Building a Computer

~Jasmine

Computer Requirements

In order for this computer to meet my customers need, it will need a high-end video and sound card, a good quality monitor and speakers, and the regular components that are needed in a computer. But because the sound and video card as well as the monitor and speakers will be high-end, the computer's components must be compatible with those high-end components. I also need to purchase the software needed for a computer that will be used to create commercials. I have to be able to buy all this with a budget of $5,000.

Hardware Components

Monitor

A monitor displays information processed by the computer for the user to see making it a must have, especially if you plan on making commercials. This is because you need to be able to see the video to edit it and without a monitor that's impossible.

For a computer that is needed to make commercials, I would use an Asus Ultra-wide MX299Q 29" from Staples because it has a response time of 5ms and a resolution of 2560x1080, which makes it a good quality monitor because of the low response time and high resolution. Also, because it already has high quality built-in speakers, it saves money since I no longer have to buy speakers separately.

For a high-quality monitor with built-in speakers, $542 (including tax) at Staples is a good price compared to its original price of $565 (including tax), leaving me with $4,458 left to spend on other components and software.

Sound Card

A sound card allows a computer to produce sounds for the user to hear. When making commercials, it's crucial that you have a high-end sound card because all commercials either have dialogue or music in them. This means that for the user to properly edit the audio of a commercial, they will need to be able to hear it clearly.

For my customer, I would get a 24-bit Asus Xonar Essence STX. I would choose this because it has a 24 bit depth and 192KHz. The bit depth is what determines the quality of the sound and the sample rate (KHz) determines how close the audio will sound to the original sound. So because both the bit and sample rate is so high, the sound quality will be high as well.

I would buy this form New Egg because they are selling it for $226 (including tax) instead of the $244.05 (including tax) that most store are selling it at. This leaves me at $4232 to spend on the rest of the components and software.

Graphics Card

A graphics card is what generates images for the monitor to display. This makes it very important for a computer that will be used in video production. If it were to have a bad quality graphics card then the quality of the commercial won't be as good.

I would buy a 4GB Asus Strix GeForce GTX 980 because it is a high-end model with excellent quality. Its fan technology, ensures silence when using light programs and 3x quieter performances when using hardcore programs.

I would probably buy this from Canada's Computers Electronics for $744.67 (including tax) instead of the $790.98 at New Egg and because not many stores sell this graphics card, my options are very limited. After buying this, I will have $3487.33 left to spend on other components and software.

Motherboard

Without a motherboard, a computer would not be able to operate because it is the main circuit board that almost everything is connected to. So because I'm using a high-end video card, sound card and monitor, the motherboard of this computer must be compatible with these components.

The motherboard I would get it an Asus Z10PA-D8 Motherboard. This is because it has 512GB worth of storage space, which is very important when building a computer for video production since videos take up a lot of space.

I would buy this at New Egg for $508.50 (including tax) because it is pretty cheap considering the range for an Asus Z10PA-D8 is around $487.80 - $586.40 (including tax). This leaves me with $2978.83 to buy the rest of the components and software.

Hard Disk Drive

The HDD is where most data is stored, so for a computer that will be used in making commercials, it is important to have as much storage as possible. This is because videos use up a lot of space, so its best to get an HDD that will be able to hold all that data.

I would buy a 3TB Hitachi HDS723030ALA640 because of the amount of data it can hold and its 7200RMP performance (determines performance speed of HDD). Since videos use up so much space, this hard drive's massive storage space and performance speed makes is perfect for a computer that will be used to make computers.

I would buy this at New Egg for $118.63 (including tax) instead of its original price of $303.90 (including tax). This will leave me with $2860.20.

Central Processing Unit

The CPU is what gathers the instructions needed for the computer to run, making it something every computer has to have. Since, most of the components I am planning to buy are high-end, the CPU I get must be compatible with those components.

I would get a 6 core Intel Xeon E5-2603 V3. This is because is it one of the few CPUs that are compatible with the rest of the components so far. It is not high-end, but it has a TDP of 85W, meaning that there is a less chance of it overheating.

I would buy this from New Egg for $304.35 (including tax) instead of its original price of $366.20 (including tax). This leaves me with $2555.85.

Random-Access Memory

RAM is where data of programs are kept. This is because when data is stored in RAM instead of the hard drive, it is much faster to access. Because making commercials does use quite a bit of space its best to get A RAM with a good amount of GB.

I would get a Parts-Quick RAM because it is one of the few RAMs that are compatible with the rest of the computer components. It has a capacity of 8GB and a speed of 2133MHz.

I would buy this from Amazon because its the only place I can find that is selling it. It cost $180.80 (including tax), leaving me with $2375.05 to buy the rest of the components and software.

