After the recent review of Falcon Northwest's Tiki
PC, I have been inspired to build a similar spec PC, possibly the last tower computer I would build.
I haven't upgraded my current tower so I thought why do I even bother having a huge lump which has been a hassle in it's 4 hour moves.
No more than £1500, closer to the £1000 mark if poss.
Windows 7 - 64-bit
4GB Ram (I guess DDR2)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - 3Ghz
ATI Radeon HD 4800 graphics
WD 500GB x 2
DVD Drive x 2 (I only use one really)
NEW PC (£1568 / $2432):
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz
RAM: 2 x 4GB DDR3
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 (1GB)
SSD: Crucial m4 256GB
HDD: WD 2TB Green
Optical: TEAC Slot-Load Blu-ray Reader
Windows 8 Standard (64-bit)
Office Home & Student (I guess office 2013)
However I don't know if I got components I would actually use/need.
I am not a massive gamer, Sim City 5, Team Fortress 2 is about my limits and don't do much video encoding, perhaps just adding subtitles to MKVs or deleting part of a video.
I have a couple of external hard drives which hold most of my archives, others get written to a series of DVDs. While the price of blank BR discs is still relatively high, I wouldn't mind sticking to DVD if it means a fair amount less on the PC build.
So taking the above into account, I changed some of the parts and came out with:
NEW PC - lower spec (changes only) (£1386 / $2150):
Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz
Optical: Sony Slot-Load DVD Writer
A difference of £182. What do you guys think?
It would possibly work out better if I got Windows 8, Office and the 2TB drive over here, plus I haven't even seen if they ship to the UK. Taking out those brings the price in at £1207, but then it'd be the hassle of having to fit the drive myself.
Is there another company that produces small, but powerful mini computers? Apart from Shuttle PC.