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    New PC spec

    I think its time for a new PC and was looking for some ideas on specs. I can build it myself, don't want to spend to much cash but want a fair bit of power behind it and maybe have the option to add and upgrade as cash allows. I'm in the UK (Manchester) if anyone has recommendations for suppliers.Ta. ☺

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    Re: New PC spec

    Budget?
    Purpose of said PC, general office use, gaming, video rendering etc...

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    Re: New PC spec

    General office and home use, back up and view digital cam, play nothing more demanding than lemmings. Budget not much to start with, but have option to add to a later date. Not very exciting I'm afraid. ��
    Last edited by robbiejormerod; March 29th, 2014 at 12:04 PM.

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    Re: New PC spec

    I have used PCSPECIALIST - Custom PCs from whom I purchased my deaktopmachine a year ago, and http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/home.html but the second was some time ago.

    Both will sell machines with no OS so you don't need to feed MS coffers if you don't want to. There are others, eg http://www.cclonline.com/ who I have never used but have heard well of from a friend; they will also sell without an OS.
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    Re: New PC spec

    Quote Originally Posted by robbiejormerod View Post
    Budget not much

    This is very vague...if you throw out a dollar amount people will be able to be more helpful.
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    Re: New PC spec

    Don't overspend on video capacity. Unless you play high-end games, you don't need high-end, expensive, hot and noisy, video cards.

    Don't overspend on storage unless you plan on acquiring a massive video collection.

    Don't *underspend* on RAM. You don't need a huge amount but 4-8 gigs is a whole lot better than 1-2.

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    Re: New PC spec

    About £500 - £700 budget wise. Some pointers to a mainboard and CPU would be a help.

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    Re: New PC spec

    I am in the US, not similar with your hoping choices/prices
    A Intel Pentium CPU (Ivy Bridge or Haswell) (if you run virtualbox you should look at a i3, or a amd apu based system)
    a H77 (ivy bridge) or H87 (haswell) chipset motherboard (asus, asrock, gigabyte, msi are decent brands)
    4 or 8gb dual channel (2 sticks) ram kit (DDR3 1333 or 1600)
    seasonic 300W PSU (can't find quality units at lower voltage)
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    Re: New PC spec

    Get an AMD quad core APU

    Here are some motherboard/cpu combos for sale in the Colonies for some ideas: http://www.newegg.com/Store/ComboDea...s-Motherboards
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=7704


    A typical barebones system http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1595552
    Was: $468.94 Now: $394.99

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    Re: New PC spec

    Built this about 2 months ago :
    Corsair Builder Series CXM 600W Modular 80 ATX/EPS PSU
    Gigabyte Z87X UD5H mobo (might have got the UD7H if it had DVI or D-sub)
    Intel socket 1150 i7-4771 3.5GHZ CPU (might regret not choosing the 4770k here ?)
    Crucial 16GB (2x 8GB) Ballistix Elite RAM (rated 1866MHZ but overclocked slightly to 2GHZ, probably could go a lot faster if tried)


    Already had :
    128GB OCZ Vertex 4, 2.5" SSD (several of these)
    Acer B226WLYMDR 22 inch LED LCD Monitor
    Logitec K800 keyboard
    Microsoft 5000 wireless mouse
    One ancient but solid case on castors

    No graphics or sound card as i don't game, but sure appreciate the performance opening a modest 1MB odt file in Libre Office, working with Audacity or a web browser.
    This is slightly over budget at the UK prices in February (mostly Amazon) but might be within budget now.

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