Pick out the exact parts you want
When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not think about building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider.
In addition to the main hardware components of the PC, you may want to consider some peripherals. We already have two monitors and a keyboard, so we don't need to buy them. We instead bought a Logitech S-220 17watt 2.1 speaker system for about £20, an eight-button Logitech MX 518 wired optical mouse for £45, a Logitech C600 2Mp USB webcam for £41, a USB Bluetooth dongle for £17, 20 blank Blu-ray discs for £15, and a Hauppauge dual TV tuner card for £60.
To house all of the components we chose a full-size tower, the Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 for £155, because it had a number of features we liked. It has four built-in cooling fans, enough bays to install up to six hard drives internally and five bays on the front panel. On the top of the case are four USB ports, a firewire and E-SATA port, and microphone and headphone jacks. The case also has sound deadening.
The two main pieces of software for the PC are Windows 7 Ultimate, the top tier of Microsoft's newest OS, as well as Adobe Production Premium CS5. Windows 7 cost £168 and the CS5 upgrade cost £600.
In total, the parts and software cost about £3,600 excluding delivery.
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Follow the complete guide to building your own PC:
- Installing the motherboard
- installing a CPU
- adding ram and cards
- connecting the power supply unit
- inserting the drives
- configuring the BIOS
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