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#1 Biohead

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 18:59

I've been set the task by my friend to build a computer which I'd class as midrange. The only thing he really cares about is that it must "feel" quick (although he won't be doing anything massively computational). So SSD boot drive and a fair chunk of RAM?

My budget is £500 (plus £50 for P&P). Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers and OS are not necessary - so all the money is for a barebones tower really.

Currently, I'm thinking of an i5, mATX board, 2TB HDD, 128-256GB SSD. He's requested 32GBs of RAM, so although I think it's overkill I have to allow for it. If there's enough left over, I'll buy a midrange graphics card - but from what he's told me it will be used for it may not be required at all. I'm guessing a reputable 500W PSU would be fine for this build.

Case should be something simple. Nothing flashy, and no loud fans.

Does anyone have any tips before I start to go and order the pieces?


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 19:05

That's quite overkill for something to "feel" quick if he's just going to surf the web. Unless he's doing video work, you could get away with an i3. The SSD and a fast spinning disk drive will make all the difference in feel.

And 32gbs, well... that will be future proof, anyway.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 19:09

Ive not used 8gbs of ram yet.32gbs is overkill. 60gd SSD primary is tight, so 128gb SSD should be fine if you install everything else to secondary. 560ti is a decent card.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 19:47

It'll be a bit more than surfing the web, but no (or hardly any) video processing. Probably a few posters in Photoshop, and games such as Football Manager.

It's also got to last a few years, so that's why I'm trying to go for an i5 over i3.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 19:51

32 GB sounds a bit excessive to me, 8GB should be enough unless he plans to do REALLY heavy rendering in Photoshop.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 19:54

It'll be a bit more than surfing the web, but no (or hardly any) video processing. Probably a few posters in Photoshop, and games such as Football Manager.

It's also got to last a few years, so that's why I'm trying to go for an i5 over i3.


Assuming their computing habits aren't going to change drastically, an i3 will last as long as an i5. General computing isn't going to require 4 cores any time soon, and most software is regressing on CPU requirements to be compatible with more devices.

If the price is close, I'd rather an i3 and graphics card than an i5 alone.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 20:51

So where and what pieces (make/model) do you have listed in mind so far?

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:06

Something I had in mind:

ASRock H61M-GE @ £55
Core i5 3450 @ £140
Corsair Enthuiast 450W PSU @ £22
Samsung 830 256GB @ £130
Samsung Spinpoint F4 2tb @ £70
RAM @ £25 per 8GB module
Case @ £25

Which leaves me a bit of change for cables and fans etc. Not decided on brands for the ram/case yet but hoping thats a sensible assumption.

#9 Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:13

You have yourself a nice system with those parts.
Don't go for 32 GB. Not just yet. 16 will be much, much more than he is gonna ever need