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    (Original post by Jin3011)
    Yeah I was imagining similar sort of specs initially. Though I like D.I.Y and fixing up computers in general, I don't really want the hassle, so a pre-built one would be ideal. Thanks.
    Perhaps something like this then:

    http://www.dinopc.com/shop/pc/-b-NEW...50-93p1364.htm

    Can make some small changes like upgrade to 3550 for £15 and Corsair Vengeance for £13. You can save £60 by removing windows if you already own it or can get it in some other way.

    Then I'd take it upon yourself to buy an SSD as they overcharge by £30-40 (unless you're feeling a bit frivolous then just ask them to do it).
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    Evening everyone. Looking for some advice on a potential upgrade soon!My current desktop is mostly 2006 vintage and I'm looking to squeeze more performance out of it. However, my biggest aim will be to make it as quiet as possible! Might help to explain what I have at the momentesktopFairly new laptop (6 month old Vaio i5, but it's an old-ish model)HP Proliant microserver (plan is for this mainly to be a media server, and also hold most of my data. Also hoping to get it working as an automatic backup device but not figured out how to do that. It's connected to the desktop by a gigabit connection).iPad Most of my use is normal desktop use, but I also run CAD programs and Flight Simulator X which can be reasonably demanding.Parts I'm planning to reuse: I've got a pretty quiet 430W PSU (iGreen by somebody or other), optical drive, Radeon 4650, and I'm waiting for 8GB of DDR3 CL9 memory. That will probably go into the Proliant, as it's only got 2 memory slots, but I think the 6GB in my desktop is only CL4 (not that I really know how much difference that makes!).Parts I'm going to buy: SSD, CPU, motherboard and case. Also looking to get decent coolers for videocard (maybe - might just unplug the fan as the heatsink doesn't really get warm!) and CPU.So, questions! - My current HD is looking pretty poorly and I like the sound of the performance of an SSD. I'll probably go for a 120gb drive unless the 240 drives drop in price in the next few days, but as I'm planning to keep most of my data on the server will 120gb total storage be sufficient locally? I have got a 250gb drive I could put in, but I'm trying to keep noise down- What should I be looking for in terms of CPU and motherboard? I haven't really kept up much with CPUs but they seem a bit pricy these days, I think I paid £30 or so for my current CPU (Athlon X2 3800+) a few years ago but now an i5 seems to be £100+. I paid £500 for an i5 Vaio laptop with a full HD screen and BluRay so that seems a lot for just the CPU! However I do want it to last a few years.- I want to get a nice quiet case. I don't really need a huge case and I'm wondering about mini ATX. However, is that likely to end up noisy with the limited airflow within a more closely packed case? Are mATX motherboards more expensive/limited in spec?For some reason the forum software is removing line breaks :confused:
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    (Original post by SMed)
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    ..were there when I wrote it, hence the comment on line breaks! I've tried editing them in but they're removed every time I hit submit.
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    (Original post by Jin3011)
    Yeah I was imagining similar sort of specs initially. Though I like D.I.Y and fixing up computers in general, I don't really want the hassle, so a pre-built one would be ideal. Thanks.
    What about getting a barebone bundle, so like processor, case, powersupply, ram and mobo all together, prefitted.

    Then you can add on the hard drive and graphics card?

    And if your looking to get a cool system with little noise, then what hassi94 suggested, if would be wise to get an upgrade in the ram, processor and getting another cpu cooler and a better case with them and buy a few extra silent fans.
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    I'm Planning to buy a laptop for uni, studying computer science.
    what the best processors and graphics chips, and how do they compare, I'm a bit clueless with these....
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    (Original post by craig_huggins)
    wanting to build a desktop over the summer, budget will be around £1000. Main uses for the pc will be high graphical gaming and general browsing, however need a little help with choosing the components
    processor: i5 3570k http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-c...YXJ.html?src=2£174.99
    No difference in terms of gaming between this and i7 only if your gonna do so hyper threading, video editing, etc
    cpu cooler: separate cpu cooler to keep your cpu under good temps especially if your gonna be pushing it http://www.dabs.com/products/arctic-...3WJ.html?src=3£27.99
    ram: 8gb Corsair http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair...00-50113&src=3£39.99
    motherboard:ASRock Z77 Extreme 4http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-...00-50568&src=3
    which is a very good priced motherboard£109.99
    graphics:Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 1071MHz 2GBhttp://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyt...94944469&src=3The best graphics card on the market.£429.99
    case:Corsair Memory Special Edition White Graphite Series 600Thttp://www.dabs.com/products/corsair...JR8.html?src=3£124.99
    power supply:OCZ Technology 750W ZT Series Fully-Modularhttp://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-tec...TM1.html?src=3£76.99

    That comes to about £984.93 but that's kind of the high end stuff, obviously it's upto you. Like the high end 680 gtx which you wouldn't really be pushing unless you got a very high resolution screen pushing it at 1080p. As well as the case, you could a less high end one for around £60.

    edit:forget to add a optical drive and hdd with ssd......which can easily be done by getting a gtx 670 instead and cheaper case.
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    (Original post by moorbre)
    I'm Planning to buy a laptop for uni, studying computer science.
    what the best processors and graphics chips, and how do they compare, I'm a bit clueless with these....
    Computer science doesn't really require much in all honesty, you would start off with basic programming then start moving into object orientated programming.

