[SOLVED] New PC build - general workstation minimal cost maximum value - UK

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Hi,

I am looking at building a new PC, this will be for general use: Web browsing, light photo and video editing, as well as office and other misc programs.


The link to the PCPartPicker list is here: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/mYZhj2

Any advice you can offer would be great!, happy to change any parts, but ideally don't want to increase the price too much unless there is a substantial benefit.

Approximate Purchase Date: starting purchasing parts in Jan 2021, hopefully will be building in February 2021

Budget Range: £600 ish including a screen (I have a keyboard and mouse already and some fans)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web browsing, emails, office, some light photo and video editing, and other misc programs

Are you buying a monitor: Yes at some point, but I current have a
19" 1080 monitor which I will use and then buy a second at some point down the line.

Parts to Upgrade: new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - will be buying a copy of windows 10 Home, with a view to getting a licence that can move to another motherboard in the future

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have purchased from ebuyer and scan before which seemed ok, amazon is fine. I am UK based so ideally will have free shipping in the UK

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: looking to build an intel system

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 is most likely to be the max

Additional Comments: This is mostly a budget build with a view to getting the best value, that is going to powerful enough to do some video editing at the most

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This is a new PC build that will replace an old laptop which is not suitable for anything other than web browsing

Parts List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/mYZhj2

CPU:
Intel Pentium Gold G5420 3.8 GHz Dual-Core Processor
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-pentium-gold-g5420
(Would be nice to get something a little better in the future so futureproofed system would be good)

Motherboard:
ASRock H310CM-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07L64S5N3

RAM:
2 x Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 CL16 Memory
https://www.ebuyer.com/719389-corsair-vengeance-lpx-8gb-ddr4-dram-2666mhz-c16-red-1-2v-memory-kit

NVME m.2 drive:
Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
https://www.ebuyer.com/974128-crucial-p2-500gb-3d-nand-nvme-pcie-m-2-ssd

Storage HDD:
Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
https://www.ebuyer.com/810559-seagate-barracuda-2tb-desktop-hard-drive

Case:
Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/fractal-design-define-nano-s-itx-computer-chassis-mini-itx-with-window-2x-usb-30

PSU:
Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
https://www.ebuyer.com/745621-corsair-cx-series-cx450m-450w-80-plus-bronze-certified-modular-atx-psu

OS:
Windows 10 home
https://www.ebuyer.com/720366-windows-10-home-32-64-bit

Fans:
Noctua F12 PWM 54.97 CFM 120 mm Fan
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00650P2ZC

Graphics card:
May get one in the future, but not currently on the list, but would like to be able to have the option down the line.

Thanks in advance to anyone that has the time to provide feedback, I have tried to put the best parts list together, but I am sure they may be some areas that can be improved, so please let me know if you have any thoughts.

Kind regards,

Chris
 
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Here is the list:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10600 3.3 GHz 6-Core Processor (£208.60 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler (£59.36 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING B460M-PLUS (WI-FI) Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard (£117.98 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 CL16 Memory (£98.46 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£54.98 @ Box Limited)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£91.49 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.95 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £700.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-28 18:21 GMT+0000


Forget Purchasing Windows10 and Run it Without Activating. It will work Fine.
 

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https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/JbP9nL

Here's a better combo. The CX450 is better quality than the CX450M but lacks modularity, but the pricing that this is showing is ridiculous. At least in India and the US it's $10-15 cheaper than the CXM.

The 10400 is future proof enough, 6c/12t will last you for years. If you want something even more future proof, i7-10700 is a good choice. Ryzen would be good if not for its lack of iGPU and sky high prices rn.

I would've suggested the SF450 which is expensive but a way better PSU and an actual SFX PSU. But this case is ITX mobo and ATX psu lol. Also Intel stock coolers are really bad, you might want an after market cooler for this thing

Nice options would be the Noctua NH-U12S, Arctic Freezer 34 esports duo.

