Need suggestions from the tech-savvy ppl on this forum for a possible build. The build will be for a balanced station for work and entertainment. Entertainment -> movies, games, music
Work -> conferencing, calculations, spreadsheets, storage
1) Comment on O/S. (windows)
2) What hardware will give this balance - don't need cutting edge but some future-proofing might do.
3) Going to 6th gen from 4th gen will give much tangible gains?
4) If not OC-ing, any need for an after-mkt cooler?
thank you all.
Providing more info of your budget, and what you give more priority would be better to recommend the hardware. Anyways for your 4 points -
1. Take Windows, no need for Linux in such a build.
2. At this point, if you want future proofing get Skylake, with DDR4. Simply for the future proofing. Get enough Storage, an SSD will be good but better to go for lots of mechanical storage and a small SSD. That should be enough. Providing your budget will allow me and other members to recommend the hardware better. Also the GPU should depend on how much you prioritize gaming.
3. Upgrading from 4th gen is not worth it, but for a completely new build I think one should go with the latest gen available, but this is just my opinion. You can still go with 4th gen if you want to save some bucks, it will not hurt the performance almost at all in this scenario.
4. After Market cooling is not necessary if you are not OC-ing, which is not at all needed in this build. If you are doing a lot of CPU intensive work then maybe be get a good aftermarket air cooler (Hyper 212X ?) but that's all that might be needed. Start with stock cooler, check the temps, if it raises a lot, then get one, otherwise don't.
1. About OS it will come down to your needs, if the person using it is comfortable with windows and excel no point of Linux and also you said gaming so windows 8.1 64bit.
2. Again on your budget, and also the word "gaming" is the major point here, want to play fallout 4 or CoD BOPS3? you need quad-core CPU with 16GB RAM and a good GPU but if you want to play casual games or only competitive games then you can actually go with a something less powerful.
3. Not at all, I would say if you have a very good deal on 6th gen or you are using a first gen one you can switch to it but otherwise there is absolutely no point.
4. Yes, an aftermarket cooler will give you much better performance both in noise and in temperature and we all know lower is better so I think if you can spend 60k on a system you should be able to pay like 2k for a good cooling.
Final words: actually there is no point of thinking that hard, just fix a budget and buy the best thing you can get with that budget, done.
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Did not mention budget, yes but did mention purpose. A PC for working and playing. Yes, would very much like to play the recent games.
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