What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
I'll be graduating next June (2019) and have been meaning to get a pretty powerful desktop computer for awhile, but haven't really been able to save up enough over the last few years with all the tuition bills, rent, utility bills, groceries, necessities, etc. I've been working full-time over the summer and also recently found out that I was awarded a $900 scholarship for this upcoming year, and would like to put that towards getting a nice, powerful and professional desktop (since my tuition is going to be paid for completely with some grants that I was awarded for the first time since starting school. Got extremely lucky with financial aid this upcoming school year!) Anyway, I'm currently in a majofield that requires lots of time be spent on the computer using ArcGIS/ArcMap 10.5 software, OpenLCA 1.6 (if anyone's familiar with it), MS Excel, MS Access, Photoshop, InDesign, Adobe Audition, and extremely large datasets and databases. Ideally, this machine will be with me for the next 5-8 years (hopefully) and I would like it to be my home office powerhouse when I get into the professional workforce after graduating. I'd also like to use it for personal use (online surfing, emails, content creation, streaming music and movies a lot, etc.) and potentially gaming since my boyfriend's trying to get me to game more with him, but I don't have a current PC (I have a MacBook Pro 2015 w/ retina). Since this is something I want to invest in but can't really go all out with just yet, I'm trying to keep my budget around $1,300 max.
It needs to run these programs regularly and as seamlessly as is realistically possible: ArcGIS Desktop 10.5 or later OpenLCA 1.6 or later Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign Adobe Audition Adobe Illustrator MS Home Office and MS Access (might not even need Access, but we'll see) Lots of Spotify and Netflix and Hulu streaming various games (Skyrim, Zoo Tycoon, Jurassic World Evolution, Horizon Zero Dawn, Kingdom Hearts, etc.) typical Google Chrome stuff like email, social media, online shopping, reddit, etc.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Within the next month
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Everything from the tower to the 2 monitors to the mouse and keyboard
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
California in the US and I don't know where one would be or what it is
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Don't have anything to reuse :( but I need two monitors
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
No idea what overclocking is... so maybe?
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
12GB or 16GB+ RAM 1 TB+ storage (preferably SSD, but if it's a mix of SSD and HDD that's fine.) a really good discrete graphics card, either NVIDIA or AMD (but don't know anything about them aside from some differences between integrated vs discrete) dual-core or multi-core processor (at the very very very least 2.2Ghz), Intel i5 or i7 or AMD... or maybe something else I'm not yet aware of x86 platform 24-bit capable graphics accelerator (no idea what this is, but this is one of the specs from the ESRI website for ArcGIS Desktop hardware requirements) OpenGL v2.0 (minimum) and Shader Model v3.0 (minimum) Windows 8.1 or 10 OS dual monitor setup
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Don't care. Whatever works and is available is what I'll use.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
My school has a program where students can get certain programs onto their systems for free for as long as they're enrolled, so I'm able to get ArcMap, the Adobe Suite, and the MS Home Office Suite all on my system for no cost for the time being. So software/programs don't really need to be taken into account for the budget as of now.
Extra info or particulars:
I'm hoping for some specific specs and recommendations, but I don't know enough to build my own computer from the ground up, nor do I want to because I know I'll screw it up at some point and would like to not deal with a clunky system. If anyone has any recommendations for an all-in-one or prebuilt but customizable system (and suggested monitors) I would really appreciate it! Also, if I overlooked something or need to include more detail regarding usage, please let me know and I'll fix it.