Budget workstation

LVBH

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Hi guys!

Okay, so this message is coming from a guy who's system is so damn old that a dual core 3GHz and 1GB RAM can no longer handle anything!!

I'm really only interested in video editing in Vegas and working in Photoshop. Gaming not important at all!

Have been looking at a recent ebay system: i5 2500k, 8GB Ram, 1TB HD (NO GPU!)... for £330! All I wish to know is will this be sufficient for the time being for the aforementioned program needs? I'll probably also get a £90 ATI GPU as well to go with it.

Any thoughts will be most appreciated! THANKS!

Dan.
 
Hi Dan,

I gather you are in the UK?

I'll need an actual parts list, including PSU (power supply unit) before I can say if it's a good deal or not.
Vegas and PS do not need a dedicated video card, certainly not an expensive one.

I strongly suggest you either buy a major brand with a warranty or assemble your own. It's only 6 or 7 parts to plug together.
 

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Hi... and many thanks for your swift reply!

This is the link to the ebay item...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sphere-PC-Intel-Core-i5-2500k-3-3GHz-8GB-DDR3-RAM-1TB-/190572981893?pt=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item2c5f08ee85

I had originally specc'd up a system from Overclockers that included the i5 2500k chipset, Sabertooth Mobo and GTX 470 but due to current finances I can no longer afford the £750'sih price tag that these components cost! Therefore I have been looking around for the cheapest option available that would possibly allow me to upgrade in the future.

Unfortunately the ebay listing does not state the PSU but I'd hope it would anything over 450w? (Hopefully?).

My only real concern, is for when using Vegas or any other video editing software. I'm desperately trying to avoid the shuttle lag when going through HD frames! I am crippled right now with so much loading time that it becomes impossible to get any work done!

If the GPU is of no or little use for video editing then I'd much prefer spending the extra money on extra RAM or perhaps even an i7 2600k if this would prove to be more beneficial than the GPU. I've heard pretty good things anyway about the in-built 2500k/ 2600k graphics anyway??

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sphere-PC-Intel-Core-i7-2600k-3-4GHz-8GB-DDR3-RAM-1TB-/200641804814?pt=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item2eb72efa0e

Thanks so much again for your time and help! These model numbers and chipsets are a headache!! I just HATE loading times with a passion!!!!!

Best wishes to you Proximon!
 
Neither option has USB 3.0 and does not list a PSU, serious flaws.

Overclockers is not a place I would go for parts... too expensive usually.

i5 2500K £159.78 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlocked-s1155-sandy-bridge-quad-core-33ghz-gpu-850mhz-6mb-cache-95w-oem

Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Z68 Motherboard £86.02 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z68ap-d3-intel-z68-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-raid-sata-pcie-20-%28x16%29-vga-on-board-atx

8GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 £44.16 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%282x4gb%29-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-lp-cerulean-blue-pc3-12800-%281600%29-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v

NZXT Source 210 Elite Black Gaming Chassis USB3.0 £40.00 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-source-210-elite-black-gaming-case-with-usb-30-w-o-psu

XFX P1-450S-XXB9 PRO450W Power Supply £35.34 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/450w-xfx-core-edition-p1-450s-xxb9-85-eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-fan-atx

Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3 Hard Drive - HDD £40.78 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-samsung-hd103sj-spinpoint-f3-sata-3gb-s-7200rpm-32mb-cache-89ms-ncq

LG 24x SATA BLACK DVDRW GH22NS70 £14.87 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/lg-gh22ns70-24x-dvdr-16xdvddl-dvdplusrw-x8-rwx6-12xram-sata-black-oem

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM £73.28 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-64-bit-sp1-operating-system-single-oem

That's just under £500 but I think you would be much happier with it.