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So, I come asking for a bit of wisdom and mainly, pointers to places where I should go for further reading. I have been looking at PC Parts Picker, but thought I'd drop this here and see what you guys are doing these days.

Now, the last computer I built for myself was back in 2005, back when the Antec Life Style SONATA Piano Black cases were...something. Pentium 4, Asus motherboard...darn if I can remember anything else about it, to be honest. Yes, it's long been retired - sitting in my unused technology cabinet in my garage.

The last computer I built for someone else, it was in 2013, and I used a Shuttle PC system with a Pentium G2120 processor. Yeah...a while ago. Surprisingly, once I got Win 10 sorted out on that machine, it has held up quite well.

I'm now using a corporate hand-me-down HP that has (according to CPU-Z) an Intel I5-650, with a Havendale/Clarkdale chipset - BIOS has a 2010 date. With 4GB of RAM, it's not bad for general web, office stuff. I found a Quadro NVS 295 video card, which is capable of driving my dual monitor setup without a great deal of difficulty. When I was working, I could buy these hand-me-downs for $100, but no longer can since I'm retired.

I want to build a machine that does much the same as this one. A little more horsepower for doing video and audio editing stuff would be the only additional requirement, thus a lower-end GFX card should be spec'd in. My wife will get this system as a hand-me-down.

Everything I've ever built has been Intel, but I've truly not kept up with processor technology for years - thus, my asking about where else I should head to for some education & reading material. After all, nothing like reading about motherboards while drifting off to sleep, am I right? :crazy:

Again, I tend to build 'em and use 'em for quite awhile. It doesn't need to be bleeding edge, but it just needs to be able to stand the test of time.

Looking forward to reading what the RDF community is doing.
 

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I built one in 2006 and one just a few months ago. Tech has changed since then. i built on the AM4 platform so that i can add a better processor in a few years when they come down in price. I think i spent around 700 for all the parts and software.
 

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Not much has changed. M.2 is a thing now and would recommend that for storage but other than that the premise has not changed.

AMD has good processors now but if you go that route wait until the new zen comes out. I bought right after they launched the 2000 series and got a 1700 for super cheap...
 

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I’m getting 8-10 years out of my builds. I use Newegg & amazon for parts. I study a few reviews on major components but at the end of day it boils down to price. I usually pick high end components but stop where the price gap becomes excessive between the top choices
 

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I’m getting 8-10 years out of my builds. I use Newegg & amazon for parts. I study a few reviews on major components but at the end of day it boils down to price. I usually pick high end components but stop where the price gap becomes excessive between the top choices
My last build was:
AMD 1700
8 GB of DDR4
Repurposed / refurbished 980 GTX
Itx asus board.
2 M.2 500GB SSD’s one fast one slower
500 watt power supply
Bunch of RGB LED

The build before that was a 4770k which is still running and used today with R9 290X’s water cooled.

And I have a 2600k which is still running as well. That has a Radeon HD 6870.
 

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I only know how to price out gaming computers :p I can tell you what's the best bang for your buck though if you are looking for a pretty nice gaming computer which will also last a very long time!
I'm especially hyped for the new Ryzen 3000's going to be insane overclocking.
 

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I only know how to price out gaming computers :p I can tell you what's the best bang for your buck though if you are looking for a pretty nice gaming computer which will also last a very long time!
I'm especially hyped for the new Ryzen 3000's going to be insane overclocking.
Maybe on the lower core count chips. I’ve heard rumors the higher core count models are about a ghz slower.
 

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Been about 3-4 years since my last build.

Intel i5-6600k
Gigabyte/Nvidia GTX1070
16GB RAM
Asus z170 ROG/Aura MB
1 M.2 256GB drive, 3 512GB SSD's
Be Quiet Case

It had also been about 10 years between PC's for me. One before that was an Alienware Area 51 and was the only pre built I've owned. Case on that thing was humongous.
 
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OP, what's your budget? Check out BitWit and PaulsHardware on youtube. They have builds in difference price categories. (Pauls vids are better at this).
 

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2017 build - $1K

Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower w/ Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 Red LED
MSI GTX 1050 TI 4GT OC
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz
MSI X370 GAMING PRO CARBON
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor 4GHz w/Wraith Spire LED Cooler
2 of Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Red LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2, 80+ GOLD 750W
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III SSD
 
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OP, what's your budget? Check out BitWit and PaulsHardware on youtube. They have builds in difference price categories. (Pauls vids are better at this).
$800 to $1000. Ignore the miscellaneous peripherals, monitors (I have two Acer 27" monitors) and the like.

I've been looking a bit over on PC Parts Picker for the last couple of days...mainly, doing my remedial study on the topic.

So, not so much a gaming machine, but maybe more of a workstation. I'm picking up more interest in video editing and the like, and I have learned the GFX card for the buck right now seems to be the RX 570.

Now, I'm not hard-over between AMD & Intel, but all four I have built in the past has been Intel, using Asus motherboards.
 

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Im totally cool with refurbished items infact the mother board was refurbished because they dont ship it with bios that can handle the newer chips so i had to update bios with a boot kit from AMD. Its a clean enough install to keep things cool but i could make it tidier.

