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I know next to nothing about computers & parts but would be grateful if some who have experience in this area could help. My son is looking to use "bot" software (not gaming really) and has looked at …
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2m, 9h agoPosted 2 months, 9 hours ago
I know next to nothing about computers & parts but would be grateful if some who have experience in this area could help. My son is looking to use "bot" software (not gaming really) and has looked at the following parts for which he has a quote of around £540. Do people think this sounds about the right price or would a substantial saving be had by searching around and buying the parts individually? Are there January sales for parts? Where is the best place to buy from? Any help appreciated.

Parts
Thermaltake Versa H22 Windowed Midi Tower Case - £28
ASUS H110M-A/M.2 Micro ATX Skylake Motherboard - £54.95
Corsair 650 Watt VS650 Standard ATX PSU/Power Supply - £52.56
16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400MHz DDR4 - Red - £92.14
120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 Solid State Drive - SV300S37A/120G - £47.39
2TB Toshiba DT01ACA200 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive - PULL HDD - £40.92
Intel Core i5 6400 Skylake Desktop Processor/CPU - BX80662I56400 - £171.40
Total cost - £540
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2m, 9h agoPosted 2 months, 9 hours ago
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#1
If by "bot" you mean for programming one of the many robot kits, then this is far too much, a very basic £200 PC will do, even a Pi can handle that.

If you mean he wants to run a bot farm of compromised computers DVRs and webcams, selling it to people to run DDOS attacks - I dont think you should have asked it outside of the darknet.
#2
Looks like a good spec computer and for the price it's decent. By bot does he mean software? If so this is a good PC.
#3
Gentle_Giant
If by "bot" you mean for programming one of the many robot kits, then this is far too much, a very basic £200 PC will do, even a Pi can handle that.
If you mean he wants to run a bot farm of compromised computers DVRs and webcams, selling it to people to run DDOS attacks - I dont think you should have asked it outside of the darknet.

He says 'automisation task bots' for software ..... running SEO softwares as well as bots which are multi threaded ????
#4
firswood
Gentle_Giant
If by "bot" you mean for programming one of the many robot kits, then this is far too much, a very basic £200 PC will do, even a Pi can handle that.
If you mean he wants to run a bot farm of compromised computers DVRs and webcams, selling it to people to run DDOS attacks - I dont think you should have asked it outside of the darknet.
He says 'automisation task bots' for software ..... running SEO softwares as well as bots which are multi threaded ????
For automation tasks and seo softwares he would need 16gb ram as a minimum which is what he's got. The processor isn't to extravagant and looks about right.
#5
Assuming by bot you mean just generic software then get a prebuilt, it will work out cheaper and all your warranty/support is with the same place.
Without your running a dedicated gpu(s) anything over about 300w on the psu is over kill, a 240/250gb ssd will only be a tiny bit more and without your overclocking just get generic ram.
#6
If it were me spending £170 on a cpu I'd put the extra in to upgrade to the i5 6600k yes it's £50 or so more but you're only spending this money once & you're getting potentially a lot more bang for your buck.

I'd maybe consider a more expensive board as well a £50 motherboard with a near £200 cpu in it.

BUT that'll do everything you want to it's just whether you want to get that little bit extra from it, a little but longer life from it etc either way you won't be disappointed with that lot.
#7
pay little extra and get i5 6600k and then it Wil be beast, it's gud for multi tasking, second if u plan to sell ur pc in future u can sell easily

Edited By: asadjani2016 on Dec 22, 2016 13:43: more text
#8
have a look on http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/ for best prices.

Some of the prices you wrote can't be right, the 2TB hard drive for example, they are around £60 minimum!

Also i'd recommend getting a 240GB SSD as they're really cheap and 120GB gets filled quickly.

Also check out http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc
#9
the PSU is pretty poor quality - the lowest quality Corsair do even worse than the CX range. 650W is way too much for those parts anyway - far better to get a higher quality ~500W one.
Getting the i5-6600K might make sense but remember it comes without a heatsink/fan and only really makes sense with a Z170 motherboard.
This is why using the already suggested UK.pcpartspicker.com is the way to go for non -experts as it mostly knows things like the Intel 'K' series coming without a heatsink, and which boards, ram etc are compatible.
If the software your son wants to use is truly threaded, it may make sense to get an i7.
btw, with the Intel 'K' series you are paying a lot extra for being able to overclocking, and if you have intention to do so that extra money is wasted.
New Year's sale on parts of unlikely: certainly Intel's prices never get discounted (although conversely the recent price rises have all been due UKP vs USD rather than Intel).
However, AMD's Zen (Ryzen) is rumoured to launch by the end of January, and it looks like the first time in a decade AMD might be competitive.
Still, it's unlikely Intel will lower prices as AMD simply doesn't have the manpower to launch more than a few models at once.

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