Enquiry for a new PC?

By maltar7
Jun 12, 2010
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  1. I have £700.00+ to build a new computer.

    I want the new system to include a intel core i7 processor.

    Since i am a novice in this field i dont know where to start?
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,177

  3. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    I doubt you can get an i7 setup for that price. But then I guess it depends what you use it for and how good a video card you need. You might be better off aiming for an i7 750 or Phenom II 955.

    In any case you need to specify what you're going to use the PC for and whether your budget includes a monitor and other peripherals.
  4. maltar7

    maltar7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 67

    I am primalary going to use the pc for musci, videos, picture.

    Then when i am working a normally use photo editing software, musci editing software, word processing and video editing.

    If any of you can recomend a powerful processor and other goods parts to build a system for £700.00 then this would highly be appreciated
  5. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    In that case if you're not using it for gaming then you can get this:

    i7 920 - £176
    Asus P6X58D-E - £166
    Corsair XMS3 6GB - £140
    Titan TTC-NK85TZ Fenrir V2 - £35
    XFX ATI Radeon HD 5450 - £43
    Corsair CX Series 400W - £42
    CoolerMaster Elite 334 Midi Tower Case - £28

    That comes to £630, but you can probably shop around and get some components for cheaper. The rest of the money you can spend on a hard drive, DVD drive, etc. depending if you're recycling some old parts or not

    p.s. if you haven't noticed that's pretty much the same as my build :)
  6. maltar7

    maltar7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 67

    Thanks for a system which looks great.

    But i have only one problem the i7 920 processor?

    The sight you poste previously has this processor AMD Phenom II X2 555

    This has dual cores and is at 3.20GHz.

    While the i7 920 is a quadcore and is at 2.66GHz.

    Which one is better?
  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    I actually said Phenom II X4 955... which has 4 cores @ 3.2 GHz - you can check out the benchmarks here.

    The Phenom is cheaper, the corresponding AM3 motherboard would also be cheaper, but is slower than the i7 920 with both at default speeds. When you consider that both overclock to about the same speeds, the i7 920 is quite a bit faster but then you also pay a bit more.

    And if you don't know anything about overclocking, then don't worry because getting the D0 version of the i7 920 to ~4GHz is as easy as changing one number in the BIOS.
  8. maltar7

    maltar7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 67

    i7 920 - £176
    Asus P6X58D-E - £166
    Corsair XMS3 6GB - £140
    Titan TTC-NK85TZ Fenrir V2 - £35
    XFX ATI Radeon HD 5450 - £43
    Corsair CX Series 400W - £42
    CoolerMaster Elite 334 Midi Tower Case - £28

    If i were to the parts for this system, how would i actually build the computer?

    I am a bit of a novice in this field.

    All i know at the moment is how to attach the cpu and ram, then again i wouldent know how to wires these parts up.

    So if you could give some information or a tutorial it would be much appreciated.

    Also if were to overclock it to 4GHz would it be stable and would i need to buy a better cooling system?
  9. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    I'm not too sure how the HD 5450 would handle video editing. The rest of the parts seem ok. I would suggest scrapping the aftermarket CPU cooler and adding that money for the GPU instead.

    For setting it up, carefully follow the motherboard and PSU manual. You should be fine.

    Again, I see no reason for you to push it to 4GHz. But if you do then you'll need that HSF.
  10. maltar7

    maltar7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 67

    "Ritwik7" "I'm not too sure how the HD 5450 would handle video editing. The rest of the parts seem ok. I would suggest scrapping the aftermarket CPU cooler and adding that money for the GPU instead.

    For setting it up, carefully follow the motherboard and PSU manual. You should be fine.

    Again, I see no reason for you to push it to 4GHz. But if you do then you'll need that HSF."

    What is a "GPU"?
  11. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Graphics Processing Unit. Simply put, graphics / video card.
     
