I've decided to update to a new rig

  Graphicool1 12:33 06 Apr 2011

How does this spec sound...

-AMD Athlon™ II X4 630 Quad Core Processor AM3 (2.8GHz)
-Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium pre-installed
-Mini-Tower uATX Chassis with 300W PSU - Piano Black
-ASUS M4A78LT-M LE Mainboard (DDR3), with integrated DVI/VGA Graphics - MATX
-4GB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM - (2x2GB)
-500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB Buffer
-22x Dual Layer DVD Writer Super Format +R/-R/RW/RAM
-1GB ATI Radeon HD3000 Integrated Graphics - Full HD Support (M4A78LT-M LE)
-23" Hannspree FULL HD Monitor - Widescreen, 1080p. VGA/HDMI, 5ms
-7.1 High Definition onboard sound card - for 8 Channel Cinema sound
-Logitech Deluxe Keyboard & Optical Mouse (Corded) - Black
-1 Year Return to Base Hardware Warranty - inc 3 Months Free Collect & Return

As I'm all about graphics & music, being an artist and making my own music. Would the intergrated graphics and onboard sound card be good enough for my use?

They are asking £499, it sounds like a good deal. But it wouldn't be if it isn't suitable for my needs.

ASAP Please as the above offer runs out this Friday.

  bremner 13:50 06 Apr 2011

...300w PSU seems under powered.

For simple graphics the onboard will be fine as will the sound.

  Graphicool1 14:20 06 Apr 2011

For an extra £21 you can swap the 300W PSU for a 550W HEC Desktop PSU.

When you say...
"For simple graphics the onboard will be fine as will the sound."

I can't find any mention of 'Shaders'. The spec on this PC seems to lean more toward the gamer, than art and music.

My present graphics card is nVidia Geforce2 MX/MX 400, but is too out of date for my current requirements. For one thing it doesn't have Shaders, which the software I intend getting can't run without. As for my sound card it's a Creative labs Audigy Platinum.

  bremner 15:16 06 Apr 2011

click here and it says it has shaders, is that what you were looking for.

If the 7.1 sound does not give you what you want then installing your old card or more unto date card will be fairly straightforward.

  amonra 15:43 06 Apr 2011

A very similar setup to the one I am still loading at present. Very pleased so far. As suggested above, up the PSU a touch and consider a 1TB HD ?? They are SO cheap these days it's a shame not to.

  Graphicool1 15:58 06 Apr 2011

Actually although it doesn't say so in the spec above it includes a...

1TB SATA 3Gb/s 7200rpm 32MB Cache Hard Drive - Samsung F3

My personal thoughts on that though are the 'all your eggs in one basket' syndrome. Unfortunately though it is only a mini tower and only takes one HDD in a vertical position. But I already have 2 external drives, one of which is also a 1TB.

But what are you intending to use your PC for. Are you a gamer?

Thanks Bremner, I'll have a look.

  GaT7 18:10 06 Apr 2011

The original 300W PSU will be OK for the spec, but if you're going to change it, go for a 'better quality' & more efficient one rather than more wattage alone. HEC (or Winpower) is another generic-type PSU, so not recommended.

Quality PSU brands I would trust include: Antec, Be Quiet, Corsair, Enermax, Tagan, OCZ (or PC Power & Cooling), BFG, Seasonic, Silverstone, Etasis, Zalman, FSP, Xigmatek, Akasa, Chieftec, Lian Li - & the 'better' models offered by Coolermaster, Thermaltake & Gigabyte.

Just to put it into perspective, I'd rather use a 300W quality PSU than a 600W generic-type one. G

  Graphicool1 15:46 07 Apr 2011

Unfortunately the place where I'm looking to get this new rig is MESH and the only alternative choice on the PSU they offer is the 550W HEC Desktop PSU. G1

  Graphicool1 16:00 07 Apr 2011

Anyone know anything about this graphics card?...

1748MB Intel® Full HD Graphics Technology- DVI/VGA/HDMI (SB-P8H67-M PRO)

  GaT7 16:13 07 Apr 2011

OK G1, I understand about the PSU. Hec 550W it is then.

That's not really a graphics card but graphics integrated into the motherboard. Should be fine for most activities except 3D games.

Well, I'm glad you're going for a new system. I guess the time came to retire the old one as it seemed to give you quite a bit of bother! Working on the new PC should be an absolute joy in comparison. G

  Graphicool1 17:18 07 Apr 2011

Being as it gave out on me altogether, it didn't really leave me any other option, than to bite the bullet. So in the end I'm finding it difficult to make my mind up between the above package and the following...

Full Specification

Mini-Tower uATX Chassis - Black

300W Desktop Power Supply

Asus P8H67-M Pro Mainboard - Intel Core™ / LGA 1155 / uATX

Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i3-2100 Processor (3M Cache, 3.10 GHz) - LGA1155

4GB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM - (2x2GB)

1748MB Intel® Full HD Graphics Technology- DVI/VGA/HDMI (SB-P8H67-M PRO)

NEW 22" Wide LED Monitor - Full HD 1920 x 1080, VGA+DVI-D

500GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200rpm 16MB Cache Hard Drive - Samsung F3

22x SATA Dual Layer DVD-Rewritable Super Format ±R/±RW/RAM

7.1 High Definition onboard sound card - for 8 Channel Cinema sound

Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium pre-installed

Free Cyberlink Video Editing Suite - 7 titles (oem) (pre-installed OS required)

Cherry Deluxe Keyboard & Optical Mouse (Corded) - Black

Free 3 Years Gold Warranty - inc 3 Months Free Collect & Return

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