Build a computer or buy the set?

Hi just recently my desktop gave up on me took the the shop the guy said something wrong with the motherboard could cost £200
my previous one ram 1 GB

So now i need a new desktop my background web developer so i use alot web software, photoshops and so on, and wrking towards programming so need to do alot copiling such java, c++, visual studios and probably alot other programming tools. i need it to be fast multi-task.

I think i need to worry about the processor speed and ram size’s maybe other things dnt really know much bout it but has to be fast multi-task computer so what should i be looking for to have a computer suitable for a feature programmer???
should a build or buy my budget is £400 dnt need monitor???

one of the options i thought was the following

  • Dual-core Intel® Core™ i3-540 (3.06 GHz) ----------------is this fast enough???
  • Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64 bit
  • Memory: 3GB ------------------ is that good size for a programming???
  • 500GB
  • DVD writer

or which of this would u recommend???

or should i build from scratch???

Hi, if you have couple of hours to spare and want to learn something new, I would recommend to build yourself. This gives you complete control over the components and spec. (however takes time to get things right).

If you just need a new PC to get your job done, I would recommend:

Hi Alan22 my previous pc was an Acer Aspire and suddenly just froze out the blue was 1 GB and repair man told me motherboard problem better off getting a new one the link u just send is 4 another acer specification wise ok but acer kind scared cz previous desktop was acer. my buget is 400.00 British pounds sterling = 631.72 US dollars, can i build a not just good but a very good pc with that?? and when people mention time do u mean like a day like gather all i need. shop around get the pieces and put them together rite… or they mean like weeks/ months???

Hi, Actually instead of throwing your old PC away, you could just replace motherboard/CPU/memory in your old Acer. Disks, case, power supplier are most likely fine and you will save couple of pounds.

I would personally recommend Gigabyte motherboard, for example:

and Intel i3 CPU:

Only make sure motherboard you decide to buy will fit into your case (there are several sizes: ATX, mATX etc.)

BTW: eBuyer is UK based store, so you can pay in £ and get free UK mainland delivery. Much better prices and customer service comparing to high-street retailers like PC World or Currys.

cool thanks another question can if i buy a motherboard that has 4 slots for the memory can i just use two and leav the other two empty and when buying memory do if i am to feel all 4 slots can i use different sets i mean same model and size and type but just from different package??

which is better a 2 slots or a four slots? i intend to get about 8 GB

Usually you can fill slots in pairs depending upon the type of memory the motherboard accepts. £400 should be plenty enough for a base unit or a motherboard kit. With £200 you could probably buy a full working base unit including motherboard, memory, etc. But it looks like you want a slighter better PC nearer £400.

Sometimes it is actually cheaper to buy a base unit system than build it yourself but it depends upon how much you want to initially customise it.

which of this would you recomend for a programmer?? use for webdeveloipng c++ csharp photoshop and maybe more

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Processor Socket AM3 Price 158.99

Intel Core i5 650 3.20GHz Socket 1156 4MB L3 cache retail Box Processor Price 132.99

AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition 3.3GHz Socket AM3 80w 7MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor 77.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor £119.30

or a better one within those price range

I think you should build it, it is more fulfilling inside. And fixing stuff yourself is easy rather than going to a shop and spending double what you would if you just fix it yourself and order a part.

I have AMD Athlon II X2 (2.8Ghz), 2GB DDR2 Ram, and nVidea 8500GT video card (512mb),
and I run: Netbeans, Photoshop, Illustrator, Win 7 (32bit), Render Videos, and a lot of other stuff. It’s probably more than I need for what I do.

You don’t need top of the line. My brother has a AMD Phenom II X4 (4 cores), and his is really fast and awesome.

AMD processors are a lot cheaper than Intel but I had bad experiences with AMD before. It always crashed with high memory dump. If you have a spare cash to spend, get an Intel. Core i3 may be enough for your needs. Build you PC from scratch so you’ll know how to fix it.

why only 3gb of ram if you’re going to use a 64-bit operating system? That kind of defeats the purpose. In either case, I would build from scratch since pc parts are not that expensive unless you start going for the “extreme” stuff which is pointless for what you need. You can get a good Intel Core i7 processor, 6GB of ram, a motherboard etc… for a pretty good price.

Hi guys last advise on build system this what i’m thinkin purchasing please tell what u think is all compatible and would it give me a powerfull computer system Please rate 1 out 10 for a £400 budget what do u think???
check it out advise please thanks in advance

sorry heres the specs what do you think is compatible

Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3 AMD 770 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard… (
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz 9MB Cache Socket AM3 Retail Box Processor… (
EXTRA VALUE 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit 1.5V CL9 two sets total 8GB of each of 2BG. (
Power UNIT
Corsair 650W TX Series PSU - 120mm Fan, 80+% Efficiency, Single +12V Rail… (
Total cost £334.33 £50 going on a case and using my 350GB Hardrive

Hi guys just though i let u know manag to get all d pices together hardware wise i think everything working fines thanks for all the sugestions.

I think that the configuration given for macaela is very good but i would try to stretch for AMD 1090T and for ram memory better with less latency, regards

I compare it to cooking my own dinner versus going to a restaurant. I like it when people make food for me so I’ll vote for buy something pre-made; you could get a warranty that could save you a couple bucks down the line. Computers are so cheap nowadays anyway.