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svimes
  • 70 months ago

My home build is here https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/vYP6Mp

But I need a couple of office PCs (a lot of excel and databases) so reliability and cost are big things to me. Happy to have on-board graphics and stock coolers as will not overclock and won't play games. I just need it not to break in one year's time. A dell I bought two years ago had a mobo failure in six weeks so I want to avoid that!

Sorry it is not that exciting and is cheap but this is where the members' skills really come in...how does it look?

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/svimes/saved/6mwkcf

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks ok overall, you can make em a little better value tho I think.

You don't need a z series mobo for starters, they're usually for overclocking, a h81 board will be fine.

I think 8gig is overkill for an office machine, my (non gaming) build has 4 & it's ok, i'm usually multi tasking like a mofo too :D The savings on the ram I would use to add a small ssd, not only will this this will greatly improve the computers all round responsiveness but as they're so quick they make windows page file/virtual ram much more viable just incase you do bump up against the 4gig ram limit.

500w psu is overkill for the estimated draw, it sounds counter-intuitive but a psu of that wattage will prolly be operating less efficiently than a smaller unit, (estimated) 184w / 500w = ~37% load, most bronze psu efficiency drops way off once you start going below about 50% load.

Antec earthwatts is a great lower capacity bronze alternative, 380w model will be ~46% load which should help efficiency some, I usually advocate for a gold rated unit for better efficiency, reliability & savings but the lower draw on a non gaming rig greatly increases how long it takes for the electricity savings to pay off the upgrade cost, I'd prolly do it anyway :D The 2 main gold rated options look to be a be quiet 400w and seasonic 360w, I'm usually a seasonic fanboy but the be quiet e9 range gets a good write up at jonnyguru.com (top psu review site) iirc.

Fractal Design core 1000 case is a little cheaper & smaller but still looks nice (imo) and has usb3 ports & painted inside.

Oh, you can pay a little less for a larger capacity wd scorpio black hdd, also has a 5 year warranty vs 2 for the caviar blue.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor £139.98 @ Ebuyer
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 V2 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £35.77 @ Scan.co.uk
Memory Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £29.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Sandisk Solid State Drive 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £29.29 @ Amazon UK
Storage Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £22.97 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case £30.14 @ Ebuyer
Power Supply Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £37.57 @ Ebuyer
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) £39.99 @ Amazon UK
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £365.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-28 19:45 BST+0100

edit. depending on how intensive your spreadsheet/database tasks are that 4590 could be very excessive overkill, a passmark score of 7300 is kinda getting up there... http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-4590+%40+3.30GHz&id=2234

Maybe build one with a cheaper g series cpu in it to start with & see how that goes?

svimes...? Sam? :D Are the soles of your shoes paper thin? :D Pratchett/Discworld ref ftw! :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that - I do need the 8 GB and the i5 will help as we run quite intensive stuff, (I have two i7s with 8 and 16 GB here as well) will take your choices for sure. I like the idea of a small SSD for the operating system as well.

You cracked the code on the user name!

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Update 1 8GB stick as only two slots on motherboard. I'll use an old WD hard disk from the current PC as extra space.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor £139.98 @ Ebuyer
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 V2 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £35.77 @ Scan.co.uk
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £56.83 @ Amazon UK
Storage Sandisk Solid State Drive 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £29.29 @ Amazon UK
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case £30.14 @ Ebuyer
Power Supply Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £37.57 @ Ebuyer
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) £47.50 @ Amazon UK
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £377.08
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-29 11:01 BST+0100

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