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Build for Living Room computer

Discussion in 'Tech Support' started by throwaawy, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. throwaawy

    throwaawy Third Year

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    Family laptop bit the dust and they weren't too happy with how fast it deteriorated so they've called upon me to get them a computer that will last significantly longer than the 2 years it did.

    Primary uses will be web browsing, video/movie streaming, but also photo-manipulation since my sister likes creating photo-albums from our vacation trips. The computer would mostly be inactive when not in use since they all have their various tablets for misc. stuff so boot time is a factor, but they also need lots of storage for said photos.

    So, with that in mind, I decided to create a sub $1k build that I could still run photoshop at 1080p on.

    This is what I'm considering atm: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/B3hX4C

    Micro ATX for a smaller footprint cuz they've complained about the monstrosity that I use for my own computer.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Seyllian

    Seyllian Auror DLP Supporter

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    Mother of god did RAM get expensive.
     
  3. Sacro

    Sacro Seventh Year

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    You should go with a Ryzen 5 build, like this. If you can fit it in the budget, up the SSD to 240GB and also think about getting some case fans. Also why exactly did you go with the super expensive RAM?
     
  4. throwaawy

    throwaawy Third Year

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    i just assumed prices went up. i had sorted by price and went looking for multi-reviewed options

    what are the pro/cons of ryzen vs core i5?
     
  5. Sacro

    Sacro Seventh Year

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    Intels Core i series has better single core performance and is thus better in games usually. The Ryzen 5 I linked has 6 cores and hyperthreading, so it's better at productive stuff like photoshop, video encoding and the like (doesn't mean you can't still game very good on it though). Take a look at some benchmarks and/or reviews to get a more complete picture.
     
  6. Azrael83

    Azrael83 First Year

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    Depends on what u want I go fantastic performance w/ just intel nuc.

    Intel® NUC Kit NUC7i3BNH
    • 8gb ram single stick ddr2133
    • M2 Sata 512gb
    • 128gb Samsung sata ssd
    • 4tb usb 3.0 drive.
    I use it for 4K media viewing mostly. decodes hevc like a prize champ. Can’t complain.
     
  7. Lord Ravenclaw

    Lord Ravenclaw System God Admin

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    +1 for this. The NUCs are fantastic and really cheap.
     
  8. Azrael83

    Azrael83 First Year

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    Exacta I've put this thing through the ringer with 4k and it hasnt broken a sweat yet.