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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by dark2099, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. dark2099

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    So a friend/customer from work is in the market for a new PC and asked me to help him decide on parts since he is quite out of the loop on current tech. I can probably spec something out pretty well, but considering that he does a few things I don't a 2nd opinion would be great. The basic use for this PC will Office based applications, with some sound, picture, and video editing. The video editing isn't super intensive, as a police officer he when necessary will use Pinacle video software to enhance video quality, so I'm guess more than a iGPU on a chip probably is needed, also to meet his out put requests. Max budget is $600 USD, all parts need to be new. Since he does not upgrade often, I'd like to try and get him a 80+ Silver PSU if possible. Thanks!

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    AMD chip
    8GB Ram
    1TB Seagate HDD
    Dual layer DVD burner
    500w PSU
    Video out put needs to have SVGA and at least 1 HDMI, 2 preferred, and if possible HDMI in
     
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    HDMI In is going to require a separate capture card, and last I checked they are pretty expensive. So I'd forget about that on a $600 budget.

    An AMD APU rig would probably fill every need he has, and the iGPU should be able to accelerate Pinnacle without a problem. Though with the budget it might be better to go with an AM3+ rig with a discrete card, that would allow him to use a 6-core or even 8-core CPU, while the APU rig would be limitted to a 4-Core.

    I'll throw what I would build together and update this post. Is the $600 budget the actual budget for parts, or are you taking some out of that for building it for him? Does he need keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS?

    Edit: Once You Know, You Newegg

    That is what I came up with.

    You can use the DVI to HDMI adapter to get your second HDMI port, however it will only carry a video signal AFAIK, so no sound using that port/adapter. The native HDMI port on the motherboard will carry sound and video signals though.
     
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    Thanks guys, was mostly curious about weather an iGPU would be strong enough for the video editing.
     
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    The video card I recommended with that build supports hybrid crossfire with the APU. The APU itself should be enough for light video editing. Adding the hybrid GPU should give it a nice amount of editing strength.
     
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    just pop in a Radeon 7750 or nvidia GT 640/650 and you're set for light photo editing.
     

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