Thankyou very much for looking. I would really appreciate your advice. I am keen to build a reliable and long-lasting system for home use with plenty of storage.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: £850 approx
System Usage from Most to Least Important: web browsing, writing and editing documents, running Napster via Sonos music system, basic picture editing in Photoshop essentials, watching movies, perhaps son trying out a game or several....
Parts Not Required: None
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any UK site if possible, but scan.co.uk o roverclockers.co.uk look hopeful.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Parts Preferences: No particular preferences. Enough room for a biggish case if needed. Silence not essential.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Would like a decent monitor
Additional Comments: newbie, relatively time poor, keen on reliability above all and keen to keep system for some years if possible +/- new bits. I'd like to have generous storage on hard drive. I've been reading around, including a new book called Build a Better PC, and wondered about the following (prices include VAT):
Processor: Intel® Core i3 540
Motherboard: Biostar TPOWER I55, Intel P55, S1156, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1333/1600/2000, SATA 3Gb/s RAID, ATX (clearance price £110.43 at scan.co.uk, recommended by Build a Better PC)
Power supply: BeQuiet Dark Power Pro P8 650W Modular Power Supply £109.99 (overclockers.co.uk, recommended by Build a Better PC but looks as though it might be considerable overkill)
I see nobody has replied to you so figured I'd give it a shot. To give you a bit of background on my knowledge, I have built two PC's previously and have started to gather data for my third build.
I wouldn't consider myself to be a pro by any means but do have a few pointers for you.
- First off your motherboard choice I would say is a bit overkill for your usage. You have choosen a P55 board which is a nice board however you mention you aren't even purchasing a video card to start yet have a motherboard that supports two. I would suggest switching to an H55/H57 Board, in fact you have to, the board you selected doesn't even support I3 processors. This change will save you about 50 pounds.
- However to follow up on my suggestion with the motherboard after saving some extra money there I would suggest a quad core processor http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-i5-760-s1156-lynnf.... This processor (Intel I5 760) is about 60 pounds more than the one you have selected. However you are looking for longevity, dual cores are the way of the past and wouldn't suggest anyone build a PC today with one. Now this processor is one of the more attractive ones because of it's over clocking ability. I know you said you aren't interested in overclocking, which is fine I want you to be aware if you switch to an H55/H57 board you likely will have very little space to over clock.
- In regards to your power supply this is essentially a personal choice. I say that because the power supply you have choosen (from a specifications point of view) looks to be pretty good even though I hadn't heard of the company. The price you are paying for it is very very high, I'm assuming this is because it's modular. The modular power supply will allow you to only plug in the wires you require to use without having to hide or clean up the ones left over. Modular is nice but Corsair is one of the best power supply companies and this PSU http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-corsair-cmpsu-650tx... is 50 pounds cheaper.
- The rest of it is fine, for the hard drive good choice, I've always used Seagate and never had a problem. I'd start with just 1000 gigs, hard drives are really easy to add later and will likely be cheaper the next time you need one.
I hope some of the above helps with your purchase.