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30th March 2012, 06:11 PM #1
For Home : Buy prebuilt?
Time for me to upgrade my old core 2 duo e6600 machine at home. I built it myself about 5 years ago.
Is it more economical to get a pre-built machine such as a Dell or is it still worth buying components and doing it myself?
I want something quite beefy for video/photo editing
Last edited by fiza; 30th March 2012 at 06:17 PM.
30th March 2012, 06:21 PM #2
Think it mainly depends how custom you want it. If you're after a generic workhorse but don't care about SLI, SSD, how many pink LEDs you have flashing etc then a prebuilt is fine.
Yes you'll always save a bit doing it yourself, but personally if it's just a more "work" based pc, not always worth the hassle building one
30th March 2012, 06:24 PM #3
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You will be able to buy a pre-built computer, for what you want. It depends on your budget and what you are after.
I built my latest computer and I love it!
30th March 2012, 06:57 PM #4
I am happy to spend about £600. I dont need a high end gaming machine or anything like that. I want value for money - dont mind the hassle of building it myself, i find it quite enjoyable.
I can still use my current DVD drive, 2x 2TB hard drives and TV Card.
30th March 2012, 07:01 PM #5
What spec is your PC and if you dont mind how much did you spend?
Just seen this which sounds ok
What do you think?
Last edited by fiza; 30th March 2012 at 07:02 PM.
30th March 2012, 07:39 PM #6
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PowerColor HD 5750 V3 Edition 1GB GDDR5 DVI VGA HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E SSD 2.5" SATA-II Read = 285MB/s, Write = 275MB/s 50,000 IOPS(£72.49)
Western Digital WD10EARS 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 5400rpm 64MB Cache - OEM Caviar Green(£35.82)
Plus case and PSU
All in all £595. I didn'y buy an OS with that.
That is a pretty good deal. You will need to add an graphics card I would say mine cost £68.32 at time of purchase(April 2011).
Bloody hell that year has flown past! Only seems like two minutes ago that I set this PC up.
Just went and looked at the spec of the motherboard and to be fair , you will probably manage with the onboard graphics.
Last edited by benjie; 30th March 2012 at 07:42 PM.
30th March 2012, 11:45 PM #7
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When i get the money i am thinking of getting the and fitting the parts myself.
question for those who build pcs all the time. I have a £500 budget to spend for a pc for a retiring Vicar main use is the office suite. he also needs a 21" + monitor in the price. is this doable ?
2nd April 2012, 09:32 AM #8
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I self-build and have done for years. It's not really a case of saving money (not any more, at least), I just enjoy tinkering and upgrading bits and pieces as I go. I still have the 3.5" floppy drive from my first self-build in my current PC - not because I need it, but just because it's been a constant throughout the years when every other part has been replaced!
Heck, yes. You can comfortably buy a decent i3-based prebuilt with a 21" monitor within that budget. If there's one thing going prebuilt saves you money on, it's the cost of the Windows license.
Originally Posted by jedmondson
2nd April 2012, 10:45 AM #9
If you don't mind going half way get the PSU, case and hdd from another machine and just buy a pre-assembled motherboard/CPU/RAM bundle. Can get some severe looking i7 bundles for £350 that way. Your old OS *might* even just take to the transplant anyway!
2nd April 2012, 01:29 PM #10
2nd April 2012, 02:50 PM #11
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Don't know if you'll have seen this before but heres somewhere i always look for my bits LambdaTek Computing
2nd April 2012, 03:00 PM #12
You can get a lot for £600 to be honest.
Intel Core i5 2500K
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 RAM
Asus P8Z68-V-LE Motherboard
700W Modular Mushkin or similar power supply
Coolermaster 430U Midi Case
Asus Radeon 6850 DirectCU Graphics card
Corsair 120GB SSD
Comes to about £598 from Aria.
Probably could get it cheaper by looking around too.
That'd be a very nice machine too.
2nd April 2012, 04:44 PM #13
I'm going to the Gadget Show next week. Do you think there will be any bargains to be had there? I've never been before so don't know what to expect. Might wait til after incase i can pick something up there.
2nd April 2012, 04:56 PM #14
I find it just as cheap to get a cheap machine from Overclockers, too much hassle I think these days building.
3rd April 2012, 09:26 AM #15
scan.co.uk are good for bundles as well, FWIW.
TBH I always prefer home-built rather than pre-built for one big reason - the quality of the PSU. Too many big-brands will give you the lowest wattage PSU they can, limiting your upgrades in the future (although this is only really relevant for big GPUs) and too many websites (eBuyer etc.) use cheap&crappy PSUs in their value builds to save money.
If you're reusing old hard drives, and don't need a high-end gaming machine, I don't think you even need to spend £600 tbh. The Intel i5 2500k is all the processor you will ever need, get a Z68 motherboard so you can overclock it, stick an SSD in (Samsung 830s are the best at the moment I believe, but the Crucial m4's are astonishingly good value for the performance by comparison) and gobs of RAM and you're well away. Might actually be worth you spending a big chunk on a decent case, because that will last you for years then - you can upgrade everything else inside it bit by bit.
If you're not gaming at all, the onboard graphics of the Core i5 will be fine, if you're planning on doing some but not bothered about FPS numbers, the 7750 seems a good bet at the moment - not too pricey, modern, low power requirements.
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