Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Birdy, 10 Apr 2011.
Hyperthetically, if I were to build one, what are the chances that something would go wrong?
er depends what type of person you are and how confident you feel. If you are impatient and just slap it althogether you may find as a novice you have forgot things whih result in usually re-building time more than anything.
If your not confident about building look up build guides on here and the webs and take out scan insurance so if you fluff a component they will accept it back no questions
no more than buying one as they use the same parts. also, if you go for decent parts and especially a psu (which some companys skimp on it should be less likely to go wrong. if it does go wrong, you will have and idea of how to fix it. finally, most parts have more than 1 years warranty as oposed to the standard prebuilt warranty of 1 year.
so all in all, build it! and do check out a z68 mb
I'm pretty confident I won't break anything; really I was thinking along the lines of components not wanting to talk or not working as well as you think they would. And how long would it take to build. A morning?
Z68 looks expensive, and as I can't see myself over clocking it (any time soon at least) I can't really see the point.
Finally, With the retail box versions of blu-ray drives, do you need to buy the playback software separately or is it included.
Z68 lets you use the gpu in the processor to help with rendering video and it really makes a huge difference. Its worth checking if it will work with your video apps. Also, if your not playing games, you won't have to buy a separate. GPU.
So why nit overclock? Its free preformance upgrade.
Most of the time, if the program does support hardware acceleration, the rendering can only be done by CUDA cores, so I don't think it will make a difference either way. Getting an actual graphics card is still the way to go, providing the program supports hardware acceleration.
My dad is the type of person not to buy new things unless absolutely necessary and expects whatever he buys to last. His current pc is an early pentuim 4 with windows 2000. Hence no overclocking.
I thought that h67 also allowed you to use Quicksync.
H67 = no overclocking + IGPU
P67 = overclocking Cheesecake
Z68 = overclocking Cheesecake + IGPU
Sorry for nothing happening recently.
But I have been given a new budget: £500
4gb Corsair XMS3 - £28
W7 oem -£67 (dad doesn't want to buy the student one - don't know why)
1 tb hitachi desk star - £37
430w corsair psu - £36
intel i5 2500k - £164
MSI H67MA-E45 (B3) - £78
HP bd240i 8x Blu-Ray Rom - £43
Antec 100 - £41
I would do a intel e6600/q6600 with 8gb ram
Nvidia gpu - gt 210 etc
64gb SSd and storage drives
I think the balance of hardware here would be a better performer.
Also get the lot from scan. After 20 posts on thus forum you get free delivery and also can get scansure which is great if you break anything.
That's absolutely fine.
Turns out that ideally the Mobo would have a pci slot, which the mentioned msi one doesn't. Can anyone reccomend one?
I saw this which fitted the bill, but it is H61. Are there any consequences to that?
The MB should be socket 1155, have usb 3.0 and firewire and d-sub/ dvi/ hdmi and ideally not expensive.
If you can, get at least two hard drives or you'll end up with a huge bottleneck.
Problem is that brings me over budget. Do you mean two hdds in raid or as separate volumes?
Is it possible to add a HDD into a raid 1 array at a later date?
Separate volumes. You can't read and write to a hard drive at the same time, so if, say, you have to access your page file and you also want to continue editing, you'll be waiting around an awful lot for your hard drives to catch up.
still think your paps would enjoy the speed of an ssd, the quad core is plenty of cpu power do all he'll want it for. then you can even get a discret gpu.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300
500W Silverstone ST50F-P, Strider Silent
Antec 100 One Hundred, Black Midi Tower Gaming Case w/o PSU
1GB EVGA G 210
120GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD
More sense than money
That (unfortunately) doesn't include the cost of the os, and then you still need to get a blu-ray rom, ram and a proper sized hdd, which adds up to around £646.
Thanks everyone for the help (even though I seem to have ignored half of it...). I will probably be ordering tonight of tomorrow night.
I just built my first system and there is one very important thing to point out. Nothing I did was seriously wrong, but it turns out that one of the parts (probably the mobo) is broken and needs replacing. So this means sending it back to Scan (their tech support guy recommended I send the CPU and RAM as well so they could check) and waiting a couple of weeks at least to get it back. If you buy a pre-built you can pretty much guarantee that nothing will arrive broken! You do pay quite a high premium for this though.
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