APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month or two (got a lot of expenses this month)
BUDGET: 300-400 pounds or 500-650 USD (all prices i will write in pounds)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: general surfing, downloading, watching alot of movies and tv shows not in HD though i'm not a super graphics needer, the highest strains for the computer would be CAD and 3d Home design programs.
no music and no gaming (maybe minesweeper lol)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: microdirect, amazon, any other good reliable stockists in the UK... nothing i wouldn't have ever heard of. i'd rather spend an extra $10 at amazon than maybe get scammed.
PARTS PREFERENCES: i was looking at AMD but was told they aren't really that good. so i've been looking into intel E7400.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe i've only just heard of overclocking while searching and thought it was good so most likely will do it, so please tell me if a mobo/cpu can do it or not. will i have to get a cou fan/heatsink if i overclock?
MONITOR RESOLUTION: not bothered, size i'm not too concerned about, want the monitor to look good, be reliable and have minimum glare as it will be facing a window with morning sun.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i would want it to be quite and look smooth.. not these weird looking crazy gaming cases lol. 3% discount from microdirect (delivery isn't added)
ok so now here is what i have found so far that comes in my budget using amazon and microdirect.
Your site choices are OK, but generally Dabs and ebuyer are the sites of choice for our UK folks, from what I have seen Overclockers and some other sites deserve a look though, especially when looking for a specific part.
In my sig you will find my parts list, and near the top are some popular UK sites.
On to the parts - I have no idea as you did not name them and the links are all broke. Here is what you need though:
ok thanks for letting me know, i copy and pasted from another forum and forgot the links get shortened lol. all fixed now.
i went with the green, just because it's eco friendly aswell
lol just read a few of the items you suggested. i'm afraid 100 pounds for a case/psu has no chance of making it into my build.. the cpu isn't even that expensive..
no chance with the cpu and mobo aswell far too expensive for my budget. 225 you've got there and mine come to 165 lol can't strech it that far. this budget here is pretty much at the top of the limit for me.
i looked at this ages ago but got told amd isn't that good, i kind of trust you more on this subject then them lol.
although the price of it seems soo much lower than the e7400 :S on a benchmark it was a minor amount (basically same) below the 8650..
should i trust the benchmark test to give a reliable answer to which one is better? (a very filled benchmark test of 100s of cpus)
i just realised i'm being a bit of an idiot with being OC dependant lol.. i have never done it know almost nothing about it and have only learnt about it over the past few days.. it just seemed to attract me alot because it ups performance.
right now my laptop has a t5450 1.66ghz core 2 duo.. and to be honest i need more performance but with a pc almost anything will do :S this is a rubbishy laptop with 1.66 dual core.. i'm sure i don't need an excessive amount of cpu power.
with that in mind and what you said there, my programs will most likely be multi core compatible and if not they will within an update or 2 and although i'm not a multi-tasker right now i will leave on programs rather than save often when i use CAD and designer programs more. so the tripcore would be good.
would that 8650 do a decent job day to day? on that 780g.
Yes I think so. It's very hard for me to know exactly how much you will benefit from the various CPUs around that price point. If we can find a CAD benchmark with most of these CPUs it's likely a good indication....
I have really dug around and I think the PII X2 550 will be the best performer for you. I'm seeing comments about noticeable improvements in CAD from just the Athlon X2 6000+. It's clearly the best bang for your buck, and all indications are that you'll get better performance than the X3 Toliman.
Proximon has you covered nicely. Did you read his parts selection guide?
I'll second his 720BE recommendation, or 550BE if you must go cheaper.
A cheap PSU is NOT the way to go. A business PC is considerably less demanding than a gamer, but the importance of stability and reliability is much higher. With no separate GPU, the Antec Earthwatts 380 in that case combo would be an excellent, safe choice.
Your glare issue might be best addressed by an anti-glare screen. They'll fit over whatever monitor you choose.
i was actually liking that phenom II 2x 550 and the 780G.
i looked into 790GX but at 35 pounds extra i'm going to have to leave it, so any suggestions for a mobo? may have to be alot cheaper than that aswell if the built in gpu isn't good. aw was so close to being sorted lol i would have settled on that build.
cool, 1066 it is then 5 pounds isn't much of a difference if it's a totally different spec. i just assumed they were the same but different due to the manufacturer and company.
my mistake i'll be having that gigabyte 780g.. biostar has like 6 780g models lol only 1 is a3 socket and that's like 90 pound. o well not really upset this is more reliable... i would prefer that lol costs as much as my laptop but looks better, will be built better, have better specs and last soooo much longer.
thanks for all your help. i didn't know where to start lol.
going to get this stuff sooner rather than later. my laptop is so screwed up lol.. every 20 seconds it freezes for 5 seconds.. doesn't effect movies luckily.
here's the list complete will order and build soon