+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 14 of 14
General Chat Thread, New computer in General; Hi All, I have just come into a small windfall (ok, so it's 500) and want to treat myself to ...
  1. #1

    CESIL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Hampshire
    Posts
    1,403
    Thank Post
    109
    Thanked 267 Times in 198 Posts
    Rep Power
    168

    New computer

    Hi All,

    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?

    Cheers

    Mark

  2. #2

    synaesthesia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    5,879
    Thank Post
    574
    Thanked 998 Times in 770 Posts
    Blog Entries
    15
    Rep Power
    461
    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.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    418
    Thank Post
    77
    Thanked 46 Times in 41 Posts
    Rep Power
    17
    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

  4. Thanks to jonnykewell1 from:

    CAM (16th August 2013)

  5. #4
    CAM
    CAM is offline

    CAM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Burgh Heath, Surrey
    Posts
    4,076
    Thank Post
    812
    Thanked 353 Times in 277 Posts
    Blog Entries
    60
    Rep Power
    280
    Does that bundle come with thermal paste?

  6. #5

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    418
    Thank Post
    77
    Thanked 46 Times in 41 Posts
    Rep Power
    17
    It's usually already in place and mounted on the motherboard when you get these bundles I believe.

  7. #6

    dhicks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Knightsbridge
    Posts
    5,622
    Thank Post
    1,240
    Thanked 777 Times in 674 Posts
    Rep Power
    235
    Quote Originally Posted by CESIL View Post
    Any suggestions as to the best (INYHO) place to either buy a complete system or the parts to build one?
    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.

    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.

  8. #7

    ICTDirect_Dave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Ribchester
    Posts
    1,638
    Thank Post
    300
    Thanked 303 Times in 239 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    146
    Check out Custom Build PC | Gaming PC | Desktop PC | Gaming Laptops PC - MESH Computers - Award Winning Since 1987 They usually have some cracking deals on hom / gaming PCs

  9. #8

    Danp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    1,446
    Thank Post
    78
    Thanked 168 Times in 148 Posts
    Rep Power
    147
    Also depends if you need monitor (s), Windows licence and keyboard etc

    How about this for just a base Novatech Barebone Bundle - Intel Core i7 4770 - 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz - Intel Z87 Chipset Motherboard - Novatech Gaming Tower Case & 500W PSU | BB-47708A

  10. #9

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    418
    Thank Post
    77
    Thanked 46 Times in 41 Posts
    Rep Power
    17
    that's a nice little machine that isn't it Danp.

  11. #10

    synaesthesia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    5,879
    Thank Post
    574
    Thanked 998 Times in 770 Posts
    Blog Entries
    15
    Rep Power
    461
    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.

  12. #11

    mac_shinobi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    9,710
    Thank Post
    3,246
    Thanked 1,048 Times in 970 Posts
    Rep Power
    364
    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    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.
    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 ??

  13. #12

    CESIL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Hampshire
    Posts
    1,403
    Thank Post
    109
    Thanked 267 Times in 198 Posts
    Rep Power
    168
    Thanks for all the suggestions...

    As Novatech are just round the corner from me I have chosen most of what I need but can't work out the difference between the Intel B85M and B85 Express chipsets...as in these two

    Novatech Motherboard Bundle - Intel i5 4430 - 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 Memory - Intel B85M Chipset Motherboard | MBB-44308B
    Novatech Motherboard Bundle - Intel Core I5 4430 - 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz - Intel B85 Chipset Motherboard | MBB-44308A

  14. #13

    synaesthesia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    5,879
    Thank Post
    574
    Thanked 998 Times in 770 Posts
    Blog Entries
    15
    Rep Power
    461
    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)

  15. #14

    Danp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    1,446
    Thank Post
    78
    Thanked 168 Times in 148 Posts
    Rep Power
    147
    Ask them via their online chat, they are very helpful.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Adding new computer to domain
    By cooper in forum Windows
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 31st July 2012, 08:00 PM
  2. New computers
    By chrbb in forum Hardware
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 25th April 2008, 10:30 PM
  3. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 2nd April 2008, 01:44 PM
  4. Can't connect new computers to my domain?
    By Blind in forum Windows
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 2nd August 2007, 10:42 PM
  5. New computers
    By chrbb in forum Hardware
    Replies: 45
    Last Post: 1st November 2006, 05:05 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •