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Building two PCs: one for work, one for play

By andoyan · 4 replies
May 16, 2012
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  1. Hello Community,
    I am trying to built two desktop computers, one I need for work and the other for play!!!
    On the first computer what would be the essential parts (the PC would be used primary for data, I will be installing Microsoft word Excel…., My business program which includes images of my merchandise and maybe adobe Photoshop and acrobat. My budget is 300-400 without counting the operating system. With this budget can I built a stable and good working PC?
    The second PC is going to be gaming type PC with bell and whistle, I will be using it primarily for editing movies video and music, my budget on that pc is 1500.00 without the operating system.
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    This will get you started.
    Out of interest why don't you just build one system for work and play? Or is it because they're going to be in 2 separate locations?
  3. Matt12345170

    Matt12345170 TS Booster Posts: 102   +28

    Hey :)

    I built a list of components that could be used for your gaming PC, it does go over your budget of $1500 ($1742.42 original), however I included a few options to reduce the price to $1272.42

    Components: (All link to Newegg.ca pricing and availability may be different at Newegg.com)

    Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $299.99

    Processor: Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820 - $309.99

    Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2682-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $529.99

    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $64.99

    SSD: Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $189.99

    Hybrid Drive: Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive - $149.99

    Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - $99.99

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8Q-8GBRM - $76.49

    Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM - $20.99

    Total: $1742.41

    If you need to cut down the price a little bit, there are a few options open to you, you could:

    - Remove the SSD from the build
    - Or replace some of your parts such as

    Total (with SSD removed and if you replaced the video card with Video Card(2)): $1272.42

    Besides maybe the processor and motherboard, I wouldn't cut the price on anything else.

    Seeing as how you are going to be editing videos I would consider moving from 8GB to 12GB of ram.

    - Matt
  4. Matt12345170

    Matt12345170 TS Booster Posts: 102   +28

    As for the work PC, to be honest, I think it would just be better to buy a descent crap box (Yes - a descent crap box) from BestBuy or something, either that or I'm just getting lazy and feeling the Diablo 3 itch :)
  5. Matt12345170

    Matt12345170 TS Booster Posts: 102   +28


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