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Old 09-11-2013, 11:27 AM   #1
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Dear reader(s)

I seek your advice about my options for acquiring a new PC, which I intend to use to run Premier Pro editing efficiently. Pending any new leads, which you may be able to suggest, so far I have two options. a) I either build my own PC and purchase the items listed below Option 1 or b) I purchase one of the pre-made manufactured PCs advertised within the two links under option 2.

So far, I have been advised that each of those two manufactured PCs come with a weak motherboard, despite in other respects being very good.

My budget is approx 800.

Option 1

MAIN COMPONENTS

1. CPU Core i5 (socket 1155) Approx 175

Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

2. Mother Board - 125.52

AsRock Z77 Extreme 6 (socket 1155)

AsRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel Z77, Up to 32GB DDR3, ATX, USB 3.0, 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s, 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories AsRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel Z77, Up to 32GB DDR3, ATX, USB 3.0, 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s, 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

Note: I have been informed that the Z series chipset may not be the latest. Can you shed some light on this?

3. GTX 660 Graphics Card - 157.99

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

Note: I was referred to the above but recommended that I ideally purchase a N videa GTX 650 card instead.

OTHER COMPONENTS

4. 4X4 GB of RAM 80 estimate

5. Full tower case x2 Fan - 50 estimate

6. Computer Power Supply 750 watts

Bronze - 70 estimate

7. HDD (Hard Disk Drive) 7200 RPM with 1 TB - 50 estimate

8. Optical Drive DVD - 40 estimate


Total price: 750 (excluding a monitor)



Option 2

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ANKERMANN PC Wildcat GAMER IVY i7 3770 (4x3, 40GHz) | Win7 Professional 64bit | NVIDIA GeForce GTX660 2048MB | 16GB DDR3 PC1600 | 2,0 TB HDD SATA3 | Card Reader 52in1 | MB MSI B75 USB3.0 | 24xDVD Writer | USB 3 |. SILENT 600W PSU 2y Warranty | Case Cooler Master K380 Front USB 3.0 | PC with 2 years WARRANTY real

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4.7 out of 5 stars (35)

Price: 772.00

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VIBOX Warrior 4 - 4.2GHz AMD, Fast Quad Core, Top Gaming PC, Multimedia, High Spec, Desktop PC, USB3.0 Computer - with X4 Games Bundle Included! (Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Crysis 3 & Far Cry Blood Dragon) (2GB ATI Radeon HD 7850 HDMI Graphics Card, XFX 550w Bronze 80+ PSU, 2TB HDD Hard Drive, 16GB DDR3 RAM, DVD-RW, SD Memory Card Reader, Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 Motherboard, Bullguard Internet Security, No Operating Software)

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4.8 out of 5 stars, price: 649.95

I look forward to your comments/opinion.

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The last AMD configuration isn't that good. I wouldn't recommend it. As for the other two, I'd like to like to know what band/series of power supply us being used.
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Thanks for your previous msg. In answer to your question regarding the band/series of power supply being used, the details below has that information, or so I've been advised.

So, for 'option 1', here are the components again, but with the addition of specifics regarding the type of CPS, HDD, optical drive (and so on) that I am considering purchasing. After reading that information, could you please advise me on how, where possible, I might bring the cost down. (The cost of RAM, for instance, seems quite expensive from the experience of other people I know of.)

Mobo: AsRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel Z77, Up to 32GB DDR3, ATX, USB 3.0, 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s, 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection)
119.20

CPU: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology - Amazon
174.90

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II OC Nvidia Graphics Card (2GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0, HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, DisplayPort, Nvidia 3D Vision Surround Ready, SLI Support)
164.12

Case: Zalman Z9 Plus Midi Tower Case - Black (ATX, M-ATX, 7 Expansion Slots, Supports Bottom PSU Installation, Upto 7 System Fans, Tool Free HDD Installation)
43.82

RAM: Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C11 XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz CL11 Performance Desktop Memory Kit
65.59
Note: Will need two of these to make 16gb

CPS: Corsair Builder Series CXM 750W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX/EPS PSU
68.98

Optical Drive: LG BH10LS30.AUAU10B 10x Internal Blu-Ray BDRW Bare + Software
66.74

HDD: Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer 52.90

Total of: 823
All from Amazon
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it looks alright, but a 750W PSU is overkill. I'd drop it back to 550W and use a better quality unit. My usual go-to range (Seasonic S12II/M12II) don't seem to be available on Amazon UK. You could use something like
OCZ OCZ-ZT550W-UK ZT Series 550W modular PSU: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories OCZ OCZ-ZT550W-UK ZT Series 550W modular PSU: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
(OCZ ZT 550W). IMO, they're almost as well built as the S12II, and much better than the Corsair CX

EDIT: I forgot about XFX (
Xfx Pro 550w Power Supply Unit (core Edition) (Manf Part Code: P1-550S-UKB9): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories Xfx Pro 550w Power Supply Unit (core Edition) (Manf Part Code: P1-550S-UKB9): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
) That PSU, the Core Edition 550W, is a re-badged Seasonic S12II. It's actually a little cheaper than the ZT 550W (although not modular)

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Many thanks C Hegge. That settles it and brings the Day of Reckoning with my crappy, albeit loyal, old Acer 3692 laptop one step closer.

Before I leave, though, is there no other means you know of to bringing the cost down? If you cannot think of anything, not to worry. For what I'm getting, around 800 is still not that bad.
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You could reduce it a little bit by changing the motherboard to
this this
and the RAM to
this this
. That board is about 18 Cheaper, and the RAM is 6 cheaper. It's not a huge difference, but it won't have any impact on performance. I've had excellent experiences with both Kingston RAM and Gigabyte Motherboards (I use both in my main PC)
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