Hi all, I'm looking to purchase and build my first PC for a few years, so have been trying to get back up to speed on everything that's involved and all the different hardware which is out there now, so I wondered if you all might be able to give me some help and guidance on the setup I am considering.
The machine is only to be used for basic tasks, so web browsing and light image/video editing from time to time. I would like at least one HDMI output as I will be using a HDTV as the secondary output and watching TV/movies etc.
Budget is somewhat flexible, but I really don't want to have to spend more than I need to, so keeping it under £500 is pretty essential.
So before buying Windows 7 and a decent CPU heatsink plus some case fans etc, this comes in at about £270 (~$440). Once I add those things, it comes to about £370 (~$600). Any pointers on things I could/should improve for not too much more money? I wondered if the PSU which comes with the case I've chosen will be sufficient? I presumed that with no GFX card and only a single HDD and Optical Drive, 500W should be enough, but am I wrong?
if your not gaming or doing ram intensive apps like maya then 4GB will be fine but thats a nice little system and almost exactly what i would get. for your needs. but if you never remember to close programs 8 GB wont hurt.
Looks a pretty solid build. Far as PSU for a system like that I tend to use Antec Earthwatts 380s, usually around $40. Some of the only PSUs I've ever had issues with were the cheap ones that come with cases. I typically just go with 4GB of ram on a build like this. Only other thing would be going with a cheap AMD x3 for around 75 w/ a 60 880g board if you wanted to go even cheaper.
Thanks for the replies so far guys, good to know I'm on the right track at least!
With regards to my Case/PSU - I am considering going with a better branded PSU (Corsair, Collermaster etc) and am just wanting to make sure I understand the physical size implications of my setup.
Am I right that my Mobo is Mini-ATX rather than full ATX size? If so, does this necessarily mean I need to have a Mini-ATX case, or will this mobo fit in a normal ATX case too? Finally, if I do need a Mini-ATX case, does this mean I need a Mini-ATX PSU as well, or how exactly does all the sizing work?
I would buy a cheap laptop if I were you. The only reason to own a tower nowaday is for graphical power.
Do yourself a favor and get a cheap Acer or Toshiba laptop for 330$.
Although I suppose the portability of a laptop would be handy and presumably the price gap between desktop and laptop is not as large as it used to be, I think a desktop makes more sense for me in terms of potential upgrade path later on and the ability to choose exactly the spec I want/need.