Ok. Well with all those extras added in, you're going to need to be a bit careful on budget. So you'll need to build the computer yourself. Don't worry, it's not very hard. There are tutorial videos if you need them. Here's the parts I recommend buying;Peripherals & Software - 248 pounds
For monitor, a 23" IPS monitor. For watching movies & whatnot, the improved color & viewing angles of IPS will be highly appreciated. A Mionix Naos 3200 mouse. I recommend this mouse to everyone, causal and gamer, who is right-handed. It's just that ergonomically comfortable. Corded, yes, but in my opinion that just makes it lighter and less irritating. A cheap keyboard. I left picking out a wireless model to you if you choose to go that route. Windows 7.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-64-bit-sp1-operating-system-single-oemSupporting Tower Components - 205 pounds
For case, a Fractal Design R3. You can get a much cheaper case, but this one is sound-dampening for quieter fan noise. A quiet-ish power supply. A 2TB hard drive - only about 30 pounds more expensive than 500gb, 20 pounds more than 1TB. Note that if you transfer music from CDs to your hard drive in a loss-less format like FLAC, it can use a lot of hard drive space. A DVD-burner. Note these are sometimes louder than people expect when spinning.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-writemaster-sh-s222bb-bebe-22x-dvdr-12x-dvdr-dvdplusrw-x8-rw-x6-sata-black-oemCore Tower Components & Sound Card - 241 pounds
(Somewhat) unfortunately for you, the new AMD all-in-one APUs aren't out yet. But it's not a big deal, really. For processor we have the very good dual-core Pentium 850 paired with a B75 motherboard. The only real drawback of the Pentiums is that their integrated graphics is not quite optimal for high definition video watching, so we have to get a cheap video card to go with them. Enter the Asus 6670. You can run most games on this card, but only on very, very low graphics settings. Unless its something like League of Legends, whose graphics can be run fine on even Intel's integrated solutions.
Replaced with the XFX 6450, with even less gaming power, for being silent & cheaper. If you want to game, you'd probably want a more expensive card than either, anyway. I included 8gb of ram. You can get more easily later if you want. For sound card, the Asus D1, an upgrade from the legendary cheap-but-good Asus DG. Note for when building: you generally want to put your sound card in the last slot on the motherboard, as far from the other components as possible (reduces electro-magnetic interference). Also, never use the front panel headphone connections if you can avoid it. One more sound card note: if you look around and find a refurbished or used Asus Xonar STX, that would be even better. Otherwise the Xonar STX doesn't fit in your budget. For your purposes, I wouldn't consider any sound card other than a DG, D1, or STX.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-xonar-d1-71ch-pci-24bit-soundcard-with-low-profile-bracketTotal: 694 pounds
, including tax but not including whatever shipping costs are.Edit: Wireless & Bluetooth (Click to show)
There might be cheaper deals with other UK retailers, but scan.co.uk is usually prety good in that regard. Now you'll notice I didn't include two very important components: headphones & speakers. Frankly, I don't know enough to confidently recommend the right ones. I recommend heading over to the Sound Cards forum on this website, particularly this thread:
Where I learn that if you look around you might be able to find a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 used for under 150 pounds. I don't really know what that means, as I use cheapie computer speakers (a sin, I know!), but everyone on the forum seems to agree Simca knows her stuff.
Overall, this build's performance should please you, particularly the nice monitor. (And mouse
As for quietness in build quality, you'll get a tiny bit of sound from fans, mostly the fan on the Intel stock heatsink. Most of the system's sound will probably come from hard drive & (if in use) the DVD-burner. There's several ways to reduce the total system sound (which is already pretty darn quiet as builds go). When you setup the computer, in the BIOS there should be options to set the CPU fan to run at a reduced speed if temperature is under such-and-such. Pick something like 60 or 70 celsius, and keep the CPU fan at the lowest setting the BIOS will let you. For the hard drive, the case should have some rubber whatzits to reduce vibration-related sound. If you're adventurous, you can hang the hard drive from something inside the case using elastic (from the inside of old pajamas bottoms often works), suspending it in mid-air. It looks hilarious, which I consider an added bonus. Not really needed, of course. For DVD-burner, just don't use them if you can avoid it (play frequently-listened-to music from the hard drive rather than a CD).
If you upgrade to a gaming video card, its fans will make a bit of noise too.Edited by MisterFred - 8/20/12 at 8:12am