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Much apreciated advice on PC build.


johnski15
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I am looking to build my own PC (for the very 1st time) and need some advice and input with regards to good value and performance.

I have been looking at a Palicomp i5 supreme (got awards and so forth, but some reviews say they use cheap HDD's and RAM) - which is the sort of PC I am aiming for - around £500-£600!

Basically, I will be using the PC for MS Office type operations and Web browsing...No gaming whatsoever.

However, I do want a fast machine as any form of waiting drives me nuts...my current PC is a 5 year old Packard Bell, Intel core 2 duo and is as fast as my Granddad (he's been dead 25 years!!) - It is taking an age to start up and web browsing is becoming slower.

I have done a bit of research and come up with this stuff...Please, let me know where to source these as cheap as possible...

  1. Case and PSU:

Coolermaster Sileo 500 with Coolermaster GX 650W PSU: This is on Special offer on ebuyer at £95.78 - is this good value? I really like the look of this case; I also like the look of the much cheaper Coolermaster Elite 330 as well.

  1. Motherboard:

Asus P8Z68-V LX (Have read Asus are bang on and are reliable - Do you recon that the onboard graphics will suffice for me?).

  1. Processor:

I would love the Intel i5 2500....Cheapest place to buy? Do I need the i5 2500?

  1. Processor cooling/Case cooling

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (maybe??). Case fans???

  1. RAM (DDR3 1333MHz??):

I would love 8 GB (SPEED)! What brand??? Corsair??

  1. Graphics Card:

Needed or not?

  1. HDD

I would like 1TB SATA-III 6Gb/s Hard Drive - 7200RPM 32MB Cache - Any recommendations?? (Seagate??)

  1. DVD RW/Blu-ray:

Recommendations??

  1. Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Full DVD version

Where to get this cheap??

Finally - do I need anything else?

I would really love some advice on this as I am a little nervous in attempting to build for the 1st time and want to get it right...and save some money in the process!

I am ok with tools...and have had a look on YouTube etc...So feel it is possible for me to do....and put in the components I want not some cheap it will do stuff!!

Many thanks in advance....John

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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MS Office type operations and Web browsing...No gaming whatsoever.

Your Intel core 2 duo should do that easily perhaps all you need is to clear out the rubbish to speed it up

But it sounds more like your hankering after a new machine :0)

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ICF

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I have the coolermaster Elite 330 with the 2500k and the artic cooler freezer pro.The cooler and CPU work well together keeps it cool and not much noise.The case is a budget case but it does the job and looks ok for the money.It has plenty of room and positions for three cooling fans.Do you really need a blue ray player they are expensive compared to a DVD drive.

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KRONOS the First

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Most important question to answer is what is your budget?

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johnski15

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I've got approx £500 to spend.

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johnski15

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Fruit Bat:

Your Intel core 2 duo should do that easily perhaps all you need is to clear out the rubbish to speed it up

But it sounds more like your hankering after a new machine :0)

Can you please advise me on what I can 'clear out' of my system without any detrimental effect.

I bascially use MS office, picassa, Web browser...Done!!

Many thanks, John

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