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Thread: kidkage's PC build thread (read: kidkage's request for PC build help thread)

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    kidkage's PC build thread (read: kidkage's request for PC build help thread)

    [There's a TL;DR version at the bottom underneath the ______]
    A few years ago I cannibalized the off the shelf HP desktop I had.
    It was a nightmare process for me. I was limited to using AMD processors, the PSU was crappy, and the machine kept hitting me with the BSOD every time I opened Cubase. I was beyond frustrated with it so I switched to Mac after a year of dealing with that while I was in the middle of working on stuff.



    I like macs. I'm sure I'll always have a macbook in my arsenal just cause. But the storage on these really sucks. It wasn't so bad a few years ago when you could pick up a stock macbook for ~$1,000 and upgrade the RAM and storage on your own instead of spending $500-$700 to move from a 128GB SSD to 1TB. But I'll stop with the mac talk here .
    Over the last few years I've had a couple of Dell latitude laptops that have been great. Tons of space, fast drives, no compatibility or BSOD issues. So I know that Windows is great as long as the hardware is up to par.

    I really want to get a Windows PC again for a few reasons:
    -I use a few different DAWs and beta test a few things that are only Windows compatible.
    -I've got some awesome qwerty keyboards that are craving windows.
    -I want to get into coding and learning C++. Which a mac is less than ideal for.
    -Storage space! I want to have 2 or 3 storage drives in there. An SSD and two 7200 rpm drives.
    -Basic video production in Adobe Premiere elements.
    -I'd like to be able to game casually if possible.

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    I'm looking to spend under $1,000 on a PC build (or a solid off the shelf computer if you know of one) and would like your help

    I've already got the monitors, keyboards, and mice covered; so I'm just looking to put together the actual desktop.

    All I know at this point is that I want Windows 7, 3 internal drives, 8GB of RAM*, an Intel quad-core, and a reasonable amount of ports (A few USBs, maybe a firewire or thunderbolt port...)
    Ideally I'd like to be around $700 (give or take $100. Preferably take lol).
    At least on the initial components (meaning, I can wait on the other drives that aren't the boot drives if needed) if not the entire thing.

    If I can save by avoiding components that aren't critical for audio work like the case style, GPU...whatever else, and sacrifice the ability to be able to game or do video work on it I'll survive.

    *I've had 16GB of RAM in my computers before, but I think realistically 8GB is more than I've ever used.

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    Re: kidkage's PC build thread (read: kidkage's request for PC build help thread)

    I have a list on this site somewhere of my exact components that have been totally stable for 3 years.

    Where that is I don't know. I will try to find the receipt.

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    Re: kidkage's PC build thread (read: kidkage's request for PC build help thread)

    Found it.

    Wasted $140 on that stupid service crap. Subtract that from cost and add another drive.

    Also subtract that KVM switch. That was when I was sharing monitors with another PC. O Fuck Me! I just noticed they charged me twice for that shit!!!

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    Re: kidkage's PC build thread (read: kidkage's request for PC build help thread)

    Have a skank around eBay at the refurbished PC's as well. Some good ones come up with what you're looking for. All you'll need to do is add the extra drives.

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    Re: kidkage's PC build thread (read: kidkage's request for PC build help thread)

    Hmmm you can definitely do what you are wanting for under a thousand. Here are my old prices for my stuff I bought 2 years ago. Won't bother listing the actual stuff because most of its like 2 generations behind now

    Wifi adapter $20
    DVD drive $20
    8 GB DDR3 ram $66
    600 watt power supply $65
    graphics card $295
    tower $97
    intel processor $220
    mobo $140
    1 tb HD $78

    So that all adds up to $1,001 if I'm doing my math right I like gaming, so I got a nice graphics card and a bigger power supply to sustain it. You could probably get something well below both of those and be fine! Do you have any certain builds in mind yet?

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    Re: kidkage's PC build thread (read: kidkage's request for PC build help thread)

    Have a skank around eBay at the refurbished PC's as well. Some good ones come up with what you're looking for. All you'll need to do is add the extra drives.
    I want to find me an HPZ800 with dual Xeon processors. we have one at our company headquarters I've been trying to get sent to me silently.

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    Re: kidkage's PC build thread (read: kidkage's request for PC build help thread)

    I want to find me an HPZ800 with dual Xeon processors. we have one at our company headquarters I've been trying to get sent to me silently.
    Damn, that'd be killer.
    I'm on 2 xeon x5570 chips right now and it's crazy fast. Your setup would be about a year younger and a lot faster.

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    Re: kidkage's PC build thread (read: kidkage's request for PC build help thread)

    I just saw one on ebay for $600+. dual hex core XEONs

    Tempting. Very tempting.

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    Re: kidkage's PC build thread (read: kidkage's request for PC build help thread)

    Thanks for the help d00ds!

    The receipt is awesome jimmy! I'm gonna start making a list of necessary components now and start trying to fill in the blanks.

    I haven't even mentally sketched out a build really.

    Do you guys know of anything inherently wrong with the barebones kits sold on sites like Tigerdirect?
    Intel Core i7 Barebone PC, Intel Core i7 Barebone Kit at TigerDirect.com

    they seem appealing enough.

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    Re: kidkage's PC build thread (read: kidkage's request for PC build help thread)

    I just saw one on ebay for $600+. dual hex core XEONs

    Tempting. Very tempting.
    If you do it, put an SSD in it.

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