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Budget Core i5 build, need some advice

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March 25, 2010 2:17:12 PM

This is my first build, I won't be doing any gaming or overclocking but want to option to upgrade and do so in the future.

I'll be doing some audio work so the PC will need to be quiet.

Will all these parts work OK together??

Can I get more for my money?? (Budget £700)

Thanks in advance

Silverstone PS02B Precision Black Mid Tower Case - £38.74

650W Antec Truepower New PSU - £79.88

Asus P7P55D LE - £104.05

Intel Core i5 750 - £161.15

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 Classic, DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333) Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V - £92.94

1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 - £61.98

1GB Asus HD 4350 Silent, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), 800MHz GDDR2, GPU 600MHz, 80 Cores, D-Sub/ DVI-I/ HDMI - £32.76

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit, Single, - OEM - £78.81


TOTAL SYSTEM COST (INC DELIVERY): £661.39
March 25, 2010 4:09:00 PM

Build looks good - would only suggest changing the GPU if you plan on any gaming in the future... other than that good choices.
March 25, 2010 8:17:09 PM

Thanks, I don't do any gaming at the moment but I'm hoping in the future I can just buy a new GPU and it'll be a decent rig for gaming?
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March 25, 2010 8:22:11 PM

The build looks good, but have you considered the i7-860? The hyperthreading might offer you a little more performance for audio editing apps.

The only other suggestion on something to change would be to see if you can find CAS 7 RAM for not too much more. Otherwise, the build looks about perfect for your uses. 650 W is probably overkill for right now, but if you decide to get a gaming card in the future, I'd stick with that PSU.

If you decide to get a gaming card in the future, changing out a new card for the old one is one of the easiest things to do. There shouldn't be any problem with that.
March 25, 2010 8:42:59 PM

Yeah I did look at the i7-860 but the performance advantage doesn't seem big enough for the money as I'm on a fairly tight budget. I'm thinking if I buy another rig in the future just for web design I can overclock this one and use it as a DAW.

The RAM is something I didn't really have a clue about, I wasn't sure about the real life performance advantages of buying RAM with lower timings is worth the extra money - I've found some RAM with 7-8-7-24-2N timings for a similar price but I'd rather go with Corsair as I'm presuming they're well built and reliable.

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/home/product/44843/G-Skill...

The Antec PSU doesn't cost much more than most other 500W PSUs and it's meant to be the best out there so seemed to make sense to get it.
March 26, 2010 3:20:26 AM

If you provide info in the format of How to Ask for New Build Advice, you might get a few more suggestions.

If you're right up against your budget, don't bother with the RAM. If you have a little bit of cash to spend, I expect that the i7-860 is going to give you a bigger boost than any other upgrade for your purposes right now. The difference is $80 over here, not sure what it is over there. Not really much else to recommend, the build is pretty solid.
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