Solved Need advice with PC purchase please (Post 1)

December 27, 2013 at 16:09:07
Specs: Windows Vista
I know this may not be the place to post this if it ain't please let me know but basically I want to buy a really good pc for my studying, personal use and gaming.

I am going for a gaming pc because a gaming pc I'm guessing has all the essentials an animator and modeler like me needs?

I want a computer that can render high quality mental ray images and animation sequences on Maya quite fast and that can run game engines like unity, etc fast and smoothly, I also want a pc that can play most games in the highest settings

I found a pc on Amazon, this one and wanted to know if these specifications were good for such use?

Here it is (note I am not advertising anything or anybody just want good advise)

Intel Core i7-3770 4x 3.40GHz,
GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB,
Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit,
2TB Toshiba HDD,
16 GB RAM,
24x DVD-RW Writer-, Card Reader, Art.Nr.: 28597, EAN: 4260219657327


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ankermann-P...

Is this a good choice for this price?

It has no internet included in it so I have to buy the wireless card thingy separately, if there are any other computers you can direct me to it may help me, my maximum budget is £850....

Kind Regards and sorry for any inconvenience


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December 28, 2013 at 07:59:02
"I'm guessing the more power into the computer the faster it gets because it has more power and energy to do things?"

NO, it has nothing to do with speed. It has to do with reliability & safety. For example, if the PC requires 300W, a 350W PSU will be pushed close to it's max capacity. A 500W PSU would have a lot more reserve power & would be less likely to overload and/or fail. Put it this way, if you weigh 180lbs & have to swing across a huge gorge, would you rather use a rope rated for 200lbs or 500lbs? Sure, the 200lb rope should be fine, but wouldn't you prefer the added safety factor of the 500lb rope? Same prinicpal applies to PSUs.

"How can i tell whether or not the motherboard is good???"

The board in that build is made by ASUS & they're a top quality manufacturer, many will say they're the best. The chipset the board is based on is what determines its "goodness". That board is based on the Intel B75 chipset which is a business oriented chipset. It's geared more toward reliability rather than top notch performance. It lacks some of the features of the performance oriented Z75 or Z77 chipsets but it's still a very good board.

"Is this pc only compatible with HD monitors"

From the Amazon description, the graphics card has "2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort" so if you have an older monitor that has a VGA plug, you'll have to use some sort of DVI to VGA adapter:

http://www.extremepcs.co.za/images/...

http://www.eachcable.com/UploadFile...



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December 27, 2013 at 16:35:58
If you are going to be playing on-line games I would giver serious consideration to a wired Internet connection.

Playing games on a crappy wireless connection, and most wireless connections are crappy, could negate all the advantages you have from good quality hardware.

Wireless is not a high-tec alternative to a wired connection. Wireless is a high-tec solution to the problem of mobility. So unless mobility is one of your requirements, you are better off with a wired connection.

Stuart


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December 27, 2013 at 18:57:16
A more performance oriented motherboard & higher wattage power supply would be nice, otherwise it looks to be a good configuration with decent quality name brand components. The 350W power supply might be cutting it a little close, but at least it's a Corsair.

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December 27, 2013 at 19:04:46
Overall it sounds like a good machine, if it came with a slightly higher wattage power supply (Corsair VS Series VS350 350W ATX Power PSU) like a Corsair 500Watt model (if they would allow an upgrade for a little bit more), it would be even better.
As above, a wired connection to your router (internet/network connection) will always be a better choice for speed and reliability over a wireless solution.
Look at this one:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...
It has the i7 3770K which can eventually be overclocked if/when needed and it has the more powerful power supply and it is still within your budget.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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December 28, 2013 at 06:43:12
Hey guys, thanks for your helpful descriptions, just a few questions deriving from your replies.

1) What difference does a power supply make, what would the difference between let's say 350 watts and 500 be? I'm guessing the more power into the computer the faster it gets because it has more power and energy to do things?

2) How can i tell whether or not the motherboard is good??? Is the motherboard for this computer decent? How would I know or find out.

3) Is this computer upgradeable so in the future could I buy the better power supply and maybe a better motherboard?

4) I'm not really going for online gaming, I just want this computer for my studies and final year uni project and I'm going for a gaming pc because they have good video cards and processing powers which is what I need to render high quality graphics in autodesk maya...

5) Is this pc only compatible with HD monitors, I have a basic one at home which works on the normal things that connect the monitor (sorry I don't know what it's called)

But after I am done I will be playing games and in the future would connect the computer via a wire if not buy a very good wireless card.

Any other tips or suggestions before I purchase? My budget is only £800 and I'm guessing this computer is quite decent for the price and my purposes?

P.S the pc is from Germany so the power supply is different but I'm gona buy an adapter so that's sorted as well


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December 28, 2013 at 07:59:02
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"I'm guessing the more power into the computer the faster it gets because it has more power and energy to do things?"

NO, it has nothing to do with speed. It has to do with reliability & safety. For example, if the PC requires 300W, a 350W PSU will be pushed close to it's max capacity. A 500W PSU would have a lot more reserve power & would be less likely to overload and/or fail. Put it this way, if you weigh 180lbs & have to swing across a huge gorge, would you rather use a rope rated for 200lbs or 500lbs? Sure, the 200lb rope should be fine, but wouldn't you prefer the added safety factor of the 500lb rope? Same prinicpal applies to PSUs.

"How can i tell whether or not the motherboard is good???"

The board in that build is made by ASUS & they're a top quality manufacturer, many will say they're the best. The chipset the board is based on is what determines its "goodness". That board is based on the Intel B75 chipset which is a business oriented chipset. It's geared more toward reliability rather than top notch performance. It lacks some of the features of the performance oriented Z75 or Z77 chipsets but it's still a very good board.

"Is this pc only compatible with HD monitors"

From the Amazon description, the graphics card has "2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort" so if you have an older monitor that has a VGA plug, you'll have to use some sort of DVI to VGA adapter:

http://www.extremepcs.co.za/images/...

http://www.eachcable.com/UploadFile...


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December 28, 2013 at 12:00:21
You did not list a case. I recommend you purchase a case that has the power supply on the top. One large fan (140MM or more) located just below the power supply. There is no need for any additional fans, like on the side or top.

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