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post #1 of 12
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I'm looking to build a computer for a friend who is going to some recording (I'll get him a proper soundcard later)
He does not want to play games on it, so on board should fine.

He has a really tight budget of £400 (Could probably squeeze £450 - but that's literally it)

I'm a little bit out of touch with hardware now, is this a reasonably okay build, with no obvious, glaring mistakes?

http://i.imgur.com/PDUMV.png



Thanks so much
-Ollie

Buying from www.scan.co.uk

Asus TA-881 Black/Silver Mid Tower Case w/o PSU
£16.18

1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm 64mb Cache 8ms NCQ OEM
£54.95

Sony AD-5280S-0B 24x DVD±R, 12xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6 SATA, Black, OEM
£13.44

8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Red Low Profile, PC3-14900 (1866), Non-ECC, CAS 9-10-9-27, XMP, 1.5V
£38.16

20W Antec Neo Eco 0-761345-285209, Modular, 82% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Fan, ATX v2.3, PSU
£49.82

Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3, Intel Z68, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 2.0 (x16), ATX
£66.82

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, 4 Heat Pipes Direct Contact, with 120mm Quiet Fan LGA775/1155/1156/1366/AM2/AM2+/AM3/FM1
£26.65

Intel Core i3 3220, S 1155, Ivy Bridge, Dual Core, 3.3GHz, 3MB Smart Cache, Retail
£91.36

Total: £368.36
post #2 of 12
that dvd drive is OOS, and trust me , scan are a pain in the ass with orders, Choose another one, as they wont ship the WHOLE order till its in stock.

Not considering an APU? or an FX 4/6 series?

your build looks fine (other than the case, lol i just hate generic), so just a suggestion thumb.gif
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Noctizzle View Post

that dvd drive is OOS, and trust me , scan are a pain in the ass with orders, Choose another one, as they wont ship the WHOLE order till its in stock.
Thanks for pointing that out :< I would have completely missed that. I could of swore I picked one that wasn't OOS, but oh well smile.gif

Do you think it'd be a better option to go with an AMD build?
My knowledge of current AMD is even more limited than intel :<<br />
I totally agree that the case is truly horrific, it was the best of a bad bunch at the <£20 club, might make it a little nicer as I do in fact have a little money left over smile.gif
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by little cat View Post

Thanks for pointing that out :< I would have completely missed that. I could of swore I picked one that wasn't OOS, but oh well smile.gif
Do you think it'd be a better option to go with an AMD build?
My knowledge of current AMD is even more limited than intel :<<br /> I totally agree that the case is truly horrific, it was the best of a bad bunch at the <£20 club, might make it a little nicer as I do in fact have a little money left over smile.gif

I build a 5800k machine with a 60 GB ssd but no HDD and for £300. Replace the SSD with a HDD and add a PSU...

Link to the build:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1325483/build-log-completed-the-rents-christmas-surprise-amd-5800k-apu-build

I also spent £50 on a case. I brought my parts from where ever was the cheapest. Ebuyer, scan and Overclockers UK.
Edited by BritishBob - 12/12/12 at 6:04am
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post #5 of 12
He WON'T NEED a APU for this, the i3-3220 has better single threaded performance than any APU out there, the only reason you'd go with a APU is that if you want to play games on a small budget, which this build is not for.
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

He WON'T NEED a APU for this, the i3-3220 has better single threaded performance than any APU out there, the only reason you'd go with a APU is that if you want to play games on a small budget, which this build is not for.


The whole single vs multi argument is dependent on what he does with the sound afterwards (as far as I know). You can substitute the price I payed for the case towards a PSU and use the extra £100 for a hard drive and RAM.

A £400 machine with an SSD and a decent sized hard dive sounds good to me and will provide a better user experience overall. You can also overclock the 5800k...

I was simply providing an alternate considering I wanted the same thing... Single threaded for Microsoft Word. But you never know, they might want Facebook and steam open while recording...

But maybe that's just me being an idiot... Again...


Not to mention you might be able to budget in a dedicated sound card...


I get £441 ish with the M4 SSD for £55 and £386. This includes £30 for a sound card.
Edited by BritishBob - 12/12/12 at 6:31am
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post #7 of 12
http://www.overclock.net/t/1328192/whole-computer-1090t-etc
what bout this 110 left for sound card and gpu n heatsink unless use one provided.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

He WON'T NEED a APU for this, the i3-3220 has better single threaded performance than any APU out there, the only reason you'd go with a APU is that if you want to play games on a small budget, which this build is not for.



Uhh Can I ask IF it cost the same why doesnt he it would be future proof and who cares if its better single threaded he will get better performance with the other......
post #9 of 12
sim~build (Click to show) Here's a sim~build. you dont need a hyper 212 evo on the build since its not overclockable & it will just produce extra noise, the stock would do fine, you dont need a z68 mobo, its going to have a incompatibility with the newer ivy processor, you dont need a 520W psu, a smaller psu would be fine, follow the build above its on micro-atx size.
Edited by xnuw - 12/12/12 at 6:47am
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post #10 of 12
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Wow, you guys are really, really, amazing! smile.gif

Thanks so much for the replies, I'm going to have to tweak a few things I think, get the best bang for their buck smile.gif

Thank-you so very much everyone
-Ollie
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