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phijoh

New member
Hi,

I need to use a variety of quite complex disability related software which tends to use up a lot of memory, power, processor time etc. I have 32Gb of memory I can move from my existing machine but I want something that is as quiet as possible. I also need to attach 3 monitors (bit blind).

My top budget is £1200. All help appreciated,

Phillip


Case
THERMALTAKE V200 TEMPERED GLASS RGB EDITION GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i9 Eight Core Processor i9-9900 (3.1GHz) 16MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® PRIME Z390-P: ATX, LGA1151, USB 3.1, SATA 6GBs
Memory (RAM)
4GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2400MHz (1 x 4GB)
Graphics Card
PNY QUADRO P400 - 2GB GDDR5, 256 CUDA Cores - 3 x mDP
1st Storage Drive
240GB ADATA SU630 2.5" SSD, SATA 6 Gb (520MB/R, 450MB/W)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
NOT REQUIRED
Power Supply
CORSAIR 550W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H60 Hydro Cooler w/ PCS Ultra Quiet Fans
Thermal Paste
COOLER MASTER MASTERGEL MAKER THERMAL COMPOUND
Extra Case Fans
3x Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan + Controller Kit
Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy™ FX OEM
Wireless/Wired Networking
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT (Wi-Fi NOT INCLUDED)
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365 (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
BullGuard™ Internet Security - Free 90 Day License inc. Gamer Mode
Browser
Microsoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 10 to 12 working days
Welcome Book
PCSpecialist Welcome Book - United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland
Price: £1,185.00 including VAT and Delivery
 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
Moderator
Any reason for that GPU? Are you using hardware acceleration?

What resolution are your screens?

Are you sure your existing memory is DDR4? If it's an older machine, it won't be compatible with modern motherboards.
 

phijoh

New member
Ah, I have a Z97-K motherboard so I think I have 32GB of DDR3.

The screens are 4k. I couldn't seem to find a GPU that could cope with three HDMI screens without mucking around with VGA and DVI and HDMI.

Advice is really welcome.
 

phijoh

New member
Hi,

I want to get a new PC to upgrade my old one. I currently have a Z97K motherboard with an I5-4690 and 32 Gb of DDR3. I don't need any hard drives as I will just move my SSDs over to the new machine.

Key things that I need...
1. It needs to be able to support three HD monitors
2. It needs to be as quiet as possible
3. It needs to be able to cope with some complex disability related software - I use my PC for all my communication (voice control, specialist keyboards etc) so it needs to be uber reliable
4. It needs to be powerful enough to do Video Editing and not spend hours rendering.

I have a budget of £1200 max.

Go for it!

Phillip
 

Oussebon

Moderator
Moderator
Ah, I have a Z97-K motherboard so I think I have 32GB of DDR3.
Then unfortunately you can't use that with the new PC. It's just not compatible with modern motherboards, and hasn't been since around 2015.

Just to say
1. It needs to be able to support three HD monitors
You said in a post above that the monitors are 4k. That's usually referred to as UHD. HD is 1080p. Not trying to be pedantic, just flagging for clarity in case someone suggests a spec that only does 3x HD monitors instead of 3 x 4k.

4. It needs to be powerful enough to do Video Editing and not spend hours rendering.
That Quadro card is literally just to output video. It's a 30W card. It's not going to get you far at all for GPU acceleration in video editing. An RX 570 on the other hand will smoke it in just about everything, and typically has 3 DP, 1 HDMI 2.0, and 1 DVI. You can ask PCS which model of 570 they are using currently, but the chances are that whatever model they are using, those are the outputs it has. More than enough for your needs.

The V200 case us not great for airflow. And adding more fans to it doesn't really help (if you end up with negative pressure, it arguably makes things worse as you end up with a dustier PC faster). The Fractal Define S would be ideal, or the Fractal R6, but PCS have stopped doing those very recently. Instead, the Meshify S2 is an option.

The airflow is great and it's actually a relatively quiet case. The only down side is the price, but it still fits in your budget.

Or you could use the Send in your own case feature, and ship PCS a Fractal Define S purchased elsewhere.

Otherwise:

Case
FRACTAL MESHIFY S2 BLACKOUT TEMPERED GLASS
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Eight Core CPU (3.6GHz-4.4GHz/36MB CACHE/AM4)

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Motherboard
ASUS® PRIME B450-PLUS (DDR4, USB 3.1, 6Gb/s) - RGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3000MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
4GB AMD RADEON™ RX 570 - HDMI, DP - DX® 12

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1st Storage Drive
NOT REQUIRED
1st M.2 SSD Drive
250GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 2300MB/W)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
NOT REQUIRED
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Noctua NH-U14S Ultra Quiet Performance CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT (Wi-Fi NOT INCLUDED)
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365 (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
BullGuard™ Internet Security - Free 90 Day License inc. Gamer Mode
Browser
Microsoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 8 to 10 working days
Price: £1,203.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/QRjpfT4Ye9/

i9 CPUs are very expensive and not really much better than AMD's R7 3700x, which is outstanding. The motherboards have some less expensive options too, which is handy because you apparently need to buy 32gb RAM too.

Much, much faster SSD.

Drop the sound card, as motherboard onboard audio is decent.

Noctua cooler is more effective and probably quieter too for a similar price
 

Oussebon

Moderator
Moderator
For i9 9900 vs 3700x in multithreaded tasks (like video editing) see:






(and note the CPU in your build was the 9900 non-k, which is slower than the -k)
 

Oussebon

Moderator
Moderator
No worries, glad it helped. :)

Do feel free to double check the RX 570 model they are selling. I can't think of an RX 570 that wouldn't support 3 x 4k monitors, but if it's an essential criterion for you, you may wish to double check the model. If they tell you the model, we can always look up what it does monitors-wise.
 
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