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$750 desktop w/o Monitor. "Can you build it?"

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by D007, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. D007

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    Heyas, I know some of you gurus out there are capable of building monsters for this price. I have a friend who's looking to buy a pc in that range. I'm a bit out of the loop atm int terms on components and I have had all of 0 time lately, working2 jobs, to put this together. Anyone out there want to try building a desktop pc, for $750 US?
    He doesn't need a monitor, he's using his TV.
    Thanks a bunch. :)

    PS: Yep, he does need a mouse and keyboard though. Preferably wireless.
     
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    What's he going to use it for?
     
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    Music and mostly just basic internet stuff.. maybe some videos and what not.. Want's HDMI/DVI capability though. whichever, for HD quality.
    Tx.


    Eh, I may as well give you details.. He wants to use it next to the stripper pole in his place, to make a music station, playing videos and stuff.
    Using those trippy looking patterns in the music players as well and whatever other software he adds to it I guess. lol.. fun stuff..

    Decent PC + Big screen TV + loud music + plus stripper pole = good time.. heh..

    Back to work for me.. thanks :)
     
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    $750 is an easy build. I'll let others chime in for the actual build but a decent computer can def. be had at that...might even look at getting some used parts depending on how long he wants to keep it.
     
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    Intel Graphics is fine for watching HD movies.
    Get a 3570k, 4GB of Ram, A nice big hard drive.
    Try and go Mini-ITX, so its small.
     
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    If it's going to be simple stuff why does he need that much power? Get him an APU.
     
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    My thoughts exactly

    CPU:
    Yes to overclocking: AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket...
    No to overclocking: AMD A10-5700 Trinity 3.4GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket ...

    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM...
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) H...
    SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA I...
    HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB...

    That leaves you with 300 USD or just shy of 300 USD if you go with the 5800k instead of the 5700 which has a lower TDP without sacrificing much if you're not overclocking.

    Either way that's 300 USD for a PSU, Case, and Windows. Not an impossible task. Going with an APU lets you get some nicer quality components because of the price of the CPU/iGPU combo imho.
     
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    Here's a nice microATX option for that build list:

    ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4-M FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4)...
     
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    yes, of course. you can build a desktop without monitor for anywhere between $100 and $10,000+. Just depends on what you want to put in there.
     
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    Lol, like I don't know that..

    Thank you guys for the advice on parts. :) Very nice options there. He's not a gamer so I like the idea of the apu. :toast:
     
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    I would go MATX for a build like this. Found as many silent parts as possible since there is no reason whatsoever to make noise with this kind of build.

    Silverstone Tenjin
    PCP&C Silencer MK III 500w
    XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283
    ASRock FM2A75M-DGS FM2
    AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo)
    Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3
    ADATA Premier Pro SP900 256GB
    Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM

    Total of $667.92 with $25 of MIR not included. Leaves him $80 to pick a mouse and keyboard since those are more of a personal preference thing.
     
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    Yup and he could pick up a 6670 and crossfire it with the on die 7650D in the future and make it better for gaming.
     
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    I've heard the "hybrid" crossfire can be a bit dodgy.
     
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    Nope. I did not see any problems with it at all. I have a trinity buid also.
     
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    It's getting better most of it is in the drivers. Honestly he isn't a gamer so it is mute as of now. If he ever gets into PC games the onboard can handle plenty and worst case the PSU has plenty of kick for the latest and greatest card on the market.
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Oh yes it can. It all depends on which titles you're playing.

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    With that said cdawall's build is the best one IMO. A 256GB SSD is bloody nice.
     
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    He said his friend is not a gamer, so give up on crossfire. He won't need it. If he won't be overclocking either, a K edition APU isn't necessary either so you really should consider the 5700 instead of the 5800k. There is a difference of 100 or 200mhz and the ability to overclock but on the other hand It also has a lower TDP to less power consumption and heat that it will generate along with the same graphics power as the 5800k.
     
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    Do you have a Trinity setup? Nough said.:slap:
     
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    All we said is he can always add it on. I wish some peeps would read the thread....:slap:
     
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    Yeah, but what I don't get is why would you want to do crossfire with your graphics if the user doesn't play games. There is absolutely no reason to get a card to run next to the iGPU unless he or she is into crunching and it isn't like you're going to use crossfire for GPU accelerated video playback.
     
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    Move on
     
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    I can come up with some reasons for you:

    Practical reasons:
    * Increased performance for high-end graphics work
    * Video editing
    * Crunching numbers
    * Finding PI
    * Digging up coins

    Impractical reasons:
    * Because you have money to throw away
    * Because you want to brag to your friends about having the best PC
    * Because it strokes your ego to have it
     
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    Take a case that allows to add a graphics card if you friend even want to upgrade from the iGPU of the APU - some media center cases allow to add a graphics card.
     
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    The case I listed will fit any graphics card out.
     

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