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Cooling New Office PC

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by theevilelephant, 21 Dec 2008.

  1. theevilelephant

    theevilelephant Minimodder

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    Heya guys,
    I am going to be building a new office style pc for my dad soon. But im not sure where to start, the budget is about £450-480 that needs to cover everything except peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse).

    Heres a list i came up with very quickly, any suggestions?

    Mobo: ASUS P5N-EM HDMI - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150279

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130485

    Memory: Crucial 2GB - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/119279

    HD: Seagate ST3250410AS 250GB - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131301

    PSU: Corsair 400W CX PSU - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150985

    Case: Coolermaster Centurion 5 Silver - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/103565

    Plus a copy of windows xp (about £80-90)?.

    all that comes to £271+90= ~£360 so there is plenty of room for an upgrade.


    All help is welcome!!!
     
  2. Denis_iii

    Denis_iii What's a Dremel?

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    go intel e7200 as only a lil extra, though i'd get the e5200 and a descent cooler
    aside from latest nvidia chipset i'd stay well clear of integrated graphics
    rather go for the bit-tech gigabyte p31 ga-ds3l and a discreet card from the 4600 or 4300 ati ranges
    Vista is coming along nicely so go for Home premium 64 and get a 2*2GB DDR2 6400 kit
    but check program compatibility and if going to be using VPN's remember Sonicwall Vista 64bit is still beta though worked ok for me one time had to install it and also Cisco doesn't have a 64Bit client nore has any plans of releasing one
     
  3. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

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    Does it have to be Intel-based? If not you could put togehter a great office pc based on a 780G/790GX motherboard and of the the energy efficient Athlon X2s. They make for a very quiet combination. Built one as late as yesterday.

    Also, personally I'd skip Vista completely and stick with Windows XP, possibly upgrading to Windows 7, if it turns out to be any good.

    You might want to put in a bigger HDD as a 500GB is only slightly more expensive.

    Some examples:
    Motherboard: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151961 or http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142347
    CPU: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/149212
    HDD: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/144339
    RAM: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/133709 (yes, it's CL5, but that's hardly noticable)
     
  4. DaveVader

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    I agree with Azrael in saying an energy efficient AMD would be a good buy. There's not much reason not to go with Vista though, it's a great OS (yet there are still those people who hate it because that's the cool thing to do).
    Last thought, 4GB should be pretty much standard these days.
     
  5. oasked

    oasked Stuck in (better) mud

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    You could just get a Dell.

    £450 for a Q8200, 4Gb DDR2, a HD3450 and a 500Gb hard drive. Bargain.
     
  6. Denis_iii

    Denis_iii What's a Dremel?

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    +1
    prebuilt, warranty, easy
     
  7. [PUNK] crompers

    [PUNK] crompers Dremedial

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  8. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

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    Well, the latest Dell offerings pretty much suck. Shoddy build quality and way too noisy. The Dimension series is sorely missed...
     
  9. theevilelephant

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    Has to be XP, its gonna be a work pc and the program is XP only. Happy to use Intel/AMD whatever. Don't really want to go Dell, ive had too many bad experiences with them.
     
  10. theevilelephant

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    Bump/ Any other thoughts?
     
  11. azrael-

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    I've said my piece... :)
     
  12. Cjshuck

    Cjshuck What's a Dremel?

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    [​IMG]
    This is a good build, you just need to change the PSU because it isn't a very good choice.
     
  13. DaveVader

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    Wouldn't agree to be honest, as an office PC.
    Maybe something like this?
    [​IMG]
    leaves £~100 to tweak it.
     
  14. theevilelephant

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    What in particular don't you agree with? It would help me to finalise things
     
  15. DaveVader

    DaveVader Fast Action Response Team

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    It was in reference to Cjshuck and what he said was a bit ... wishy washy (yes, that is a technical term), the graphics card isn't needed, a better CPU could be bought for cheaper... I'm sure you can see?!
     
  16. azrael-

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    +1 to Dave's suggestion. :)

    Perhaps "upgrade" to a 5050e for 4 quid more? Shame that 790GX-based mATX boards are so few and far between, because it's an even better chipset than the 780G.
     
  17. DaveVader

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    I was thinking about the 5050e but it didn't seem worth it for just 100MHz more.
    Agreed on the motherboards, took me a while to find/think of a decent board.
     
  18. mclintox

    mclintox Eat cheese!

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    What does he want it to do?
     
  19. theevilelephant

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    General office stuff, ie web browsing, documents, watching videos, and the main work program which doesnt have very high requirements. However it needs to last 5+ years so it needs to be reasonaly future proof
     
  20. oasked

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    What Dave suggested looks perfect. Much better than the first setup screenshot posted IMO.

    The 780G chipset kicks ass, the PSU is great too - which is important.
     

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