Corsair RM650 (Refurbished)
Gigabyte RX570 8GB
2x8 GB Gskill DDR4 PC3200
3 Solid state drives
Wifi USB Adapter
MSI 350M Mother board (Refurbished)
Micro ATX Case.
AMD Ryzen 2400G (didnt expect to get a good deal on a graphics card)
500 GB M.2 Card (hidden behind the graphics card)

115288
 

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So, I come asking for a bit of wisdom and mainly, pointers to places where I should go for further reading. I have been looking at PC Parts Picker, but thought I'd drop this here and see what you guys are doing these days.

Now, the last computer I built for myself was back in 2005, back when the Antec Life Style SONATA Piano Black cases were...something. Pentium 4, Asus motherboard...darn if I can remember anything else about it, to be honest. Yes, it's long been retired - sitting in my unused technology cabinet in my garage.

The last computer I built for someone else, it was in 2013, and I used a Shuttle PC system with a Pentium G2120 processor. Yeah...a while ago. Surprisingly, once I got Win 10 sorted out on that machine, it has held up quite well.

I'm now using a corporate hand-me-down HP that has (according to CPU-Z) an Intel I5-650, with a Havendale/Clarkdale chipset - BIOS has a 2010 date. With 4GB of RAM, it's not bad for general web, office stuff. I found a Quadro NVS 295 video card, which is capable of driving my dual monitor setup without a great deal of difficulty. When I was working, I could buy these hand-me-downs for $100, but no longer can since I'm retired.

I want to build a machine that does much the same as this one. A little more horsepower for doing video and audio editing stuff would be the only additional requirement, thus a lower-end GFX card should be spec'd in. My wife will get this system as a hand-me-down.

Everything I've ever built has been Intel, but I've truly not kept up with processor technology for years - thus, my asking about where else I should head to for some education & reading material. After all, nothing like reading about motherboards while drifting off to sleep, am I right? :crazy:

Again, I tend to build 'em and use 'em for quite awhile. It doesn't need to be bleeding edge, but it just needs to be able to stand the test of time.

Looking forward to reading what the RDF community is doing.
Can you wait a few months....a brand new architecture is about to be released by Intel...they were planned on releasing it in 2015 but they had issues so it's coming this summer/fall. It's a 10nm process with extra lanes and bigger pipes.....plus lower power. It's up to you but I am saving up for that one. Otherwise I would jump on the 9900X deal at Microcenter.
 

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Can you wait a few months....a brand new architecture is about to be released by Intel...they were planned on releasing it in 2015 but they had issues so it's coming this summer/fall. It's a 10nm process with extra lanes and bigger pipes.....plus lower power. It's up to you but I am saving up for that one. Otherwise I would jump on the 9900X deal at Microcenter.
Then wait a little longer for the mother board manufacturers to get their boards ready to accept them..... then work out the bugs...
 

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I used to be AMD processors all out.... didnt want to go the mainstream and they were great without the big price. Then the I5s 7s etc came out and the performance of AMD just didnt quite make it. I'm still in that feeling but I havent built a new unit in 4-5 years or so. I've always built ALL of my desktops. Unless AMD has the performance vs price of Intel I'd go with Intel - depending on what you're looking for - gaming or workstation.
 

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For a 1k build I'd start off with the following components and build around these

- GTX 1660
- Intel i5 9600k
- LGA 1151 (300 series) mobo of your choosing
- 16gb ram (Corsair, G.Skill)
- an Nvme SSD + mechanical storage drive


My build (a bit old is as follows)

- Intel i7 7700k overclocked + de-lid mod
- Evo 212 cpu cooler
- Gigabyte GTX 1060 6gb
- Gigabyte Z270 motherboard
- 16gb ram G. Skill
- 2tb WD mechanical
- 100gb sandisk SSD
- 500gb Samsung evo Nvme
- Corsair HX750 psu
- Cooler Master mid tower
 
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I used to be AMD processors all out.... didnt want to go the mainstream and they were great without the big price. Then the I5s 7s etc came out and the performance of AMD just didnt quite make it. I'm still in that feeling but I havent built a new unit in 4-5 years or so. I've always built ALL of my desktops. Unless AMD has the performance vs price of Intel I'd go with Intel - depending on what you're looking for - gaming or workstation.
Yeap I used to be an AMD fanboy with The A processors than Intel caught up and AMD has a lot of lessons to learn and tech to do that was what 2004?! It's been 15 years since than and they still dont have it right.
 

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Have built a number of computers over the years. Poke around maximum pc’s ‘best of the best’ and maybe pick up the latest mag.
They have a monthly build area high end, mid end and low end. Pick components based on expectations and budget.
My goto stores are microcenter and fry’s electronics. MC has monthly specials where if you bundle they will give you discounts. And frys is geek heaven. For a couple of bucks they will even build and test it for you. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty LOL.
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Good Luck & Have Fun
And this guy seems to know what he’s doing.
Agree with most of what he says... Can subscribe to his channel and cast to your tv.
Oh, you can run VMs so when demo software hit its 30 day limit and wants money, you simply reload the VM and start the clock new... another 30 days
Can spend days on https://forums.mydigitallife.net/ and learn ‘all about OS’s’
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