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    Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    A friend at work is after a PC for using the Internet and copying photos over from camera (via usb doesn't seem fussed about a card reader), the local computer shop has quoted £320 for an AMD X2 5000 system so I offered to build her a system.

    I've come up with the following, do you think it looks ok? - (NSK3480 isn't available on scan, so prices are from ebuyer) - case has to be a midi tower and black to go with the existing keyboard and mouse, owner already has a monitor.

    CPU: Athlon X2 4850E £46.95
    Heatsink: Scythe Ninja Mini £28.91
    Motherboard: Abit 780G mATX £48.36
    Case + PSU: NSK3480 mATX + 380W PSU £53.16
    HDD: WD 320GB AAKS £36.99
    Memory: OCZ CL4 2GB DDR2 6400 £29.99
    DVD RW: LG GH20NS15 20X SATA DVDRW £14.55

    Total: £258.91

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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    Done your homework

    Looks perfect matey.

    A standard ninja will fit that case of course, but isn't necessary.

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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    You might want to take a read of this thread in Current Bargains.

    It's a £299 Dell PCfrom /Tesco, with Intel Q6600 Quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 320GB HD, Vista Premium, etc, and :-

    - it's ready-built, so no mucking about
    - it's got Tesco behind it as well as Dell

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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    great thanks I wasn't sure if the scythe was overkill, I just like a quiet pc will see if she's bothered

    will take a look, thanks Saracen

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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    The ninja will run it passive I think The fan on the full size is quieter than the tri-cools on low. Not sure about the 80mm on the mini but it should be quiet and they don't need much airflow at all so passive is almost certainly enough given how close together the fans are.

    Even though the price is really good, you know that your build will be quiet (damn near silent), low power, have fantastic onboard graphics (more than enough for blu ray and light gaming, if she likes the SIMs like most girls lol), and longer warranties on everyting you put inside it.

    As good of a deal as the dell is I would do the custom build, unless of course you need to buy an O/S. Then you might as well have the dell as you will be saving money, otherwise I wouldn't spend the extra on a quad that won't be utilised, probably for years to come.
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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    In my assessment, there's good and bad both ways, Mike, and not just about cost.

    Building the PC probably won't save money but it certainly allows you to fine tune component selection and cherry-pick both on quality of component and suitability for purpose. On the other hand, buying ready-built saves the mucking about of building, and possibly of the inconvenience of couriers, if you pick up at your local store, and can also have advantages if you have problems later on, because it was bought as a unit, not as a collection of components.

    Different approaches will suit different types of user.

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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    Couldn't agree more

    I just know what I would do, for the reasons above. There are advantages to the dell that is plain to see, especially if you build her a PC and then it breaks and she nags you to fix it etc.. but that will probably happen with the dell anyway

    I faced the same dilema when I decided to get my gf a machine last xmas. I decided that since I was going to have to fix whatever broke anyway that I would, as you say, cherry pick the components I feel are most likely to A) work best together and B) be most reliable.

    I came up with a build not to disimilar to yours edp33. Just using the parts available at the time (690G, brisbane 5000+ etc.. )

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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    She is upgrading from an older pc so will be putting Windows XP on it, I will let her know about the Tescos offer

    She has decided to go for the Antec Sonata case instead of the NSK as she prefers the all black finish, will the Abit uATX motherboard be ok in there, or should I get an ATX motherboard?

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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    Is she just putting her photo's on the computer or is she going to do something with them like photoshop etc. If she is it may be worth getting a quad core cpu other than that looks fine as does the pc on offer from tesco.

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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    Quote Originally Posted by poo417 View Post
    Is she just putting her photo's on the computer or is she going to do something with them like photoshop etc. If she is it may be worth getting a quad core cpu other than that looks fine as does the pc on offer from tesco.

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    Quad core is complete overkill for photo editing. RAM and hard disk space are more important factors.

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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    The uATX board is fine in that case

    I've got nothing against the sonata is's a good case but it does look a bit cheap in the flesh, but if she's ok with that then go for it.

    There is always this case, it has space (but doesn't come with) 2x 92mm fan's in the front and has a 120mm at the back. Very similar to the NSK3480 but full ATX and black
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145090

    A cheaper version
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130948

    Only draw back is the single 80mm fan at the front but given the low power/heat components you are using the 120mm extractor is probably more than enough.
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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Quad core is complete overkill for photo editing. RAM and hard disk space are more important factors.
    Oh well I stand corrected then it just made such a large difference to my wifes computer when she was using cs3 when applying layers or what ever she does. Moving up from a cdc 6600 toa q6600 seemed to be much quicker. I did add another 2 gig of ram as well (well another 1.25 as it's 32 bit )

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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    Quote Originally Posted by poo417 View Post
    Oh well I stand corrected then it just made such a large difference to my wifes computer when she was using cs3 when applying layers or what ever she does. Moving up from a cdc 6600 toa q6600 seemed to be much quicker. I did add another 2 gig of ram as well (well another 1.25 as it's 32 bit )

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    Maybe CS3 is particularly slow then - I just use free tools like Raw Therapee and The GIMP, and all of their processing already flies on a simple X2. Maybe Quad would make some difference, but going from 1 second to 0.5 isn't worth spending money on IMHO.

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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Maybe CS3 is particularly slow then - I just use free tools like Raw Therapee and The GIMP, and all of their processing already flies on a simple X2. Maybe Quad would make some difference, but going from 1 second to 0.5 isn't worth spending money on IMHO.
    Agreed. And quite honestly it doesn't sound as if she is doing anything like this..

    The small amount of photoshop work I did, it was always on a 1.6 centrino with 512mb of ram and while it wasn't exactly a speed demon at rendering any changes, but I could live with it.

    Wrote my own program to manipulate Raw .. Fun week *shoots one's self in the head*
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    Wrote my own program to manipulate Raw .. Fun week *shoots one's self in the head*
    Ouch I can imagine

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    Re: Spec for an Internet/Photo PC

    She will just use the PC for transferring photos from the camera, no sophisticated photo editing etc

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