3 months ago
Hello everybody! I'm a Canadian guy trying to build my father a new computer. We have already determined we are either going with a Ryzen 3200G or Ryzen 3400G. The i3's we looked at and the i5-9400 just didn't make sense from a price standpoint compared to team red. Price isn't entirely determined yet but since this is my 2nd build I'm looking for advice and input on components. Think Honda Civic for this build. Something that gets us from point A to point B while understanding the owner doesn't know what IPS or TN are.
We have access to Amazon Prime.
My father will use the computer for some web browsing but more importantly he does some photo-shopping for his amateur photography and will be transcoding blu-ray discs to more reasonably sized files. The video transcoding will be the heaviest workload his PC needs to handle. Also, longevity is an important factor. He is just now upgrading off an i3-540 to give you an idea of the timeline. With that in mind here is what I'm planning and here are my questions:
CPU: It's going to be the R3 3200G or the R5 3400G. When it comes to Photoshop and video transcoding what kind of real-world performance difference will there be? Benchmarks of video transcodes would be helpful here.
Cooler: Sticking with the stock cooler unless suggested otherwise.
GPU: We're sticking with onboard graphics, he doesn't game.
Mobo: By far the most important thing is reasonably good onboard audio with a line-in. My dad needs to plug his turntable into his computer for his business and while he doesn't require incredible audio (hence using onboard), I'm again looking for the Honda Civic of onboard audio. Something that 50 year-olds with dilapidated hearing won't complain about while not breaking the bank. If I can avoid X470 or X370 that'd be nice since I don't think we need the features of those chipsets.
Blu-Ray Drive: I'm looking for the Honda Civic of Blu-Ray drives and this really isn't my forte. I just need something that will run at a reasonable speed, with good reliability, for a reasonable price. An internal drive is preferable unless an external one offers better performance/reliability.
Storage: We're getting about 500GB of solid-state storage and I've been eyeing the 860 Evo since it'll be a large jump in performance from his hard drives while maintaining a reasonable price. I've looked at the Intel 660p but the QLC NAND makes me a bit nervous and I've personally experienced Samsung's good reliability - something important to him.
We'll also be getting 4-5TB worth of storage in hard drives. Whether that's a single 4TB WD hard drive or a 3TB + 2TB remains to be seen. Recommendations are welcome but we will most likely be sticking to WD due to poor experiences with Seagate and Hitachi.
RAM: We're looking at getting 16GB. I know Ryzen prefers faster memory but given his workload, will we really see benefits of faster RAM? What brands and what speeds should I be gunning for?
PSU: All recommendations from well-known brands are welcome.
Case: Here's one I'm very flexible on. We don't want tempered glass and something plain and black would be nice. I'm hoping for a case with a reasonable number of USB ports (with some on the top of the case since it will be below his desk). He's used to a full-sized ATX case so we're not picky on that. A good bang for the buck that won't impede airflow or fall apart.
Fans: Speaking of airflow... what should my fan setup look like?
OS: Windows 10 Home was probably what I was going to get. I'm avoiding grey-market keys because I dislike G2A and Kinguin's business practices - we can pay full price. Are there any everyday benefits from upgrading to another copy of Win 10? I'm used to Windows 10 Student (similar features to Pro) so I'm not sure if he'd be missing out on anything.
Monitor: My dad is currently using an old 4:3 monitor with only VGA connectivity. We might relegate this to being his 2nd monitor but I really want him to get a new one. 1080p will suffice with decent-ish colour accuracy (keep in mind he's been editing off a rather crappy monitor for a decade) that is again a good bang for our buck. We don't need onboard audio and even a TN panel will suffice since anything is an upgrade at this point.
Mouse and Keyboard: He needs a new wireless mouse, think $20-30 CAD while not being absolutely tiny. He has an ancient Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard 1.0A that doesn't even have proper drivers for Windows 10. Are there any reasonably priced keyboards with a similar feel to that keyboard? I was also considering taking him to Canada Computers to test out mechanical keyboards and seeing if a budget one would be worth it for him.
We have speakers covered. Suggestions for an internal SD card reader and VGA adapter for his old monitor would be welcome.
Again, any and all feedback is appreciated - especially if you see something that doesn't make sense. Hopefully I didn't forget anything and cheers!