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Build Advice Workstation & Gaming Rig (£1600.00 Budget)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by WarrenJ, 26 Nov 2018.

  1. WarrenJ

    WarrenJ Well-Known Member

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    Okay, so it's finally time to look into buying a new workstation/gaming rig for the home office.

    I have set a budget of £1600.00 but this can be stretched if needed but ideally 1600 is the target.



    Main uses include;
    Gaming (CS:GO mainly but looking at other titles like BF5..)
    Photoshop & Lightroom (work related)
    Office Suite
    Adobe Suite (inc. Premiere and Dreamweaver)

    Requirements;
    Base station only, no screen, keyboard/mouse required.
    500gb m.2 drive as primary drive.
    Minimum 16gb ram
    Minimum 4C/8T processor due to work multitasking.
    USB3.1/Thunderbolt due to loading large files onto disk.
    Overclocking (not a necessity as reliability will far outweigh slight performance increase)
    Must be quiet, so AIO coolers/watercooling an option.
    GFX must be able to run GSGO comfortably but also run BF5 or similar.

    I hope this gives you all the information needed and thanks in advance.
     
  2. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    What resolution are you gaming at?
     
  3. WarrenJ

    WarrenJ Well-Known Member

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    1080p currently however looking to buy a 1440p 144hz monitor early next year.
     
  4. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    I've picked out 2 rigs:
    Workstation focused threadripper build with 1920X and gtx1070ti £1599.08
    Graphics focused with a 2700x and rtx2070 £1648.39

    I've tried to keep it to things in stock (but you may shop elsewhere) apart from the m.2 drive which only realised now isn't. I've not included hdd's as have presumed you have some to carry over?
     
  5. WarrenJ

    WarrenJ Well-Known Member

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    To be honest, the second graphics focused spec looks much more suitable for the additional £50.

    Thanks for the help. :)
     
  6. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    You could save yourself £70 on that spec by not getting the Corsair cooler. The 2700X comes with a decent cooler in the Wraith Prism.
     
  7. WarrenJ

    WarrenJ Well-Known Member

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    Noise is however a concern as the PC will be left running 24/7 in our unused bedroom and I've grown out of putting up with trying to sleep while fans are screaming. I think the AIO should help with that.
     
  8. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    A beefy air cooler will be quieter than an AIO. Noctua and Be Quiet are the usual go to coolers, all in one water coolers tend to make a relatively large amount of pump noise. If you leave it rendering overnight any system will wail at you.
     
  9. WarrenJ

    WarrenJ Well-Known Member

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    The computer is left on overnight purely to make backups of online servers. To be honest, I may go the air cooling route as I will not be looking to overclock the cpu considerably.
     
  10. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

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    For those tasks Threadripper would be a massive waste of money, as even the 8700K wipes the floor with the lot of them. All of those use cases demand high single-core speed over more cores, so the 'optimum' CPU would be something like the i9- 9900k (or its upcoming Xeon-E equivalent if you want ECC).
     
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    Anfield Well-Known Member

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    damien c Mad FPS Gamer

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