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£500 design PC. Show me your best!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by KizZ, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. KizZ


    Joined: Aug 18, 2005

    Posts: 5,235

    Location: Lincoln

    Evening fellas,

    Doing a design build for a friend on a really tight budget. He will be using Adobe software, Autocad, Archicad etc. I'm a little out of touch with the latest hardware at the moment, so wondering if you could advise here.

    The rendering is done by the CPU so I'm guessing CPU, RAM and HDD will be the main points here.

    I need:
    Motherboard (cheap one? no overclocking will be done)
    CPU (as fast possible)
    RAM (16GB?)
    Graphics card (cheap one?)
    Case (cheapo)

    That's it.

    Cheers! :)
  2. stulid

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Jan 17, 2010

    Posts: 66,847

    Location: weston-super-mare

    1 x Crucial MX100 256GB SATA 2.5” 7mm SSD + 9.5mm Adapter (CT256MX100SSD1) £74.99
    1 x Sapphire Radeon R7 250 Boost 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Card £59.99
    1 x "Xenon H81M" Configurable Intel Pentium / Core i3 / i5 Micro ATX Home PC Bundle £44.00
    - 1 x Standard Build Laptops - Approximately 3 to 5 working days £0.00
    - 1 x Intel Core i5-4440 3.10GHz (Haswell) Socket LGA1150 Processor - Retail £137.99
    - 1 x No Upgrade - Intel Stock Cooler (None overclocked systems) £0.00
    - 1 x TeamGroup Elite Black 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C11 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (TPKD316G1600HC11DC01) £107.99
    1 x BeQuiet Pure Power L8 400W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply - With 120mm Silent Wing Fan Built in £39.95
    1 x Raijintek Arcadia Mid Tower USB 3.0 Case - Black £24.95
    Total : £499.45 (includes shipping : £8.00).

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  3. KizZ


    Joined: Aug 18, 2005

    Posts: 5,235

    Location: Lincoln

    That looks great thanks. :) What's your opinion of AMD nowadays? Is Intel better for design software?
  4. Ch3m1c4L


    Joined: Oct 11, 2007

    Posts: 2,898

    Location: London, UK

    intel is almost always a better choice nowadays.