First build - £450 budget

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Approximate Purchase Date: Within 3 weeks


Budget Range: £450 with some leniency


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video editing/animation - gaming - music creation - Watching videos/Internet/General tomfoolery


Parts Not Required: Keyboard - mouse - monitor - speakers - OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer.com


Country of Origin: England, UK


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: Don't know


Additional Comments: Would like the option to use a second monitor but it's not important. Also, potential for 7.1 sound.


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AMD Phenom II X4 955

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190673

Gigabyte GA-870A-USB3 AMD 870 Socket AM3+

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/262269

G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/264746

Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146252

LiteOn iHAS224 24x DVD±RW

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190838

ASUS HD 6850 Direct CU

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/244442

XFX 550W Core Edition

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/264380

Casecom 6788

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172779





Thinking about switching the RAM out for http://www.ebuyer.com/product/264750

And also the Hard drive for http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804


Any thoughts would really help me out, as I said this is my first build so I'm not sure about what else I'll need, Do I need to buy any cabling/screws or specialised tools?

Thanks for your help
 

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Any PC built primarily for video editing or animation at a budget of £450 will disappoint.

Nevertheless, what you want is a very fast CPU and as much RAM as you can get hold of (I mean it - but make sure your software is all 64 bit!).

You will also need lots of fast storage, so a RAID array is appropriate. You can put two WD Caviar 500GB hard drives in RAID 0 for roughly £60. In fact, I would say this is just as important as the CPU, as extra processing power will be completely redundant if the data rate from scratch is too slow to keep up.

Obviously if you want to game you'll need a good GPU, but I really don't see how you could combine video editing AND gaming into one machine, at such a limited budget.

Here is a list of components off the top of my head:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 £121.60
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/267503

CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 3.1GHz £93.51
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/254976

RAM: Corsair 4GB (2x2) DDR3 1600MHz £37.18
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173122

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 550 Ti OC 1GB £113.15
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/260567

Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 £28.84
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/127584

PSU: Corsair 500W CX Series £44.97
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240999

HDD: 2x Seagate 500GB SATAIII £62.70
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/252857

Total: £501.95.

See I already went £50 over the budget, and that's with parts that I would have preferred to go higher with. For example, you'd notice 8GB vs 4GB RAM for video editing. A Core i5 instead of i3 would be alot better, as you have two more cores vs. hyperthreading 'virtual quad core'. Also, the motherboard doesn't have firewire so if you have a firewire camera, you'll need a firewire PCIe card.
 

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8 gigs will do the job nicely and yeah, the 2500K is a great processor (I'm using it so I should know).

Just make sure the scratch drive is up to, well, scratch.

Maybe, depending on your priorities, you could get a cheap-o graphics card for the moment and upgrade it later? Could even use the 2500K's integrated graphics for the moment - just make sure *not* to get a P67 motherboard.
 
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I'm really losing track of what the build is here, so many revisions.

As far as i can tell this is what we've got so far:


Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 £121.60
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/267503

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz £161.10
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251596

RAM: G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory £55.82
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/264750

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 550 Ti OC 1GB £113.15
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/260567

Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 £28.84
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/127584

PSU: Corsair 500W CX Series £44.97
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240999

HDD: 2x Seagate 500GB SATAIII £62.70
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/252857

£588.18


Only £150 over budget haha.

Not really sure what I can do to trim that down.
 
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What would be the main differences between those motherboards? I'll price check in the morning, thanks for the website suggestion.
 

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What would be the main differences between those motherboards? I'll price check in the morning, thanks for the website suggestion.

the one i chose is ATX (better cooling easier to work with) for about £10 less, look on aria, dabs, novatech, eBay, Amazon, scan for better deals, you could find it cuts costs significantly.
 
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I've gone through it and it's going to be cheaper to get it all from ebuyer by the looks of it. The processor will be less from amazon but with delivery it doesn't seem worth it.

 

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there is a used 2500K if you wanna saver some cash:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/257214

doesn't really affect the product in anyway, since the MAXIMUM the product could have been used for is a few months anyway.

[EDIT]: its not even used its EXDISPLAY! and that corsair PSU is on sale by £5! on ebuyer.

also this is a much better mobo, it has 2 PCI-E slots running at x16, x8 (as oppose to x16 and x4) and has another running at x4 also (and also has 4xsataIII, 4xsataII and USB.):
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/Intel+1155+Z68+%28B3%29/Gigabyte+GA-Z68MA-D2H+Intel+Z68+%28REV+B3%29+Socket+1155+DDR3+PCI-Express+Motherboard+?productId=44486

also this drive has some great reviews:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives/SATA+%28Serial+ATA%29/500GB+to+1TB/500GB+Samsung+HD502HJ++F3+3.5%22+SATA+II+Hard+Drive+?productId=37759

this card is the same as the 550Ti off ebuyer (in performance) but runs cooler (and IMO looks cooler :p and is cheaper):
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/NVIDIA/NVIDIA+GTX+550+Series/MSI+GeForce+GTX+550Ti+OC+1024MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=44472

this case is very similar to the coolermaster 330, but is easier to handle, (holds HDDs better and therefore more securely and less vibration also its easier to remove the front panel).
 

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I'll be wanting to play battlefield 3 but that's about the extent of it.

The system I posted should be good for that, right?

Are we agreeing that it's the final build? ha.