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Old 07-05-2018, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK - so here we go. Have not built a new PC in a few years, Thank God I do not need a GPU for this system. RAM prices are still high, but 8 or 16 GB of Ram is much cheaper than a decent GPU. Hoping to keep this down in the under $500 Range,

CPU : Ryzen3 2200G https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...2E16819113481= $100
GPU : none
MOBO: Asrock 370X Pro4 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...2E16813157800= $100- 10 rebate= $90
PSU: Seasonic Focus series 550W Gold https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16817151203 = $70- $15 rebate= $55
RAM: GSkill Flare X series ( 8 x2 =16GB) DDR4 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16820232535 = $150
CASE: undecided - mid tower with good fans, USB 3.0 on front with Audio
HHD: WD 1 TB https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...9SIA5AD2AE3298 = $40
Optical drive: From old PC - still needed for some of the software I use at work

So $430 and no case decided yet.

Opinions/suggestions wanted. PP - thanks in advance.
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Old 07-05-2018, 01:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Would def get the 2400 over the 2200 unless your work doesn't require a whole lot of speed. Could go with a B350 board too, should be cheaper.

Do you need 1TB of space for a work machine? Feel an SSD would be better suited.
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Well my 6 yr old dual core was doing the job , so expect the 2200 would be more than adequate. I will check into the 2400 for Price.

Yes ,the SSD would be nice ,but speed isn't that important- and the HHD is only $40 for a TB. I probably need 400-500 GB, so those SSD's are are 80+ = more than double the price. I chose that MOBO because the reviews suggested the B350 bios to be not ready for the 2nd gen Ryzen CPU's. That may or may not have changed and I think it is within $10 pricewize.
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Prices have dropped dramatically on SSD drives, today you can get a WD 500gb 3D nand SSD for just over $100. Yes, that still more than a platter drive but for a SSD that's a nice deal... no tax (yet) and free ship
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16820250087
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$60-70 higher price for a work PC. Not sure that's a great idea. Rather spend an additional $40 on a second hard drive , so I can run full back up if the drive very easily.
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HP 250 gb ssd $47.99 with promo code
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Looks like SSD prices are bottoming out....
Crucial MX300 2.5" 525GB SATA III 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive $89.99
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No question the SSD's are much more affordable these days. However, since it's a work PC= QuickBooks, Word , internet search, publisher, no gaming, minimal video, so I don't NEED a SSD.
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Just letting you know how much the prices on these things have dropped. Does not matter now because they are all sold out when I checked this morning. Going to an SSD is comparable like going from dial up internet to broadband.
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No question the SSD's are much more affordable these days. However, since it's a work PC= QuickBooks, Word , internet search, publisher, no gaming, minimal video, so I don't NEED a SSD.
I get the sentiment, but it's 2018. Everybody needs an SSD and the quicker HDDs are dropped for regular usage and storage the better. At work the older machines we use (and by older I mean Haswell era HPs) still use WD 500GB Blues. No gaming, little internet, no Youtube etc and after a month of usage I bought my own 850 EVO for it and cloned it over. Even work machines benefit from instant response times, not to mention SSDs can have a much longer life span in terms of repetitive usage. It's nice to click an Excel document and it comes up instantly, no lag in Outlook, no issues with large Onenote notebooks, little to no reduction in system responsiveness due to LMI imaging bloat, and no incremental slow down over time due to fragmentation. Just turn the machine on and it's always fast.

At the end of the day it's your money and you can obviously chose what's best for your needs but I firmly stand by no machine using a HDD for a boot drive for any application.
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