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Hi- I'm looking to buy a desktop PC to replace two ageing laptops and an old XP desktop running various DVB scanning applications. Any help/guidance would be greatly appreciated, especially with regar… Read More
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6m, 4w agoPosted 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Hi- I'm looking to buy a desktop PC to replace two ageing laptops and an old XP desktop running various DVB scanning applications. Any help/guidance would be greatly appreciated, especially with regards to video cards etc. I won't be doing any gaming.

Basic requirements:

- 24/7 running for a VPN server and remote desktop logins

- support for at least 3 PCIe satellite/terrestrial TV cards, to watch/record channels (including those in 4K). I'll be running monitoring/scanning software that uses these cards 24/7.

- support for 2 monitors, which are currently 1080p but will eventually be upgraded to 4K (hoping to have 4K TV on one monitor, while working on another)

- at least 2TB HDD; 250GB SSD

- BD disc reader (not fussed about a BD writer)

- as much speed as possible!

I have no idea what I should be looking for when it comes to the processor and RAM. I'm looking to future-proof this as much as possible- the budget can stretch to about £900.

Many thanks!
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6m, 4w agoPosted 6 months, 4 weeks ago
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#1
Have a browse on Toms hardware forum. Great place for everything tech related. It's where I went to get an idea of what I wanted from a pc and how to build.
#2
Post on LinusTechTips forums and I think PCMASTERRACE on reddit would help out.
#3
to get an idea how much it could cost using a custom spec, try - PCspecialist
you can build pretty much what you want whilst on their website
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windymill
especially with regards to video cards

The latest integrated graphics is capable of running multiple 3840x2160 screens if the motherboard provides the outputs for it. I'd expect any PC with a couple of DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0 outputs to be suitable - although do double check as support is not quite universal yet.

windymill
- BD disc reader (not fussed about a BD writer)

You may have to add that yourself, blu-ray never became popular for data use so not many computers include them.

windymill
- as much speed as possible!
I have no idea what I should be looking for when it comes to the processor and RAM. I'm looking to future-proof this as much as possible- the budget can stretch to about £900.

How much of that will the TV cards take up?

Assuming the budget allows it than a 6400 or 6500 is generally the default choice of CPU, a reasonable jump in power over the 6100 without getting too expensive. Memory-wise I've no idea how much your applications use up, but 8GB or 16GB are the common choices.

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