Hey guys, new guy here, im currently building a budget system for video editing and general art related duties for university course cause it seems my laptop isn't up for the job
i have spent most of the day, scouring the web for great deals and my aim was to get a system for £450 i think i did a good job ( good thing is i alrdy have a 22" benq monitor, so that's taken most of the price away).
i have created a comparison chart of all the components i have chosen, highlighted in yellow are the ones im thinking of getting, but also i have added alternatives because im very unsure if they will fit together well, and that's where i need the help.
if its all right with you guys, can you take a look and tell me what you think, maybe offer up some alternatives if they dont go well, has to meet £450 of below.
I am afraid I can't see the whole of the image, but:
- Try an E8500 it shouldn't be much more expensive (£10?) but will give some more go. However for video editting you might see more performance from a quad core processor - Q6600.
- If you aren't planning to overclock then you can use the standard heat sink that comes with the retail version.
- +1 for 4Gb of ram DDR800.
- I might be prepared to pay the extra £4 for the P45 motherboard, it would allow you to use a second graphics card later if you got into gaming.
- Also try ebuyer for components they seem to be slightly cheaper than dabs, and around the same as overclockers (maybe a little cheaper). They also do free delievery over £50 which will save you money.
Without seeing more of the list that is the best I can do I'm afraid.
- See what you can find for a bigger hard disk. That one is going to be full at a rate of knots if you are video editting. There should be some good ones available for not much more - look for WD, Seagate, Samsung
- Maybe look for corsair psu. There should be some lower wattage ones available in your range. You don't need massive power for this sort of system. If there isn't I would suggest the OCZ one rather than Hiper.
Other suggestion - laptop upgrade (!). Dependant on what you've got currently and what the weakest link is. It's never going to be as fast as a new build, but it will be cheaper.
- More RAM - easy upgrade, put as much as you can in.
- Fast HDD - this is usually the problem component. Repacing a 5400rpm disk with a 7200 one would make a good difference.
NB: Processor upgrades in laptops are very expensive - not worth it.
ok i think i have it sorted, this is my build, all found on www.ebuyer.com, can you guys just look over them in more depth for me please and make sure i matched them up ok? dont want to buy them and find one componant wont go with another cuase i f**ked up
THE RED NUMBERS ARE THE QUICK LINK NUMBER FOR ebuyer.com
Looking back at your initial post you don't say that you will be using the system for any gaming. Video editting and art related stuff generally aren't that graphics heavy, they want fast CPU and hard disk speeds.
I would recommend cutting back on the graphics, maybe see if you can find a cheaper NVidia card (9xxx). NVidia are talking about making their CUDA system compatible with Adobe CS4 and this will make the rendering faster (or at least they hope so!).
I would also go for more on the hard disk, get a bigger one with a higher cache - it should help with load times.
Try the Tom's Hardware charts for HDD and there are monthly articles on the best graphics cards in given price ranges.
Note that the Tom's Charts are geared towards gamers so you don't need to spend lots here. I'm suggesting NVidia as you may get use from CUDA later on in the builds life - I'm unsure if ATi are offering this tech yet.
Have a look at the Tom's HDD charts, aim for fastest one you can get it will help with OS / program loading etc.