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    New i7 PC

    After a Core i7 PC, need a processor, Gigabyte motherboard, 16Gb RAM and water cooling. I have a 850W modular PSU I am going to use along with DVD drive and a I've got a case too. Am I missing anything except a graphics card which I need to run a monitor on HMDI and DVI, will need to run more monitors at some point.

    Not used for gaming but I like an over specified PC for browsing the web.

    Also do I go down the SSD route, if so what drive do you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewL View Post
    After a Core i7 PC, need a processor, Gigabyte motherboard, 16GB RAM and water cooling.
    How much do you want to spend?

    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewL View Post
    Also do I go down the SSD route, if so what drive do you recommend?
    An SSD makes a huge difference, so yes.

    I would choose one of these depending upon your budget:


    Any of the first three SSDs will be fine for a web-browsing PC. The last four are probably overkill though.

    Btw, avoid Crucial V4, Kingston V300, SanDisk Pulse and OCZ SSDs. They are all rubbish!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post

    Btw, avoid Crucial V4, Kingston V300, SanDisk Pulse and OCZ SSDs. They are all rubbish!
    Nothing wrong with Kingston V300. I got one in my work computer and its not let me down.

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    Looking at the £500 mark or less if I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newpersn View Post
    Nothing wrong with Kingston V300. I got one in my work computer and its not let me down.
    Depends which model you have. My home PC has an early model which is great. I have a large number of the later updated versions at work, they're not as quick (doesn't bother me too much as they're going into SATA II PCs, but that's not the point).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewL View Post
    Looking at the £500 mark or less if I can.
    To save a little money would it not be worth using an I5? i7 would be overkill just for a web pc?

    16gb of ram going to cost you around £100

    Unlocked 4th gen i5 is around £160
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    Quote Originally Posted by newpersn View Post
    To save a little money would it not be worth using an I5? i7 would be overkill just for a web pc?

    16gb of ram going to cost you around £100

    Unlocked 4th gen i5 is around £160
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    The only time you'll pass 8GB is video or graphics editing. If you're only browsing the web plus a bit of multimedia the on board CPU graphics should be fine, and the only time you'll see a noteable performance increase from i7 over i5 is with programs that make heavy use of multithreading.

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    I use several monitors so hence the graphics card, nothing fancy just mainly for the ports.

    I'm over spec'ing as it will have to last me for a while, got an i3 at the moment and I did have an i7 and I notice the difference. I do large excel/access work with multiple sheets open at times so just want that extra bit of power. May have to drop the RAM to 8 as the system currently has that so can handle that to save a bit of cost.

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    i7 is a waste of money if you're not a) gaming b) video editing c) serious number cruching

    Go for an i5, Samsung 840 Evo SSD and it'll fly

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    The difference between the high end i7 and the high end i5 is hyperthreading. Which you'll not be using.

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    Why the water cooling just for a general purpose pc?

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    The majority of Haswell boards I've seen can support multiple displays without the need for a dedicated GPU, I've never given it a go though so not sure how the onboard graphics will handle them. Maybe someone else on here has?

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    Ok maybe I5 is the way I need to go to save money, what do you think to this system?

    I forgot I have a graphics card sat next to me doing nothing.PC.JPG

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    Just looking at a Nano Sketch from @VeryPC https://shop.very-pc.co.uk/nanopc/nano-sketch-76

    With the right customisation that would be good one for you.

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    Is 120gb ssd enough?

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