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13 Mar 2013 - 11:17 PM

New PC is one of these It's initially more expensive than a standard machine but no fans, no dust, less power consumption and zero noise. It's a joy to use.

Spec is Crucial 512gb SATA 3 SSD, 2tb Data drive, 32gb RAM, Core i7 3770K 77W Quad Core CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GT610 Fanless Graphics Card, Win 8

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Quote: New PC is one of these It's initially more expensive than a standard machine but no fans, no dust, less power consumption and zero noise. It's a joy to use.

Spec is Crucial 512gb SATA 3 SSD, 2tb Data drive, 32gb RAM, Core i7 3770K 77W Quad Core CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GT610 Fanless Graphics Card, Win 8

Nice set-up, but what a price, even with the standard model at over 1000! I build my own PCs and my main system has similar specs to yours (although different branded components) and that only cost about 700 or so

User_Removed
13 Mar 2013 - 11:32 PM

Mine was about 1700 in total. I paid about 70 quid just for a rubber thing that goes around the mechanical drive!

I built my last four PCs. This time I really wanted to treat myself and I didn't compromise on the components. I calculated an equivalent Dell was about 1200.

paulcookphotography

If you shop around carefully (on self-builds) you dont have to compromise on components or quality.

One system i looked at wanted something like 250 extra to include the same 'basic' graphics card you could buy for around 150. By the time you added up the component costs (and a decent looking case) compared with what they were offering as a complete package, there was around a 40% mark-up (more, if you used like for like rather than fitting it out with superior components)

Last Modified By paulcookphotography at 13 Mar 2013 - 11:59 PM
User_Removed
14 Mar 2013 - 1:15 AM

There's a lot of satisfaction with self-build PCs and you should save money but the last time I added up the cost of a self-build it wasn't that much cheaper than the same spec ready-built system selling on ebay.

When I say I didn't compromise, I mean that when speccing the system on the Quiet PC page I just got the biggest and best of everything, I'd have been fine with 16gb of RAM but I got 32 and so on. I considered self build it but I wanted it in a hurry and with it being fanless there were new components and ideas, stuff I'd never built before. Some of the more specialised components are only available from that company in this country.

chrisheathcote
chrisheathcote e2 Member 8241 forum postschrisheathcote vcard United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 - 10:20 PM

Just thought I'd give a quick update, I have just ordered the components for my new machine, in the end I decided on the following spec

Intel I5 3570K 3.4ghz
16GB (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance Jet Black Low Profile 1600MHz CL10 DDR3 Dual/Quad Channel Kit
MSI Z77A-GD65 Intel Z77 Socket 1155 DDR3
Samsung 250GB SATA III SSD
2TB WD Caviar Green SATA III HDD

This will all be attached to my existing Graphics card, DVD RW and External 2GB HDD. All this for about 700.

Thank you for all your advice and help, and thank you for not turning it into the usual Mac V PC mines better than yours

Chris

User_Removed
14 Mar 2013 - 11:59 PM

Sounds good Chris - wonder how long it is before we're all speccing our new ones with i12 32 core processors etc etc!

maverick777
15 Mar 2013 - 1:45 AM

Just got a D7100, so I just bought a few HDD's for more storage.

Built the following myself:
Intel i5 3570K at 4.2ghz
8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR 1600mhz
Asus P8Z77V Pro
2gb Gigabyte GTX 670
Sandisk 120gb SSD
Sandisk 240gb SSD
2x 1TB WD RE4 HDD (these are strictly for photos and videos)

I'm still trying to figure out what the best way to keep my pictures all backed up. I've had so many external HDD's fail over the years.

chrisheathcote
chrisheathcote e2 Member 8241 forum postschrisheathcote vcard United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 - 6:36 AM


Quote: I'm still trying to figure out what the best way to keep my pictures all backed up. I've had so many external HDD's fail over the years.

Me too. I'm starting to thinking about adding cloud to my backup solution. Ie photos backed up to external drive and the cloud

User_Removed
15 Mar 2013 - 11:47 AM

Some ePz members back up religiously to an external drive but the whole setup is stored in the same house where the same fire, flood or theft could leave them with no pictures.

I use a cloud back up called Backblaze, they could go bust of course but probably not at exactly the same time as my computer explodes.

Windows 8 has an excellent Storage Pool facility built in, you can add drives whether network, internal or external and they all appear as one big drive that is already backed up with at least one extra copy of everything as soon as you save to the drive.

I used to be in the habit of backing up to an external drive which I'd keep at my dad's house. I really need to get back into that habit. I'll probably switch cloud provider soon to SkyDrive as it integrates nicely into Windows and it's very easy to access from other devices.

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2013 - 11:53 AM

I've just started storing stuff on cloud, but most of anything I would be sorry to lose is already on the web in some form anyway. So I'm not overly worried about my digital photos and videos.

My big problem is albums of photos and boxes of slides which aren't even digitised. It is a huge undertaking if I do it myself, and very expensive if I get it done professionally.

karl
karl Site Moderator 10574 forum posts United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 - 11:16 AM

AMD have lost the plot unfortunately. The i3 and i5 firmly kick them in to the bushes, let alone the i7. For years I had AMD, and the same at work for our servers - they were AMD Opteron. Now we use Intel, AMD can't come close except in very limited circumstances.

Can get some good deals on i5 3570k + motherboard + 8GB RAM at the moment, less than 300.

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