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Old 01-26-2013, 07:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys and gals

Here's a challenge best build desktop for 600gbp. Peripherals not included. ( unless you can budget it )

Maybe we could categorize it. Best multimedia, gaming and home.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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what site are you going to be purchasing from?
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Not going to limit to any one particular site. Maybe will say uk based or price only. ( just to make things harder ) since usa is cheaper for everything.

Also if you do post parts and prices please quote the website to give them honourable mention. Thanks
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd recommend checking out Scan.co.uk or eBuyer.co.uk, another site that's getting popular quick is aria.co.uk. I'm not an expert here so please don't hate or judge For my selection, or rather parts that I selected From the rig I'm building with the help of others, but here's what I chose:
Intel Core i3 3225 Ivy Bridge Processor = £107
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel...t-cache-retail

Gigabyte GA-B75-D3V Intel Motherboard = £60
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigab...vi-d-micro-atx

Palit 2GB GeForce GTX 660 Graphics card = £165
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-p...60-dp-dvi-hdmi

Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8GB RAM = £40
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(...nbuffered-cas-

Corsair (Builder Series) 600W Power Supply = £50
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/600w-...et-fan-atx-psu

Seagate 1TB Hard Drive = £50
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-s...cache-85ms-ncq

Corsair Carbide Seires 200R Case = £50
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsa...usb-30-w-o-psu

DVD Player/Write stuff = £15
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/liteo...sata-black-oem

Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System(64 bit) = £70
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/micro...tem-single-oem

Total cost = £610 Give or Take a Few Pounds.
Given the Computer's usage, being Multimedia, Gaming or just general use the setup above should perform all tasks, and perform them well. Good Graphics card so you'll be able to play most/all games on high settings and maintain a good FPS. The 1TB(1000 GB) HDD should give you more than enough space For home usage, note that if stepping up the budget, say maybe to £650 you could perhaps buy an SSD, which on top of your already 1TB HDD will give you more space than you'll ever need. And I don't really know how to put multimedia into context so I won't try. Good luck though!
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd recommend checking out Scan.co.uk or eBuyer.co.uk, another site that's getting popular quick is aria.co.uk. I'm not an expert here so please don't hate or judge For my selection, or rather parts that I selected From the rig I'm building with the help of others, but here's what I chose:
Intel Core i3 3225 Ivy Bridge Dual Core Processor - Retail - BX80637I33225 - Scan.co.uk = £107

Gigabyte GA-B75-D3V Intel B75 Socket 1155 Motherboard - Scan.co.uk = £60

Palit GeForce GTX 660 NVIDIA Graphics Card - 2GB - NE5X66001049-1060F - Scan.co.uk = £165

Corsair Memory Vengeance Low Profile Jet Black 8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 CAS 11 Dual Channel Desktop - CML8GX3M2B1600C11 - Scan.co.uk = £40

Corsair CP-9020048-UK Builder Series CX 600W Power Supply (PSU) - Scan.co.uk = £50

Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB Hard Drive SATA 3 7200rpm 8ms OEM - Scan.co.uk = £50

Corsair 200R CC-9011023-WW Carbide Series Compact ATX Case Black No PSU - Scan.co.uk = £50

24x DVDRW from Liteon IHAS124-04 OEM Black SATA - Scan.co.uk = £15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM Operating System - GFC-02050 - Scan.co.uk = £70