Also you don't need that extra fan really.
 
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https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/JbP9nL

Here's a better combo. The CX450 is better quality than the CX450M but lacks modularity, but the pricing that this is showing is ridiculous. At least in India and the US it's $10-15 cheaper than the CXM.

The 10400 is future proof enough, 6c/12t will last you for years. If you want something even more future proof, i7-10700 is a good choice. Ryzen would be good if not for its lack of iGPU and sky high prices rn.

I would've suggested the SF450 which is expensive but a way better PSU and an actual SFX PSU. But this case is ITX mobo and ATX psu lol. Also Intel stock coolers are really bad, you might want an after market cooler for this thing

Nice options would be the Noctua NH-U12S, Arctic Freezer 34 esports duo.

Also you don't need that extra fan really.
@Prad_Bitt Thanks very much for your response.

Good to know about the PSU, I'll have a look around and see if I can the none modular version for cheaper...

Going with an i5 is a nice idea, but not sure i can fork out the cash for that at the moment... Might have to save a bit longer to get that one.

Also good to know about the cooler, that something I'll look at once I've got the build up and running.
 

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@Prad_Bitt Thanks very much for your response.

Good to know about the PSU, I'll have a look around and see if I can the none modular version for cheaper...

Going with an i5 is a nice idea, but not sure i can fork out the cash for that at the moment... Might have to save a bit longer to get that one.

Also good to know about the cooler, that something I'll look at once I've got the build up and running.
Your original parts list had two single DIMM part numbers. That is never a good idea. You ALWAYS should buy RAM in matched sets. Buy a single part number that has two DIMMs guaranteed to work together as a set from the manufacturer.
 
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Hi,

I am looking at building a new PC, this will be for general use: Web browsing, light photo and video editing, as well as office and other misc programs.


The link to the PCPartPicker list is here: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/mYZhj2

Any advice you can offer would be great!, happy to change any parts, but ideally don't want to increase the price too much unless there is a substantial benefit.

Approximate Purchase Date: starting purchasing parts in Jan 2021, hopefully will be building in February 2021

Budget Range: £600 ish including a screen (I have a keyboard and mouse already and some fans)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web browsing, emails, office, some light photo and video editing, and other misc programs

Are you buying a monitor: Yes at some point, but I current have a
19" 1080 monitor which I will use and then buy a second at some point down the line.

Parts to Upgrade: new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - will be buying a copy of windows 10 Home, with a view to getting a licence that can move to another motherboard in the future

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have purchased from ebuyer and scan before which seemed ok, amazon is fine. I am UK based so ideally will have free shipping in the UK

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: looking to build an intel system

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 is most likely to be the max

Additional Comments: This is mostly a budget build with a view to getting the best value, that is going to powerful enough to do some video editing at the most

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This is a new PC build that will replace an old laptop which is not suitable for anything other than web browsing

Parts List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/mYZhj2

CPU:
Intel Pentium Gold G5420 3.8 GHz Dual-Core Processor
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-pentium-gold-g5420
(Would be nice to get something a little better in the future so futureproofed system would be good)

Motherboard:
ASRock H310CM-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07L64S5N3

RAM:
2 x Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 CL16 Memory
https://www.ebuyer.com/719389-corsair-vengeance-lpx-8gb-ddr4-dram-2666mhz-c16-red-1-2v-memory-kit

NVME m.2 drive:
Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
https://www.ebuyer.com/974128-crucial-p2-500gb-3d-nand-nvme-pcie-m-2-ssd

Storage HDD:
Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
https://www.ebuyer.com/810559-seagate-barracuda-2tb-desktop-hard-drive

Case:
Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/fractal-design-define-nano-s-itx-computer-chassis-mini-itx-with-window-2x-usb-30

PSU:
Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
https://www.ebuyer.com/745621-corsair-cx-series-cx450m-450w-80-plus-bronze-certified-modular-atx-psu

OS:
Windows 10 home
https://www.ebuyer.com/720366-windows-10-home-32-64-bit

Fans:
Noctua F12 PWM 54.97 CFM 120 mm Fan
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00650P2ZC

Graphics card:
May get one in the future, but not currently on the list, but would like to be able to have the option down the line.

