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New Build - Home Svr + light Photoshop use < £500

Hello one and all,

I apologise in advance that I am not a regular contributor; I can appreciate how annoying it is having random people sign up, ask advice, and then disappear without so much as a thanks.

Having said that...I'm after some advice...!

Background
I've owned a number of PC's in the past ranging from semi-powerful desktops to semi-powerful laptops. My currently laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad T60) is on its last throws, and I no longer use it as a laptop, more a tool for backing up iDevices and connecting to the TV.

I've made the decision that for my needs, I just want a PC that I can connect to my TV via HDMI, left on 24/7 in the corner keeping quiet and use as required. What I will use it for:

I've considered buying off the shelf, but I like having a bit of performance for the times that I require it, and building a PC is part of the fun. I've had a detailed read of a number of the stickys and threads around TH and have used a lot of the info and reviews to inform the process.

Following the recommended format:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 4-6 weeks

Budget Range: around £500 (less is better) we don't really have rebates in the UK!

System Usage from Most to Least Important: See above

Are you buying a monitor: No, will be connected to 1080p 60hz HD TV

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 as stated above

Parts to Upgrade: Building from scratch. No old parts lying around.

Do you need to buy OS: Planning on re-using laptop Win7 Pro + Office 2010

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer.com, dabs.com, overclockers.com, amazon.co.uk (UK....)

Location: London, UK

Parts Preferences: No allegiance, open to recommendations

Overclocking: No, but can do if recommended

SLI or Crossfire: No

I have started with the following list which I *think* given my research will all fit together and run suitably:

£65.53 BitFenix Prodigy M MATX Cube Case
- Case appears to get great reviews and looks good for the ££

£16.32 Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2

£34.59 BE QUIET! BN140 System Power 7 Power Supply (300 Watts) 80 Plus Bronze
- Got some good reviews. Based on the specs here, and http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine it suggests that I will require 181w of power and recommends 231w.

£43.00 Asrock B75M Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 5.1 Channel Audio mATX
- Selected for on board graphics, HDMI, and SATA 3 connectivity

£71.99 Intel Core i3 2120 3.3GHz Socket 1155 3MB L3
- Hard one to pick. Wanted bang for the buck without scrimping too much

£59.00 Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz Memory
- Can't see myself requiring more than 8GB

£55.35 Kingston 120GB SSDNow V300 2.5inch SSD
- SSD for the OS, PS and Office. Everything else can go on the Disks

£62.19 x 2 2 x Toshiba 7200 RPM 3.5-inch (8.9cm) 2TB HDD
- Storage; I've not decided about running in RAID yet - open to suggestions. I currently have around 700GB storage requirement

£14.00 Edimax 300Mbps Wireless PCI-e Adapter V2
- Wireless for ease. Will be wired where possible

£36.99 Logitech K400R Wireless Touch Keyboard
- As this will be a sofa PC, this is a must!

I haven't chosen a Graphics Card as I wanted to a) save the cost and b) see if PS would run well enough without it.

Total is £519.46

So...have I got things right, is it evenly specced, any areas where I should spend more/where I could save?

Thanks in advance for your help. Feel free to hurl abuse at me, I take it well!

Moleatrude
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  1. Best answer
    yes, photoshop will run good enough in that system
    it is a revision of your build, with better price/performance parts selection
    intel haswell i3, you can even get i5 for £50 more
    with miniITX small case :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£88.74 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£52.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£35.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Keyboard: Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad (£35.72 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £489.36
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-02 02:09 BST+0100)
    updated
  2. AMD Radeon said:
    yes, photoshop will run good enough in that system
    it is a revision of your build, with better price/performance parts selection
    intel haswell i3, you can even get i5 for £50 more
    with miniITX small case :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£88.74 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£52.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£35.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£20.00 @ Maplin Electronics)
    Keyboard: Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad (£35.56 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £475.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-01 15:58 BST+0100)


    Not sure what's up with PartPicker, but there is no link for the PSU at that price.
    Same model, slightly more expensive I think:
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
  3. Seeking Solace said:
    AMD Radeon said:
    yes, photoshop will run good enough in that system
    it is a revision of your build, with better price/performance parts selection
    intel haswell i3, you can even get i5 for £50 more
    with miniITX small case :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£88.74 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£52.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£35.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£20.00 @ Maplin Electronics)
    Keyboard: Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad (£35.56 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £475.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-01 15:58 BST+0100)


    Not sure what's up with PartPicker, but there is no link for the PSU at that price.
    Same model, slightly more expensive I think:
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.14 @ Scan.co.uk)

    The reason there is no link for the PSU is because it isn't available on .co.uk. You could always search the item on Maplin Electronics individually though (it may be a local store).
  4. AMD Radeon said:
    yes, photoshop will run good enough in that system
    it is a revision of your build, with better price/performance parts selection
    intel haswell i3, you can even get i5 for £50 more
    with miniITX small case :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£88.74 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£52.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£35.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Keyboard: Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad (£35.72 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £489.36
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-02 02:09 BST+0100)
    updated


    Brilliant! Thank you for the prompt replies one and all. I can see the modifications and I approve, I should have really used PCPart from the start!

    Quick question regarding the RAM: Is it worth getting 2133 if the Motherboard can only support 1600? Is there a more suitable option I should be looking for?

    Thanks again for your help!
  5. moleatrude said:
    AMD Radeon said:
    yes, photoshop will run good enough in that system
    it is a revision of your build, with better price/performance parts selection
    intel haswell i3, you can even get i5 for £50 more
    with miniITX small case :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£88.74 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£55.83 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£52.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£35.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£34.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Keyboard: Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad (£35.72 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £489.36
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-02 02:09 BST+0100)
    updated


    Brilliant! Thank you for the prompt replies one and all. I can see the modifications and I approve, I should have really used PCPart from the start!

    Quick question regarding the RAM: Is it worth getting 2133 if the Motherboard can only support 1600? Is there a more suitable option I should be looking for?

    Thanks again for your help!

    Nope, especially since the motherboard will just default the 2133MHz RAM to 1600MHz RAM.
  6. Thanks again for all your help guys. I will update you with the build when I get round to it!

    Cheers
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