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Best Answer iammykyl , 27 September 2020 - 07:45 PM

Good decision. Updated list, some changes, always look before ordering. > https://uk.pcpartpic...com/list/KLFT4n Go to the full post »


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Hello. I have a desktop PC that I've now given up on so i'd like to learn to build a PC for myself with some pointers or suggestions of what I need.

 

I don't do any gaming or video editing, it's mainly used for storing photos & browsing the web/online shopping etc.

 

My internet connection is quite slow (circa 4mb/s) but apparently there is FTTP coming soon, Wi-Fi is a must & Bluetooth would be nice unless it's cost prohibitive.

 

The only components I'd feel comfortable using out of my current PC are both hard drives (a 250 or 500GB SSD & a conventional 1TB drive) & I have W10 Pro running from my old Dell system, will I need to but a new license or new W10 software suite?

 

I'm not too fussy but I don't have patience to wait on a machine booting up hence the SSD upgrade to my previous machine.

 

I've no idea what a realistic budget is but seen some systems already built for £300ish, I already have a monitor, keyboard & mouse so this will be for the PC tower only minus the drives.


Edited by gpl98a1, 04 September 2020 - 08:15 AM.

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gpl98a1,

 

Please post here.

 

 

Hope this helps.

 

Good luck!   :)


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Gday gpl98a1.

Configured an Intel build for you, Got as close to the £300ish as I can and still give you a fast quality machine.   Graphics is integrated in the CPU, but you could still add a GPU later if you decided too.  Included a CD drive but you could reuse yours if you have one in your current PC.  

If your current OS is not a retail licence? you will need a new one.

Does your monitor have a HDMI port?

Any questions about the build?

 

>  https://uk.pcpartpic...com/list/GTW4K4


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Gday gpl98a1.

Configured an Intel build for you, Got as close to the £300ish as I can and still give you a fast quality machine.   Graphics is integrated in the CPU, but you could still add a GPU later if you decided too.  Included a CD drive but you could reuse yours if you have one in your current PC.  

If your current OS is not a retail licence? you will need a new one.

Does your monitor have a HDMI port?

Any questions about the build?

 

>  https://uk.pcpartpic...com/list/GTW4K4

 

Thank you very much for your help, i'll look into those & no my Dell PC came with windows installed so I assume i'll need a new license?, where is reliable & well priced?


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Gday.

It is still possible to get it free if upgrading an OS, you will need the key that was supplied with the Dell computer.   Have a read of this article.   I have used option 2, which works.  > https://www.expertre...ows-10-for-free

You can download W10 to your existing PC. > https://www.microsof...nload/windows10then select the second option, "to instal to a new PC."


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Thank you guys, Ill read those articles in the post above, thatd save some cost anyway!

Had a go at doing a build myself, does anyone see anything wrong with this?
I dont need hdd/ssd as I have 2, no real need for an optical drive but I have one of those as well if needed.

https://uk.pcpartpic...com/list/Ts2DrV
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Gday.

 

 

Had a go at doing a build myself, does anyone see anything wrong with this?

Very good overall build, but a couple of minor parts I would change.

 

RAM changed. A single stick is a bit unswis, if it fails, and they do, your pc is dead.   2 stick will run in Dual channel mode and if one fails your pc will still run on one stick.

 

PSU changed.  If you look at the TPD, estimated at 106W, so even if you added a GPU later, a 450W is more than enough and it is same quality, + semi modular.   

 

> https://uk.pcpartpic...com/list/6ttfK4


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Thank you for the pointers, Ill take your advice.

Looking a case with a side window & a soft red glow now. No idea why I want this really, I just do! Lol
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I would go for a full view side panel, tempered glass  and use the RGB options of the MB to get the effect you want,OR

> as most less expensive cases have nmon led, or white led fans, so if you rely on the fans for colour, you need to buy and install fan/s with the colour you want.

 

1 suggestion, > https://uk.pcpartpic...tg-100-kkwsk-rp


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That looks pretty ok that to be fair! So dont bother with RGB RAM sticks then?

Motherboards can control or make colour?, how?

Sorry for the silly questions

Edited by gpl98a1, 21 September 2020 - 04:23 PM.

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Glad you asked as seems I am mistaken.   From blogs, i thought that it came with MSI Mystic Lighting; fine print somewhere says, with compatible boards and sorry, but selected board does not have an RGB header.


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Thank you for pointing that out, I'll see if I can find one with that feature.

 

I can see cost creeping up as I see some smaller things that would be 'nice' :D

 

**EDIT** Am I looking for a MB that can control lighting or one that's actually RGB & emits light itself?? I'm a little confused here.

 

I THINK if I had the fans, as you suggest, glowing red & perhaps the RAM too it'd be enough? Does that sound sensible?

 

I know I look like a proper noob here but I am just that. :yeah:


Edited by gpl98a1, 22 September 2020 - 02:31 AM.

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Sorry for the additional post, but if i buy something like THESE does the MB have to control the colour as they're 1 colour anyway?


Edited by gpl98a1, 22 September 2020 - 05:46 PM.

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Yes, all those little bits do add up quick.   

You need WiFi on board, so that limits choices, with a reasonable price, > https://uk.pcpartpic...price&c=144,142

If a MB has RGB Sync it will have embedded LEDS on the board, (controlled with it's own software) some are quite limited, while some are quite extensive' it will also be able to control lighting on enabled/compatible components, ie. RAM; how many components can be controlled depends on the brand of MB.     It will also have headers to control strip LEDS, purchased separately and controlled by it's own software. much research is needed.

This guide is good, > https://skytechgaming.com/rgb/

I mostly use Asrock boards and the onboard LEDS are quite good, lots of configurations in colour, pattern modes and brightness, or off, if you want.

 

Options, as far as  I can see.

1.   Integrated WiFi MBs with chipset H470  have embedded LEDS and MB RGB configuration software; lower chipsets may have RGB headers, (so you could instal RGB fans, aprox £45 and up for a pair, controlled by their software.

 

2.   From the first link, the Asrock H470M-ITX/ac which will give you the MB embedded lighting and you could add RGB fans at a later date, though it won't make anything go faster,  :laughing:

 

`DELAYED FOR THE MOMENT.


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Sorry for the additional post, but if i buy something like THESE does the MB have to control the colour as they're 1 colour anyway?

 

You will only be able to control fan speed, you will need RGB sync, otherwise the fans will be a bright constant red.

 

Still issues here, will get back soon. 


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