  12. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Regarding putting the parts together, Google/Youtube is your friend! Connecting the cables, etc. is pretty straightforward as long as you read the instructions properly. Only real thing you need to be careful about is putting the CPU fan on correctly, otherwise you might fry your CPU.

    Pushing the i7 920 D0 to 4GHz is very easy, although obviously you could decide to settle for a lower speed if the temps/power consumption is too much.

    I'm don't really know how good a graphics card you need for video editing because that's not really my thing, but I'm sure others would be able to enlighten you...
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    Here are some tutorials on assembling a PC aimed at first timers. They are a bit dated (seems they all are) but the same principles apply, and of course there will be folks here @ TS to help out.

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Typical-PC-Assembling-Problems/42/1

    http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1444&page=1
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2893750/assemble_your_pc/
    http://www.learnthat.com/courses/computer/buildpc/assemble4.shtml

    I thought this was kind of amusing, well the drag & drop assembly part anyway
    http://www.pcassembling.com/Assemble/Module/Main/
  14. Sev

    Sev Newcomer, in training Posts: 112

    quick note to red, Hey! thanks for your help in the past,

    also on your new dream build.. scrap it

    what i have now for a system it cost me 750usd, so def under the budget in euros,

    Purchases:
    Phenom x6 1090T 300usd
    Gskill ripjaw ddr3 2x2=4Gig - 109 usd
    Asus 980a mobo 150 usd
    New thermaltake case - 99$ (air cooling < saves the envirment xD)
    Roswell 950 Watt PSU - 99$ (gotta love newegg)
    = 757 UsD
    Had already:
    2x 9800GTX+ Vid cards
    Xfi Titanium sound card <-- Never will die xD 3 comps and still lives!

    the phenom x6 destroys the i7 not only in price but performance

  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    Hey sev, glad I could help :)

    Well don't beat around the bush....how do you really feel?:p:wave:
  16. Sev

    Sev Newcomer, in training Posts: 112

    mine as well get him.her a bigger bang for the same buck :)
  17. Sev

    Sev Newcomer, in training Posts: 112

    also what does intel have over amd : a higher profit margin and alot more greed :)
  18. maltar7

    maltar7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 67

    Thanks sev for a great system.

    But do you know where i could purchase these parts in the uk.

    If i were to purchase from new egg i would have to pay for shipping to the uk.
  19. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,382   +205

    Newegg doesn't ship to the UK anyway so the issue is moot.
  20. maltar7

    maltar7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 67

    Do you know where i could get the same parts in the uk for a similar price?
  21. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Try ebuyer or Aria PC.
  22. maltar7

    maltar7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 67

    I have £600.00 to build a new computer.

    I want the new system to include a super fast processor.
    I want the system to include 6GB DDR3 RAM.
    A good cooling system and power supply for overclcoking.
    A good graphics card.
    Also a good mother board.

    Most of all i want to get the best components i mentioned above for £600.00

    I am going to be using the pc for video editing,photo editing and music editing.

    Since i am a novice in this field i dont know where to start?
  23. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz - £165.66
    Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 Intel P55A - £112.79
    G.Skill Trident 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz - £93.99
    HIS ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB - £124.54
    Corsair 450W VX Series PSU - £53.44
    Seagate Barracuda ST31000528AS 1TB - £52.86

    Total - £603.28

    This is the best I can come up with at that budget. 6GB DDR3 will be wasted on the i5 750 as it only has a dual channel memory controller. The i7 system will well exceed your budget or you'll have to compromise on your grahics card. The i5 750 is an excellent processor and should handle all the things that you've mentioned.
  24. maltar7

    maltar7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 67

    Does the Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz come with its own cpu fan?
    Is the Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz sutiable for overclocking with its own cpu fan?
    If i could overclock the Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz what would be the maxiemum stable speed?
    What case would i need to buy for this system?
  25. Sev

    Sev Newcomer, in training Posts: 112

    just some simple browsing should do, ill add the model numbers in, in a bit
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