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    New Work PC

    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

    HELP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyroman View Post
    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

    HELP!
    Meh this maybe a bit OTT but you may want more. I have a MBP and it has an i5, 8GB Ram, HD 3000 GPU, Mavericks, 500GB HDD. Today I have got mentally frustrated with it, my (and I'm sure your job) requires a lot of heavy multi-tasking there was a moment today that I was researching and watching a video on YouTube about BootCamp, writing an ISO file to a USB stick using my Windows VM, converting some music from .flac to .mp3 for a teacher, I was connected to AD and connected to the Mac Server and I had Microsoft OneNote trying to make notes of everything and creating a new job list.

    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:
    i7 Processor
    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

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    dont ICT direct do refurbed worksations which are attractively priced for multicore/socket systems

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    I have one of these:

    https://shop.very-pc.co.uk/greenpc/b...oadleaf-max-81

    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.

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    One of these http://www.ict-direct.co.uk/computer...ions/hp-9.html

    Ben

    - - - Updated - - -

    One of these http://www.ict-direct.co.uk/computers/high-spec-workstations/hp-9.html

    Ben

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    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
    500GB HDD
    DVD R/RW
    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

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    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


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    Quote Originally Posted by abillybob View Post
    Meh this maybe a bit OTT but you may want more. I have a MBP and it has an i5, 8GB Ram, HD 3000 GPU, Mavericks, 500GB HDD. Today I have got mentally frustrated with it, my (and I'm sure your job) requires a lot of heavy multi-tasking there was a moment today that I was researching and watching a video on YouTube about BootCamp, writing an ISO file to a USB stick using my Windows VM, converting some music from .flac to .mp3 for a teacher, I was connected to AD and connected to the Mac Server and I had Microsoft OneNote trying to make notes of everything and creating a new job list.

    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:
    i7 Processor
    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
    Haha! Correct, that sounds EXACTLY like my style of working! Okay something with more oomph! Thanks for the suggestions guys i'll have a look @ICTDirect_Dave's machines too :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    Thanks for doing my job guys!
    No worries.

    Don't forget to give me a 50% cut.

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    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!
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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sephiroth View Post
    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!
    Not worried about the building of it myself :-) i was dead chuffed the other month, spent £1200 on a gaming rig, put it all together and it started first time, no issues. That never happens to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyroman View Post
    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?
    A lot more power Xeon's are most commonly used in servers and two of them would make a beast of a Machine, assuming they're the socket 2011 and not the older versions.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abillybob View Post
    If you're like me you may require something along the lines of:
    i7 Processor
    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
    Sounds like my 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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