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    You guys maybe quite surprised I've just finished building my brothers gaming desktop for him and it runs like a beast!
    It has a Intel Pentium G2020 - Stock CPU Cooler
    4GB 1333mhz RAM
    128GB Kingston SSD
    ATI Radeon R7 260X
    Some kind of ASUS motherboard (can't remember the model number)
    1TB HDD 7200rpm
    Windows 8.1 Update 1, 64bit

    This all cost him a few quid below £500 with a decent case, and PSU obviously, runs great, he was playing the latest Bioshock and we put the Graphics on Ultra at 1080p resolution and no problems at all it gets on average 49-55fps. I'm really surprised what the new Pentiums can handle now it's doing really well and for around £40 it's a bargain! The 4GB Ram runs fine too (he will upgrade this at some point to 8GB) but hasn't found a game yet that will use more than 4GB RAM!
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    Review: Intel Pentium G3220 (22nm Haswell) - CPU - HEXUS.net
    AMD Athlon 5350 (Kabini) Review | bit-tech.net

    Both of these show how well low end CPUs can do for gaming. However, as Gareth wants a PC that's primarily not for that, I think scrimping on the CPU is a mistake - the difference in encoding, compiling and computation (he's an IT teacher after all) justify the extra. Plus a 1440P screen needs some serious system power behind it for gaming!

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    Well I just came back to look at a spec for you and TBH I don't think I can better @Arthur's recommendations!

    Possibly the only thing I would add is that if image/video editing is important to you and you want to get the most professional work you can out of it, consider also buying an X-Rite colour calibration kit. The prices and features vary so buy the one with the most features you'll ever realistically need that is within your budget. There is a comparison chart near the bottom of this page: i1Publish Pro 2 - Color Management System & Solution | X-Rite

    The only other thing I'd say is if you don't plan on overclocking the CPU and don't need the machine to be extremely quiet, Intel's stock cooler offers really quite respectable performance these days and not particularly loud; under heavy load the i5s can get in to the 70s on stock but they do run hot and this isn't dangerous (general advice is to be cautious once it gets in to the 80s and replace the cooler if it reaches high 80s/low 90s) - I don't tend to bother with after market coolers (I don't OC), although my home PC is in the lounge so that has a Big Shuriken on it as they're extremely quiet

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    27" ASUS Monitor with good reviews, £194 on eBuyer today: Asus VE278H 27" LED LCD HDMI Monitor with Speakers | Ebuyer.com

    It's not an IPS screen but by all accounts sounds like a damn good screen for the money (just in case you're at the point I like to call "realist-ifying" your rig lol i.e. you have your dream spec, now you're chipping away to bring it within your budget)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    27" ASUS Monitor with good reviews, £194 on eBuyer today
    I'm not sure about Gareth, but I avoid monitors that use PWM for backlight dimming since they can cause headaches and eyestrain if you are sensitive to the flicker. That Asus also has a resolution of 1920x1080 and a TN panel.

    www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/asus_vg278he.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethedmondson View Post
    Budget - I don't have one.
    If that's truely the case surely the iMac and Parallels/VMWare Fusion is the best option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    27" ASUS Monitor with good reviews, £194 on eBuyer today: Asus VE278H 27" LED LCD HDMI Monitor with Speakers | Ebuyer.com

    It's not an IPS screen but by all accounts sounds like a damn good screen for the money (just in case you're at the point I like to call "realist-ifying" your rig lol i.e. you have your dream spec, now you're chipping away to bring it within your budget)
    27" at 1080p? The pixels, oh the pixels...

    Now this on the other hand may be worth getting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    27" at 1080p? The pixels, oh the pixels...
    My 47" TV is only 1080p and looks great for gaming and movies, so shut it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethedmondson View Post
    Budget - I don't have one
    To me, this sentence has a bit of double-meaning. Either cost is irrelevant or there isn't much money available. I assumed the former.

    I may need to adjust my spec if it's the latter however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    To me, this sentence has a bit of double-meaning. Either cost is irrelevant or there isn't much money available. I assumed the former.

    I may need to adjust my spec if it's the latter however.
    Yeah, everyone has a limit. Even if it's astronomically high, there's a limit.

    If you do have an astronomical budget @garethedmondson, how about building something inside a Red Harbinger Cross Desk?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    27" at 1080p? The pixels, oh the pixels...

    Now this on the other hand may be worth getting
    @Norphy - yes it is - had one on site for 6 months, about to have another 15 so we can have a Photography/Media room full of them. It will be lovely. They calibrate up a treat (we use a Spyder4).



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