I would very much like someone to check my pre built system prior to me placing a order this Friday and give me views and advice. I also have a few questions at the end.
My budget £1400 and needs to include a monitor however I would like to save some cash and get a system I “need” to perform the tasks I will use it for. I want the system to be fast I have seen Apple’s that boot and are ready to go in a matter of seconds
I am not able to build my own system at the moment due to lack of knowledge and confidence.
I am planning on using Symantec Norton Internet Security 2012 aswell I have read reviews that this no longer slows down system performance and is now configured for gaming and does not slow gaming down.
The system will be used for the below tasks and nothing more – its probably worth noting that any games will only be RTS and MMORPG’s as I have a xbox which I prefer to play titles such as call of duty and first person shooter / action games.
Gaming (WoW Cata / Dawn of War 2 Series / Starcraft 2) I want to play these games on the maximum graphics setting on a 24” monitor – I may also try the new Star Wars MMORPG when its released
Watching movies and Blu Rays via HDMI connection on my 50” plasma TV
Downloading Movies & Music (I do a lot of this)
Burning DVD’s & CD’s (a lot)
Microsoft Office Pro 2010
The Build / Configuration:
Cooler Master Elite 430 Case or Xigmatek Asgard
Intel Core i5 2500K Processor Overclocked to up to 4.5GHz
AMD Radeon HD 6970 2048MB Graphics Card (ASUS Direct CU II or Palit Factory Overclocked)
1st Hard Drive:
40GB Corsair Force Solid State Drive
2nd Hard Drive:
1000GB 7200RPM Hard Disk
SSD Caching Configuration - Choose one Hard drive and one SSD
1st Optical Drive:
Samsung Blu-Ray ROM / DVD-RW Combi Drive
2nd Optical Drive:
Sony 24x DVD-RW Drive
Corsair TX 750W PSU
Onboard High Definition Audio
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
24" Asus VS247H Widescreen LED Monitor
Keyboard and Mouse:
Generic Wired Keyboard and Mouse
TOTAL PRICE INC SHIPPING & VAT = £1111 . 19
Any advice or comments on my build are greatly appreciated
I can upgrade the core i5 to a core i7 for an extra £70 inc vat but not sure if its worth me bothering?
Is Symantec Norton Internet Security 2012 a good option in regards to my requirements / what I will be using the pc for?
Do I need the 4.5 ghz overclock on the processor or would 4ghz be sufficient for my needs?
I have upgraded to a 750 watt PSU to future prrof myself for a new graphics card in the future I will never crossfire or sli but will change the gpu as mine becomes older to a newer and better model would a 600 watt corsair be sufficient even if I go with the 4.5ghz overclock?
Final question – Would I be better off uping my budget and getting a Apple iMac ? (I doubt this but wanted to ask as they seem so fast?)
Any other comments and advice would be very welcomed
You may want to get windows 7 Pro. for home aint that nice.. the rest are 100% perfect. the cpu at 4GHZ would be just fine. its not so real need to get the i7. the i5 2500k is a really good CPU. and the Anti virus. use the new Kasperskey. thats my personal meaning. if you wan to use Norton. its fine, but i had real big problems with norton, regarding networking and internet banking ect.
Will I really need the extra SSD upgrade as they can only offer the 120gb version which comes in at an extra £110 + VAT and I knwo the 40gb version is small but its just used in teh SSD caching configuration to speed things up overall as the system sees the two as 1 drive (I think)
Im really pleased at the price this sytem is coming in at and dont really want to push it up that much as Christmas is coming up they only offer a £30 discount for downgrading to teh HD 6950 1GB