Your Thoughts on New Spec for PC

  frodoAflynn 21:27 14 Oct 08
Locked

Hi

I'm custom building a PC from PCspecialists intead of building it myself this time. Here's the spec, do you recon its good for the price?

PS. I already have optical drives, hard Drives etc. I am also wanting dual monitors for vid editing etc



Processor (CPU)


Intel® Pentium® DualCore E5200 (2 X 2.50GHz) 800MHz FSB/2MB Cache

Memory (RAM)


4GB CORSAIR XMS2 800MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x2GB)

Motherboard


ASUS® P5QL: DDR2, SATAII, PCI-e x16, 3 PCI, 2 x PCI-e x1

Operating System


NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED

USB Options


8 x USB 2.0 PORTS (6 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD

Memory - 1st Hard Disk


80GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)

2nd Hard Disk


NONE

1st CD/DVD Drive


NONE

2nd CD/DVD Drive


NONE

Graphics Card


512MB GEFORCE 9400GT PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

2nd Graphics Card


NONE

Sound Card


Sound Blaster® Audigy® SE with 7.1 Surround Sound (£16)

Modem


NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND

Network Facilities


ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT

Floppy Disk Drive


NONE

Memory Card Reader


NONE

Case


Stylish Black Aluminium Trigon Case + 2 Front/Side USB

Power Supply & Case Cooling


350W Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan

Processor Cooling


SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (£15)

Firewire & Video Editing


NONE

TV Card


NONE

Monitor


NONE

2nd Monitor


NONE

DVI Cable


NONE

Keyboard & Mouse


NONE

Mouse


NONE

Speakers


NONE

Printer


NONE

Surge Protection


NONE

Webcam & VoIP


NONE

Anti-Virus


NONE

Office Software


NONE

External Hard Drive


NONE

Home Installation


NONE

Warranty


1 Year Return-to-Base incl 1st Month Free Collect & Return

Delivery


STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)

Build Time


Standard Build - Approximately 9 to 13 working days

Quantity


1


Other Features Included As Standard...

Software


CD/DVD authoring software and Power DVD software is included with all DVD Writers.

Ports


Each computer comes with 1 x PS/2 keyboard port and either 1 x PS/2 mouse port or 2 extra USB ports.

Fans


Where necessary your computer will come with extra case fans fitted.

Memory


Our memory comes with a 100% tested lifetime warranty!

Bezels


All our drives come in either silver, black or beige and are all of a
high quality & matched brand.

Support


We offer lifetime hardware technical support during normal office hours.

Cables & Manuals


A power cable, all drivers, manuals, and a heatsink & fan are included with every order.

Service


Our computers come fully assembled & thoroughly tested. We are so confident in the quality of our computers that we offer a free collection and re-delivery service* should you ever have a problem with your computer.

Installation


If you order an operating system it will come fully installed with the CD and licence key.

Low Total Cost of Ownership


Taking into consideration our low cost telephone support, free collection warranty service* and our strive to use energy efficient components where possible, the total cost of owning a pcspecialist computer is reduced as much as possible.

And Finally


If you are lucky enough to have seen a cheaper quote, click here.


To save a quote, simply enter your details into the boxes below. All quotes are valid for 5 days and we aim to deliver all orders placed within 9 to 13 working days (please see here for the current estimated delivery time). Each order will pass through our strict building and testing procedures.



Quote Value:


£402.00

  The Brigadier 15:54 15 Oct 08

You will need to run Vista with 4GB RAM.
XP only sees up to 3GB.

Will putting in your own optical drives not invalidate your warranty?

  regi1 21:18 15 Oct 08

seems ok for the price, although i would upgrade the processor for an E7300 core 2 duo,as they are superior to dual core,and only adds approx £19.
Just my thoughts only mind.
By the way,I've just ordered one from them myself and they keep you informed every step of the way through the build process,and are on time for delivery this weekend.Cant wait!

