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December 5, 2010 12:34:26 PM

I'll be getting a new PC around Christmas, as VAT is going up and stuff.

I'll be mainly using it for school work (word processing, powerpoint, excel and the like) and web browsing. I also convert videos (I use Xilisoft, which can utilise multiple cores).
I don't game.

I want to keep some of the parts until I leave uni (7 years time), and some parts I will replace in the next couple of years.

Budget is £1000.

Monitors: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/24-ii...adj-3yr-warrty - x2 - £340

I chose these as they can rotate and are (reasonably) cheap.

Case: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsa...m-fans-w-o-psu - £210

I'm not going to change this for ages, so I'll get a good one. I'll like to watercool sometime soon as well.

PSU: Open for suggestions. I don't want to replace this for ages either, but won't really need one with that high a wattage because I won't need a multiple GPUs.

CPU: Open for suggestions. I'll replace this in a couple of years.

CPU Cooler: Open for suggestions. I'll replace this in a couple fo years when I watercool.

RAM: Open for suggestions. 4GB is enough. Won't replace untill DDR4 RAM becomes widely availiable (2012ish is my guess)

Mobo: Open for suggestions. I'll replace this in a couple of years. Inbuilt graffics please.

Harddrive: http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/...roductId=37726 - £40

GPU: I don't game so I won't need one will I? Will I need one for the dual monitors, or will inbuilt graphics be enough?

Total: ????

You can give me links to stuff from American websites, and I'll just find it on a site that ships to the UK.

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 5, 2010 6:52:41 PM

First off, your links aren't working; I just wanted to see what case and hard drive you picked, so just tell me the brand/model. 210 for a case is really overkill, and that with the monitors eats up half of your budget.

Secondly, if you're only doing schoolwork, water cooling is really a waste of money. On air cooling, you can keep your PC quiet and cool easily. Only when you start overclocking to insane speeds will you really ever need WCing. It's also ridiculously expensive. If you're just thinking about your CPU, you could get the Corsair H50, but even that is a waste if you're not stressing the CPU. The stock cooler should be fine.

Thirdly, the CPU sockets are about to change, so you'll either be stuck with a current socket for a long time or you'll have to overhaul the mobo and cpu when you want to upgrade.

I would recommend an i5-760 + 4GB DDR3 dual channel RAM with a Cas Latency of 6 or 7 from a reputable brand (dunno what you can get there in the UK).

You will need a solid GPU for dual monitors (onboard video will usually not support 2 monitors, and it takes away more of your memory; depending on the resolution of your monitors, it can suck horribly). Even an older GPU like an Nvidia 9800GT or something can handle 2 screen pretty well.

A 500W PSU should do the trick (really dependent on your GPU). Aim for Corsair or Seasonic; they make the best.
December 6, 2010 5:23:36 PM

The hard drive is 1TB Samsung F3.

The case was a Obsidian 800D but I guess I won't really be water cooling for ages so I won't need a water cooling friendly case.
I think I'll go for the HAF X as it's £130 and comes with a free gaming mouse at the moment.

Is this PSU good http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-xfx-p1-650s-nlb9-co... ?

So this GPU should be enough: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/512mb-gainward-9800gt-gr... ?

Is this mobo good: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190985 ?

I'll go with the i5-760.

I heard that this RAM is very overclockable: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159919
a b B Homebuilt system
December 6, 2010 5:34:34 PM

Yeah, your case was overkill. Even the Cooler Master 932 is a bit much.

I would really consider a mid-tower like the Cooler Master 912 or 922, and the Antec 300. They're only $50 in the US (so ~50 pounds in the UK), which saves you more money and gets you what you need. I've owned the Antec 300 (before my current full tower), and I would honestly pick that case again if I needed another mid-tower.

The Samsung hard drives are amazing. Good choice. End of story.

The XFX PSU is more than your system will need, but it's OEM is Seasonic, which as I said before is the best in the business, so I would recommend it.

That 9800GT should work fine; even if you decided to play a game here and there it could handle it on one screen (probably not both).

That motherboard will work well with the i5. Asus is a very reputable brand (their customer service is difficult, but then again whose isn't these days) and you can expect it to last a good while.

I don't know much about Crucial or overclocking, but I'd imagine that memory is easy to overclock given its low stock voltages.
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