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Spec Review/Suggestions (£600)

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by DemiGod, 23 Sep 2009.

  1. DemiGod

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    Dear Spec Gods, do I have to sacrifice a goat or something to get help or can a new member just ask straight away?

    Ahem, anyways. I'm looking to build a new computer, I will not be playing any games on it (unless you count the odd game on a VGA emulator) but I will be using it heavily for Photoshop, Illustrator and those types of programs. I'm only looking for base stuff since I already have a monitor, speakers etc.

    While waiting for my account to be activated, I looked around and saw the specs you offered other members for similar budgets. Though the majority of those were for gaming. I've created my own list and I was wondering if you could help me, either by making modifications to it or creating specs of your own that you feel will be better suited for what I want to use it for. I want to buy a good processor now to save me money in case I need to upgrade it later for some thing else and I thought that since Photoshop and stuff love RAM, that 8GB would be good enough (I saw a lot of people here recommending the blue Ripjaw as opposed to the red ones, so I went for those).

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    (Edited with updated prices and specs)

    I'm hoping to run Windows 7 on it, I'm thinking that perhaps a better PSU is needed. If there's anything else that I haven't mentioned that I need to mention that might help you, let me know.

    Thank you in advance.
     
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  2. StevenRaith

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    Joined: 30 Apr 2009

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    Looks like a good spec, can probably be made a little cheaper but I'm too knackered to go sorting through specs at the moment ;)

    I'd suggest getting two of the Akasa fans though - I have heard good things about them, and if they are as good as the Noctua fans I have, then they will be substantially quieter than the fan that comes with the case; and if you slow them down with Speedfan or similar, you can make a great noise/flow compromise. Most of the time my fans [including GPU - noctua on 3rd party TRad2 cooler] run just above stall speed and I can barely hear the machine, and I only crank them up for when I'm playing games, where the GPUs voltage controllers appreciate a bit of airflow.

    That's a pretty nice spec for £600, although with a bit of creative fiddling, you could probably save a few bob [slightly slower processor, perhaps changing to AM2+ so you can use cheaper DDR2 RAM, etc] but I'll leave that to those who are awake and aren't prone to making glaring errors in their builds, like I am ;)

    I think you'll find a quad core machine with 8gb of RAM to be a very, very nice combination...I know I do.
    [Q6600/8gb/HD4850/1tb Spinpoint F1]
     
  3. DemiGod

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    Cheers, I removed the internal card reader and replaced it with another fan. I can just buy a cheaper external card reader from somewhere.

    I'm still trying to decide if that's the processor I want to go for, I've been looking at these:

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 LGA775 'Yorkfield' 2.83GHz 12MB-cache (1333FSB) Processor - Retail - £171.99


    Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) - Retail - £159.99

    But I don't know if they'll offer significant better performance for the extra cost (especially the Q9550) or if I'll be able to get a good mother board for them for the same price... assuming the Gigabyte one I have in my basket now doesn't work with the Intel ones.

    I want to order this sometime early today (take advantage of the week only offers) so that it arrives on Thursday with next day delivery.
     
  4. Redache

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    You wouldn't see much performance increase by switching to a Q9550 and the AM3 Socket has far more longevity than Socket 775 .

    The i5 is worth it over an AMD (Just slightly) but the Board cost is higher.

    For the Q9950 you're looking at a Socket 775 board which you'd be able to get for under £70.

    For the i5 you're looking at the P55 Chipset boards and they can be had for 100-180.

    I'd say i5 if you had more cash but as it stands, the AM3 will do fine.
     
  5. StevenRaith

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    AM3 will be supporting six core CPUs soon [as will AM2+], not sure what is up with Intels roadmap at the moment in comparison, but given the way Intel are mixing and matching their sockets and processors at the moment [S775, s1136, S1366 for Core2, i5/i7 and i7/i9 respectively] it's a fair bet that trying to jump from a mid-range i-series CPU to a top end [IE i5-i7] will probably cost you a motherboard at this rate, whereas with AMD, it looks like it will just be a case of slotting in the new CPU for the next couple of years.

    AMD chips might not beat the i5/i7 in benching, but the peace of mind of a relatively stable product line and compatability wins it for me at the moment.
     
  6. kickmaass

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    +1 for the build.i think i ll be ordering practically the same.im a photoshop user.
    id like to try a few games like the sims 3.that gfx card able to handle that ok and output it via a hmdi cable to a 37" hdtv? And out of interest how can the build be made cheaper? Going for the tricore BE insted of the quad?
     
  7. DemiGod

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    Thanks a lot guys, I'll stick with the AM3.

    Kickmaass - I gathered from reading around that a quad-core would be better if you're using Photoshop. Though I might be wrong.

    There are new deals this week and the AMD Quad-Core BE went down to £149.99.

    Would this PSU be better than the one that I have in my specs now?
    Antec Basiq Plus 550W Modular Power Supply - £52.99 (This Week Only)


    or spend a little more on this

    Corsair TX 650W ATX SLi Compliant Power Supply (CMPSU-650TXUK) - £72.99 (This Week Only)


    I've decided to wait a few days before ordering in case I find a better collection of parts here.

    Edit:

    Asus M4A785TD-V Evo AMD 785G (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard

    Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H AMD 785G (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard

    Would either of these two motherboards be better than the one I currently have planned?
     
    Last edited: 23 Sep 2009