Need tech advice: New PC

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Re: Need tech advice: New PC

Post by Vic Viper » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:41 am

Yes I agree, wait until November rolls around, there's pre black friday and post black friday sales.

Here's a suggestion if you go with AMD. Blows that pre built Skytech machine out of the water.

It's cheaper than the Intel machine I suggested a few months back and it's faster. 4 cores, 8 threads, over clockable CPU with a nice cooler included. Better motherboard, faster ram, better case (more fans). My personal reccomendation is to go with a boot SSD and a smaller HDD, but it will increase the price.

Some suggestions regardless of the pc you build: If you don't need a DVD-RW drive, don't get one. You can install windows easily with a usb. If you already have a DVD-RW from another PC (as long as it's SATA) use that instead, and you just saved $16.

Windows is stupidly expensive, there are cheaper, legal ways of getting cheap install discs, just have to do some research.

Best of luck, I'm here for whatever questions you have
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Re: Need tech advice: New PC

Post by Welshy » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:17 am

Although I agree in general with Vic's build I would say from experience that Hybrid drives aren't all that good and even a small SSD for just the OS and a few programs (not really YS as it doesn't really gain anything) would go along way over the Hybrid drives builtin algorithms.

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Re: Need tech advice: New PC

Post by Neocon » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:28 am

I'm completely lost on the hard drive issue. :lol: Can you explain the situation?

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Re: Need tech advice: New PC

Post by Welshy » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:46 am

The drive listed by Vic is a hybrid drive which automatically after a few uses caches files on a small SSD if they are frequently used. Whilst this is faster than a normal hard drive it has an extra point of failure and isn't faster than a dedicated Solid State Drive

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Re: Need tech advice: New PC

Post by Vic Viper » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:07 pm

It's not my personal choice either, but it is faster than a 7200rpm 1 TB HDD, and stays within budget. I'd go with a 120gb or 240 gb SSD and a smaller HDD (maybe 500?) for now and add more drives as needed down the road. Will cost slightly bit more though since nan flash is in short supply these days.
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Re: Need tech advice: New PC

Post by Welshy » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:46 pm

Remember he can always repurpose his existing drive as a normal unimportant data drive

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Re: Need tech advice: New PC

Post by Vic Viper » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:51 pm

Depends, I think Pat was still running an XP machine, in that case it may have an IDE drive.
But if you do intend to junk your existing machine (if it's SATA), use that HDD as a storage drive and just buy a 240gb or 500gb SSD.
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