I'm a novice at building PCs but have swapped out PSUs, and Harddrives at work and would like to build my own PC since my laptop died looking for advice.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next two weeks, maybe even today
BUDGET RANGE: £650-£750 after tax
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Graphics Editing mostly loads of photos), Coursework and Surfing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Scan most likely, or Overclockers for a good deal
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: England
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, might add another GPU in future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Using 22" Samsung SyncMaster P2270HD at 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like a quiet energy efficient PC,
Apart from gaming one of my main pass times is playing with pictures; I tend to have a load open at one, and music playing and the internet browser up, also I’m considering playing with the PLE of Maya.
Change the hard drive to a Samsung Spinpoint F3/Seagate Barracuda 7200.12/WD Caviar Black as they will perform a lot better than a Caviar Green. And barely use more energy.
I don't really know the procedure to getting the Windows 7 discount, if it was me I'd talk to my Uni about it.
Definitely get your RAM from overclockers.co.uk as RAM on scan is overpriced as it is and you can get some fantastic sticks off OCers for fantastic prices.
With the money saved from getting Windows 7 cheap you could get a nicer case.
Ok, sounds goods, and yeah the memory is more expensive from Scan, I was just thinking that +P&P would probably even it out which it does kinda, but the OCZ is CAS7 which is better that the CAS9 Corsair right?
I did find a Windows 7 upgrade deal for students, I send a query to Microsoft awhile back about it as I don't have anything to upgrade from, but they have not got back, and on checking just now that deals now finished .
That was the site I've been on, I was sure it was for an upgrade, I will try again and hope it is for the full version.
If not I think the OEM is probably the better option, else Microsoft might disable the Upgrade at some point.