Approximate Purchase Date:...Complete in the next few weeks.
Budget Range:......................£1100 - £1400
System Usage:......................See below
Parts Not Required:................None
Preferred Websites for Parts:..ebuyer, dabs and scan are the first places that I look at prices, but I'm not fussed.
Country of Origin:..................UK (London).
Parts Preferences:..................See below.
Overclocking:.........................Maybe - probably mild OC-ing.
SLI or Crossfire:....................No.
Additional Comments:............See below.
Components under consideration:
(ie. I've researched them and am waiting for an opportune moment to buy them)
SSD: Crucial C300 128GB.
OS: Windows 7 Professional
Components Still to be considered:
Cooling (Case and/or CPU)
I wanted to get some feedback on my build.
This is my first build and the primary aim is to end up with a computer that is really good at doing normal things.
I'm not much of a Gamer, but I think this is mainly because I've never really had much time or serious hardware, so I'd like the computer to be capable of mid-level gaming, but also quite a lot of programming.
Since this is my first build I've spent a lot of time researching each component, and I've had a list of the components I've chosen and have bought them in fits and starts any time I see one of them going as a good deal.
Most of the components that I do have and still in their packaging, so first off are there any really glaring errors that I've missed compatability wise.
Next, are there any components that stick out quality wise?
I have a components in mind there, but I'd like to know what other people think without biassing their response.
Next, is there consensus on the best place to go for a PSU calculation?
Next, is the Anandtech LCD Monitor Thread still useful? The original posts don't seem to have been updated for nearly a year, and since there are 300 pages I don't intend to trawl through all that to find out if there are newer large posts. So, is the information in it still relevant, and are the recommendations still useful?
I certinaly agree that 128GB of space is more than I need.
I think 60GB is slightly too small - Whilst it will be plenty for the OS itself, I'm not convinced that it will cope with a couple year's worth of programs installed or it.
I could just buy a 60GB and replace it in 3 years time once it's more-or-less full but I'm not hugely keen on the hassle of replacing an OS-Drive (the last time I tried to clone a drive I failed miserably).
So not a 60GB disc.
I think really I want about 90GB. Unfortunately the C300 doesn't do anything between 64 & 128. (If it did I'd buy it like a shot!)
I've looked at the brands and models that are available at 90-100GB and they're either more expensive that the C300 128GB (I think I saw OCZ Vertex 2 100GB for ~£230) or has rather lower performance (pretty much everything else).
Since 'doing everyday stuff incredibly well' is the central goal behind this build I figured that an SSD was the best place to put my money.
So that's the logic I've used.
Does it stand up?
or should I be having another look at Drives in the 80-100GB range?
or is there a better way to spend the £100?
Despite being 3.5", they're cheaper than their 2.5" counterparts, cheaper than the C300, but still a decent amount of space. Read/write speeds are 285/275 on both, read speed is a little slower, but still more than adequate.
My current SSD has 180MB/s read and 100MB/s write, and I boot in perhaps 15-20 seconds, including the time taken to boot the bios.