Thanks in advance to anyone that has the time to provide feedback, I have tried to put the best parts list together, but I am sure they may be some areas that can be improved, so please let me know if you have any thoughts.

Kind regards,

Chris
Nice set up but for about the same price I'd go with Intel's latest (most recent) socket 1200 (Comet Lake}. btw always try to purchase your RAM in sets.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-h410m-h-intel-h410-s-1200-ddr4-sata3-1x-m2-realtek-gbe-usb-32-gen-1-type-a-microatx
Gigabyte Intel H410M H micro-ATX Motherboard £59.98

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-pentium-g6400-s-1200-comet-lake-2-cores-4-threads-40ghz-4mb-cache-58w-retail
Intel Dual Core Pentium G6400 Comet Lake CPU/Processor £58.99

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/16gb-2x8gb-corsair-ddr4-vengeance-lpx-black-pc4-21300-2666-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-16-18-18-35-xmp-20
Corsair 16GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666MHz Memory Kit 2x 8GB £65.48
 

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@Prad_Bitt Thanks very much for your response.

Good to know about the PSU, I'll have a look around and see if I can the none modular version for cheaper...

Going with an i5 is a nice idea, but not sure i can fork out the cash for that at the moment... Might have to save a bit longer to get that one.

Also good to know about the cooler, that something I'll look at once I've got the build up and running.
The thing is, in 2020 if you're buying a 2c/4t cpu you're actually going back in time. 4c/4t is the baseline right now, with "future proofing" only being a prospect for 6c and above CPUs. With that mobo, you might be able to upgrade to Intel Gen 11 CPU's but that's about it. That's why I recommended a costlier cpu to begin with. Another thing you could do is get an i3-10100. 4c/8t. And later maybe a couple years down the line, upgrade to a 11th gen i7 which will most likely drop in prices by then
 
Here is the list:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor (£154.97 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B460M-A Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard (£94.99 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 CL16 Memory (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£54.98 @ Box Limited)
Case: Corsair 110Q ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.97 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£57.99 @ Corsair UK)
Monitor: Asus ProArt Display PA248QV 24.1" 1920x1200 60 Hz Monitor (£224.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £697.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-27 19:26 GMT+0000


Increase your budget a bit. Purchase this setup. Will be Perfect for Majority of your Needs.
 
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Your original parts list had two single DIMM part numbers. That is never a good idea. You ALWAYS should buy RAM in matched sets. Buy a single part number that has two DIMMs guaranteed to work together as a set from the manufacturer.
@kanewolf Thank you very much for the advice for buying RAM in sets, I was not aware of this, good to know.
 

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Nice set up but for about the same price I'd go with Intel's latest (most recent) socket 1200 (Comet Lake}. btw always try to purchase your RAM in sets.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-h410m-h-intel-h410-s-1200-ddr4-sata3-1x-m2-realtek-gbe-usb-32-gen-1-type-a-microatx
Gigabyte Intel H410M H micro-ATX Motherboard £59.98

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-pentium-g6400-s-1200-comet-lake-2-cores-4-threads-40ghz-4mb-cache-58w-retail
Intel Dual Core Pentium G6400 Comet Lake CPU/Processor £58.99

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/16gb-2x8gb-corsair-ddr4-vengeance-lpx-black-pc4-21300-2666-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-16-18-18-35-xmp-20
Corsair 16GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666MHz Memory Kit 2x 8GB £65.48
@Why_Me Thanks you very much for the info. This is good to know that Comet lake is the most recent chip set. And as well thanks for mentioning the RAM being bought as sets.
 
