PC Buying Advice Please

    Hi All,

    Looking to upgrade my pc. Dont need a monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers or even an optical drive or operating system (I can put my own on if needs be).
    What i would like is the best value deal for around £500 which will primarily be used for High definition video encoding, playing blu ray discs, occaisional non serious gaming (this is not a priority). Ideally I want the quickest cpu coupled with reasonable storage and a graphics card that will easily handle blu ray display and maybe a few games.
    I have come across the following system and would like your opinions on whether this is good value for money as its an i7 processor which seems too good to be true:-…or/

    I am aware that there is only 3GB of Ram (presumably I can up this as needs be). What about the psu - would this be sufficient? Graphics card is this reasonable??

    Comments appreciated - many thanks.

    p.s. I would add the blu ray drive myself at a later date



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    Although that GPU might be slight overkill for what you need, you could opt for a 4850 or even a 4670 might do you fine which could allow you to go for a bigger hard drive or something etc.

    i would get one custom built.. best way to do it in my opinion!

    Original Poster

    ok a nice suggestion there - my work colleague is pushing me towards that i7. He claims it'll be more future proof, runs with DDR3 RAM (better in his eyes). Any comments from anyone on that paticular rig??
    Maybe I should add that I would be doing some bluray conversion work encoding with x.264 so a fast cpu is definately attractive.

    Does this help?

    EV Black Mid Tower Case with Carry Handles and Mesh Side Panel - No PSU £24.99

    Extra Value Gold 650W PSU Silent - 12cm Fan, 20+4pin, 1x SATA, 1x PCI-E £25.22

    Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Kit CL5 1.8v £37.99

    LG GH22NS40 22X SATA DVD±RW/DL/RAM Black Bare Drive - OEM £16.08

    Samsung EcoGreen F2 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache - OEM £59.99

    MSI K9A2VM-FD 780V Socket AM2+ onboard Graphics 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard £48.12

    AMD Phenom X4 9950 2.6GHz Black Edition Socket AM2+ 125W 4MB L2 Cache (512KBx4) Retail Boxed Processor £114.95

    Gainward HD 4870 Golden Sample Edition 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort HDCP PCI-E Graphics Card £140.25


    Original Poster

    Well here is what I have eventually ordered - I priced this up as £525 inc vat and then realised there was the small matter of having forgotten the processor :oops: Anyway someone is going to have to do overtime to pay this off :w00t: Hope this lot looks compatible:-

    AMD Phenom II 955 3.2Ghz - £176.44 (

    Corsair CMPSU-550V 550W Power Supply - £64.74 (

    Antec 300 Tower Case - £40.53 (Lambda

    OCZ 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Gold XTC Triple Channel Memory Kit for i7 Motherboard - £75.00 (Ebuyer)

    Graphics Card - Sapphire HD4870 1GB GDDR5 750MHZ - £114.77 (

    Blu-Ray Drive - Pioneer BDC-S02BK 5 x BluRay DVDRW Combo - £67.31 (

    Motherboard - MSI 790GX-G65 AM3 DDR3 HDMI 8 Channel Blu-Ray Audio ATX Motherboard - £95.22 (

    Hard Drive - 1Tb Hitachi Deskstar 7K100.B SATA-2 16MB Cache - £53.93 (

    Total spend - £712.04 (My wife is going to kill me)

    Please let me know if you spot any incompatabilities - the RAM had me worried but as far as I can tell this is compatible with the mobo and processor.

    Thanks for looking and all the help and suggestions.
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