Looking to build a new pc need help!

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Found 5th Feb 2009
im looking to build a new pc but i don't know what CPU to buy i only use my pc for general things like surfing the web, listening to music, photo editing and watching some HD movies, i don't really play games as i have a 360

i was wondering if i need a quad core or just a standard dual core possessor any help ?

thanks

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cpu's are going up in price at the moment and are mobo's but memory is cheap, i use the Q6600 which is a 2.4 quad they overclock really easy to 3.6 on air, future proof for about 3yrs, cost about £150 +vat, if you need any more info just ask, cheers

HOW MUCH ARE YOU LOOKING AT SPENDING

I'd probably say go for a Dual Core, as from what I'm aware of, you won't get the full benefit of a Quad Core most of the time.

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wickedteen;4291082

cpu's are going up in price at the moment and are mobo's but memory is … cpu's are going up in price at the moment and are mobo's but memory is cheap, i use the Q6600 which is a 2.4 quad they overclock really easy to 3.6 on air, future proof for about 3yrs, cost about £150 +vat, if you need any more info just ask, cheersHOW MUCH ARE YOU LOOKING AT SPENDING



i was only looking to spend around £80 but if i need to £150 tops

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DragonChris;4291116

I'd probably say go for a Dual Core, as from what I'm aware of, you won't … I'd probably say go for a Dual Core, as from what I'm aware of, you won't get the full benefit of a Quad Core most of the time.



great thanks witch do you think either AMD or Intel for a £80 dual core CPU ?

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faevilangel;4291152

for £80 you could pick up an amd dual core try ebuyer.com, dabs.com, … for £80 you could pick up an amd dual core try ebuyer.com, dabs.com, scan.co.uk :lol:



thanks so you think amd will be better for a cheap dual core CPU

ive always gone with intel, buy what you can afford, dual core is fine, but there is a lot of programs coming out for quad now as that is the way its going

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What about meeting Dual core and Quad core in the middle and getting a Triple core

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intel is the better cpu but you pay more for an intel ..... if you can stretch your budget then get an intel but make sure its a core2duo not a pentium dualcore (pentium one is old, overheats and less cache)

divny123;4291160

great thanks witch do you think either AMD or Intel for a £80 dual core … great thanks witch do you think either AMD or Intel for a £80 dual core CPU ?



My own PC has an AMD CPU, but it's a few years old. I think it's a case of either/or, whatever your preference is Both should run solidly, I'd assume, although Intel I suppose would be classed as superior

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faevilangel;4291285

intel is the better cpu but you pay more for an intel ..... if you can … intel is the better cpu but you pay more for an intel ..... if you can stretch your budget then get an intel but make sure its a core2duo not a pentium dualcore (pentium one is old, overheats and less cache)



would this core 2 duo

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be better then this amd phenom

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Thanks for everyone's help iv gave you all rep :thumbsup:

Okay, with the exception of HD movies, there's nothing there that a five year old system can't handle. For that reason, I'd go for the Intel E2220 chip. As memory serves, it's 2.4GHz of dual-core goodness, and as such, it will be easily powerful enough to cope with any HD content you throw at it. They sell for around £60, and are the fastest processors available at that price point by a long shot. Given that the next Intel CPU up is around £35 more expensive for a miniscule performance increase and the next one down is a 1.6GHz Celeron and the entire AMD range is just pish, it's the chip to go for at the moment.

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DragonChris;4291303

My own PC has an AMD CPU, but it's a few years old. I think it's a case … My own PC has an AMD CPU, but it's a few years old. I think it's a case of either/or, whatever your preference is Both should run solidly, I'd assume, although Intel I suppose would be classed as superior



the pc iv got now is really old (Dell GX280 with P4 2.8 :oops:) i brought it when my pc packed up that had a amd processor in

You're not trying to stick a new CPU into an old mobo are you?

IF you have a compatible motherboard then get a Intel CPU, can't beat them, get the Q6600 if you can, a hot favourite with 4 cores and can get gotten quite cheap when on offers.

