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Want to build a non-gaming Home Office Computer

By Bobdec ยท 13 replies
Mar 14, 2019
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  1. Just about everything out there is about building a gaming computer, or some information on a basic home computer.

    I would like to build a home computer under $700 if possible that is loads fast and allows me to do the following:
    Internet research
    Recording streaming video with the ability to edit them and change the format, I do that now on my old computer but it sometimes hangs up when recording.
    I currently use 2 monitors and need to use a third when doingwork with mutiple docunments.
    Will an intergrated motherboard and a graphics card work or would I need a either 2 GPU's of a GPU that allows for 3 monitors.
    Which would be better for me to do those things an intel or AMD processor?
    I also make backup copies of my DVD's with my two
    This is what I have on my old 8 year build.
    Windows 10 Home Premium 32 bit
    NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    5 external 5" Drive Bays
    1 external 3.5" Drive Bay
    4 Internal HD Bays
    2 PCIe x16 slots
    4 PCI slots
    1 PCIe x4 slot
    2 PCIe x1 slots
    2 PCI x1 slots
    6 SATA Gbps 3.0 ports
    14 USB 2.0 ports
    1 HD 500G|WD 7K 16M SATA2 WD5000AAKS
    1 750 GB HD
    COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600
    1 VGA Port
    1 DVI video port
    2 DVD recorder/players
    MSI P55-GD65 USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel motherboard
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    I5-650-R -- Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz 2.5GT/s 2x256KB Socket 1156 Dual-Co
    PSU CM|RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W RT

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,989   +76

    Sorry. I have been away for some time. Did you get any help for this building process?
  3. Bobdec

    Bobdec TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No I have not
  4. delrey

    delrey TS Booster Posts: 174   +50

    What type of ports does your monitors have? Do all three (or any of them) have display ports?
    You can get 3 monitors on one card. The card itself and the ports needed determine if it's possible.
    Since gaming is not a priority, I would look into the AMD 2600/2600X CPU. Intel's price equivalent would be the i5-8400/9400.
    16GB of DDR4 memory should be enough. 2 x 8GB configuration so you can upgrade easily when needed.
    Hard drives is more up to you. An SSD for fast boot up and large enough capacity to hold all of your commonly used programs. And a second HD either a SSD or HDD.

    I'm sure one of us can layout a parts list if you would like.
  5. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,989   +76

    Along with what delrey said I would look into a new power supply because that is actually the backbone of any system. Too many go cheap with a power supply to "save money" and then wonder why they have issues. Performance per price point the AMD Ryzen series is fantastic.

    Two questions that always help when considering a new system build: 1) What do you need and want it to do? and 2) what is your budget?
  6. Bobdec

    Bobdec TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have 5 Monitors and they are all VGA I , am using VGA to DIV connectors with my present computer and the work fine. I saw a vidio card that would have been perfect the Gigabyte GeForce GT 740 2GB OC Graphic Card but is no longer avaible. Could I use
  7. Bobdec

    Bobdec TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I was considering the AMD 2600 so I would likely go with that.
    I have keyboards, 2 DVD drives, and monitors.
    Budget for case motherboard video card hard drives, power supply and case about $600
    I was thinking that I could use a USB to VGA adapter or HDMI to VGA connectors.
    I am aware that the power supply should not be underpowered that's why I had a 650 watt PS on my first build.
    I stated earlier what I need it to do:
    Recording streaming video with the ability to edit them and change the format, I do that now on my old computer but it sometimes hangs up when recording. Sorry that I left out running spreadsheets,, web surfing, working with multiple documents; email. I do not use social media of play video games. I do participate in forms though.
    I am not sure what video card will work for me.
    I was thinking of using a 250 SSD for drive 'C" and my current drive "C" only uses 61GB and I do not anticipate it ever going above 100GB.
    Not sure to go with a 1TB hard drive or use a 500GB SSD if it will allow applications to run faster.
    I would only use a 1TB HD, because there is not much price difference than a 500GB HD.
    I have IiDrive so I do not need a lot of memory.
  8. Bobdec

    Bobdec TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I also need at least 6 USB ports as I do not use WiFI everyything is will be wired. Not sure what case to use probably a mid tower. If I have to I will buy a new monitor with display and or MDI ports.
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,883   +1,530

    In systems where there is significant CPU processing( aka business systems), there's almost always a related significant I/O to files. You'll need the obvious CPU & Ram, and the not-so-obvious I/O channel bandwidth. The SSD is a big gain here, but the I/O chip & it's driver is very important.

    In days gone by, nothing could beat SCSI as it could support concurrent R+W. From the WiKi
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,883   +1,530

  11. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,989   +76

    Jobeard is very, very knowledgeable. He has helped me several times over the past few years.
    jobeard likes this.
  12. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Evangelist Posts: 1,068   +186

    Buy 2 of these here:

    Really consider buying this here for your main os.

    Something to think about, the price is on par with amd 2600 for the moment.
    Since you do stream alot currently and you do documents and what not.
    Looking at the top performances to least performances it will give amd something to still cry about.

    Here goes your mobo and it nearly has everything you wanted.

    Here is you're ram and yeah it does work with it and cheap for the moment.

    I know you want this gt 740 card because you have an old monitor setup.
    Please highly reconsider that and upgrading your monitor setup over the next 4 months.

    So with that said, you have more options to build with.
  13. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,883   +1,530

    I work with a CPA who's big on dual monitors. IMO, that's entirely optional and should not be a limiting factor in your choices. You can always use less than full screen (especially when the monitor is good size) and stagger their positions so as to keep a portion of all always visible.

    Route44 likes this.
  14. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,883   +1,530

    Final comment on SSD drives:
    My business system is where I earn my bread & butter. Reliability and longevity are paramount to me -- not quirky performance. I still have a boat-anchor 98SE that's viable and can be used as a file server. That HD has never hiccuped once. The accounting system is where I get paid. I replicate to two other systems and backup to offline media periodically. The replications can go while I use the system, but the backups require exclusively use and thus impact my productivity.

    I disdain the "just reinstall" style of system maintenance as that's a careless approach IMO.

    THEREFORE, HD reliability is as paramount to me as capacity, performance and reliability and personally would never use an SSD.

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