Power Supply

The power supply is basically what supplies all the components of the computer with power. Because so many of my components are high-end I will need a PSU that will be able to supply all of them with enough power. Usually the higher the total wattage the better.

I would get a FirePower Fatal1ty OCZ-FTYW because it is built to be able to support high-end CPUs and graphic cards. It also has a fan to keep it cool for long hours making it perfect for a video programming computer.

I would buy this at Amazon for $97 (including tax) instead of its original price of $109.60 (including tax). This leaves me at $2278.05.

Keyboard and Mouse

The keyboard and mouse are what allow us to input things into the computer. Since my customer will be creating and editing videos with this computer, they will need both a mouse and keyboard guaranteed.

I would get an A4Tech 9500H standard keyboard because it comes with a mouse which saves some money. I also chose this because it is much more efficient since its wireless, so it is portable and can be used away form the computer.

I would buy this from New Egg for $40.65 (including tax) instead of its original price of $83.95 (including tax). This leaves me at $2237.40 to buy the case and software.

Case

A case is what contains almost all the components of a computer. It protects the sensitive components from dust and reduces the noise of the components.

I would get a BitFenix Shinobi XL Window. This is because it has cooling on the top, front, rear, and bottom of the tower with 3 built in fans. I also has 9 expansion slots for any additional video cards that may be added later on and 4 USB ports.

I would buy at Tiger Direct for $241.40 (including tax), instead of its original price of $282.45 (including tax). This leaves me with $1996 to buy the software.

Software

Microsoft Windows 8

What Windows 8 does is basically manage all the software and hardware on the computer. It also manages storage and ensures that programs run. This is a systems software because it is an operating system and is designed to operate and control computer hardware.

I chose to install this software because all computers need an OS. I also chose Windows 8 because it is very efficient since you are able to customize your start screen so you can access your apps faster.

I would purchase this form the Microsoft Store for $135.60 (including tax) because it's cheaper than getting it at other stores. This leaves me at $1860.40.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is an Internet browser, which allow the users to surf the web. It is an application software because it is designed to help the user get a specific task done. For example, it is used to send and receive emails as well as browse the Internet.

I chose to install Google Chrome because it's fast and secure. Also Chrome is easy to use, so even if someone weren't too good with computers, they could still probably find out how to use it.

I would download Google Chrome because that is the only way to get it and I don't have to pay anything since it's free, leaving me with $1860.40 to buy the rest of the software.

Norton Antivirus

Norton Antivirus is designed to detect and destroy computer viruses. It is an application software because it is a download that is meant to get a certain job done, which is prevent and kill viruses.

I chose to install this because it provides protection against viruses and spyware and avoids unsafe websites and suspicious downloads. It also allows you to move protection from one device to another.

I would buy this from the Norton website for $67.80/year (including tax). After buying this for the first year, I'm left with $1792.60.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a word processor that allows the user to create, open, and save files. It is an application software because it is designed to help the user get a specific task done, which is create text documents.

I chose to get Microsoft Word because it is the most commonly used word processor, it's easy to use, and it can be used to work with other people.

I would buy this from the Microsoft Word website for $9/month (including tax). After paying for the first year ($108), I'm left with $1648.60 to buy the rest of the software.

PowerDirector 13 Deluxe

The PowerDirector 13 Deluxe is an application software. It is used fro video editing, which I thought would probably be something my costumer would want.

I chose it because it has over 200 stylish themes and over 500 effects and templates. It's also really easy to use and is the world's fastest 64-bit video editing engine.

I would buy this at Cyberlink for $79.10 (including tax), leaving me with $1569.50.

Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is another application software. This video editing software allows the user to edit as well was create movies/commercials.

I chose this because it not only edits videos and pictures, but audio too. As someone who is planning on creating commercials, I think is is something my costumer will want. Also, when your done making your video, you can share it online with others.

I download this from the Microsoft Movie Maker website and since it's free, I don't need to pay for anything. This means that my costumer will have $1569.50 to spend n anything they may want to add to their computer or use it on the antivirus and word document fee.

Conclusion

I was able to stay under budget because the components and software needed weren't too expensive and $5000 was a lot. I think my costumer should buy the computer I assembled because it was built specifically for their needs. Other computers are built only for a specific video editing software. For example, a $4936.95 Adobe Creative Cloud Video Editing Computer Workstation is meant for Adobe only. The computer I built was meant for creating commercials with different types of software and it only costed $3430.50. And because this computer was custom built, it is made according the the user's need. So instead of looking for computers that meet most of my costumer's need, they got a computer that met all of their needs.