Help needed for first new build

Hi,

I am looking to build a very basic home computer for my girlfriend which will be used to browse the internet and complete university assignments. The list of requirements are as follows:


Approximate Purchase Date - this week

Budget Range - £300 - £350

System Usage - browsing the internet, university work (equally important)

Buying monitor - No (please see below as further advice would be great)

Parts to upgrade - All parts needed

OS needed - Yes

Location - UK

Monitor - Hoping to connect to a small HD TV using vga/hdmi however I am unsure of the resolution. Will this work or would it be better to invest in a stand alone PC monitor and is resolution important when choosing parts?

Any help will be much appreciated! I'm new to this and need as much help as I can get, thanks!
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  1. What do you mean by university work? Just word processing, or is there something like architectural rendering or video editing to consider?

    Resolution doesnt overly matter for what your after.
  2. Sorry I should of made that more clear.

    Only word processing and the occasional use of powerpoint will be needed.

    Great thank you. Seen as the computer is only for basic use I didn't think there would be much point in buying a separate monitor.
  3. Its a bit over budget, but I think it will do a good job for what your after and can support low end graphics cards (max of a 7850) without needing to change anything.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£86.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.87 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£19.99 @ Novatech)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.14 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.34 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£34.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £364.30
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 01:06 GMT+0000)
  4. An amd apu build suits you best, this board has hdmi, my suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (£73.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard (£39.29 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.23 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.74 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£31.14 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£34.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.40 @ Aria PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £333.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  5. ^ Completely forgot about the APU's...
    Go with Django's build, he also found a better case than I did and twice the RAM, as well as included an optical.

    Though I would spend the extra 3 Pound for the Barracuda drive over the Constellation.
  6. The constellation es is an enterprise hdd, it's as reliable as it gets and it's fast for a hdd, the list you have is a good one, he can go with either one.
  7. Thanks for your suggestions!

    I'll have a look at all those parts now.

    Just in relation to the processor, are there any lower spec/cheaper options you would recommend, or would you say the ones you have listed would be the best to go for?
  8. PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/CvLg
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/CvLg/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/CvLg/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor (£48.98 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard (£59.49 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£19.82 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 320GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive (£29.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.72 @ Dabs)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£34.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.40 @ Aria PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
    Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM6150 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£9.95 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £314.29
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 01:23 GMT+0000)
  9. Thank you, i'll have a look at both CPU's!

    Just one final question. I noticed that the constellation hdd is sata II and Barracuda is a sata III. Does this matter or will both hdd's work with the AMD build?
  10. Nope, the hdds doesn't use the bandwidth of sata III, sata II is fine.
    The hdd will work on any motherboard with sata ports.
    Usually that hdd is expensive, in the us it's more than 170$ : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148590
  11. SATAII and III are compatible with each other, and there's no performance difference between them considering its on a HDD.
  12. here is an even cheaper build
    PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Cwgs
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Cwgs/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Cwgs/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD A4-3400 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor (£29.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard (£51.63 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£19.82 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.00 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.72 @ Dabs)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£34.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.40 @ Aria PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
    Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM6150 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£9.95 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £297.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 02:03 GMT+0000)
  13. Thanks for everyones help!

    I've opted for Django's build with the cheaper processor and the Barracuda hdd.
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