Woohoo! Work are finally allowing me a new desktop machine in this years budget, so can people help to spec me?
I do a hell of a lot of multitasking, i recently bought a £30 graphics card to do dual monitors and don't need anything any better.
After something powerful that'll last me until the next time i'm allowed an upgrade (when pigs fly!)
I've provisionally said about £700 but in that i need a monitor and probably *shudders* windows 8 pro but less would obviously be better.
I was thinking something down the route of an i5 with 8/16GB RAM maybe micro ATX. Needs to have a reasonable size SSD and at some extra storage 500GB/1TB
As you can imagine this computer can't handle it and it crashed for about half hour with the silly swirly thing from Apple going. If you're like me you may require something along the lines of:
Decent but discrete GPU with at 1GB of it own memory
8GB Ram minimum
SSD for booting into Windows 8
1TB Storage for media and files
Just a thought
dont ICT direct do refurbed worksations which are attractively priced for multicore/socket systems
I have one of these:
i7, 8GB RAM, 64-bit Win 7.
It has a 128GB SSD[Citation needed] and a 500GB HDD.
I think it was around £600... but I can't remember.
I'm using a Acer V273HL for my main monitor [mega bucks] and a Yuraku [not sure what model], that I got free from a member of staff, as my secondary one.
Thanks for doing my job guys!
I'd suggest you get a Z800
2 x Quad Core Xeon X5560 2.80Ghz
24GB 10600R ECC RAM
240GB Enterprise SSD Drive
Quadro NVS290 Dual screen GFX
Windows 8.1 Pro
New Keyboard & Mouse
2 Years RTB
£690 Ex VAT
If you could find the extra cash, why not take it up to 48GB RAm for an extra £105
Oops, forgot about monitor in that pricing! I've got 1 23.5" Screen left at £90
or I'll do you buy one get on free on a pair of new 18.5" screens at £68
ICTDirect_Dave's machines too :-)
Personally I would go AMD route as they're considerably cheaper at the moment. I recently got some money for a decent spec pc;
- AMD FX 8320 (8 core 8 thread, 3.5 GHz, 16MB cache)
- Basic motherboard to go with it (full ATX with 2 PCIe slots)
- 4 320GB Standard hard drives 7200RPM
- ATI FirePro W600 graphics for 6 screens (6 x mini display port - Extremely useful and a good price)
- 16GB RAM (Crucial DDR3)
- 2 PCI NICs
- 500W PSU (XFX Full cabled)
- Cheap and cheerful case
The lot came in at less than £1000. the graphics card was nearly £400, so you shold be able to get a very good machine for your budget.
Of course that involves actually building the thing!
Last edited by Sephiroth; 10th June 2014 at 01:26 PM.
The xeons are new to me, what's the advantage of them over an i7, is is just more power with having two of them?
Personally I wouldn't touch AMD you get what you pay for and I'd rather spend a little more and get an equivalent Intel Chip.
VeryPC Pocket Rocket 13" laptop. I also bought a 24" Benq Monitor and a keyboard and mouse so I also have a decent desktop outfit.
EDIT: 2GB GPU and 3yr RTB warranty.
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