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Need Suggestions for a new PC Build..
show user profile  ScotlandDave
I need a new pc for home use.

Not sure whether to build one myself, or pre-built system, but i need something relatively inexpensive (i have a wedding to pay for).

I`d like an i7 setup + monitor, but i don`t think i can quite stretch to that unless anybody knows of any super duper deals in the UK..

Otherwise,quad-core setup, but there are so many versions of cpu`s and graphics-cards i dunno what`s exactly to look for.

Any help would be appreciated.

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3/3/2009 3:45:37 PM (last edit: 3/3/2009 3:45:37 PM)
show user profile  nemo
what do you want to do with your pc?

only get more than 2 cores if you do rendering

if you render:
>but i need something relatively inexpensive
dont get an i7, get an q6600, still the best bang for the buck

nemo out

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3/3/2009 3:55:11 PM (last edit: 3/3/2009 3:55:11 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
I`ll use it for general app-juggling, occasional 3d and fairly intensive music/audio production. So a pretty responsive system all round without breaking my wallet atm..

Is the q6600 still a contender?? It`s been around for a while now..

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3/3/2009 4:05:52 PM (last edit: 3/3/2009 4:05:52 PM)
show user profile  mattymoose
This site seems to have good recommendations for a wide variety of systems

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3/3/2009 4:22:12 PM (last edit: 3/3/2009 4:22:12 PM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
Or wait for i5 which will be a cheaper version of the i7

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3/3/2009 4:38:15 PM (last edit: 3/3/2009 4:38:15 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Lol thanks, but i can`t wait, my pc at home is threatening to give up big time. I`ve pushed her to the limit, she`s running on capacity - what can i say?

I have tracks that need finished for labels and i can`t due to the fact that she just can`t take any more, captain.


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3/4/2009 3:00:41 AM (last edit: 3/4/2009 3:00:41 AM)
show user profile  Westcoast13

I just paid £750 for a quad core, 64bit machine, 8gb ram, 9800gt gfx card, it runs great (touch wood).

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3/4/2009 3:13:30 AM (last edit: 3/4/2009 3:13:30 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Where`d u get it from?

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3/4/2009 3:51:09 AM (last edit: 3/4/2009 3:51:09 AM)
show user profile  Westcoast13

They were pretty good. I saved a quote on theor site, left it a few days, then got an email with a promo code to enter at checkout for an extra £5 (lol) off, and priority 1 week turnaround (which was worth having!).

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3/4/2009 4:10:44 AM (last edit: 3/4/2009 4:10:44 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Any more suggestions or ideas about this?

I`d really like an idea of what graphics cards to look out for, something budget but with a decent turnover for 3d. There are just so f***g many out there!

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3/4/2009 11:09:26 AM (last edit: 3/4/2009 11:09:26 AM)
show user profile  Stephen R.
for budget an 8800GTX or ATI 4870 HD will hold you in good stead for a long time to come still if you arent gaming.

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3/4/2009 11:15:05 AM (last edit: 3/4/2009 11:15:05 AM)
show user profile  nemo
after what you have written the q6600 will be overkill for your use cases.
get a dual core and a radeon hd 4670.

anything bigger would just be for your ego.

nemo out

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3/4/2009 12:40:16 PM (last edit: 3/4/2009 12:41:49 PM)
show user profile  Stephen R.
or less you have to buy in the future. Theres "what you need", "What will hold you in good stead for many years" and "holy shit I had to have this cuz it strokes my.... ego"

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3/4/2009 2:11:03 PM (last edit: 3/4/2009 2:11:03 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
lol thanks for that.

i dont think theres any such thing as overkill when it comes to processor intensive media and design applications. What is overkill is spending 3 times over the odds for an 4 percent performance gain..

But i`m not doing that i`m looking for a relatively cheap system for the time-being (probably q6600 based) with a decent spec of ram and a graphics card that`ll work..

Can anybody advise me, what`s the difference with like the newer spec of quads like the Q8200, Q9950 etc compared to the Q6600 in terms of price and performance?

Thanks loads for the comments so far.

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3/4/2009 3:05:04 PM (last edit: 3/4/2009 3:05:04 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Okay after a fair bit of shopping around, I ended up back at

Customised system for a bit under 700 quid (uk money):

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 - (4x 2.66ghz, 1333mhz bus speed, 6mb L2 cache, 45nm chip)
Standard Heatsink+Fan
Asus P5QL Motherboard - (default option)
4GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 RAM @ 1066mhz
500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s HardDrive - (going to upgrade seperately)
Standard 20x DVD ReWriter
NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT 512MB Graphics Card
Onboard audio
19" Widescreen Monitor - (needed to upgrade my old crt at last)
700w EZCool Tornado PSU
Asus TA-210 - (should look like shit run like hell)

No Operating System - (going to stick xp 64 in it)

I shopped about before i got this. I think it`s a good price considering theres good spec ram and a monitor in there too.. Just need to wait for the thing to arrive now :)

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3/9/2009 3:21:19 AM (last edit: 3/9/2009 3:21:19 AM)
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