Question Need a new desktop computer!

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Hi all, long time no post but I'm back. First of all sorry if this is in the wrong section.

This is all for my dad. I need some advice on a great desktop computer. Needs to be pre-built and somewhere we can buy it online, any links would also be great.

It's going to be used heavily, 0 gaming though so an advanced gpu is not required, many applications like office/word/internet browsing(with about 20 tabs open at once) all at once to be used and also my dad never likes to turn it off.

The budget is 600gbp but I could possibly push to 700 gbp.

We would like at least an i7 quad core cpu, preferably an amazing one, an ssd of at least 256gb size. preferablly 512gb. 8gb ram minimum,(prefer 12/16gb)

The rest can be completely open, motherboard etc wifi adapater, just needs 2/3 usb slots etc. The main focus is that it is extremely fast to open programs, starts up super quickly and can handle many office applications/20 tabs most running video without slowing down a single bit.

Thank you in advance for any help!!!

Add: I understand what I am asking for might be a bit overkill, but thats exactly what my dad likes and will make him happy. Spend a bit more now and he never expects to replace it. the more CPU/Ram overkill the better :). Thank you
 
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The problem is, with pre-built systems, normally with 8GB+ ram and 512 GB ssd, they will all put graphics cards in. so you either got to pay extra for the GPU, undercut the GPU so you move down to a i5 or go custom.
in every situation i completely recommend building a computer for best price to performance, but if a pre-built is completely neccersary a custom pc by pc special like this on, probably the best i can think of.
there may be some dell pre-built that may be what your looking for, but i couldnt find one.

Case
THERMALTAKE VERSA H17 GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Six Core CPU (3.6GHz-4.25GHz/19MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® PRIME A320M-K: Micro-ATX, AM4, USB 3.0, 6GB/s
Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2400MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GT 1030
1st M.2 SSD Drive
512GB INTEL® 660p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (upto 1500MB/sR | 1000MB/sW)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Processor Cooling
Corsair H60 2018 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler (you probs dont need this)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
this is from pcspecialist
 

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Hi, first of all thank you for the recommendation. Can you say how much this would cost and what site I would need to build it on?

If a better GPU is required, then please suggest the pre-built with it, as I said, my dad wants severe overkill and he'll spend everyday happy with his super fast pc.

How does this cpu compare with an intel i7? unfortunately having only been forcefed intel cpu's all my life as "the best out there" I worry when I see anything non-intel branded.
 
There are two basic requirements for your need:
  1. A ssd of some sort is the key to snappy performance. 240gb should be fine unless large video files are to be stored.
  2. With many tabs open(particularly chrome) you need 16gb of ram.
Past that intel integrated graphics is fine, it will play hd movies.

Any of the 9th gen intel processors are very fast in single thread performance which is what you need.
A desktop user mainly does one thing at a time.
I3, I5, I7, I9 is a bit confusing with the mobile processors.
It does describe cores and threads, but not exactly like the similarly named desktop versions.
To compare the capabilities of a processor, look up the passmark numbers.
For example, the i5-9400:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-9400+@+2.90GHz&id=3414


Lenovo makes some good products, look at their web site.
In particular, look for some of the sale/discontinued products.

I like the tiny units like this:
https://www.lenovo.com/gb/en/desktops-and-all-in-ones/thinkcentre/m-series-tiny/ThinkCentre-M720q/p/10T700AAUK
The i5-9400T has 6 cores and a very fast single thread processing speed. You need no more.

Here is perhaps a better buy
https://www.lenovo.com/gb/en/desktops-and-all-in-ones/lenovo/lenovo-v-series-tower-desktops/Lenovo-V530S-07ICB-Desktop/p/11BM002CUK
This one comes with 8gb of ram, but, I think you can add 8gb if you find you need it.
 

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How would this be? Of course my dad likes to look and find himself, always wants something cheaper

CPU: Intel core i7-2600
Motherboard: Dell 06D7TR
RAM: 8GB Hyundai DDR3
Intel HD Graphics integrated 2gb.
SSD 512gb Kingston
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Is this going to be much worse in reality for all described above? price is 289 gbp
 
Processor is ok, ssd is very good.
8gb of ram is not so good if dad wants to have many windows open.
Problem is that with only two ram slots on the motherboard, he may have to replace the 8gb of ram with a 2 x 8gb ddr3 upgrade.
The second generation i7-2600 is not near as capable as the 9th gen i5-9400 referenced above
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-2600+@+3.40GHz&id=1

Paying a bit more up front hurts only for a little while.
Regrets from buying something cheaper lasts much longer.
Pay what you need to for something good that you see and touch every day.
 

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I made what i think seems to be a budget beast. 698 gbp total. from cyberpower. Please can you tell me if it will be perfect and perform excellent as per req.

  • CABLE1: Cyberpower EXTRA UK power Cord (C13 - 13A) [+3] (1 piece)
  • CASE: Cyberpower ONYXIA Mid-Tower Black Gaming Case w/ USB 3.0, Front & Side Tempered Glass [-17]
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X - 8-Core 3.70GHz, 4.35GHz Turbo - 16MB L3 Cache Processor, Pro OC Compatible (No On-board Graphics)
  • CS_FAN: Maximum Airflow with 3 x 120mm LED Coloured Cooling Fans for your selected case (Blue Colour) [+9] (Fans Only (no upgrade))
  • EXCD: None Selected
  • EXPAN: Built-in USB Ports
  • FAN: AMD Ryzen Wraith CPU Cooler [-20]
  • FLASHMEDIA: External USB SD Card Reader [+6]
  • HD_M2PCIE: None Selected
  • HDD: None Selected [-40]
  • INTERBROWSER1: Google Chrome Internet Browser [+0]
  • M2SSD: 500GB (1x500GB) WD Blue SN550 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD - 2400MB/s Read & 1750MB/s Write [+17] (Single Drive)
  • M2SSD2: None Selected
  • MEMORY: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4/2400mhz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance LPX w/Heat Spreader)
  • MOTHERBOARD: ASUS PRIME B450M-K: M-ATX w/ USB 3.1, SATA3, 1x M.2 [-10]
  • NETWORK: ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT -- As standard on all PCs
  • OS: Windows 10 Home (64-bit Edition) Perfect for most people with all the core features of Windows 10 including: automatic updates, Cortana and DirectX 12 graphics support (No Recovery Media)
  • POWERSUPPLY: InWin A55 550W 80+ Certified Gaming Power Supply
  • RAID: None Selected
  • SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD AUDIO
  • USB1: Built-in USB Ports [+0]
  • VIDEO: GeForce® GT 1030 2GB - DX12®, DVI, HDMI - 2 Monitor Support [-255] (Single Card)
  • WARRANTY: DESKTOP STANDARD WARRANTY: 3 Year Labour, 2 Year Parts, 6 Month Collect and Return plus Life-Time Technical Support
Thank you!!!!

Edit: here is link

http://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/saved/2037839
 
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