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Build Advice £400 or £700 PC?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Sutters, 19 Oct 2009.

  1. Sutters

    Sutters Silent lurker!

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    First of all, my apologies for asking what must be the 1000th question on 'what PC should I buy'!

    I've an ageing 6 year old system comprising of a Athlon 3000 XP, 1gb Ram and standard Asus mobo.

    For me, my next choice of parts is really important to a) make sure I don't go over budget and b) future proof as much as possible.

    I've looked at the buyers guide for this month and although I love the idea of getting a £400 PC, I'm really tempted to spend a little more on a Core i5 system for a bit more future proofing.

    However, I'm currently using a 19" TFT so the resolution won't be too challenging for any new hardware.

    I'll be using the computer for mostly gaming with some normal office work and internet browsing on the side.

    My question is, should I take the buyers guide and use this as a basis for a £400 (ish) system or spend more for a little future proofing?
    I think I could stretch to £700 including OS (Windows 7 although I'm not sure how much this costs yet).

    It's been a long long time since I've bought any parts so I will need some solid help and advice on this.

    I'm sure I've missed something so please feel free to ask any questions - thanks for reading.
     
  2. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    well if you are future proofing go for the £700
    and can you house a fresh new pc in your old case? which one do you have?
    windows 7 costs around £150 saids cpc, but you can get it for £30 if you are a student
     
  3. Sutters

    Sutters Silent lurker!

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    Thanks for the comment Bagman.
    I think I'll need to include a new case as can't be bothered to re-house the old system.

    I'll try to make a start on parts and then get thoughts rather than expect someone else to do the work :blush:
     
  4. Carper

    Carper Guru

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    If i were you i would buy windows 7 now before release hopefully you will get it cheaper. From scan its £65 Windows 7 Home Preminum
     
  5. Sutters

    Sutters Silent lurker!

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    Yeah... it seems to be much cheaper than XP when it came out!
    MS making something affordable :clap:
     
  6. Carper

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    For now yes take a look at this linky :eeek: Get the cheaper one now from Scan
     
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  7. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    omg epic fail dont buy the retail from play.com

    get OEM for £78 from ebuyer

    actually scrap that get retail from ebuyer as its currently £80 !!!!!!!

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168373
     
  8. Carper

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  9. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    No. With retail, you can only have it installed on one computer at a time. But you can shift it from one PC to another.
     
  10. Sutters

    Sutters Silent lurker!

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    Way to confuse me guys!

    I think I'll worry about Windows later.:wallbash:
    I'll do the list later tonight for some constructive feedback...
     
  11. Carper

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    shift?
    How about this i install Windows 7 retail on my HDD then next year i get an SSD and want it on that. This wouldnt be possible then?
     
  12. Carper

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    Take a look at this and make a choose VERY soon!
     
  13. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    Kyocera The Garden of Evil

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    How much money are you willing to depart with??
    And there is nothing like future proofing in the PC market; however for making a nice PC, the cost goes from 700 to 800GBP; for 800GBP you get the latest and fanciest.
    How about upgrading your monitor?
     
  15. Carper

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    Case - Antec 902 £90
    PSU - Be Quiet 650W Dark Power Pro £100
    Motherboard - MSI P55-GD65 £130
    CPU - Intel core i5 £150
    Ram - 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair Dominator DDR3 £85
    CPU Cooler - Stock
    GPU - PowerColor HD 5750 1GB £100
    HDD - Samsung F3 1TB £55
    OD - Optiarc AD-7240S-0B £16

    Total - £726

    Thats a great computer for the money hopefully the price of that will come down by christmas. If i were you leave the intel stock cooler on untill there are some good Socket 1156 out. Also not the best GPU so if you wanted upgrade to a 5850 which will cost £200.
     
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  16. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    It would be perfectly possible. As said, as long as you use the cdkey on a single PC, it doesn't matter which PC it is.

    You can do it with an OEM licence too, but you may have to ring up and possibly give an excuse as to why - i.e. motherboard or hard drive changed due to a fault. I've had to do it twice on two Vista oem licenses, once I ended up talking to a Microsoft chappie, another time it went through an automated process over the phone.
     
  17. October

    October Mariachi Style

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    Are you talking about the CPC buyers guide? I started out with it as my jumping off point, added a monitor, changed a few parts, currently at £780 :D
     
  18. Jejking

    Jejking Who's the man?

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    Don't forget that newer hardware has the tendency to get bigger. Look at ATi Radeon HD5xxx. I recommend a new case. If you are not too shabby, you can grab a secondhand and throw all your new stuff in it. For 40 euros I grabbed myself a Thermaltake armor VA8000SWA (new about 140) with a couple of little scratches. Well, big care, it works and it has AIRFLOW and anything fits ;)
     
  19. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    no don't get thermaltake almost everything they do if rubish get a antec 300 it will serve you well for many years
     
  20. Sutters

    Sutters Silent lurker!

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    Right, this is what I've come up with based on everyone's suggestions;

    Intel Core i5-750 Overclockers 148.99
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CCLOnline 20.99
    Decent TIM 10
    Asus P7P55D BTShop 103.96
    G Skill RipJaw 4gb (2X2gb) PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Novatech 73.69
    Antec 300 Scan 43.95
    HD-489X-ZSFL - 1GB XFX HD 4890 Scan 142.57
    Samsung HD103SJ SpinPoint F3 1TB Scan 57.95
    500W OCZ ModXStream Pro Modular CCLOnline 55.9
    LG GH22NS50 SATA DVDRW 15.99
    Windows 7 Home Retail 100

    Total = £773.99

    I'm hoping to trim is to around £700 inc P&P.
    Looks like I can save £30 ish on Windows 7 if bought not but I'm not sure what else I can cut down on.

    Also, I presume a 500w PSU is OK for a i5 rig?

    Cheers for all the help! :thumb:
     

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