New Pc set up is Needed, barebones or Build youself ?

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leighbeynon
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New Pc set up is Needed, barebones or Build youself ?

Post by leighbeynon » Sat May 28, 2011 9:51 am

so ive found this one which seems good

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prod ... 52400.html

then i can use my old hard drives etc and im off,

or would it be cheaper to buy the cpu, motherboard on its own and build it up
or get someone else to build it up?

i need to upgrade and keep it low cost !

any advice would be welcome, apart from the buy a mac comment
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Re: New Pc set up is Needed, barebones or Build youself ?

Post by hacktheplanet » Sat May 28, 2011 10:11 pm

Building your own computer is way easy. It's basically "insert tab A into slot B" for the most part. The tricky thing is selecting parts that play nicely together.
If you have no experience, sure go for the barebones. If not, it's easy enough to source parts. Here's a build I'd recommend:

CPU: Intel I5
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67A-blahblahblah
RAM: Crucial 2x2 GB
Video Card: Radeon 4650 (you could probably go even cheaper with this since the machine is only for audio)
Case: Antec Sonata.
PSU: Seasonic makes a good PSU. Don't skimp on the PSU because a shitty PSU will fry your computer. You want around 500 watts. Make sure it has the right connector for your video card. (probably a 6 pin thing)

All that shit should come to around $500, or GBP 300ish if you shop around. It's a little cheaper than the barebones system you linked, and a little more powerful.

(Sorry that my links are to a US seller, but I'm sure you can find something similar in the UK)
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Re: New Pc set up is Needed, barebones or Build youself ?

Post by leighbeynon » Mon May 30, 2011 7:09 pm

Hey thanks for the info,

Yeah I think buying separate could be the best way
And if it's faster then all the better,

It's a shame the novatech website doesn't have a section
Where you can choose your parts and the site makes sure all is comparable,

I was always told to get an intel board to run with the intel chip as it will run smoother?

Ive checked out some parts myself , I'll post and see if I'm on the right path to a good pc

Many thanks !
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Re: New Pc set up is Needed, barebones or Build youself ?

Post by ze2be » Mon May 30, 2011 7:42 pm

+1 for Antec. Best cabinet I ever had, and its very very silent.
Most newish graphic cards would do you good. But id suggest looking for one without a fan. A silent one. If you want to play games, you could find some fan-less that works fine. But you will not get the hardcore game cards very silent!

Gigabyte is a good motherboard brand. Just go for the big brands with good reputation, and you are safe. Same goes with ram. You don't need the bleeding edge, you want best bang for the buck, imo.

If you can afford it: a small ssd system disk, and a big as hard drive!

Make shore to check recommendations on tomshardware.com

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Re: New Pc set up is Needed, barebones or Build youself ?

Post by channelite » Mon May 30, 2011 7:45 pm

I recommend buying the quietest CPU cooler. The stock coolers that come with CPUs are really loud, like a hair dryer. I bought a quieter cooler after I already built my PC, so I had to take it apart again to put it in. This site recommends the most quiet CPU coolers. http://www.acousticpc.com/

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Re: New Pc set up is Needed, barebones or Build youself ?

Post by leighbeynon » Tue May 31, 2011 12:55 pm

some good advice here,

what i was looking at was this type of set up bought seperatly


i5 661 3.33 lga 1156 £172.62
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prod ... i5661.html


MB - Intel dh55tc £76
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prod ... h55tc.html

ram - corsoir 4gb x 2 £80
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prod ... 600c9.html

im a little unsure on my ram choice to suit my MB not sure what im looking for,
then of course a case and power supply.
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leighbeynon
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Re: New Pc set up is Needed, barebones or Build youself ?

Post by leighbeynon » Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:52 pm

This look ok?
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Re: New Pc set up is Needed, barebones or Build youself ?

Post by bosonHavoc » Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:35 pm

hey here is a good resource
http://www.overclockers.com/

another option you could look into is a local shop
last time i built up a pc i compared the prices local
and some where cheaper then the net some a little more..
it all balanced out so i placed the order
they offered to build it up for an extra 50 bucks
i was like hells ya..
saves me the time plus they would bench test and deal with any DOA's quickly.

and ya what planet said.. dont skimp on the PSU,
The PSU and case is something you can last you years as everything else gets upgraded again and again.

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Re: New Pc set up is Needed, barebones or Build youself ?

Post by leighbeynon » Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:10 am

many thanks ill give that a try there is a new pc shop opened near me,
but last time i tried this the shop was more expensive than online,

but i did take all parts to the shop to get it built as its faster and around £40

thanks
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Re: New Pc set up is Needed, barebones or Build youself ?

Post by Khazul » Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:41 pm

If I was building a PC for audio again - TBH I might be more tempted by a new mac mini...
Nothing to see here - move along!

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