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Wotwot123;4291518

You're not trying to stick a new CPU into an old mobo are you? IF you … You're not trying to stick a new CPU into an old mobo are you? IF you have a compatible motherboard then get a Intel CPU, can't beat them, get the Q6600 if you can, a hot favourite with 4 cores and can get gotten quite cheap when on offers.



no of cause not, haven't seen the title Looking to build a new PC :whistling: and i might consider getting a Q6600

there are to types of the Q6600, the better one is the go stepping Q6600, it uses less power and runs cooler

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wickedteen;4291638

there are to types of the Q6600, the better one is the go stepping Q6600, … there are to types of the Q6600, the better one is the go stepping Q6600, it uses less power and runs cooler



its £144 for the oem version at scan

That much? Used to be around £100.

dxx;4291382

Okay, with the exception of HD movies, there's nothing there that a five … Okay, with the exception of HD movies, there's nothing there that a five year old system can't handle. For that reason, I'd go for the Intel E2220 chip. As memory serves, it's 2.4GHz of dual-core goodness, and as such, it will be easily powerful enough to cope with any HD content you throw at it. They sell for around £60, and are the fastest processors available at that price point by a long shot. Given that the next Intel CPU up is around £35 more expensive for a miniscule performance increase and the next one down is a 1.6GHz Celeron and the entire AMD range is just pish, it's the chip to go for at the moment.



slightly bigoted and often incorrect due to over simplification. i really would like to make you attempt HD video editing on that chip with 1Gb ram for a couple of hours punishment

Wotwot123;4292114

That much? Used to be around £100.


yup i bought 2 last year @£96 incl weak pound is killing us. seen the price of vista as well, madness


OP I think your lack of detail in posting may well lead you into trouble with this project, building a PC is fairly easy if you have all the correct bits.
Researching and deciding which bits to buy etc without current market knowledge can be a nightmare if you have little experience of any engineering methods.
Bit like creating a new recipe with a cold, won't taste so great when the cold has gone
If you can decide what you are most certainly never going to do with this system(HD video editing?, gaming?) then you can start asking for suggestions on appropriate spec but get organised as you will get swamped with answers.

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maddogb;4293463

slightly bigoted and often incorrect due to over simplification. i really … slightly bigoted and often incorrect due to over simplification. i really would like to make you attempt HD video editing on that chip with 1Gb ram for a couple of hours punishmentyup i bought 2 last year @£96 incl weak pound is killing us. seen the price of vista as well, madnessOP I think your lack of detail in posting may well lead you into trouble with this project, building a PC is fairly easy if you have all the correct bits.Researching and deciding which bits to buy etc without current market knowledge can be a nightmare if you have little experience of any engineering methods.Bit like creating a new recipe with a cold, won't taste so great when the cold has goneIf you can decide what you are most certainly never going to do with this system(HD video editing?, gaming?) then you can start asking for suggestions on appropriate spec but get organised as you will get swamped with answers.



i already know what setup i want a motherboard with built-in graphics with a hdmi port, a small hard drive about 120gb because i have a 1tb Networked drive, 2 or 4gb of pc6400 ram the rest i already have ready just wasn't too sure which CPU i would need

and i wouldn't be video editing or gaming, just image editing, web browsing, instant messaging, word processing, music and HD movies but i would want to multitask all the things at once

divny123;4293656

i already know what setup i want a motherboard with built-in graphics … i already know what setup i want a motherboard with built-in graphics with a hdmi port, a small hard drive about 120gb because i have a 1tb Networked drive, 2 or 4gb of pc6400 ram the rest i already have ready just wasn't too sure which CPU i would needand i wouldn't be video editing or gaming, just image editing, web browsing, instant messaging, word processing, music and HD movies but i would want to multitask all the things at once



The essence of what you want to do with that budget is the multi tasking, if i were to set that up i think i would carefully consider an AMD solution, from personal experience they are slower than the intel equivalent but not by as mush as the current cost differential and have a greater variety of chips such as the triple core.(think the 8650/8750 are about your budget(£80)
Playback of HD content using an on-board solution (depending on codec)will in essence tie up one core of about 2.1ghz,so get extra for OS/anti virus messenger etc.
Also consider what monitor acreage you will have as playback of hd content requires 1920x1080pixels, anyone else watching will not want your browser etc on top of movie and running a dual monitor setup with on-board gpu will require max board bus speed..
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