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15th August 2013, 09:20 PM #1
I have just come into a small windfall (ok, so it's £500) and want to treat myself to a new home computer.
Any suggestions as to the best (INYHO) place to either buy a complete system or the parts to build one?
16th August 2013, 08:03 AM #2
eBuyer usually. £500 gets a lot, depends what you want to do. A good bet has always been the i5 3570k on Z77 mainboard, 8GB ram, SSD, HDD of choice for storage and a midrange graphics card if needed. Of course never scrimp on the power supply, if you need cheap then coolermaster do both case & psu for under 60 quid. Of course the new Haswell range of processors is out too which provides yet more graphical boost if you're not gaming/enough for a discrete card.
16th August 2013, 08:27 AM #3
Just been looking at this nice little bundle, add a good PSU and a decent graphics card and you have a really good system in the 500's. The hyper link takes you to the scan website.
3XS - Hardware Bundle with Core i5 4430 Quad Core Haswell CPU
Thanks to jonnykewell1 from:
16th August 2013, 08:56 AM #4
Does that bundle come with thermal paste?
16th August 2013, 09:07 AM #5
It's usually already in place and mounted on the motherboard when you get these bundles I believe.
16th August 2013, 09:11 AM #6
What sort of home system - where are you going to put it and what are you going to do with it? I have an all-in-one at home as we're a bit limited on space and wanted something pretty much silent. I actually got mine from Currys, but I see that VeryPC are doing a nice-looking all-in-one now complete with touchscreen. I do also have a completly silent Intel NUC in a Tranquil PC fanless case - that should make a good general workstation, if you want something quiet but with a decent bit of power.
Originally Posted by CESIL
If you're making your own "desktop" PC, I'd go for one of Streacom's fanless cases - very similar construction to Tranquil PCs, but generally with enough room for a graphics card and so on if that's the kind of thing you're aiming for.
16th August 2013, 09:12 AM #7
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16th August 2013, 09:17 AM #9
that's a nice little machine that isn't it Danp.
16th August 2013, 09:39 AM #10
not bad but adding storage soon gets expensive - add another 120 quid for a decent ssd/hdd combo, a little more for an optical drive etc. Depends what you've already got really.
16th August 2013, 09:43 AM #11
That only has onboard Intel / Haswell graphics ( from what I could tell ) so if you wanted it for gaming then a better graphics card of your choice ??
Originally Posted by synaesthesia
16th August 2013, 10:50 AM #12
16th August 2013, 02:29 PM #13
You say "only has" though. The onboards from Ivybridge onwards (HD4000+) are more than capable of playing many games at "full HD" resolution with medium settings. As said, depends what you're doing with it though
Can't tell what the difference is, seems just the mainboard - so whatever's different between the "b85" and "b85m". Would help if it said what make they are (they're not Intel)
16th August 2013, 02:57 PM #14
Ask them via their online chat, they are very helpful.
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