  GaT7 22:05 16 Oct 08

RAM: These days 4Gb is becoming a 'standard', just like 2Gb some time ago. Apart from a user's increased needs, I'm sure the relatively low price & Vista's heavy demands must have something to do with it ;-). It's also fine to use that quantity with 32-bit XP (whether it 'sees' it all or not), & video-editing will be better off with it too.

PSU: I feel 350W may be just enough for now, but not for future upgrades (or overclocking, if you're into that kind of thing). Is it a good quality PSU? Do you have a make & model?

Hard Disk: Video-editing eats up lots of hard disk space - are you sure 80Gb is going to be sufficient? Easily upgradeable though.

Soundcard: Motherboard's onboard sound is more than enough for most users I feel. So if your budget is £400, drop the dedicated one & get a better PSU instead (don't be tempted to go for a better CPU, unless you're willing to spend more!). You can always upgrade this for ~£10-15 in the future if required - PSU upgrades cost a lot more.

CPU Cooler: Again, you can always get by on the stock cooler & save another £15 to use somewhere else (how about that better CPU this time!). But, depending on how good it is, you may want to retain the better cooler if you're going to overclock the CPU at some point (will invalidate your warranty though. Btw, changing/adding parts isn't likely to though, unless you cause damage in the process. Best to confirm this with PCS.)

Graphics Card: This can also be downgraded for something more basic. Mainstream graphics cards have little to no effect on basic Windows tasks, or even video-editing. But retain if downgrade doesn't save you enough to improve another area.

The above are my thoughts only. In the end it's what you feel is right for your needs now & in the future & your budget. G

  GaT7 22:08 16 Oct 08

Sorry, ignore the bit about the hard drive - just noticed you also have other hard drives. G

  frodoAflynn 21:28 17 Oct 08

Thankyou very much for your comments and help. I've put another quote together with the thought of using 64bit XP to save me buying Vista compatable software eg premier pro and a 500g hard drive so i can sell my external 500g HDD and my current computer.

Total Quote Price:
£421.00 including VAT and Delivery.

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™2 Duo E7300 (2 X 2.66GHz) 1066Hz FSB/2MB L2 Cache

Memory (RAM)
4GB CORSAIR XMS2 800MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x2GB)

Motherboard
ASUS® P5N73-AM: DDR2, S-ATA II, HDCP, 1 x PCI-E x16, 2 PCI, etc

Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED

USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
500GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)

1st CD/DVD Drive
20x Dual Layer LightScribe DVD Writer ±R/±RW/RAM


Graphics Card
Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce 7050 CineFX 3.0 Graphics

Sound Card
Sound Blaster® Audigy® SE with 7.1 Surround Sound (£16)

Network Facilities
ONBOARD 10/100 LAN PORT


Case
Stylish Black Aluminium Trigon Case + 2 Front/Side USB

Power Supply & Case Cooling
450W Quiet Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£22)

Processor Cooling
SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (£15)

Warranty

1 Year Return-to-Base incl 1st Month Free Collect & Return

Delivery

STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)

Build Time

Standard Build - Approximately 9 to 13 working days

Quantity:


1

  lixdexik 21:58 20 Oct 08

I would think your processor will be a bit slow if you are going to do HD work. I would also recommend more HDD's, at least two drives for video editing. Even two 250gig drives will improve performance. I have just built a machine for video editing and have 4 drives for the purpose. one 500gig for the operating system and progs, one terra bite for video capture, one terra bite for video rendering and one terra bite for the projects. I would really recommend at least two drives as big as you can afford, you won't regret it.

I built my machine after deciding what editing prog I wanted to use and built above the recommended spec for that.

Cheers
Lixdexik

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Nintendo Switch review: Hands-on with the intuitive modular console and its disappointing games…

1995-2015: How technology has changed the world in 20 years

Method Studios' title sequence for BBC series Taboo is truly unsettling

Best Pages for iOS tips | How to use Pages for iPad & iPhone: 6 simple tips to get more out of…