Total cost = £610 Give or Take a Few Pounds.
Given the Computer's usage, being Multimedia, Gaming or just general use the setup above should perform all tasks, and perform them well. Good Graphics card so you'll be able to play most/all games on high settings and maintain a good FPS. The 1TB(1000 GB) HDD should give you more than enough space For home usage, note that if stepping up the budget, say maybe to £650 you could perhaps buy an SSD, which on top of your already 1TB HDD will give you more space than you'll ever need. And I don't really know how to put multimedia into context so I won't try. Good luck though!
You're really getting the hang of it. Basically exactly what I would build except I'm not a fan at all of Gigabyte.
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If he's buying a GPU, wouldn't it be better to save a few bucks and go with the i3 3220 instead of the i3 3225? Intel Core i3 3220 Ivy Bridge Dual Core Processor - Retail - BX80637I33220 - Scan.co.uk
AFAIK, the only difference is that the 3225 has a better built-in IGP, but that won't matter at all since he's buying a GPU.
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If he's buying a GPU, wouldn't it be better to save a few bucks and go with the i3 3220 instead of the i3 3225? Intel Core i3 3220 Ivy Bridge Dual Core Processor - Retail - BX80637I33220 - Scan.co.uk
AFAIK, the only difference is that the 3225 has a better built-in IGP, but that won't matter at all since he's buying a GPU.
This. Last time I checked the 3220 was still pre-order on Scan so that's why I didn't say something. Kinda on a strict time limit.
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If he's buying a GPU, wouldn't it be better to save a few bucks and go with the i3 3220 instead of the i3 3225? Intel Core i3 3220 Ivy Bridge Dual Core Processor - Retail - BX80637I33220 - Scan.co.uk
AFAIK, the only difference is that the 3225 has a better built-in IGP, but that won't matter at all since he's buying a GPU.
If the £600 Budget cannot be broken at all, even if it is only £10 Then go with the 3220 GPU. But after shipping costs he'll only save around £5-10 on getting the 3220. I don't yet know enough to be able to compare the two however seeing as the 3225 is a higher model, and therefore just going by logic should have a somewhat boost in performance, however little or big. But seeing as if there's any, the probable performance drop From the 3225 To the 3220 Will make absolutely little to no difference. The £20 or so Pounds price difference between the 3220 and the 3225, seeing as you're on a strict budget just go with the 320. But my preference would be to go with the one I linked if the extra £10 isn't an issue.

Edit: Scan often have many products that say pre-order, however they tend to get their products quick and are Fast re-stockers.
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Not 100% on this one:
Asus Intel Premium Bundle (Includes P8H61-MX/USB3, Intel Core i3-3220 & 4GB Corsair XMS3 Memory) (ASUSINTEL-PREM2) - dabs.com - £149.98
Samsung 120GB 840 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive (MZ-7TD120BW) - dabs.com - £78.99
Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive (ST1000DM003) - dabs.com - £54.99
Antec 450W Basiq VP450P ATX PSU (0-761345-06451-4) - dabs.com - £36.39
Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower PC Case (Z5 PLUS) - dabs.com - £38.25
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 993MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI (02G-P4-2660-KR) - dabs.com - £159.99
Delivery - £2.44
Total (inc VAT) - £518.59
+ Windows7/8 ~ £70
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Seems like an alright setup, I personally wouldn't buy any single part From that list. I'd recommend a minumum of 500W PSU as a must, seeing as the GTX 660 requires a minumum of a 450W PSU, I personally don't really like to be gambling at the bottom, if that makes any sense. Preferably giving that both the setups/rigs are roughly the same price, The rig I chose has a lot lot more to offer. I'd suggest that you'd only need a 128GB SSD if you was to go with a 500GB HDD, given the computers usage you'd be more than Fine with a 500GB HDD and a 64GB SSD. A 1TB Hard Drive and a 128GB SSD is an extreme waste of money in my opinion, as that's probably more space than you should need. I'd also personally never ever buy CPU/Motherboard/RAM Bundles, From little experience in the past I'd say it's much much better to buy the components completely seperate, seeing as bundles appear to be great as you get three of the main components For usually a somewhat cheap price, but they're usually, not necessarily bad, but can get better if you buy them seperately. In fact, the setup you chose, given the needs of the computer would probably be great. But if you can spend near enough the exact same money, and get a much better computer, I don't see why any one wouldn't. Despite that the Bundle you chose being £150, and you get CPU, Motherboard and RAM. You only get 4GB of RAM and the Intel i3 3220.

I'm just saying this For the interest of spykep88, sorry if anything I've said has came off as rude.
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