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Purchase template: Buying a new computer


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#1 Gordon999

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 12:10 PM

My budget for the new computer is: ~£1000/$1500

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Playing poker, generally multiple tables at once. Surfing the internet, streaming, downloading, occasionally gaming.

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Occasionally photoshop/after affects, Holdem manager, which is pretty resource intensive.

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Not really.

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? Usually tend to have multiple programs running at once.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Not a lot

 

The main priorities would be: Fast/smooth when running multiple programs, to not have trouble streaming, future proof.

 

Thank you in advance for any advice.



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 11:45 AM

Desktop Case Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60

Power Supply CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 650W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - $70

Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-OC LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - $185

Processor Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K - $225

Memory CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R - $75

Graphics GIGABYTE GV-N65TBOC-2GD GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card - $140

System Drive AMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $86

Storage Drive Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - $56

Optical Drive SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224DB/BEBE - $15
 

 

Subtotal - $912 / £557


Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - $100

Input Microsoft Desktop 800 2LF-00001 Black USB RF Wireless Keyboard & Mouse - $20

Monitor & Speakers Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ASCR 10,000,000:1 - $136
 

 

Total - $1,168 / £713



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:28 PM

Ok, thank you. I forgot to mention that I have got 2 30" monitors...would they be ok to run on this system? Also, would you recommend building my own PC just buying the parts separately - How much cheaper does this work out than buying a premade desktop? Is it difficult for a beginner to set up?

 

Thank you for the reply, it's appreciated.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 04:06 PM

Gordon999, on 02 Dec 2013 - 1:28 PM, said:

Ok, thank you.

You're welcome.

 

Gordon999, on 02 Dec 2013 - 1:28 PM, said:

I forgot to mention that I have got 2 30" monitors...would they be ok to run on this system?

Yes.

 

Gordon999, on 02 Dec 2013 - 1:28 PM, said:

Also, would you recommend building my own PC just buying the parts separately -

If you've never done it before, probably not.

 

Gordon999, on 02 Dec 2013 - 1:28 PM, said:

How much cheaper does this work out than buying a premade desktop?

Maybe 20% or so.

 

Gordon999, on 02 Dec 2013 - 1:28 PM, said:

Is it difficult for a beginner to set up?

It wasn't for me. However, I've been taking things apart and fixing them since I was maybe 10.

 

Gordon999, on 02 Dec 2013 - 1:28 PM, said:

Thank you for the reply, it's appreciated.

No problem.

If you want one prebuilt, you might start with a Dell XPS 8700.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 07:57 PM

Gordon999 ,

 

SpywareDoc laid out an excellent template 2r3v6he.jpg

 

If I were shopping for a Desktop, I'd include a couple of these or similar product:

 

Kingwin KF-1000-BK Hot-swap Sata Rack

 

I have 2 installed in my Desktop case, mainly for cloning and imaging testing when I periodically clone or image my HDD.  It saves time and eliminates the need to disassemble the case covers and remove/install the internal HDD's.

 

If it were me, I'd also buy a spare HDD that's identical to the one that you'll have in your case.  It makes cloning and testing images easy and also provides you with a cloned/imaged spare bootable HDD on the shelf for backup against a failed C HDD and also provides an easy recovery plan in the event of malware/virus intrusions.

 

I have 2 spares, one that I clone every 4 weeks as a shelf spare, and the other for testing full-disk image recovery.

 

You'll be able to buy a very good Desktop PC with your budget range.

 

I would have my Desktop PC built at a reputable PC store.

 

You can save some $$'s by buying a prebuilt name-brand PC but (my opinion) it's easier to expand and customize your new PC when you have selected the main components and also you have direct knowledge of what's inside your PC in the event of desired future expansion or modifications.

 

 






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