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Computer build or buy

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware' started by klingsdesigns, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. klingsdesigns

    klingsdesigns Very Active Member

    Apr 16, 2012
    Right now I am running windows 7 on 8gig memory and 1T hard drive(half used up). Processor is a intel i5 2300 2.8.
    We are doing more and more wraps and my computer is taking too long to process things. I dont have time to wait for it.

    I am in need of either building 2 desktops or one now and one later.
    I wouldn't be opposed of buying one built but I cant afford $2500 one right now.
    I am also looking to run 2-3 monitors to each desktop

    I have built them before. I am not really up on the technology like I used to or know what kind of motherboard i would need.

    I am looking for
    16-32 gig ram DDR4
    I7 6700 4.0
    Not sure on graphics card something that can do 2-3 monitors.
    ssd 250-500 for software and windows 7
    ssd 500-1000 for data
    Motherboard - not a clue need enough usb slots
    case something that is quiet and breaths good
    disk drive
    600 plus watt power

    If you can steer me in the right direction of a good quality built one or help on motherboard and video card would be greatly appreciated.
  2. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

    Jun 4, 2007
    Home Office
    We've had a couple built locally. Three year no question warranty with new builds. And should we need repair the shop is 15 minutes away.
  3. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    the technology is pertty well the same as it was years ago..... but many of the properties of components have changed.
    SATA instead of the old wide cables.
    RAM has become affordable.
    PROCESSORS have become many instead of just 1.
    COOLING is higher priority in todays computers.
    COST of these have come way down.
    BUYING AN OFF THE SHELF.......you get what you see.
    BUILDING it........you can do better if you will be adding other equipment to run off it.
    MY WIFES computer....$200 E-MACHINE(athalon 2.1 gig) now 6-7 years old. has nothing more added then a scanner, printer, mic, camera. 1 hard drive. 1 cd/dvd reader/writer. came with a 160 gig SATA drive. 1 gig ram.
    i have upgraded it to a 2 MEGS A RAM, 250GIG SSD........added a 1TB external backup drive, she does a lot of 16-18 meg camera........and it serves her well.
    MY COMPUTER(i built it)AMD QUAD CORE 2.8 GIG, 4 gigs ram, 1 gig AMD GRAPHICS CARD. m/b has 6-8 SATA PORTS, 250 GIG SSD main h/d, 2nd hard drive 200 gig IDE and i have an external hard drive for my other IDE hard drive(8-10)that i can interchange. it serves me well & has since i built it 5-6 years ago))))
  4. oksigns

    oksigns Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    We build our own production computers that either have the Quadro k620 or Geforce 770's running dual monitor with either 16gb or 32gb configurations. We still rely mostly on Sata III drives, but our scratch drives are all SSDs.

    If you have the capacity to stay on top of your own hardware(we are small scale), then it may seem like a no-brainer as there are more software issues than hardware as it seems.

    Right now is a great time to buy hardware. AMD will cycle in to their new Zen CPU's by Q4, allowing deep discounts on existing processors. Skylake just came out from Intel, but you can still scramble to find good deals there. Nvidia and AMD are about to cycle over to newer GPU chipsets. You can make like... $1200 work for you if you plan ahead.

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