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Old 08-25-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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Hi I'm at the final stages of picking the parts for a new computer. The computer will be used for casual use including VMs, programming, and lots of multi-tasking typically at least 10 programs in the foreground with 10-15 internet tabs. I trying to keep the price under 550-600 though ideally a new monitor would be nice.

I'm trying to create something that has solid foundations to last a good 5+ years with the ability for expansion e.g. new hard drives. I will likely be running Debian (Linux) on the system so I'm wondering if saving the SSD until a later date to cut the price down would be worth while.

I'm having great difficulty picking a motherboard so what do you guys recommend? Doesn't need to be anything special just ability to expand (no graphics cards) and a good lifespan.

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (156.96 @ Dabs)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (22.85 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (50.23 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (117.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (46.80 @ Aria PC)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (35.00 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (35.49 @ Dabs)
Total: 465.07

Thoughts on the above? Anything cheaper/better quality?

Note: I'll likely be passing the items to a shop to build for me as I've never really touched any hardware other than RAM so unless you can convince me it's super easy that will be the case. Also, the alternative to choosing the parts I think would be this pre-built one http://www.chillblast.com/Chillblast-Fusion-Opal.html what's you're thoughts on comparison, baring in mind you can customize it but the price really starts adding up e.g. an SSD is 40 more expensive than amazon.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:30 PM   #2
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Somthing like (http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/giga...oard-gaz87d3hp) would do you for a motherboard.

If you can afford, it, then a Seaosnic G-360 (http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/seas...upply-ssr360gp) would be better PSU. It's more efficient, and better built than the CX430, and 360W is easily enough for that PC.

Building a PC isn't that hard to do. The parts only fit into the right kind of slot the right way. I was only about 12 when I built my first one.

I wouldn't touch that pre-built PC. Junk case, Junk motherboard, and worst of all, Junk PSU.
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Alright he's an updated list, it's about 10 cheaper if I don't use Amazon for everything but I give a certain amount of trust to Amazon having not used the other websites:

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (156.96 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (26.50 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (102.96 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (57.64 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (48.96 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (77.00 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 360W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply (60.67 @ Amazon UK)
Total: 530.69

Changes:
  • RAM - old RAM was running at 1.65V apparently Haswell wants 1.5V
  • Case - Grabiel / yourself I think recommend it, but is it overkill here (considering the CM 430 is half the price)? I think it could be a good investment in the long run (can use it for future builds, should never break)
  • PSU - Maybe I'm being naive but is the change worthwhile considering it's x2 the price?
  • SSD - removed; 2nd most expensive component
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It looks good. The main reason I'm apprehensive about the CX series is this. Same OEM as the Corsair CX, same secondary caps, and it failed killed the board after about three years. The Corsair CX series have the same design flaw in their secondary caps, so it makes me very apprehensive about them. The Seasonic G-360 is the cheapest PSU I could find that I could guarantee would never get bad caps and cook the board that soon.
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