hi, been having a chat with my lad and after watching a few videos on the net, decided we would like to have a go at a self build.
We have a Mesh desktop from the early 90s' and a Dell inspiron which is no youngster either. Both have served us well but it's time for a change.
We have no experience in building but keen to give it a go. The steps that worry us most, are connecting all the cables correctly and updating all the drivers etc at the end of the build.
My lad fancied an imac but after watching the self build videos and how much we enjoyed doing so, the thought of building our own and the ability to upgrade it at some point, has steered us away from the mac, that along with the price!
My lad has suggested we try and build a similar spec machine to the imac, hence some of the items mentioned. I like the sound of his idea and would be interested to see if we can build a similar/improved spec, for a lesser amount?
We have two options for the build and would like some help in which route to take. We are looking for a performance build, that will be used by all the family for various tasks.
We have not priced up the builds as yet, until we get some feedback as to it sounding like a decent spec of build. We also need some help choosing some parts to suit the two options. Any suggestions will be much appreciated.
Hope this is all making sense.
build no 1:
3.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX 1GB GDDR5
1TB Hard Drive
build no 2:
3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X8GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB GDDR5
1TB Hard Drive
These are the specs of the basic 27" and an upgraded 27" imac. We would need to make up the rest of the build with suggestions from the forum. A few ideas we have are as follows:
SSD: (suitable unit for either build or one for each)
PSU: Corsair Pro Series Gold (suitable unit for either build or one for each)
OPTICAL DRIVE? (suitable unit for either build or one for each)
MOTHERBOARD? (suitable unit for either build or one for each)
Case: (plain black case suitable for eiher/each build?)
perhaps: Corsair Carbide Series/ Corsair Obsidian Series
Not looking to do this on the skimp but would like to keep it around the price of the basic 27 imac, Â£1500. Monitor/operating system not included in that figure,
That's about it. Let me know your thoughts and i might ad, we are open to any better build ideas?
Sorry for the long post but we are newbies!