Anyone like to comment on this PC spec?

  hastelloy 15:15 07 Jul 2010
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For photography and video mainly - I don't do games. I'm told I only need a 450 PSU but I'd rather err on the safe side. All comments gratefully received.


Case STYLISH PIANO BLACK FUSION CASE inc. 2 FRONT USB
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i5-750 Quad Core (2.66GHz, 8MB Cache)
Motherboard ASUS® P7H55D-M EVO: MICRO ATX, USB 3.0 & SATA 3.0GB/s
Memory (RAM) 8GB SAMSUNG DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (4 X 2GB)
Graphics Card 1GB ATI RADEON™ HD 5450 PCI EXPRESS - DirectX® 11
Memory - 1st Hard Disk 250GB SERIAL ATA 3-Gb/s HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
2nd Hard Disk 500GB SERIAL ATA 3-Gb/s HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
2nd DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)
Power Supply & Case Cooling 600W Quiet 80 PLUS Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£59)
Processor Cooling INTEL SOCKET LGA1156 STANDARD CPU COOLER
Sound Card ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Facilities ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
USB Options 4 PORT USB 2.0 INTERNAL PCI CARD + STANDARD USB PORTS
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£110)
Warranty 3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, Lifetime Tech Support)
Data Recovery NONE
Delivery STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
New Total Price £877.00

  I am Spartacus 15:41 07 Jul 2010

Seems expensive. Have you a link to it?

Are you sure a data drive of 500GB is enough for storing videos/photos? Consider another external drive for backup.

Unless you're using 64 bit video and/or photo editing software then 4GB RAM should be enough.

Do you need two DVD/Blu Ray drives?

What brand is the power supply, paying more for a good make is a sound investment?

  northumbria61 15:44 07 Jul 2010
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Looks good enough to me/nice choice.
Personally I would have gone for two same size hard drives (ie 2 X 500GB) and more cache (ie 16 or even 32mb) which would only cost you marginally more. Windows 7 Professional 64 bit I have installed and I love it -no problems since installed October 2009.

  hastelloy 15:50 07 Jul 2010

Thanks to both for the comments. This is a custom build but I'll probably go for an almost identical spec (based on the iRush) from Novatech.

I am Spartacus - you're correct, a 500 GB isn't enough and I should have said that I'll be putting in a 300 GB for general data and another 500 GB both of which I already have. Together with my existing 2 x 500GB and 1 TB external HDDs, I think I've got it covered, including backups.

  northumbria61 16:16 07 Jul 2010

"I think I've got it covered" - yes I think you have done your homework well - enjoy it when you get it.

  chub_tor 16:54 07 Jul 2010

If you are capturing video from a camera then Firewire is a good option, I don't see it mentioned. Is it on the motherboard?

  chub_tor 17:05 07 Jul 2010

OK found the review on Trusted Reviews and Firewire is included on the back, that's a good board you've chosen.

  AL47 17:10 07 Jul 2010

Does it have no monitor?

If not its expensive
I agree 4gb is plenty for what you need

  hastelloy 19:14 07 Jul 2010

chub_tor
No firewire - I capture onto DVD via DVD recorder then copy & paste to PC

AL47
No monitor.

This is the Novatech option - with HDDs as previously said, 2 x DVD burners (I am Spartacus - not Blu Ray) and extra memory it comes to £850: click here

northumbria61 - I've now doubled the cache on both HDDs - the above price includes that.

  hastelloy 02:28 09 Jul 2010

Thanks to all for helpful comments.

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