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The thing is, in 2020 if you're buying a 2c/4t cpu you're actually going back in time. 4c/4t is the baseline right now, with "future proofing" only being a prospect for 6c and above CPUs. With that mobo, you might be able to upgrade to Intel Gen 11 CPU's but that's about it. That's why I recommended a costlier cpu to begin with. Another thing you could do is get an i3-10100. 4c/8t. And later maybe a couple years down the line, upgrade to a 11th gen i7 which will most likely drop in prices by then
@Prad_Bitt This seems like a good idea.. I'll have a look how much a set-up like this will be.
 

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@Prad_Bitt @Why_Me @kanewolf @King Dranzer Just wanted to say thank you all for taking the time to provide feedback.

I have taken it on board, and in light of your comments have decided that it might be best if I up the processor to an i5 (Comet Lake) and just save for another month to get the extra cash to make this system better on first build.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i5-10400 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor | £154.97 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler | Noctua NH-L9i 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler | £40.98 @ CCL Computers
Motherboard | ASRock H470M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1200 Motherboard | £125.09 @ CCL Computers
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL15 Memory | £67.48 @ Ebuyer
Storage | Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | £49.08 @ CCL Computers
Case | Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case | £60.46 @ Scan.co.uk
Power Supply | Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | £57.99 @ Corsair UK
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit | £126.56 @ Newegg UK
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £682.61
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-28 16:28 GMT+0000 |

If anyone has any further feedback that would be great!
 

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@Prad_Bitt @Why_Me @kanewolf @King Dranzer Just wanted to say thank you all for taking the time to provide feedback.

I have taken it on board, and in light of your comments have decided that it might be best if I up the processor to an i5 (Comet Lake) and just save for another month to get the extra cash to make this system better on first build.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i5-10400 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor | £154.97 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler | Noctua NH-L9i 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler | £40.98 @ CCL Computers
Motherboard | ASRock H470M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1200 Motherboard | £125.09 @ CCL Computers
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL15 Memory | £67.48 @ Ebuyer
Storage | Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | £49.08 @ CCL Computers
Case | Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case | £60.46 @ Scan.co.uk
Power Supply | Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | £57.99 @ Corsair UK
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit | £126.56 @ Newegg UK
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £682.61
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-28 16:28 GMT+0000 |

If anyone has any further feedback that would be great!
Just one more piece of advice. Since that case is not something as thin as a console like the Fractal Node 202, you should just get an NH-U12S or Freezer 34 esports duo. That L9i is meant for much thinner builds, and will probably be noisy given there's no direct air intake on it. Buy a 120mm tower cooler like the ones I've suggested above instead for a case like that
 

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Just one more piece of advice. Since that case is not something as thin as a console like the Fractal Node 202, you should just get an NH-U12S or Freezer 34 esports duo. That L9i is meant for much thinner builds, and will probably be noisy given there's no direct air intake on it. Buy a 120mm tower cooler like the ones I've suggested above instead for a case like that
@Prad_Bitt Thanks again, here is the updated list

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i5-10400 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor | £154.97 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler | Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler | £54.98 @ CCL Computers
Motherboard | ASRock H470M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1200 Motherboard | £125.09 @ CCL Computers
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL15 Memory | £67.48 @ Ebuyer
Storage | Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | £49.08 @ CCL Computers
Case | Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case | £60.46 @ Scan.co.uk
Power Supply | Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | £57.99 @ Corsair UK
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit | £126.56 @ Newegg UK
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £696.61
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-28 16:54 GMT+0000 |
 
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@Prad_Bitt Thanks again, here is the updated list

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i5-10400 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor | £154.97 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler | Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler | £54.98 @ CCL Computers
Motherboard | ASRock H470M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1200 Motherboard | £125.09 @ CCL Computers
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL15 Memory | £67.48 @ Ebuyer
Storage | Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | £49.08 @ CCL Computers
Case | Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case | £60.46 @ Scan.co.uk
Power Supply | Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | £57.99 @ Corsair UK
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit | £126.56 @ Newegg UK
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £696.61
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-28 16:54 GMT+0000 |
Not even Close
 
Here is the list:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10600 3.3 GHz 6-Core Processor (£208.60 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler (£59.36 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING B460M-PLUS (WI-FI) Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard (£117.98 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 CL16 Memory (£98.46 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£54.98 @ Box Limited)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£91.49 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.95 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £700.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-28 18:21 GMT+0000


Forget Purchasing Windows10 and Run it Without Activating. It will work Fine.
 

