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buying new pc


mattgedd

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made a list of things i think r important in a pc:

hd (have HD monitor)

windows - windows 7

last as long as possible (had this one 5 years)

run smooth - lots of ram?

games - medium/low level - decent graphics. (i play xbox.)

music making - good soundcard

small internal hard drive (could i use this one?)

upgradable (for longer life)

have monitor

have external harddrive

dont need disc drive - could add later?

i mainly use my computer as a music player, and internet browser. also watch movies on it. i also used to make music. if my comp could run games i think i would play them, but i would be more interested in classic games, and continue to play xbox.

what i do now is use a small internal harddrive for all my program stuff, and my external for storage. in my head that keeps data safe. idk if that is great idea, but its been like that a while.

been looking about, but idk what all the letters and numbers really mean. i want a good computer, and i want to pay as little as possible. my budget is something like £0-£1000.

ideally would like a list of components, and the a recommended place to get them. thank you for any advice u can give.

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mattgedd

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CPU: i5 2500K - £134.15 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlocked-s1155-sandy-bridge-quad-33ghz-hd2000-igp-850mhz-6mb-cache-95w-oem

Mobo: GA-Z68P-DS3 - £61.68 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z68p-ds3-intel-z68-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-20-(x16)-hdmi-atx

RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Blue, DDR3 PC3-14900 - £49.80 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-vengeance-blue-ddr3-pc3-14900(1866)-non-ecc-unbuffered-9-10-9-27-xmp-150v

SSD: OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E - £66.60 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/s60gb-ocz-technology-vertex-2e-25-sandforce-ssd-mlc-flash-read-285mb-s-write-275mb-s

HDD: 250GB Western Digital WD2500AAKX Caviar Blue - £49.94 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/250gb-western-digital-wd2500aakx-caviar-blue-sata-6gb-s-7200rpm-16mb-cache

PSU: EZcool 500W - £21.39 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-psu-ezcool-silent-quiet-fan-atx

GPU: 1GB Asus HD 6670 - £51.66 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-asus-hd-6670-4000mhz-gddr3-gpu-800mhz-480-stream-processors-d-sub-dl-dvi-i-hdmi

CASE: Coolermaster Elite 430 - £31.98 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-elite-430-all-black-mid-tower-case-with-side-window-120mm-front-led-blue-fan-and-120mm-

CD/DVD: SATA DVDRW - £11.98 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/liteon-ihas122-18-22x-dvdr-8x-dvddl-dvdplusrw-x8-rw-x6-dvd-ram-x12-sata-black-oem

OS: Windows 7 64 BIT OEM - £61.07 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-64-bit-sp1-operating-system-single-oem

SOUND CARD: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium PCI-E 7.1 - £63.23 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/creative-sound-blaster-x-fi-titanium-pci-e-71-soundcard-oem-30sb088200000

£728.32 with postage.

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will this work? what would u advise? ty.

i still not certain on PSU and Mobo. and if it will go in smaller case that would be cool.

it crazy how prices change in just a few days.

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mattgedd

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*i not very blingy

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gengiscant

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As I am on the IPad now will not be able to have a proper look at your components till tomorrow, but PSU is rubbish,GPU would not be my choice if you want to play modern games at decent settings,sound card in my opinion is a waste of money,definitely cheaper RAM to be had. That's just off the top of my head, your almost there it just needs a bit of tweaking. Might as well get it right if you are spending decent cash on it.

Will post back tomorrow.

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mattgedd

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nice

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mattgedd

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this seems to be saying 8GB of ram, at 1600 or 1866MHz (i went with 1866) is optimal.

PSU i understand should be chosen last to accommodate everything else. i need help on that.

GPU i might update later. this one looked best for price from cpubenchmark.

and, screw it, i'll get sound card at later date too

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gengiscant

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Hopefully get you sorted tomorrow.

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mattgedd

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*that not true

it said 4gb at 1600 or 1866 is optimal. u can never have enough ram. get 8 instead of 4, for future. or sopmething like that.

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gengiscant

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CPU: i5 2500K

RAM: 8GB Corsair Memory XMS3 Classic DDR3 1600 MHz

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68P-DS3

SSD: SSD: OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E

HDD: 250GB WD2500AAKX

Case: Coolermaster Elite 430

Optical: SATA DVDRW IHAS122-18 LiteOn

OS: Windows 7

PSU: Coolermaster GX RS450

GPU: XFX HD 6850.

Which comes to around £713inc.

If you decide to go for these,or similar components and you get your PC built then as you will be using a SSD as your boot drive it is necessary to move certain folders to your secondary drive so that you do not fill up the SSD. I currently have my OS and 48 programs on my SSD with 80GB's games and 30GB's of music plus docs and photos/videos on a secondary drive. It might be that you will think it would be easier to have another 250GB hard-drive rather than the SSD as it will be easier to maintain. Again its up to you.

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mattgedd

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thanks. i got 2tb external i will have all my stuffs on.

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mattgedd

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ok, i think i almost set now. i still scared about ram: i5 2500k + Gigabyte GA-Z68P-DS3. what ram. i want as much as possible. it says on scan "DDR3 Quad Channel Memory is a set of four matched memory modules, specifically for Intel X79 Chipset Motherboards which feature four or eight memory slots". this mean i cant use? is DDR3 Quad Channel Memory the best?

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