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Spoon

Building a PC for a Friend

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Alright gentlemen.  The budget is $500.  She is a Photog, and needs a computer for that.  She already has an external hard drive, and I have a 6950 to slot for her.  I need a mobo, cpu, psu, ssd, hdd, mem sticks (8 gig should suffice), optical drive, and a mouse/kb.  Do your best to keep it under the budget.  Any help is appreciated.  (Also, feel free to give different ideas on parts.)

HDD:  http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B0088PUEPK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1401819696&sr=1-1&keywords=wd+1+tb+hdd

 

SSD:  http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-adapter-Internal-CT120M500SSD1/dp/B00BQ4F9ZA/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1401819782&sr=1-4&keywords=128+gb+ssd

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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yPcQGX

OK, whaddya think of this setup?

Trying to get the cost to go lower.  She's not going to be doing any gaming.  Only photo editing.  Any adjustments to that you guys wanna make would be helpful?

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does she really need a SSD? An HDD would drop the cost a bit

She doesn't necessarily NEED one, but it would make it run faster for her.

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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yPcQGX

OK, whaddya think of this setup?

Trying to get the cost to go lower.  She's not going to be doing any gaming.  Only photo editing.  Any adjustments to that you guys wanna make would be helpful?

 

Ok if she is going to be doing Photo Editing I am going to assume she is using Photoshop (well regardless the info below still holds true).

 

Typically you want to use Intel processors for photo editing, specifically the i7 due to photoshop's ability to use hyperthreading, but an i5 is acceptable for a budget build.

 

For example (The smaller bar/lower number is better); http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/25

 

I would defiantly drop the AMD.  As another example, Apple builds their computers specifically for photo editing specs and the only processor they will use...Intel.

 

As for a SSD.  RAM is major in photo editing since the majority of the work is done there.  Cut the SSD and use the money from that for more RAM/an Intel Processor.  Typically for a pro photo editor you want 16GB RAM....12GB is the lowest I would go.  An SSD with 8GB RAM would hurt more then it would help.

 

Also, NVIDIA GPU's are preferred for photo editing due to CUDA support.

 

I know this might increase her cost some, but if she is going to be doing this for money she would really benefit from a faster build (time is money).

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Here is a build that I can come up with.  It could be brought down in price a bit if needed by lowering the GPU and there are a few cheaper compatible MOBO's that you could go with (the MSI H81M-P33 would drop the cost by $50).

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zBJCD3

 

I intentionally left the OS out because I can get you Windows 7 Pro for $44.99 (maybe less if I can locate my coupon code) and Win 7 Pro would be better for her application due to its support of more than 16GB of RAM in case she wants/needs to upgrade in the future.  Also, and Pooler might be able to provide more detail on this, if I am remembering correctly Win 7 Pro handles multiple applications open at one time better than Win 7 Home Prem.

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Here is a build that I can come up with.  It could be brought down in price a bit if needed by lowering the GPU and there are a few cheaper compatible MOBO's that you could go with (the MSI H81M-P33 would drop the cost by $50).

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zBJCD3

 

I intentionally left the OS out because I can get you Windows 7 Pro for $44.99 (maybe less if I can locate my coupon code) and Win 7 Pro would be better for her application due to its support of more than 16GB of RAM in case she wants/needs to upgrade in the future.

See, that's WAY over her budget.  I need to keep it around 500, and she isn't going crazy with it.

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It was only $75 more than what you posted if you drop the MOBO down to the one I posted.  Could be dropped to almost the same if the GPU was dropped too.  Also, if you buy over time and keep an eye out for deals you could drop the price easily by another $100.

 

EDIT:  Or better yet buy a used GPU.  Could get even better than what I posted for a fraction of the price of what I posted.  (GPU would be about the only thing I would say to get used)

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Shit $500!?  Missed that.  Well at that price point she is better off going out and buying a pre-built than you building one for her.

 

Really the cost to benifit point for Build VS Buy is about $750 for her application (can be lower if you get really good deals or if you are building a strictly Document and Email build).

 

When doing builds you should expect:

 

$450-$850 Document and Email build

 

$750-$1000 Low range Photo Editing and Gaming Build

 

$1000-$1500 Mid Range Photo Editing and Gaming Build, Low/Mid Range Video Editing

 

$1500+ High End Photo Editing and Gaming Build, Mid/High Range Video Editing

 

One could even argue that those values are low for the Low Range and up builds.

 

Photo Editing is as resource intensive as Gaming, and can be even more so depending on how "professional" the person is.

 

I would just recommend that she go out and get something like this then: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-aspire-tc-series-desktop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/3288131.p?id=1219090033676&skuId=3288131&st=pcmcat143400050013_categoryid$abcat0501000&cp=1&lp=4

 

Or check out Craigslist for a used PC as long as you are willing to drive up to a hour for a good deal.

 

$500 just wont get her something worth building for her application.

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