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Hi, I'm looking to buy a new computer. I'll mainly use it for art and image editing, multi-tasking and internet. At the moment I'm looking for something along the lines of: Intel Core i7 920 2.… Read More
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Hi, I'm looking to buy a new computer. I'll mainly use it for art and image editing, multi-tasking and internet.

At the moment I'm looking for something along the lines of:

Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz 8Mb Cache
I7 -Asus P6T SE Crossfire 6400FSB DDR3 2000 x6 X58 chipset
8GB Corsair Memory DDR3 1600 (4 x 2gb)
1000GB SATA Hard Drive
Power Cool 650Watt power + standard case
1024mb 9500GT PCI Express Nvidia DDR DVI
DVD+/- RW - 20X Samsung Lightscribe
No Operating System or additional Software

I've had a competitive quote from Cougar Systems Online for £748.60 delivered and was wondering if I can do better or if there's anything else I need to consider before buying?

Thanks
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
I don't mean to be a killjoy, but an i7 setup is far over-specced (& still too expensive) for what you're going to use it for. An older gen quad-core setup will do.

Go for a branded PSU too - something like a Corsair or Antec, & a better case than the standard one they offer.

These are the only items of your original spec that I'd keep:
1000GB SATA Hard Drive
1024mb 9500GT PCI Express Nvidia DDR DVI
DVD+/- RW - 20X Samsung Lightscribe

You didn't mention a monitor, so I'm assuming you already have one?
#2
Im going to second Crossbow. i7 is not what you need and you could save yourself a fair whack of money dropping down.

my recommendations:

Switch from a single 1tb drive to 2 500gb drives
Ditch the lightscribe samsung drive and pick up an LG drive.
pick up a better GFX Card.
Branded PSU (Tagan have always been good for me)
cheaper mobo
Core quad CPU
4gb Ram

you will probably save yourself 200-250 or so.
#3
Your list of parts comes to £630 from ebuyer, £120 is far too much to pay someone to assemble a few components. Do it yourself, lets you choose the parts more appropriately and isn't a big job. Also 8GB ram is daft - its triple channel so get 3x2GB..
#4
But if you can afford an i7 pc they are worth every penny, are future proof and fly like a cheetah on an illegal substance. If you build your own you will save money as jah states and will be able to spec a decent overclocking mobo for that magical 4ghz per core on air.. Its not really just about what you will use it for now, but in a year or two's time.. and if you ever get into video encoding/transcoding or start using ripbot (which is the main reason why i have an i7) then you will really appreciate that i7 chip in your rig

But yeah, 6gig is better than 8 here for the tri channel and that psu is a risk in an i7 system

Shame Dell aren't selling their i7 systems cheap anymore, they were an absolute bargain!
#5
I bought an i7 setup for image editing (and all the batch conversion/processing it requires) and the i7 really flies through just about anything especially if the application is efficient at multithreading. A better graphics card on the other hand is not going to be any benefit for that purpose.

Dell were doing some good deals on Core i7 setups on their outlet with 6GB ram, 4850 for around 600 pounds although I can't see anything decent there at the moment.

John
#6
Johnmcl7
Dell were doing some good deals on Core i7 setups on their outlet with 6GB ram, 4850 for around 600 pounds although I can't see anything decent there at the moment.

John


Yeah i bagged one of those, i7920 1tb hdd, blu ray burner 6gb ddr3 tri channel ram, 512 4850 etc for £620 before quidco. Quality parts aswell which suprised me, even the cpu cooler is better than the standard intel one.. keeps it at 60 under 100% load for 6hrs vid encoding, and 75 on a new mobo oc'd to 3.9ghz.. thing is insanely fast!
#7
jah128
Your list of parts comes to £630 from ebuyer, £120 is far too much to pay someone to assemble a few components. Do it yourself, lets you choose the parts more appropriately and isn't a big job. Also 8GB ram is daft - its triple channel so get 3x2GB..


I will second the comment about the Asus P5T-SE and 4 sticks of ram the board is tri channel so either 3x2gb or 6x2gb i also agree with the build it yourself but i wouldn't pay any attention to the other comments about the i7 i have a Q6600 overclocked to 3.6 which ive had since near launch and its a very quick system but I'm going to be upgrading before Xmas remember that the i5 is due any time in the next few weeks which promises similar performance but missing stuff like tri channel ddr3 it will be back to dual channel ddr3 and QPI will be missing from the CPU so back to a north bridge the new boards will be based on the P35-P45 so will be the P55.

Basing it on the i5 should lower your price by a lot i should think but only time will tell by how much and what loss in performance there will be compared with the i7. Anyone building a new system from scratch now would be mental to use Socket775 as its old hat and is about to be superseded by the i5.

The i7 920 can be had for under £200 and the Asus board you mentioned is around the £130 mark there is also the MSI pro and a Gigabyte with 4 ram slots at the same price 6gb of decent 1600mhz ram will run you around £60-£110 the £110 will be corsair dominator that in testing is not really any quicker than the cheaper stuff the rest of the components that have been mentioned wouldn't be my choice and as for using the Nvidia 9500 in a i7 setup that is lunacy that's like sticking a Ford Fiesta engine in a Ferrari its a crap graphics card if your building something like this spend the extra £40 and get a decent GPU something like 1 ATI 4850 or 4870.

Don't be put off the idea of an i7 but unless your desperate wait a few weeks till the launch of the i5 as that will probably bring the price of the i7 and the boards down in price and you will also have a choice of the latest CPU that might be better suited to your needs. You don't want to spend £500 on an old quad system that obsolete before you get it home.
#8
I don't see the lunacy in not getting a higher graphics card when there's been no mention of any requirement for grapihcs horsepower, there are many tasks that can take advantage of a beefy processor but the graphics card is largely irrelevent. Although the likes of Photoshop CS4 is meant to have GPU acceleration I haven't seem any performance improvements with it on the 4850 over a 3000 series card.

John
#9
Aren't Intel due to release the i3 and i5 chips soon, a cheaper version of the i7

Might that be a better route?
#10
Thanks for the replies. I know there are a lot of computer techs on this forum so always good to hear your opinions.
The image editing I do can involve working on 100-300MB+ multi-layer Photoshop files which require huge amounts of processing power, so I don't like the thought of lowering the spec too much and as Johnmcl7 mentioned, I have no use for a better graphics card. 99% of the gaming I do these days is on my Xbox360 and am unaware of any other benefits I might get for buying a better graphics card/s.

I will look into the i5. I was hoping to make a purchase within the next few weeks, but perhaps I can wait?

jah128- thanks for looking up my list of parts on ebuyer- I might just take people's advice then and build it myself. I didn't think I would save that much money!

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