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Here is the list:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10600 3.3 GHz 6-Core Processor (£208.60 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler (£59.36 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING B460M-PLUS (WI-FI) Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard (£117.98 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 CL16 Memory (£98.46 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£54.98 @ Box Limited)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£91.49 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.95 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £700.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-28 18:21 GMT+0000


Forget Purchasing Windows10 and Run it Without Activating. It will work Fine.
@King Dranzer thanks for the info. I am unsure about the idea of running a PC with windows 10 that is not activated... can you provide any further links to information about the benefits or negatives of doing this.

I want a PC that works without issue. Not activating windows seems like it would open up unforeseen issues.
 

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@King Dranzer thabjs for the info. I am unsure about the idea of running a PC with windows 10 that is not activated... can you provide any further links to information about the benefits or negatives of doing this.

I want a PC that works without issue. Not activating windows seems like it would open up unforeseen issues.
The only thing a lack of W10 activation does is an annoying stupid watermark saying activate windows. And you can't change your system theme and start menu color stuff like that. No difference in function. Just the stupid watermark
 
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You can Even Purchase Windows 10 Pro key from G2A for £ 20. At this point it can be considered Legit as all the big Tech Youtubers are accepting sites like that as Sponsors and Promoting it openly. Unless it is fine I don't see that many Famous Youtubers would have readily accepted them as Sponsors.
 

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The only thing a lack of W10 activation does is an annoying stupid watermark saying activate windows. And you can't change your system theme and start menu color stuff like that. No difference in function. Just the stupid watermark
Thanks for the info about the water mark
 

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You can Even Purchase Windows 10 Pro key from G2A for £ 20. At this point it can be considered Legit as all the big Tech Youtubers are accepting sites like that as Sponsors and Promoting it openly. Unless it is fine I don't see that many Famous Youtubers would have readily accepted them as Sponsors.
Thanks for clarifying, I’ll check out G2A and see what it is, but yeah seems like a good way to go, and I guess I can always just buy windows down the line if I need to. Thanks again.
 

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Here is the list:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10600 3.3 GHz 6-Core Processor (£208.60 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler (£59.36 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING B460M-PLUS (WI-FI) Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard (£117.98 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 CL16 Memory (£98.46 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£54.98 @ Box Limited)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£91.49 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.95 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £700.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-28 18:21 GMT+0000


Forget Purchasing Windows10 and Run it Without Activating. It will work Fine.
@King Dranzer Hi again,

Just been doing some final research and have come across another Mobo:

MSI MAG B460M Mortar-Wifi
MSI MAG B460M MORTAR WIFI Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard (MAG B460M MORTAR WIFI) - PCPartPicker

I was wondering if you had any reason you may have suggested the Asus over the MSI MAG B460M Mortar-Wifi?
 
@King Dranzer Hi again,

Just been doing some final research and have come across another Mobo:

MSI MAG B460M Mortar-Wifi
MSI MAG B460M MORTAR WIFI Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard (MAG B460M MORTAR WIFI) - PCPartPicker

I was wondering if you had any reason you may have suggested the Asus over the MSI MAG B460M Mortar-Wifi?
I personally had bad experience with Multiple MSI Motherboards over Past 10Yrs. So I avoid recommending MSI boards as much as possible.

And that TUF Motherboard is of Good Quality as well.

But if MSI Motherboard worked fine for you in the past then you can go for it. No problem.
 
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