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    Lesser Hivemind Node SirDavies's Avatar
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    Buying a new PC. Recommendations.

    Hi, I'm considering buying a new PC. At first I thought of buying it piece by piece, but then I came around a website from my area that had these two on offer (sorry about it being in spanish, but reading just the column to the right you should get it just fine):

    525€
    Descripción del producto
    iLife BS70-15 INTEL CORE i5 3570 (3,40GHz)
    Tipo Ordenador personal tipo Basic Plus
    Caja Tacens OMNIA ATX
    Fuente de alimentación 500W (FAN 12CM)
    Placa Base Gigabyte B75M-D3H (B75)
    Procesador 1 x INTEL CORE i5 3570 ( 4 núcleos )
    Memoria caché 6 MB L2
    Caché por núcleo 1.5 MB
    Memoria RAM 8GB DDR3 1600MHz KINGSTON HyperX
    Disco duro Western Digital 1TB SATA
    Controlador de almacenamiento Serial ATA ( ATA-300, ATA-600 )
    Controlador gráfico ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GT610 1GB DDR3
    Almacenamiento óptico Grabadora DVD±RW DL
    Conexión de redes LAN 10/100/1000
    Audio salida Sonido envolvente de 8 canales
    Lector de tarjetas Si
    Monitor Ninguno
    Peso 7-8 kg
    Otros VGA, DVI, HDMI, USB 3.0, PS/2
    735€ version:

    Descripción del producto iLife GA11-15 INTEL CORE i7 3770 (3,40GHz)
    Tipo Ordenador personal
    Caja Cooler Master 430 ELITE ATX
    Fuente de alimentación Cooler Master 600W (FAN 12CM)
    Placa Base Gigabyte H77M-D3H (H77)
    Procesador 1 x INTEL CORE i7 3770 (3,40GHz) 8MB
    Memoria caché 8 MB L2
    Caché por núcleo 2 MB
    Memoria RAM 8GB (1x8) DDR3 1600MHz KINGSTON HyperX
    Disco duro Western Digital Caviar 1TB SATA 6Gb/s
    Controlador de almacenamiento Serial ATA-600, ATA-300 con soporte RAID 0,1,5,10
    Controlador gráfico NVIDIA GTX650 1GB DDR5
    Almacenamiento óptico Grabadora DVD±RW DL
    Conexión de redes GBLAN 10/100/1000
    Audio salida Sonido envolvente de 8 canales
    Lector de tarjetas Si (85 en 1)
    Monitor Ninguno
    Peso 10 kg
    Otros Audio 7.1, VGA, DVI, HDMI, PS/2 USB 3.0

    So what is your opinion on those two? Is it worth it to get the more expensive one? What parts would you change if you had the option?

    This PC will be used with Windows 7 to play games, amongst other things.

    Please, bring me your opinions.

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    GT 610? The first machine will blow up if you even start up Angry Birds on it.

    The second one is hugely better. But... that doesn't really say much. It's still rather weak. And poorly balanced; it wastes a lot of money on a Core i7 that doesn't perform any better than a Core i5 in games, yet it sticks to a GTX 650 graphics card, which is... well, WAY better than the GT 610, but still quite weak. And of course it has a bad power supply too.

    I don't know how expensive hardware components are in Spain, but I know for a fact that I could do better for the same price in Denmark, with 25% VAT and the highest general price levels in the EU.

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    second rig!

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    Thanks for the feedback. I'm really not up to date on the best compuer parts right now. I would really appreciate it if somebdy made a computer suggestion that didn't go above the 750€ limit, or if that's asking too much, just recommend me a good graphics card. Given yours and other feedback, I think I'll just build my own PC piece by piece. Thanks again.

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    I don't quite know the hardware prices in Spain, but I would aim for something like this:

    OEM Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (or Windows 8)
    Asrock Z75 Pro3 or Asrock Z77 Pro3. Asrock B75 Pro3 if you need to go a bit cheaper.
    Intel Core i5-3350P
    2 x 4 GB DDR3-1600, eg. Crucial Ballistix Sport. Kingston and Corsair are good too.
    Radeon HD 7850 1 GB. Brand isn't hugely important.
    500 GB or 1 TB Seagate Barracuda or WD Blue.
    DVD burner - LiteOn and Samsung tend to have the cheapest ones.
    Corsair Carbide 200r or 300r.
    XFX Core Edition 550W, Antec Basiq VP550P, or similarly rated power supply from Antec/Corsair/OCZ*/Seasonic/XFX.
    *avoid CoreXStream models.

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    System performance measured by speed of Mother Boards. Followings are the best and fast Mother Boards.
    EVGA 170-BL-E762.
    Asus P6X58D.
    EVGA E758-A1.
    Asus P6T Deluxe V2.
    Asus Rampage III Extreme.
    ASRock X58 Extreme.
    Asus Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366.
    Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5.
    EVGA E758-TR.
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R.

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    So what is your opinion on those two?
    Overpriced. Like any pre-built PC you will ever see in any shop ever.

    DVD burner - LiteOn and Samsung tend to have the cheapest ones.
    No point in having DVD these days. Just buy one used for 10$ if you really have to have one.

    System performance measured by speed of Mother Boards.
    Utter nonsense. With the exception of overclocking, which most normal people never need to do in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karry View Post
    No point in having DVD these days. Just buy one used for 10$ if you really have to have one.
    Meh, I'd rather buy a new one for $15. $5 to avoid the potential hassles of used goods.

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