My current desktop is a AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core Processor, 4000 Mhz, 4 Core, 8 Logical Processor with 8 GB of ram and an old AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series graphics card.
This is sooner than I'd like but I will be needing a replacement for the new year as throughout this year the machine has been overheating at increasing consistent rates even when completely cleaned out and with new paste applied. I've tried moving it to areas of better ventilation and using alternative pastes but the signs are clear, the CPU is on its way out and I can't fit a better heatsink in to prevent it.
I use my PC as pretty much a everyday tool listening to music online, jobsearching, email, watching Youtube videos, gaming and video editing. I tend to play older games but would like to have a system that could at least handle some of the new releases even if it was simply at average quality.
Whilst I've built a few PC's from scratch its always been with provided parts, I have a real blind spot for PC specs and really no matter how often I've tried to read up on it its all just a blur of numbers and abbreviations so while its a more expensive option I am willing to go with a prebuilt PC if needed though I really do not want windows 10.
Laptop or Desktop?
My budget for the new computer is:
£1500, can go over at a push but like to avoid this.
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Overall multi-purpose focusing on web browsing, gaming and video editing.
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
Mostly games but also video editing and recording software, paint.net, teamspeak, skype, open office or Microsoft office and free antivirus such as avast (though seeking alternatives due to changes in avast). I will be also learning Sage from home.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
I play a variety of games mostly favouring grand strategies such as Crusader King 2 and Stellaris, I do like first person RPGs such as Skyrim and Fallout New Vegas but have been unable to play them due to cpu issues.
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?
I try to be economic in my program management closing programs when not needed but on occasion I am required to have 3-5 programs running at once when video recording for example: Open Broadcasting Software, Teamspeak or skype, Steam and whatever game I am playing along with general background programs such as antivirus and antispyware programs.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Approximately 10GB in assorted images, music and recorded video out of 930 GB... So not really?
Will you be overclocking?
No due to limit knowledge in the area and not wishing to possibly damage hardware as a result
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
How many monitors are you planning to use?
Do you need peripherals? OS?
I have already obtained:
Operating system: Windows 7 Professional
Peripherals: Recording Microphone, headset, speakers.
I do need a good CPU fan or heatsink but I do not want a liquid cooling system due to various horror stories I've seen when they go wrong..
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
Repeated CPU overheating issues requiring thermal paste replacement at increasing short intervals, unable to improve standard provided cooling fan due to lack of space in case. Also Graphic card becoming increasing dated and again unable to upgrade due to lack of space on motherboard/in case.
Thank you in advance.
Edited by hamluis, 08 October 2017 - 03:04 PM.
Moved from Buying New to System Building - Hamluis.