    It's up to you?
    What else do you do on the side, any gaming or video editing or intense program usage?
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    processor: i5 3570k http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-c...YXJ.html?src=2£174.99
    No difference in terms of gaming between this and i7 only if your gonna do so hyper threading, video editing, etc
    cpu cooler: separate cpu cooler to keep your cpu under good temps especially if your gonna be pushing it http://www.dabs.com/products/arctic-...3WJ.html?src=3£27.99
    ram: 8gb Corsair http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair...00-50113&src=3£39.99
    motherboard:ASRock Z77 Extreme 4http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-...00-50568&src=3
    which is a very good priced motherboard£109.99
    graphics:Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 1071MHz 2GBhttp://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyt...94944469&src=3The best graphics card on the market.£429.99
    case:Corsair Memory Special Edition White Graphite Series 600Thttp://www.dabs.com/products/corsair...JR8.html?src=3£124.99
    power supply:OCZ Technology 750W ZT Series Fully-Modularhttp://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-tec...TM1.html?src=3£76.99

    That comes to about £984.93 but that's kind of the high end stuff, obviously it's upto you. Like the high end 680 gtx which you wouldn't really be pushing unless you got a very high resolution screen pushing it at 1080p. As well as the case, you could a less high end one for around £60.

    You can get the i5 for a little cheaper elsewhere.

    Also, you seem to have forgotten harddrives altogether?!

    I suggest downgrading the graphics card to a 7850 and adding a 2TB hardrive and an SSD, perhaps a 256gb Crucial M4.
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    (Original post by CurlyBen)
    ..were there when I wrote it, hence the comment on line breaks! I've tried editing them in but they're removed every time I hit submit.
    Just press enter and create the breaks
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    (Original post by LookIt'sPete)
    You can get the i5 for a little cheaper elsewhere.

    Also, you seem to have forgotten harddrives altogether?!

    I suggest downgrading the graphics card to a 7850 and adding a 2TB hardrive and an SSD, perhaps a 256gb Crucial M4.
    lool your right, exams getting to me loool.
    Yeah forget the 680 gtx then if you include the hard drive, otherwise downgrade a bit to the 670 gtx and down grade the case.
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    (Original post by craig_huggins)
    wanting to build a desktop over the summer, budget will be around £1000. Main uses for the pc will be high graphical gaming and general browsing, however need a little help with choosing the components
    Here you go:


    Sony AD-7261S-0B 24x DVD±R, 12xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6 ,12xRAM SATA, Black, Lightscribe, OEM
    £16.06


    Coolermaster Storm Enforcer Black Mid Tower Gaming Case with Side Window USB 3.0 w/o PSU New Version
    £68.27

    Intel Core i5 3570K,1155, Ivy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 5 GT/s DMI, 650MHz GPU, 6MB Smart Cache, 34x Ratio, 77W, OEM
    FREE Anti-static wrist band offer
    £161.94


    2GB Palit GTX 670, 28nm, PCIe 3.0 (x16), 6008MHz GDDR5, GPU 915MHz, Boost 980MHz, Cores 1344, 2x DL DVI, DP, HDMI
    £311.60


    1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm 64mb Cache 8ms NCQ OEM
    £68.38


    128GB Crucial RealSSD M4, 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD, MLC-Flash, Read 500Mb/s, Write 175Mb/s *New Version*
    £88.94


    8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance LP Cerulean Blue, PC3-12800 (1600), CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V
    £39.36


    Asus P8Z77-V PRO, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, D-Sub (VGA)/ DisplayPort/ DVI-I/ HDMI, ATX
    £153.32


    650W PSU, Corsair Enthusiast Series 650TXV2UK, 85% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.31
    £67.98


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM
    £72.08


    Net Total
    Carriage
    VAT
    £873.28
    £7.99
    £176.25
    Total£1,057.52
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    processor: i5 3570k http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-c...YXJ.html?src=2£174.99
    No difference in terms of gaming between this and i7 only if your gonna do so hyper threading, video editing, etc
    cpu cooler: separate cpu cooler to keep your cpu under good temps especially if your gonna be pushing it http://www.dabs.com/products/arctic-...3WJ.html?src=3£27.99
    ram: 8gb Corsair http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair...00-50113&src=3£39.99
    motherboard:ASRock Z77 Extreme 4http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-...00-50568&src=3
    which is a very good priced motherboard£109.99
    graphics:Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 1071MHz 2GBhttp://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyt...94944469&src=3The best graphics card on the market.£429.99
    case:Corsair Memory Special Edition White Graphite Series 600Thttp://www.dabs.com/products/corsair...JR8.html?src=3£124.99
    power supply:OCZ Technology 750W ZT Series Fully-Modularhttp://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-tec...TM1.html?src=3£76.99

    That comes to about £984.93 but that's kind of the high end stuff, obviously it's upto you. Like the high end 680 gtx which you wouldn't really be pushing unless you got a very high resolution screen pushing it at 1080p. As well as the case, you could a less high end one for around £60.
    This is a good build. But I recommend getting the low profile RAM since it makes adding more a lot easier if you are using an after market cooler.
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    Evening everyone. Looking for some advice on a potential upgrade soon! My current desktop is mostly 2006 vintage and I'm looking to squeeze more performance out of it. However, my biggest aim will be to make it as quiet as possible!

