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Paul, you might put your parts list here once you've decided?
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I buy all my PCs / laptops refurbished from PCWorld (never had a problem yet, I reckon that doing that I get them cheaper and sorted the way they should have been when they were first sold
I then add extra hard drive, more RAM and get it the way I like it to be.
I've got two PCs on the go and a couple of laptops (one foe me and one for my wife) - seems to work
(I used to build my own but the excitement went out of it now they are so easy to build and cheap to buy "off the shelf")
Quote: Paul, you might put your parts list here once you've decided?
AMD 8 core Processor
Large CPU heat sink(passive cooling)
8 gig memory, maybe 16 tops.
Gigabyte mother board(Micro ATX)
Quality case(Micro ATX desk top) and GPU
Hdd Rack(hot swapping)
120gb SDD for operating system
1 TB hard drive for rack
I`ve already got the new operating system and a new graphics card (arrived today)
All in, £500 or less.
Quote: I used to build my own but the excitement went out of it now they are so easy to build and cheap to buy "off the shelf"
Thanks to off the shelf systems in the past, I`m going to have to pay extra for this build, its not always good
Forgot the optical drive, for now I could use what I already have, or splash out an extra 50 quid and add a blueray re-writer
When I buy a new machine (or if I were to put one together), I always do a complete clean install of Windows and then make an image of it without my working software loaded. That way, any glitches or driver problems mean a five minute restoration of the disk.
Then I do another image when all my software is loaded and ready. It's good to have a clean system to go back to any time you want.
Last week I installed an SSD to my machine in France, having been quite overwhelmed by the performance improvement on my computer in the UK. I'll not buy another machine without an SSD for OS and program files, the biggest single difference you can make.
Boot time is cut to a few seconds and programs like Photoshop and Lightroom, with the catalog on the SSD, simply fly. I keep my image and video files on a separate spinning hard disk. To set up the SSD was merely a matter of cloning the c: partition on my HD and then restoring it to the SSD, took all of 10 minutes. I really would recommend an SSD to anyone - around £80 for a 128GB model.
Spinning disk are going to be a thing of the past for me, my hard drives will be removable and if one is left in it will have an on/off switch, you might be surprised how much extra heat these drives create.
I quite like the idea of having a passive power supply, ie no fan but there are still bit pricey, I`m still undecided on this.
Ordered the mobo yesterday, it could be a few months before I have collected enough parts to build the system
Quote: I build my own for the fun of it.
As others have noted, there's something to be said for doing it yourself. It's a nice feeling when you switch on and it all works. However, the market's changing. Desktop PC sales are falling year on year as folk turn to laptops and mobile phones as a more flexible alternative. Wireless connectivity is and will continue to be a big influence.
Quote: As others have noted, there's something to be said for doing it yourself
I will be if the wife finds out
I`ve Just ordered the case and the optical drive, it had to be small and neat, most cases just look horrible, I went for this one in the end.
The beauty of brand-name computers is that they work straight of the box. And they come with warranty and support. Manufacturers can buy components a lot cheaper than you can.
Some years back, I bought a "bespoke" computer from a local supplier and when the hard-drive failed, as they all do, I learned that none of the software or the operating system had been road-legal. Getting it working again was an expensive business because he'd ceased trading and everything had to be purchased afresh.
Quote: And they come with warranty and support
And so will mine, building it myself
Quote: ....building it myself
Good luck with your project. If you get stuck I expect you'll find a wealth of advice on here
That could be interesting
Quote: I learned that none of the software or the operating system had been road-legal. Getting it working again was an expensive business because he'd ceased trading and everything had to be purchased afresh
Road legal as in what
I agree with Paul and Dann: PC Specialists really are good: They provide excellent advice as well as back-up service and send you a very useful manual.
Yes but it is the extra cost involved.
I have shopped around and the cheapest I have found will cost me £849 for something identical to what I am building for £489, that is a big difference.
My final cost will more than likely be even cheaper, I`ve based my prices on Amazon.
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