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Can anyone please point out anything wrong with this build, or if there is a cheaper/faster alternative to the components im using?

CPU: i5 2500K
Mobo: Asus P8P67 Rev3
RAM: 4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHZ 9-9-9-24 1.5V
HD: 2x 1TB Samsung F3 RAID1
GFX: Not decided. See note below
PSU: 550W Antec TruePower NEW
Optical: Sony AD-7260S-0B
HSF: Gelid Tranquillo
Case: Fractal Design Define R3

Total Cost: £606.42

So on the GFX note, this is going to be a pc for home that my family will use. I've been told around £700 budget. There will be hardly any games played on it, so it doesnt need a great gfx card but i dont want to completely ruin the system by putting in a ****e one. If anyone can suggest a GFX card under £100 that will function good enough so that the system isnt limited in photo and video editing then that would be much appreciated.

Also, if anyone knows a particularly cheap place to buy Windows 7 Home Premium and Office 2010 from that would be really useful.

Cheers.
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post #2 of 17
You should be able to grab a 460 768MB for around that price. Plenty of power for any games the kiddies decide they might want for years to come.
post #3 of 17
If you have a student in your family or know any students you can get an online copy of windows 7 pro directly from Microsoft for a bargain, that's how I got mine. biggrin.gif

As for Office just use open source office

http://download.openoffice.org/index.html

http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/software/windows/default.aspx
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Originally Posted by Iceman23;13552722 
You should be able to grab a 460 768MB for around that price. Plenty of power for any games the kiddies decide they might want for years to come.

I have to agree here, just get a 460, it's one of the best "bang for your buck" video cards and with the rest of your system you now have a powerful gaming/rendering family computer. If the 460 is too much the 5770 wouldn't be a bad choice either.
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post #4 of 17
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The GFX doesnt need to be £100, im just saying i could probably pay up to that.

Apparently we have to have MSOffice. I said that OpenOffice is exactly the same but they are having none of it.
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post #5 of 17
You also said you didn't want a $%#@ graphics card either, you gave a budget of £100, so the natural step would be to look at what is the best bang for your buck in that price range, which happens to be the gtx460.


5450 £34.12
[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11166-02-20R-5450-DDR3-Graphics/dp/B0036DD4CO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305753352&sr=8-1"]Sapphire 11166-02-20R HD 5450 1GB DDR3 PCIE HDMI Graphics Card: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories[/ame]

5570 £48.95
[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/XFX-Radeon-HD5770-DDR2-SDRAM-HD-557X-ZHF2/dp/B003JLKOJY/ref=sr_1_8?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1305753838&sr=1-8"]XFX Radeon HD5770 Radeon HD 5000; 1024 MB; DDR2-SDRAM;: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories[/ame]

5670 for £55.84
[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11168-02-20R-512MB-GDDR5-Graphics/dp/B0032W414O/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1305753636&sr=8-5"]Sapphire 11168-02-20R HD 5670 512MB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories[/ame]
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post #6 of 17
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Thanks for the replies, im going to go with a 5770 since i've always used ATi/AMD graphics cards and havent had any problems.

Now onto the final problem - i need a case that is equal to or less than 195mm wide. For some reason the office we have has a particularly thin space for the case. I will probably be buying some extra fans since there isnt much space around it to help with ventilation.
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post #7 of 17
grab a pair of 8800GTX's off ebay.

also id grab a CM or Xigmatek Midguard, its pretty good looking, yet not crazy looking.
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Originally Posted by GlockZoR IV;13561005 
grab a pair of 8800GTX's off ebay.

also id grab a CM or Xigmatek Midguard, its pretty good looking, yet not crazy looking.

... SLI for a non-gaming setup? I know this is OCN but confused.gif

Just about any dedicated video card will do you fine. I just set up an HTPC that plays 1080p flawlessly on an ATI 5450. Save that money, ditch the 2500k for a 2100 for some more money saved, get some cheaper ram (1366 is fine), and then get a 120gb SSD + a 1tb mechanical drive for storage.

For everyday usage, the hard drive is by FAR the biggest bottleneck in your system. Put in an SSD, set it up right, and your family will be amazed by how fast your new computer is. It'll boot fast, pull up chrome fast, and every program opens right NOW. Yes, they are that awesome.

Edit: Also get a gigantic monitor, or set up dual monitors. And get a nice mouse/keyboard. For everyday use, those things make a lot more difference than CPU clock speed.

Also nice choice of case, that's the one I want smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Traches;13561119 
... SLI for a non-gaming setup? I know this is OCN but confused.gif

Just about any dedicated video card will do you fine. I just set up an HTPC that plays 1080p flawlessly on an ATI 5450. Save that money, ditch the 2500k for a 2100 for some more money saved, get some cheaper ram (1366 is fine), and then get a 120gb SSD + a 1tb mechanical drive for storage.

For everyday usage, the hard drive is by FAR the biggest bottleneck in your system. Put in an SSD, set it up right, and your family will be amazed by how fast your new computer is. It'll boot fast, pull up chrome fast, and every program opens right NOW. Yes, they are that awesome.

Edit: Also get a gigantic monitor, or set up dual monitors. And get a nice mouse/keyboard. For everyday use, those things make a lot more difference than CPU clock speed.

Also nice choice of case, that's the one I want smile.gif


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^ +1

The SSD doesn't need to be 120gb unless you need the space. It's essentially just a boot and major program drive - I have Windows, Office, PS, and a couple other programs set up on my 60gb and still have 15gb+ left.

And the 5770 is an amazing bang/buck card that will last you through the next couple years.
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