$1600 (£1000) Design PC Build

Hey guys,

I'd like your experienced opinions on the next PC I build please. Iv used the guide for how to ask this question so hopefully it will make your lives as easy as possible!

Approximate Purchase Date: Around Christmas time

Budget Range: $1600 or £1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I mostly use the computer for graphic design/CAD work so the system im currently using is lagging a bit with the software of today.

Parts Not Required: Just need all the internals of the PC :)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: i will most likely be buying from http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer-Hardware

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences: I have none atm. Would be interested in opinions on best HDD manufacturer and other components.

Overclocking: Yes when I've learnt how.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later when I can get another card for half the price.

Monitor Resolution: Open minded here also? Currently use 19" 1280x1024. Considering http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/pc-peripherals/monitors/design/LS23WHUKFV/EN/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail

The £1000 excludes the monitor and accessories.

Additional Comments: Would prefer it to be as quiet as possible but how possible that is these days I dont know.

A guy at work put this list together for me:

Its a little over budget but the emphasis is on longevity. Anything you think might be a waste of money, or I should spend more money on would be great.

Any help/advice/ammendments/whatareyoubuyingthatforyoufool would be greatly appreciated!

Thans guys.
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  1. whatareyoubuyingthatforyoufool @ Corsair H70. The H50 reviewed poorly at SPCR - silence and quiet computing experts, which has put me off the whole series, maybe it's unjustified, but I'd much sooner suggest a good air cooler at around £40. The Scythe Yasya, which has a fan control knob which needs to get mounted in a PCI-E expansion slot. Another one that I like the look of is the Thermalright MUX-120 Black.
    I don't think it will be that easy to get the Scythe Mugen 2 (Rev B), but is a seriously good cooler with a quiet fan, so would be worth having.

    whatareyoubuyingthatforyoufool @ GTX 465. They have poor performance and are noisey, especially compared to a GTX 460. Altho I'm skeptical that you will need that much power from your graphics card for the kind of build you are wanting. I think a large fan on a graphics card is a good indicator that it will run quietly, but checking reviews would be a good way to back that up.

    If you don't get a very powerful GPU, or only one GPU then you definitely won't need a 750W PSU, depending on which graphics card you decide on you could run your build comfortably on a good 500W PSU, therefore saving a sizable amount of money. Even if you go for a 'best in class' 500W. But you should decide on what your plan is for GPU and future options, CF/SLI, replacing it in the future, etc. Altho I doubt you will need to spend much more than £70 on a PSU.

    I don't think the WD FAEX 1TB is a good choice for a hard drive as the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is, according to the reviews I read, the better performance, in all except booting. Not really worth the extra ~£15 imo.

    I do like the RAM, 8GB in 2 x 4GB configuration for a very low price. Used to be that you'd have to spend over £150 to do that.

    The fact that that case only has one fan will mean that it's quiet, but how good will it be at shielding your ears from the noises of the fans and components inside the case? Maybe it would be a good idea to buy a case with a better reputation for being quiet, check this out: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article75-page5.html

    It is certainly possible to get very quiet builds these days, but you definitely need to be conscious of that choice when buying, I wasn't with my first build and consequently I'm not happy that it's as quiet as I want it or as quiet as I could have gotten it.

  2. here you go
  3. Thanks for the suggestions guys!

    What is it about the corsair 600T case that gets your approval? and what are your reasons for changing the memory from dual to tri channel, 8GB to 6GB?
  4. Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
    AMD CPU Phenom II 1055T - 95W edition
    2 x Corsair Memory XMS3 Classic 4GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600) - for 8GB
    1TB (1000 GB) Samsung Spinpoint F3
    LG DVD Writer, GH22NS50, SATA
    Sapphire HD 5670 Graphics Card DP/ DL DVI-I/ HDMI
    XFX XXX 650W (overkill but modular and not expensive)
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
    Antec 300 Three Hundred


    Alternative for the case



  5. andyallard said:
    Thanks for the suggestions guys!

    What is it about the corsair 600T case that gets your approval? and what are your reasons for changing the memory from dual to tri channel, 8GB to 6GB?

    its one elegant case.i chose it because a designer might like it.and the i7 9 series uses ram in 3 channels the best like 3,6,12,24 gig sets
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