Which of these 2 PC's? Or something else?

anticlaus105

Well-known Member
I'm looking to get a new PC mainly for Microsoft Office, no gaming at all. I have some VBA heavy files so want it to be reasonably quick. I know nothing about current PC's so which of the below is best? They are both a similar price at just under £600, with the bottom one being slightly cheaper. Which should I choose, or is something else better?

  • Aerocool Cylon Black RGB LED TG Gaming Case + Card reader - External Optical Drive Only
  • 500W Aerocool Integrator 80+ Certified Power Supply
  • MSI AMD Ryzen B450M PRO-VDH MAX AM4 MicroATX Motherboard(AMD)
  • AMD Ryzen™ 5 3600, AM4, Zen 2, 6 Core, 12 Thread, 3.6GHz, 4.2GHz Turbo, 32MB L3 Cache, PCIe 4.0
  • AMD AM4 Wraith Stealth Cooler up to 65Watts - No LED (Ryzen™3600/3400G/3200G)
  • 8GB 2400/2666MHz DDR4 (1x8GB) - Major Brand
  • 4GB GeForce® GTX 1650 Graphics Card
  • 250GB 2.5" SATA III SSD
  • 1TB SATA III 6GB/s 7200rpm 64MB Cache 8ms
  • Integrated 7.1 High Definition 8-Channel Audio
  • 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN Port (Wi-Fi Not Included)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Or
  • CiT Jet Stream Black/Silver Stripe Midi Tower Case
  • 400W Power Supply
  • MSI B360M PRO-VDH LGA 1151 DDR4 mATX Motherboard
  • Intel® Core™ i5-9600K 6 Core Processor (3.70GHz) 9MB Cache
  • 8GB 2400/2666MHz DDR4 (1x8GB) - Major Brand
  • 2GB GeForce® GT710 Graphics Card
  • 250GB 2.5" SATA III SSD
  • 1TB SATA III 6GB/s 7200rpm 64MB Cache 8ms
  • Integrated 7.1 High Definition 8-Channel Audio
  • 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN Port (Wi-Fi Not Included)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
Both are rather lopsided builds with expensive CPUs but only single channel memory. And I've no idea why you'd have such an old graphics card in the second one, it's slower than the integrated graphics on the i5-9600k.

Plus the storage setup is marginal. A 250GB SSD is £25 and a 1TB HDD is £35, so you're only saving £20 off the cost of a 1TB SSD.

I haven't looked it up but I'm guessing those are advertised on either Ebay or Amazon market? Lots of sellers on there are happy to cut corners like this.

You're better off dropping the CPU model down £30 or so and going for a more rounded build. Dual channel memory, full SSD. I'd also look for 16GB of memory because it's only £30 more than 8GB, well worth it on a £600 PC.
 

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