD and screwed my MBR since I had unstable OC but that was my fault xD. But W7 is not bad also, too bad it was emo on my x38 chipset drivers, but it was beta
     
  11. ToaD

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    ...wow

    Anyway, what's your reasoning behind only getting dual 17''?
    I've had dual 20s for a while now, and can't even begin to imagine why anyone would recommend against them, except for price, but that clearly wasn't your motive.

    Ugh, anyway, to the OP, x64 is the only way to go, it's the future, especially if you get the 8GB Nightcast linked.
     
  12. AzzidReign

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    ...wow

    Obviously he is on a fixed budget. 20" is just huge and not needed in his case. He might as well upgrade elsewhere to get more "oompf" out of his buck. And honestly, I think dual 17" is over kill for the work he'll be doing on it but that's just me. I think a single 20" would work out just great for him.
     
  13. OP
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    Hey don't get rowdy you guys! I might get turned on :wink:

    lol But seriously Im just gonna get 1 20" and if I need more room i will get another!
     
  14. ToaD

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    What?
    I'm not trying to start an argument with you, I just have a different opinion.
    I personally would recommend against anything less than 1440x900.
    And even then, I personally, would never buy anything less than 1680x1050.
    I really doubt you'll "need" more space.
    It's just nice to have it, I could never go back to a single monitor.
    Alt+tabbing is the past, I can see everything!
     
  15. AzzidReign

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    Ok, if you want 2 monitors and you have money left over, this would be the only 20" I would get:
    Newegg.com - Acer X203Wbd Black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 ACM - LCD Monitors

    It will reach 300 bucks if you get 2 so it's "not bad" but like I said, might as well go bigger somewhere else and when you get money later on, buy a new monitor. Monitors are EASY to upgrade to, everything else you will have to open the computer up and it will be more hassle. Plus you can live with having 1 monitor for now...and you can see how it is with just one monitor...and if you truly are having a tough time, wait a few more months til xmas and then you can get a 2nd monitor or until you see a killer deal on newegg.
     
  16. Saiyan

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    Stick with 1 monitor for now, spend the extra money on better parts. 2 monitors can be bought after the quality of the computer is awesome.
     
  17. Haxalot88

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    For what you're trying to do, I would recommend some faster RAM, a larger HDD (by that I mean 1TB minimum), and at least 600W PSU. I wouldn't think you would need a TV tuner card, or even as great of a video card. In fact, even this would do perfectly: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100255L Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
    That suggested processor is fine, although I do suggest at least a 9xxx series. Remember, 3D applications such as 3DS MAX only use the video card for the viewport and related. I can use an x1600 with decent framerates on scenes with well over 300,000 polys, that 4870 would do you perfectly. The CPU is what you're going to want to look into. Video applications and such rely on the CPU to render all their stuff. The faster the cpu, the faster it can render (and do remember the number of cores also count). 3DS Max does wonders with quad-core systems.

    Finally, do not consider even TRYING to use an Avid product with a system like that. I know some people want to use that since it's the top-of-the-top video editing system, but the graphics cards required will run you a fortune. You can buy a low-end quadro card for maybe 300-400, but ones for good rendering speeds will run you past 3 grand.

    If you still havent gotten a PC yet, and need one for video editing and 3d rendering, I bet I can figure one to suit you. Also, what video software are you planning to use?
     
  18. Madman340

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    Vista was included in the build (1st thing on it)
     
  19. OP
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    Can you make me a setup? You seem to know your stuff :biggrin:
     
  20. Haxalot88

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    I'll get a list tomorrow during school.