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Topic # 205696 23-Nov-2016 15:29
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Hey all, now without starting a fanboy war (joke) I'm keen to hear from those in the know as to what the best bang for buck components for a new desktop are and who people recommend to buy and have it built with.

 

I do have an acct with Dove and Ingram through work if that helps too.

 

I used to know all the latest info and build my own, but I run a very busy small business and just don't have the time now. My last build was around 6-7 years ago and the system is just started to give me grief so i want to get a new system up and running before this one falls over.

 

I do a lot of photoshop work and have many windows and programs open all day, but even the lowest end PC could probably run that workload these days.  A bit of future proofing and although it will most likely never happen, I'm entertaining the thought of having a bit of a play on the latest battlefield over the xmas break and in the evenings, so a semi decent video card. 

 

Windows based and I'll probably stick with my license of Win7, for now anyway. 

 

Obviously don't want to get too carried away but my business does pay for it and they depreciate well, plus I probably need to spend some as the business has bought bugger all this year and it'll just go the taxman otherwise :)

 

If anyone on here in Chch actually builds them then don't be shy to flick my your number/quote :)

 

 

 

Thanks in advance 

 

 


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  Reply # 1676185 23-Nov-2016 15:45
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If you give me a rough budget I can recommend something.

 

*edit* alternatively I can just go by the specs for BF1, because that's likely to be the biggest workload it sees from what you've said :-)





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  Reply # 1676186 23-Nov-2016 15:46
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If it is for business are you sure you don't want to just grab an HP desktop from Ingram?


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1676189 23-Nov-2016 15:53
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ghettomaster:

 

If it is for business are you sure you don't want to just grab an HP desktop from Ingram?

 

 





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  Reply # 1676193 23-Nov-2016 16:01
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ghettomaster:

 

If it is for business are you sure you don't want to just grab an HP desktop from Ingram?

 

 

He said he wants to play BF1 on it.. 





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  Reply # 1676194 23-Nov-2016 16:02
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pbgben:

 

 

 

At the risk of starting a brand war, Sif any sane person would chose Dell over HP :-P





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  Reply # 1676197 23-Nov-2016 16:11
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Lias:

 

pbgben:

 

 

 

 

At the risk of starting a brand war, Sif any sane person would chose Dell over HP :-P

 

 

 

 

haha me either. 

 

 




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  Reply # 1676227 23-Nov-2016 16:37
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Lias:

 

If you give me a rough budget I can recommend something.

 

*edit* alternatively I can just go by the specs for BF1, because that's likely to be the biggest workload it sees from what you've said :-)

 

 

 

 

Yeah, just go the specs there and see what you come up with :) Just need the tower, have keyboard, mouse, monitors etc.

 

Must be able to run dual screens but I assume every PC these days does that. Minimum 256G SSD boot drive, maybe larger if bang for buck is good. Lotsa ram would be handy too as some of my photoshop files can get up there.

 

 

 

side note: in my own experience I'd take Dell over HP. Have had issues with HP in the past but have loved my Dell stuff. Lots of Dell monitors floating around this place :) 


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  Reply # 1676263 23-Nov-2016 17:12
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Pretty easy. Choose a processor, late generation i5/i7. Find a motherboard that fits, cheapest of a good brand like Gigabyte (I forget the others). Get RAM that's on the motherboard compatibility list or known to work well with it. Get a Samsung SSD, ideally the 9xx series which goes into that little slot - someone will know what it's called - or an 850 evo / pro. Get an nVidia graphics card that suits the game(s) you play. Choose a pretty case, good quality PSU and cooling fans. Spend 6 hours assembling, 0-6 hours diagnosing problems (I had a faulty power button once), then hours installing OS, programs, etc.

 

Or just buy one.





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  Reply # 1676289 23-Nov-2016 18:20
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Start with a Dove Z170 kit, add whatever nvidia video card + ssd you can afford + whatever case you like the look of.


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  Reply # 1676595 24-Nov-2016 10:20
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MadEngineer:

 

Start with a Dove Z170 kit, add whatever nvidia video card + ssd you can afford + whatever case you like the look of.

 

 

I just picked up one of Dove's barebones kits - ASUS H110M, Skylake i7 in a Silverstone case.  Added more RAM to get 32GB, plus an M.2 SSD and AMD RX480.  Easy to get up and running and pretty cost effective too.


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