Recommendation for 4K capable desktop computer build
February 7, 2017 at
Ever since I got the Samsung 40" 4K TV as my primary monitor I've been trying to get a 4K capable computer. I use the computer mostly for office, Internet, video editing, and some very light gaming (pre-2012 titles). I want to be able to use it for at least the next 3 years.
Initially I got the Lenovo E570 with GTX950M but it turns out doesn't have HDMI 2.0 so I'm stuck with 4k @ 30Hz which has annoying lags. Then I tried to do an external GPU with my current laptop (Thinkpad T430 without dedicated GPU), but it turns out this model can't do external GPU due so some weird memory allocation problems.
So now I'm back to square one, laptops rarely has HDMI 2.0 and the ones do cost way too much. With my budget of $450-500 I think my only option is to get a desktop again.
I already have a micro ATX tower, 450W PSU, SSD and DVDRW from a previous parted out desktop. So I just need CPU, Motherboard, RAM, and video card.
Here is a list of hardware I'm thinking about getting for $500:
Intel Core i5-7500 (~$195 AC)
MSI B250M PRO-VDH Motherboard (~$80)
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB DDR4-2400 (~$90)
MSI Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB (~$135 AR)
This configuration represents the high end of what I planning on getting. I'd appreciate any recommendations of means to save some money as long as performance is comparable. I'm thinking maybe a cheaper Skylake CPU, or video card with 2GB GDDR5?