Looking for some guidance here. My son is keen to build a PC for himself - he’s about to go into Year 9 and I’d like him to give it a shot (as opposed to buying a prebuilt PC that might be a bit cheaper).
The budget is around $1200-$1500, hoping that’s sufficient for a good quality decently powered PC. I’m hoping he can maintain this PC until he finishes school (with a few minor upgrades). :)
He is expected to mainly use this for a bit of gaming, school work, hopefully programming and then he also enjoys video editing (amateur stage as of now).
Here’s one option that he’s put together: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/Zdbt3Z
Will be keen to get your expert opinions if we’re headed in the right direction. Pls do be open with your critique and if you also think the budget is too restricted for what we’re looking for.
I’ve got a few things to clarify (purely my lack of info!):
1. For the CPU, I’ve seen that AMD have also accelerated a fair bit recently. Do you see much of a difference between Intel and AMD?
2. Within Intel, should we go for an i7 considering it’s got 8 cores Insead of 6 cores on an i5? I noticed that even for i7, there’s a number of processors even in 10th Gen. with a letter K, or F or KF etc. Some denote a speed difference while others have an onboard cooling system. Would you recommend one over the other?
3. I noticed that the GPU is also fairly expensive. Is that normally the case? And if we’re going for an i7, do we still require the GPU that’s been chosen?
4. Another question is around the networking cards. So far we hadn’t chosen any, is that something that should be added in case a LAN cable needs to be added or for wi-fi? If yes, could you recommend one please?
5. Anything else we are missing out on? (Like a sound card etc.)
I know there’s a million combinations possible, however I’d like to close on one soon enough and then make use of the Black Friday deals as they have started coming up already!
Thanks a lot in advance!