I need a couple of pc's

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  1. scotty38

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    Firstly apologies for yet another "build me a computer" thread but.....

    I'm after a couple more pc's for home use, one for the study and one for my eldest son, the exisiting study machine going to my youngest son.

    Both of them will be used for general home office type things, internet browsing etc with mine being used occasionally for digital photo manipulation, ripping cd's using EAC that sort of thing but nothing really major. I'd like 22" monitors on both if possible and I'm happy to build them myself if necessary although if I can get them built for a reasonable cost which also gets me a warranty then that's fine.

    My problem is the bewildering array of processors, memory, graphics cards, cases, cooling etc from which to choose.

    So any advice or help regarding what I need would be much appreciated, my budget being around £1000 for the pair, unless of course I'm in dreamland....
     
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    Ok, I had another look around and have come up with the following so would this look like a reasonable approach too?

    First PC

    CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6750 (2.66Ghz, 4MB Cache, 1333Mhz FSB)
    CPU Cooler: Standard CPU heatsink & fan
    Motherboard: Asrock Conroe1333-D667
    Memory: 2.0GB Kingston DDR2 667mhz (2x 1GB)
    Hard Drive: 80GB S-ATA2 3.0Gb/s
    Optical Drive: 20x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
    Graphics card: NVidia GeForce 7300LE 512MB
    Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
    Operating System: None
    Peripherals: Logitech Wireless keyboard and laser mouse
    PSU: 400W
    Case: EZCool K110
    Warranty: 3 Year Bronze Warranty

    Product Subtotal: £297.06



    Second PC

    CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6750 (2.66Ghz, 4MB Cache, 1333Mhz FSB)
    CPU Cooler: Standard CPU heatsink & fan
    Motherboard: Asus P5N-E SLI (nForce 650i chipset, SLI, Firewire)
    Memory: 2.0GB Corsair DDR2 800mhz XMS2 (2x 1GB)
    Hard Drive: 250GB S-ATA2 3.0Gb/s
    Second hard drive: 80GB S-ATA2 3.0Gb/s
    Optical Drive: 20x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
    Graphics card: NVidia GeForce 8600GT 256MB
    Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
    Operating System: None
    Peripherals: Logitech Wireless keyboard and laser mouse
    PSU: 600W
    Case: Coolermaster Cavalier 3
    Warranty: 3 Year Bronze Warranty

    Product Subtotal: £478.95


    Total Cost = £776.01


    On top of this I'll be adding a couple of HP W2207H monitors.


    What do you think?
     
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    Come on boys and girls help a fella out a little...... :)
     
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    I've seen no end of threads on here with specs posted that get quite a few comments as to their suitability so what is it about my questions that are different? :confused:
     
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    Specs look fine. From what you said you need, I dont think you really need to worry that much as the tasks listed arent that processor hungry so anything should do the job without problem.
     
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    hi

    if u dont mind building yourself get 2 x these:

    CPU - E8400 3.ghz 1333mhz £130
    Motherboard - P5K SE onboard 7.1 £60
    Memory - 2GB Corsair 800mhz ram £35
    Graphics card - ATI HD2400 pro £35
    Pioneer CD/DVD writer £15
    Hard drive - Samsung 320GB £40
    Coolermaster Elite 330 Black Case With CM eXtreme Power 460W PSU £40 (ebuyer.com)

    £355

    LG L226WTQ-SF TFT Monitor 22" 2ms 3000:1 widescreen Black/Silver DVI-D, VGA £175 (ebuyer)

    Cost for 1 comp with monitor £355 + 175 = £510

    cost for 2 = £1020
    rest of prices from scan.co.uk
     
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    Thanks both of you that's brilliant.
     
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    For the second PC, which I am assuming is for your eldest son, I would recommend getting a different Graphics card.

    In the Same general price range of the Nvidia 8600 you can buy the ATI 3850 Pro which is a very good card and considerably better than the 8600.

    However if you can stretch it the 8800GT 256mb or the better again 8800GT 512mb would be better than the 3850.

    Secondly if you are building the PC yourself it seems a waste buying a retail CPU with the stock cooler and fan. You can buy the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 for £15, which is around the price difference between OEM and Retail CPU's anyway, but this would run rings around the bundled Fan and Heatsink that you would get in a retail CPU.

    Finally you have not mentioned the brand of PSU you will be buying. Also for the first PC I personally don't think from everywhere I have read 400w will be enough for this system. I would say to buy two 600w PSU's. Either Corsair (HX models) Antec, OCZ or Coolermaster and you will be fine. No cheap no names.

    You can check your proposed PSU requirments here

    For long life of the PSU you want it to be running at 80% load or less. So if your PSU needs are calculated to be 400w you will need a 480w Premium PSU at least.
     
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    Thanks again guys, I'll have a look at all your suggestions later.

    Much appreciated :smashin:
     

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