Advice for buying a new PC

Hi All,
I have around £500 to spend on a new pc. The last time i bought one was 10 years ago and a lot has changed.

Could anyone advise me as to what i should be or could be getting for my money.

Also i have seen these 2 online any comments.

Would it be better to build one, dont have any experience of this but i am quite handy.
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  1. What are you going to use it for?
    Browsing at home is different then gaming... Photo/video editing is different then both of those...
    We need to know the intended purpose to make sure to match the components with your needs.
  2. You would be better off building your own PC, as both of those have processors that are way to much for the GPU choice as well as to much RAM. By building your own you get customization like no other so you can get the most of your budget. Not to mention those are really just companies not actually people on ebay.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£141.41 @ Dabs)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£59.50 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card (£144.69 @ Dabs)
    Case: Inwin Fanqua ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.20 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.66 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £521.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    This is probably your best value gaming rig possible right now.
  3. Guessing that gaming is what your after. Neither of those are ideal. You don't need over 8GB of RAM. They are throwing in 16 for oohs and awwws. The gpus are crap. a 640 isn't going to give an overall good gaming experience.. SSD's DO NOTHING to improve gaming performance. They are a luxury that speeds up load times. (boot, loading apps etc.) The 3570k Proc thou is a good gaming chip.

    IMO you would be better off building your own.
  4. Never ever buy complete pcs
  5. It really depends on what you want to run on the PC. If it is gaming you are after then you should try to invest in a decent graphics card. Neither of the ones suggested are brilliant but the second one is better than the first. As said, what are you going to use it for?
  6. Marcopolo123 said:
    Never ever buy complete pcs

    I wouldn't say never buy complete PCs - but do your research into the quality of components being used. If they're claiming a 6670 is a good gaming GPU, they're wrong. Completely. But I do agree that building your own will cost less and you'll get better quality components out of it.
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