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April 1, 2014 6:36:37 AM

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:

    - File Storage/Central server type arrangement
    - Backing up iDevices (iPhone, iPad)
    - Streaming films/tv
    - Light photoshop (pictures)
    - Internet browsing

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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April 1, 2014 7:59:46 AM

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)
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April 1, 2014 8:57:19 AM

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)
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April 1, 2014 10:05:26 PM

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).
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April 2, 2014 1:05:56 AM

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!
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April 2, 2014 9:41:00 PM

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.
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April 4, 2014 7:46:12 AM

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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