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pine-o-cleen
23-07-2012, 06:37 PM
So, our hard drive died in the old PC that we have been using mainly just to browse the web, which gives me the perfect excuse to upgrade.

So, the only things that I'll be using from the parts that I have is a case, a sound card, a PSU, and a DVD writer. Budget is $500 (which needs to include the OS).

Now I know $500 isn't going to get me the world and my expectations aren't over the top. I just want a good platform that I will be able to upgrade as money allows. I realize that this will mean starting off without a video card, which is fine. In the future I'd like to be able to edit HD movies (we currently have a camera that records AVCHD Lite 720P video), but to start with it would just be basic web browsing and probably some picture editing.

I haven't brought PC components for years, so I'm really out of the loop.

I would really appreciate your feedback and suggestions.

TIA.

(Have I posted this in the right section? It didn't 'feel' like a PressF1 thread to me.)

icow
23-07-2012, 06:39 PM
What size psu do you have?

pine-o-cleen
23-07-2012, 06:40 PM
What size psu do you have?
420w.

icow
23-07-2012, 06:44 PM
You'll probably want to replace that once or if you get a dedicated card.

pine-o-cleen
23-07-2012, 06:46 PM
Noted.

icow
23-07-2012, 06:55 PM
Something like the intel one if you're wanting to upgrade, if you want to have a GPU now you could drop the CPU back to an i3 2100 and get something like a 7750. Or you could get anything on AMD's FM1 platform probably a bit cheaper giving you a decent IGP, depending on the software you use and if you are going to be heavily transcoding you could find an AMD system to be a tad weaker/slower in the transcoding department. HDD's are also retardly expensive so you could swap the HDD out for a 60gb Intel SSD or a 64gb M4 to bump up performance, will lower your storage capabilities though. If you went the FM1 route you could also consider using an FX-4100 and an AM3+ motherboard, would probably be more powerful in the long run.

SolMiester
24-07-2012, 10:54 AM
You could probably get Intel SB platform under $500...

icow
24-07-2012, 12:39 PM
Crap I forgot the OS. I think you're looking at around $75? For an OEM copy of 7.

8ftmetalhaed
24-07-2012, 12:43 PM
Isn't it closer to $170?

Failing that, temporarily pirate it? Or use linux for a bit?

icow
24-07-2012, 01:38 PM
*$175

Turns out its actually closer to $150, windows y u so expensive?

pcuser42
24-07-2012, 01:44 PM
You need to be a computer science student, we get Windows for free :D

icow
24-07-2012, 01:45 PM
If you shop around for lower prices:

i3 2100 $156
Asus 1155 Mobo $83.50
4gb DDR3 $31.70
Windows $150
Seagate Momentus 250gb 2.5" Drive (cheaper than 3.5) $79.30

Total: $500.50

pcuser42
24-07-2012, 02:35 PM
Seagate Momentus 250gb 2.5" Drive (cheaper than 3.5) $79.30

How much cheaper? Admittedly the price of the 2.5"-3.5" adaptor isn't much, but if the savings are negligible I'd just go with the 3.5" drive to save hassle.

8ftmetalhaed
24-07-2012, 02:38 PM
You need to be a computer science student, we get Windows for free :D
We do, but factoring course costs over 3 years.... yeah.

dugimodo
24-07-2012, 03:43 PM
http://www.pp.co.nz/Bundles.php there's a few good options there, the pentium G630 is grunty enough for day to day use and gives you the option of upgrading to an i5 later but an i3 is a better option if if fits in the budget and you might not even need to upgrade it.

If you want cheap now AMD have some good options, but unfortunately the upgrade path stops a lot lower on the performance scale than for an intel system.
I'd say AMD do low-mid performance at competitive prices and intel do low, mid, high but with weaker integrated graphics.

icow
24-07-2012, 04:52 PM
If you want cheap now AMD have some good options, but unfortunately the upgrade path stops a lot lower on the performance scale than for an intel system.
I'd say AMD do low-mid performance at competitive prices and intel do low, mid, high but with weaker integrated graphics.

I'd agree with that. AMD basically falls behind after the 2500k/2600k point (The 8150 just isn't competitive) and even earlier with the use of specific applications. Photoshop is probably the most notable one.

pine-o-cleen
24-07-2012, 08:29 PM
Thanks for all the info guys. Money is tight right now, so the G630 looks good. I like the look of this bundle (comes with a 500Gb HDD too):

http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA38444

pine-o-cleen
24-07-2012, 08:43 PM
Ooh, I like this better. The mobo has USB 3.0, which will help a lot with transferring stuff to the external HDD...and 4 ram slots, and HDMI interface.

http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA38478

pine-o-cleen
29-07-2012, 09:47 PM
Well, all that ^ was scrapped today when browsing in Dick Smith (waiting for the mrs...) came across this:

http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/XC7890/acer-as5750-2332g50mnkk-notebook

Thought (sh*t that's cheap), went home and did a little research, talked with wifey, who said she would like a laptop more than a desktop. So ordered one tonight.