Please Recommend Me A System...

moshman

Standard Member
I know how to put pc's together ive done it before,
i just need some one who knows about hardware to pick the best for my money

my budget is MAX £700

i dont need a monitor have a hdtv,

not a hardcore pc gamer have the 360 for that so graphics card doesnt need to
be top of the range Just good enough to play hd movies and run games like half life , cod etc

processor needs to best possible for my $$$
as i do video editing and sound engineering ( need quite a good sound card )

2GB of ram, good mobo quiet case etc also needs to be able to recieve a wireless internet connection i hate wires

also need wireless keyboard and mouse
thanks.
 

Time

Novice Member
You know it's a lot more fun to drool first, look at the price tag later but seeing as we're working in the not so fun order:

Are you upgrading?
Do you need new drives? (HDD, ODD (optical disc drive) , FDD)
Do you have an OS?

The keyboard and mouse are personal preference but I would recommend the Logitech MX Revolution for the mouse and probably a Microsoft keyboard.
 

booyaka

Moderator
Starter for 10


OcUK ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB GDDR3 HDTV/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail
(£72.84)
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-5300C3 667MHz Dual Channel Kit
(£66.96)
Gigabyte GA_P35C_DS3R (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 & DDR3 Motherboard
(£82.24)
Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 "Energy Efficient 95W Edition" 2.40GHz
(£187.99)
Corsair HX 520W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU
(£69)
Antec P180 Advanced Super Midi Tower Case
(£82)

inc vat is about £560.

Case is personal preference but something like above is good. Graphics card will do fine for COD & HL etc - it's only DX9 but not point in playing over the odds for DX10 card if not likely to use.

Sound card and Hard drives etc - personal prefence. above keyboard and mouse sounds perfect.

If you need to shave pennys off the budget change the cpu for Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.33GHz (1333FSB) - Retail (£115). Saves £70 but the Quad will work well if video editing and sound processing etc as it quad core.

Theres a starter for you
 

Time

Novice Member
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-5300C3 667MHz Dual Channel Kit
(£66.96)
Go for 800MHz as the Core 2 Duo doesn't really like 667, it's £76 for 2x1GB from ebuyer.

I'm not sure if that graphics card will cut it, doesn't it generally help with video processing?

What resolution is your HDTV?
 

moshman

Standard Member
my hdtv is a samsung le23r86bdx

i think it's 1360(ish) by 768

sounds like a good system booyaka thanks

i have a linksys router would it be best to get a linksy reciever aswell?

does that include cables ide etc?

is ati better than nvidia
my geforce 6200 gt plays cod2 ok

does the CPU come with a decent cooler?
if not what one would you recommend?
 

moshman

Standard Member
How's this?
would you make any changes or do i need to add anything?

Logitech Deluxe 650 Cordless Desktop Black - OEM
(£14.09)

Belkin Home Theatre Super VGA Cable - 1.8m (AV21401EA06)
(£11.74)

LiteON DH-20A3P-12C 20x DVD±RW x12 Ram Dual Layer DVD-Writer (Black) - OEM
(£17.61)

Antec P180 Advanced Super Midi Tower Case - No PSU (Silver)
(£82.24)

Samsung SpinPoint T HD501LJ 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM
(£62.26)

Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-6400C4 800MHz Dual Channel Kit (BL2KIT12864AA804)
(£90.46)

Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 "Energy Efficient 95W Edition" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail
(£183.29)

Corsair HX 520W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU (CMPSU-520HXUK)
(£68.14)

OcUK ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB GDDR3 HDTV/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail
(£72.84)

Gigabyte GA_P35C_DS3R (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 & DDR3 Motherboard
(£82.24)

Linksys WMP55AG Dual-Band Wireless A+G PCI Adapter
£8.21)


Total = £722.44 Inc Vat
 

SeanT

Distinguished Member
Nice system - get the 512 meg version of the graphics card for a few quid more though - oh and consider a boot drive if you do any editing, like a 160 gig single platter jobbie, as having the paging file on the same volume as your work sucks big time - depending on how much editing going for 2x320 gigs in the system may be even better still (soundforge and vegas user and ex sound tech)
 

moshman

Standard Member
i do more sound production than actual video editing but it is something im very interested in doing (video editing that is)

just wondering do you get sata cables and ide cables with the components you buy?

also wondering if its worth buying a seperate cpu cooler
and what make is the best for cheap
 

Time

Novice Member
SATA, IDE and floppy cables should be included with the motherboard.

An aftermarket CPU cooler isn't a bad idea if you plan to actually use the GHz you paid for, I don't know what the best for cheap is but silentPCreview should be able to help you out there.
 

SeanT

Distinguished Member
Even for sound production it is going to be best to have a system drive and a data drive imho.
 

alphaomega16

Distinguished Member
Where do you intend to buy from ?
 

SeanT

Distinguished Member
Processor, case and motherboard are cheaper at ebuyer, overclockers is cheapest for the rest or there's minimal difference, didn't try scan or komplett so they may be worth a look - should also note that you can order the different stepping processor from ebuyer for an extra tenner.
 

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