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New Build £700 PC for Web Programming

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February 28, 2012 9:50:35 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: £700 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Design, Programming, Surfing Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: United Kingdom

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: hd resolution via hdmi

Additional Comments: Will be dual booting windows from a HD and Ubuntu from a SSD. Preferrably quiet. Don't think a graphics card is required for my purposes.

Proposed Parts:

Processor - Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)

Motherboard - Asus P8Z68-V LX Motherboard (Socket 1155, DDR3, 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16, ATX, LucidLogix Virtu)

RAM - Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 1600MHz CL9 8GB DIMM Memory Module (Kit of 2)

HD - Seagate ST500DM002 3.5 inch 500GB Hard Drive (Serial-ATA, 6Gb/s, 16Mb, 7200RPM)

SSD - Crucial CT064M4SSD2 64GB M4 SSD

Optical Drive - Sony 24x Internal DVD Rewriter

Monitor - Samsung S24A300H 23.6 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (MEGA DCR, 1920 x 1080 Full HD, 2ms, HDMI/VGA)

Case - Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced Case

PSU - Coolermaster GX 650W PSU

Current Total - £662.48

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February 28, 2012 4:07:26 PM

Hi there, welcome to the forums.

First off, why the 2500k? Will you be overclocking? If not, the lower priced i5-2400 is going to be your best bet. Assuming you need that much horsepower.
-That monitor is good but I like to see LED backlit displays.
-I would swap the HDD to this one: Based simply on reviews.
-DO NOT get that PSU. Coolermaster lies about the output on their PSUs, slapping bigger wattage labels on smaller PSUs. Here's a much cheaper one that will actually supply the wattage it lists. While small, it provides more than enough wattage for your system.
-Where's your GPU? If you don't plan on getting one the HD2000/3000 on the CPU will suffice.
February 28, 2012 4:24:27 PM

If you get the i5-2400, you can put the money saved into a second HDD to run RAID-1 to increase your data safety (it looks like you're going to do real work on this system).
Onboard video may be enough, or you might want something like a cheap HD6450 to accelerate video or use additional displays.
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February 28, 2012 4:52:30 PM

Hmm. Pretty nice build.
But maybe you can save up a little bit more money so you can buy a GPU. Since it's pretty useful with designing/programming. But it's your choice.

Your build looks good overall. You can also buy your GPU later :) 
February 28, 2012 9:01:05 PM

Thanks for the replies. I ended up changing the case and PSU before buying. Ended up getting:

Case - Corsair Carbide 400R Case

PSU - Corsair TX 650W V2

I intend to overclock in the future so I stuck with the 2500K. I also intend to do get a good GPU in the near future something for around £80-100, any suggestions?

Thanks again.
February 28, 2012 10:46:57 PM

Any 120mm tower cooler will be effective and quiet. I recommend against anything from Crappermaster because, regardless of quality, the company still lies about many of its PSUs (overrated and/or missing claimed protections, as found by competent technical reviews at HardwareSecrets). That is dishonest, and I will not support them.
I have a Xigmatek Gaia keeping my mildly OCed 970BE around 30C idle.