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Building a simple home computer: is this configuration OK?

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April 9, 2012 10:01:26 AM

Hey all,

I am currently building a computer for home. It will be very simple, nothing too expensive.
Here is my current configuration, is this okay?

Asus P8Z68-V LX Motherboard:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z68-V-LX-Motherboard-Luc...

Intel Core i3 2100:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-SandybridgeCore-Quad-Core...

4GB Kingston DDR3 1333 MHz RAM:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-1333MHz-DDR3-Non-ECC-M...

Xigmatek NRP VC 403 400W PSU:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Xigmatek-NRP-VC403-400W-Power-S...

Sony 24x DVD RW:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-24x-Internal-DVD-Rewriter/...

As for the graphics card, I really don't mind which ever one. Something in GT 5 series?

Elite 330 Mid Tower Chassis
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Elite-330-Mid-Tower-Chassis/dp/...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Caviar-SATAIII-...

Thanks for all the advice! P.S. Im complete newbie, so sorry if I did something wrong! :) 
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 10:16:24 AM

Not a very good choice in power supply, its very cheap. Quality counts: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-430CXV2UK-Builder...

Id consider going with 2 of those RAM sticks to give you 8GB total. 4GB is barely acceptable for a modern computer, even a simple one, in my opinion.

Good motherboard choice.

Video card, how simple are we talking? is there a budget attached to this?

How about this? I have one. I'm not a heavy gamer, but it steps up to the challenge when I do get the occasional urge.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-nVIDIA-GeForce-Graphics-Ex...

Describe how simple you're looking for. If you're just looking for something to get on the internet with and do some light gaming, it might be a more economical choice to go with an AMD Fusion build.
a b B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 10:24:01 AM

Azerty560 said:
Hey all,

I am currently building a computer for home. It will be very simple, nothing too expensive.
Here is my current configuration, is this okay?

Asus P8Z68-V LX Motherboard:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z68-V-LX-Motherboard-Luc...

Intel Core i3 2100:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-SandybridgeCore-Quad-Core...

4GB Kingston DDR3 1333 MHz RAM:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-1333MHz-DDR3-Non-ECC-M...

Xigmatek NRP VC 403 400W PSU:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Xigmatek-NRP-VC403-400W-Power-S...

Sony 24x DVD RW:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-24x-Internal-DVD-Rewriter/...

As for the graphics card, I really don't mind which ever one. Something in GT 5 series?

Elite 330 Mid Tower Chassis
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Elite-330-Mid-Tower-Chassis/dp/...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Caviar-SATAIII-...

Thanks for all the advice! P.S. Im complete newbie, so sorry if I did something wrong! :) 

Without knowing your budget it's hard to recommend changes. If your build represents the most you're willing to spend then for that price range it's a good build. The Asus board is a good one and the i3 is a great CPU. The PSU I'm not excited about. I'd go with a better name brand and something with a bit more Amps on the 12v rails. I'd definitely add 4 more gbs of ram.
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April 9, 2012 10:25:39 AM

Okay, will upgrade the power supply.

@Good motherboard choice: Thanks! :love: 

Video card: I want something decent. Max Price I want is £400 - atm it is around £332. So something for £70 would be great. I dont mind if it is nVidia or AMD. (I would actually prefer AMD since I heard they are cheaper).

As for the GTX 560Ti, it seems great! But perhaps a GTX550 Ti or a GT540 (If it exists :p  ) might be better. (Since I really dont want to exceed the £400 budget.

Cheers,
Az

EDIT: If I add 2 sticks of ram, bumps up price to £350 - but is just £50 on GPU enough? :/ 
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 10:37:01 AM

550 Ti is what I recommended. not the 560. I'm not too familiar with AMD/ATI video cards, I usually stick to Nvidia just for familiarity, I'll have to pass the buck to someone else for a recommendation there.

In terms of desktop graphics cards in the Nvidia 500 series, any lower than 550 TI, you start to get into very chinsy cards. (There is a 520 and a 530, I don't know about a 540)

Quote:
EDIT: If I add 2 sticks of ram, bumps up price to £350 - but is just £50 on GPU enough?


Not really. The 550 TI I posted was £100. Thats why I'd like to know what you want to do with this computer, might be more economical to go with a fusion build like I said.
April 9, 2012 10:41:38 AM

Righteo. GTX 550 Ti it is. However, brings price up to 420. I dont mind too much about extra £20, but would you suggest anything that might give me more 'bang for my buck'.

Apart from that last thing, I think this is pretty reasonable. Considering Im writing this from a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo Laptop, I think it won't be half bad! :) 
April 9, 2012 10:43:35 AM

nekulturny said:
550 Ti is what I recommended. not the 560. I'm not too familiar with AMD/ATI video cards, I usually stick to Nvidia just for familiarity, I'll have to pass the buck to someone else for a recommendation there.

In terms of desktop graphics cards in the Nvidia 500 series, any lower than 550 TI, you start to get into very chinsy cards. (There is a 520 and a 530, I don't know about a 540)

Quote:
EDIT: If I add 2 sticks of ram, bumps up price to £350 - but is just £50 on GPU enough?


Not really. The 550 TI I posted was £100. Thats why I'd like to know what you want to do with this computer, might be more economical to go with a fusion build like I said.


What exactly is an AMD Fusion build? Sorry, am complete newb! :/ 
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 10:50:11 AM

Azerty560 said:
Righteo. GTX 550 Ti it is. However, brings price up to 420. I dont mind too much about extra £20, but would you suggest anything that might give me more 'bang for my buck'.

Apart from that last thing, I think this is pretty reasonable. Considering Im writing this from a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo Laptop, I think it won't be half bad! :) 


This is a Fusion build, its called an "APU", its a processor with graphics build in.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-Llano-3870K-3-0Ghz-Motherbo...

With this (completely optional):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Graphics-PCI-Express-Cross...

The i3 build with 550 TI would be a better gaming system, but why pay more for what you dont need?

April 9, 2012 11:12:39 AM

£200 - Its not bad if it has everything in it.
Does it? (Except case, or a few others, ofc)
So all I need to do, is buy PSU, and the case and stick the thing in it?
Seems promising.
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 11:29:15 AM

Azerty560 said:
£200 - Its not bad if it has everything in it.
Does it? (Except case, or a few others, ofc)
So all I need to do, is buy PSU, and the case and stick the thing in it?
Seems promising.


Correct. The option video card will give it an extra "umpf", but its completely functional without a video card. You also need the CD-ROM and hard drive still. That processor is overclockable btw, but again, optional.
April 9, 2012 11:35:24 AM

So all I need to do is buy this, 500gb hdd and a dvd drive and a windows OS and its up and running? :p  What about PSU?
BTW: Thanks a lot for your help
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 11:37:42 AM

Azerty560 said:
So all I need to do is buy this, 500gb hdd and a dvd drive and a windows OS and its up and running? :p 
BTW: Thanks a lot for your help

Yes, and you're welcome.
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 11:38:22 AM

And yes, you need a power supply
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