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Hello All!! I need a new computer and I am massively out of date!

post #1 of 4
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HELP!!!

It has been a while since I Have been round these parts (2011 since i was last on I think) and i must say it is good to be back!
I am looking to build a new computer and need some advice!

The last time i was looking at computer components Cornroes were the new kid in town and my 800GTS 640mb was a beast, looking online nowadays though I realise that I am somewhat behind the times.

As I am no longer a student and am now in full time employment with a house etc I on a massively small budget (no more than £350) to get a system that is more up to date than what I have at the moment, I don't think this is going to be that hard as my system is prehistoric however as i am out of it i am unsure of what i would get best bang for buck with.

My current system is as follows;

- Intel Core 2 9550 2.83Ghz
- Asus P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard
- 4GB DDR2 Crucial Ballistix Tracers(with the lights)
- Geforce 8800GTS 640MB
- 2x 2TB Seagate 7200 Data Drives
- 1x 500GB Seagate 7200 OS Drive

I used to play lots of games on my PC but now I don't really get much time to due to working and music production so the real focus for this machine will be music production only.

I have looked a few things and this is what I have come up with so far.

- intel i5 4690k
- A motherboard
- 8 or 16 GB DDR3 memory (clockspeed or timing more important?)
- 500GB SSD(not included in 300-350budget)
- Reuse Coolermaster 690 Case, Silverstone 650w Power Supply Data Drives etc

If money was no object i would definitely DDR4 and socket 2011 it but I'm afraid that's probably out the budget.

Will this feel like a massive upgrade to what I have and are there any alternative paths I could take? AMD?

Thanks for all your help Guys smile.gif
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 @3.2Ghz Asus P5N-T Deluxe 2x BFG 8800GTS 640 SLi 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer Pc8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
750GB Xp Pro/Vista x64 Ultimate dual boot 19" Philips Widescreen 750w Silverstone Modular 
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Cm690 Dominator 
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750GB Xp Pro/Vista x64 Ultimate dual boot 19" Philips Widescreen 750w Silverstone Modular 
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post #2 of 4
You could update enough to still be able to play some games with your budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Novatech)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£34.99 @ Novatech)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 370 2GB PCS+ Video Card (£109.49 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £348.45
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-01 14:49 GMT+0000
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post #3 of 4
Hi Allan!

As far as feeling like a massive upgrade, the 4690k and especially the SSD will go a LONG way considering what you'll use it for.
Concerning the RAM, timings nor speed will matter a lot for the way you intend to use the system. As long as you get enough capacity, you should be fine with some DDR3-1600.

Something else, though: How old is that power supply by now? I always get a bit nervous about using older power supplies, but that's mostly due to past experiences and paranoia wink.gif

Do you plan on overclocking the CPU at all?
If yes, I recommend looking into a cheap-but-solid after-market CPU cooler, like the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo.
If not, you might want to look into a non-k version of the CPU, they're a little bit cheaper, which is nice when budget seems to be a primary concern.
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Intel i7 5960x Rampage V Extreme Titan X Pascal Corsair Vengeance LPX [16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz] 
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Samsung 950 Pro M.2 512GB Synology NAS [10 drives] Custom loop [mostly EKWB] Windows 10 Pro 
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ASUS PG279Q Dell UltraSharp UP2716D Das Keyboard Professional 4 Corsair HX1200i 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 512GB Synology NAS [10 drives] Custom loop [mostly EKWB] Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS PG279Q Dell UltraSharp UP2716D Das Keyboard Professional 4 Corsair HX1200i 
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Thanks a lot for the responses folk's,

Power supply is a 750 sorry and I would be looking to reuse without Graphics card for less power draw along with quieter operation in my room.

I will be looking to overclock the cpu most likely. I have a Thermaltake Ultra 120 cooler? I am unsure if socket 1150 brackets exist for this cooler but if I could use it I would look to reuse it. In regards to higher bandwidth memory, if i go up to say 2400mhz or thereabouts will I notice a real world difference in performance. I am guessing that AMD are still out the box in terms of this level of performance to cost?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 @3.2Ghz Asus P5N-T Deluxe 2x BFG 8800GTS 640 SLi 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer Pc8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
750GB Xp Pro/Vista x64 Ultimate dual boot 19" Philips Widescreen 750w Silverstone Modular 
Case
Cm690 Dominator 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 @3.2Ghz Asus P5N-T Deluxe 2x BFG 8800GTS 640 SLi 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer Pc8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
750GB Xp Pro/Vista x64 Ultimate dual boot 19" Philips Widescreen 750w Silverstone Modular 
Case
Cm690 Dominator 
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