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    New build - upgrading form old HP machine

    Friend has a HP Pavilion 9351.uk running Windows 7 with a HP W2408H monitor.
    He uses it mainly for e-mail, MS office, surfing and also does design work using the full Adobe suite (super accurate colour rendition not an issue so existing TN monitor is fine)
    Says graphics card has died, and wants to upgrade his system

    He can keep the following:
    Monitor, Mouse, keyboard, 2TB HDD
    Windows 7 Professional and MS Office 2007

    What he wants to buy and assemble:

    Case
    Power Supply
    Motherboard
    CPU
    Memory
    Graphics Card
    SSD for Operating System

    Wants to keep cost as low as possible, so can sacrifice the SSD if needed - circa £450 without the SSD

    Am thinking an i5 with 8GB RAM
    Not sure about graphics card
    Case - needs to be quiet as system will live in bedroom

    Was looking at this list by CAT - prices seem to have gone up since then, especially for the RAM
    Also will need to shave off some pounds to fit budget
    Any help/advice gratefully received

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    Re: New build - upgrading form old HP machine

    i5 seems overkill for office work.

    OTOH, Aria are currently doing the FX6300s for £90 and the FX8320s for £115.
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
    CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
    TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: New build - upgrading form old HP machine

    Yeah, he'll want to hang onto the system for some time so want to build in some redundancy in terms of system grunt.

    Also note use of Adobe suite

    The FX8320 for £115 seems like a good deal, would happily build a system based on that.

    Edit -mates says he also wants to do some basic video editing
    Last edited by kmac; 27-04-2013 at 10:03 PM.

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    Re: New build - upgrading form old HP machine

    Does he game??


    Those despicable Elk,stealing the pond weed!

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    Re: New build - upgrading form old HP machine

    No, not on the PC. Just the Adobe stuff and basic video editing in addition to MS Office/browsing and email

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    Re: New build - upgrading form old HP machine

    Seems a bit too much for that. Won't hurt to have it, it'll just cost more.

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    Re: New build - upgrading form old HP machine

    the HP Pavilion 9351.uk http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...odTypeId=12454 is a standard mATX case with standard ATX psu mounting, so that could be reused and shave a little off.
    SSD can be added via a simple 3.5" adaptor or just some simple velcro tape (ssd mounting really doesn't need anything special, just something to make sure it'll not rattle around lose inside the case.

    I'd be tempted to say just use the intel ondie graphics a graphics card can be added later if needed. If you go the intel route, an i5 should have plenty of grunt for web design and be a more realistic testing platform.
    if you do want a gpu then you don't need anything as meaty as a 7870, a 6670 or gt640 would be plenty.

    A warning about ebuyer and the free delivery option, they seem to be using Yodel for it atm, which is a courier which has put many people off them.

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