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August 29, 2013 3:25:18 AM

Hi all,


So I'm sick of my slow laptop and wish to build a PC for £400. I will be using it for work emails, surfing the web, live streaming, and watching movies. The only game I currently play is Football Manager(only low specs required).

It will be used for extended periods 10-11 hours a day. I think below should be more than adequate, if it's too much then please jump in.

Any alternative builds that are better for my needs are most welcome however if I'm on the right track, a budget no frills case suggestion as well as thoughts on the PSU would be great :) 

Also I have an external 1TB Hard drive and I'll be using a 1080p monitor

link to http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/JCp/saved/2hdl

CPU
AMD A10-5800K £94.01
CPU Cooler
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 £19.71
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-D3H £59.14
Memory
Corsair 8GB vengeance £65.66
Storage
Seagate 500GB 7200RPM £35.99
Case
Xigmatek MIDGARD II (Black) £56.50
Case Fan
Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP £3.99
Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP £3.99
Power Supply
Be Quiet 530W £52.24
Optical Drive
Lite-On iHAS124-04 £13.15

Total: £404.38
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August 29, 2013 3:37:55 AM

Looks good for an HTPC but why not get an AMD A10 6800k? and also do you plan on upgrading/gaming in the future?
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August 29, 2013 3:47:05 AM

ifreestylin said:
Looks good for an HTPC but why not get an AMD A10 6800k? and also do you plan on upgrading/gaming in the future?


is the A10 -6800k far better then?? Its 13 pound more than the the 5800, worth the extra?? I would like the option to upgrade in the future yes
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August 29, 2013 4:03:05 AM

What is your laptop specs and model by the way, the a10-5800k is an entry level cpu performance wise.
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August 29, 2013 4:19:47 AM

hafijur said:
What is your laptop specs and model by the way, the a10-5800k is an entry level cpu performance wise.


Thanks for replying,
My laptop is an amd athlon II p340 Dual core processor 2.2ghz

How much better is the 5800 processor??
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August 29, 2013 4:30:24 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xzqN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xzqN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1xzqN/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£107.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-D3H ATX FM2 Motherboard (£64.62 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series v2.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£41.40 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.99 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.00 @ Ebuyer)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan (£3.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan (£3.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan (£3.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£35.49 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.15 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £406.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-29 12:30 BST+0100)
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August 29, 2013 4:31:38 AM

just checked the price on the my current processor its's £31.00 so the 5800k is three times the price.
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August 29, 2013 4:33:14 AM

The build I posted above, is much better when it comes to performance and price/performance
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August 29, 2013 4:44:06 AM

Jonathan Sifleet said:
The build I posted above, is much better when it comes to performance and price/performance


Thanks Jonathan

Thought the PSU I put in was a bit too much. Looks good. Does this rig give me the option to upgrade in the future? I assume this would be down to the motherboard?? I'm a real noob to this by the way!
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August 29, 2013 4:58:29 AM

JCP said:
Jonathan Sifleet said:
The build I posted above, is much better when it comes to performance and price/performance


Thanks Jonathan

Thought the PSU I put in was a bit too much. Looks good. Does this rig give me the option to upgrade in the future? I assume this would be down to the motherboard?? I'm a real noob to this by the way!


Yes, there are 4*240pin DIMM slots, and the RAM only uses 2. It has the following expansion slots:

"2 x PCI (32 bit)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 Bandwidth)"

And none of them are used.
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August 29, 2013 5:12:43 AM

Jonathan Sifleet said:
JCP said:
Jonathan Sifleet said:
The build I posted above, is much better when it comes to performance and price/performance


Thanks Jonathan

Thought the PSU I put in was a bit too much. Looks good. Does this rig give me the option to upgrade in the future? I assume this would be down to the motherboard?? I'm a real noob to this by the way!


Yes, there are 4*240pin DIMM slots, and the RAM only uses 2. It has the following expansion slots:

"2 x PCI (32 bit)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 Bandwidth)"

And none of them are used.


Nice one, is there anything I can do to help with the noise of this build??

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August 29, 2013 5:29:50 AM

JCP said:
Jonathan Sifleet said:
JCP said:
Jonathan Sifleet said:
The build I posted above, is much better when it comes to performance and price/performance


Thanks Jonathan

Thought the PSU I put in was a bit too much. Looks good. Does this rig give me the option to upgrade in the future? I assume this would be down to the motherboard?? I'm a real noob to this by the way!


Yes, there are 4*240pin DIMM slots, and the RAM only uses 2. It has the following expansion slots:

"2 x PCI (32 bit)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 Bandwidth)"

And none of them are used.


Nice one, is there anything I can do to help with the noise of this build??



The fans I only suggest because you had phones in the OP, you don't have to use them, and they are loud.

I suggest checking the following (they are american though):

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g7/c111/list/p1/Sound_D...

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g7/c113/list/p1/Sound_D...

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g7/c115/list/p1/Sound_D...

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g7/c117/list/p1/Sound_D...

Just a heads up, I don't know how effective any of the products are, I don't use them.
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August 29, 2013 5:47:17 AM

Jonathan Sifleet said:
JCP said:
Jonathan Sifleet said:
JCP said:
Jonathan Sifleet said:
The build I posted above, is much better when it comes to performance and price/performance


Thanks Jonathan

Thought the PSU I put in was a bit too much. Looks good. Does this rig give me the option to upgrade in the future? I assume this would be down to the motherboard?? I'm a real noob to this by the way!


Yes, there are 4*240pin DIMM slots, and the RAM only uses 2. It has the following expansion slots:

"2 x PCI (32 bit)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 Bandwidth)"

And none of them are used.


Nice one, is there anything I can do to help with the noise of this build??



The fans I only suggest because you had phones in the OP, you don't have to use them, and they are loud.

I suggest checking the following (they are american though):

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g7/c111/list/p1/Sound_D...

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g7/c113/list/p1/Sound_D...

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g7/c115/list/p1/Sound_D...

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g7/c117/list/p1/Sound_D...

Just a heads up, I don't know how effective any of the products are, I don't use them.


Nice one thanks loads.for your help
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August 29, 2013 6:27:39 AM

Your welcome, thanks for the CPU expert badge. If you need any more help, just ask.
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