    Might help to explain what I have at the moment:
    desktop
    new laptop (6 month old Vaio i5, but it's an old-ish model)
    HP Proliant microserver (plan is for this mainly to be a media server, and also hold most of my data. Also hoping to get it working as an automatic backup device but not figured out how to do that. It's connected to the desktop by a gigabit connection).
    iPad
    Most of my use is normal desktop use, but I also run CAD programs and Flight Simulator X which can be reasonably demanding.

    Parts I'm planning to reuse: I've got a pretty quiet 430W PSU (iGreen by somebody or other), optical drive, Radeon 4650, and I'm waiting for 8GB of DDR3 CL9 memory. That will probably go into the Proliant, as it's only got 2 memory slots, but I think the 6GB in my desktop is only CL4 (not that I really know how much difference that makes!).

    Parts I'm going to buy: SSD, CPU, motherboard and case. Also looking to get decent coolers for videocard (maybe - might just unplug the fan as the heatsink doesn't really get warm!) and CPU.

    So, questions!
    - My current HD is looking pretty poorly and I like the sound of the performance of an SSD. I'll probably go for a 120gb drive unless the 240 drives drop in price in the next few days, but as I'm planning to keep most of my data on the server will 120gb total storage be sufficient locally? I have got a 250gb drive I could put in, but I'm trying to keep noise down
    - What should I be looking for in terms of CPU and motherboard? I haven't really kept up much with CPUs but they seem a bit pricy these days, I think I paid £30 or so for my current CPU (Athlon X2 3800+) a few years ago but now an i5 seems to be £100+. I paid £500 for an i5 Vaio laptop with a full HD screen and BluRay so that seems a lot for just the CPU! However I do want it to last a few years.
    - I want to get a nice quiet case. I don't really need a huge case and I'm wondering about mini ATX. However, is that likely to end up noisy with the limited airflow within a more closely packed case? Are mATX motherboards more expensive/limited in spec?


    Reposted from a different computer. For some reason last night the line breaks were being removed when I posted - they were there so hitting enter wouldn't have helped!
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    Originally Posted by moorbre
    I'm Planning to buy a laptop for uni, studying computer science.
    what the best processors and graphics chips, and how do they compare, I'm a bit clueless with these....
    Computer science doesn't really require much in all honesty, you would start off with basic programming then start moving into object orientated programming.

    It's up to you?
    What else do you do on the side, any gaming or video editing or intense program usage?
    Fairly high internet use and i would like the option for gaming but i mainly use my ps3 for that....
    Also one that would last well for 3 years, technically and reliably
    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my GT-S5570
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    Hi people, im looking to build my first desktop PC, ive got a decent 23'' 1080 monitor which i brought for some unknown reason, dont want to really spend more than £300 but that wont include keyboard, mouse, monitor (obviously), OS,

    Mainly going to be used to internet, Films - would like to connect to my 40'' TV sometimes, max game played wil be Starcraft 2 rarely. I want it to be pretty fast at loading stuff, let me know if you have anything in mind while i carry on researching.

    thanks
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    Hey all,

    Diablo 3 is tempting. I only have an Xbox though.

    You think : http://www.ebuyer.com/362648-zoostor...p-pc-7873-1058 will play it?
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    (Original post by mikeyd85)
    Hey all,


    Diablo 3 is tempting. I only have an Xbox though.

    You think : http://www.ebuyer.com/362648-zoostor...p-pc-7873-1058 will play it?
    the GPU doesn't even meet the minimum specs. Unless you were going to replace the GPU after you've received it?
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    (Original post by ?!master?!mini?!)
    the GPU doesn't even meet the minimum specs. Unless you were going to replace the GPU after you've received it?
    If I had too... What would you go with trying to keep budget down? I'm so out of touch with GFX these days... last time I bought on it was an nVidia 6800GT. It was a beast!
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    (Original post by mikeyd85)
    If I had too... What would you go with trying to keep budget down? I'm so out of touch with GFX these days... last time I bought on it was an nVidia 6800GT. It was a beast!
    on budget a 6770 will suffice £75 :
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-x...vi-i-mini-hdmi

    dunno whether it'll fit in that case though.

    can't even find a manual for the bloody pc.

    what i would really recommend is to look around on ebay/gumtree for a good second hand deal.
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