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Summary
£234.44
(£195.37 ex. vat)
or £11.70 for 24 Months
Estimated Delivery Date:
07-08-2015
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Specification
  • - Black ATX Tower Case
  • - Standard Fans Included With Case
  • - Intel i3 4150 - (2 x 3.5 GHZ) - Haswell
  • - Intel Heatsink & Fan - Low Noise
  • - Standard CPU Compound Supplied With Heatsink
  • - 2 GB 1333MHz (1x2GB) - (DDR3)
  • - Built & Tested CP
  • - None or Motherboard Integrated Graphics
  • - 450W PSU
  • - Gigabyte H81M-S2H (Intel H81) - 2xUSB3/4xUSB2
  • - Motherboard Integrated Ethernet Lan (Broadband Ready)
  • - Motherboard Integrated HD Sound
  • - 500 GB Seagate SATA-III HDD 7200 RPM 16MB
  • - FREE - 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
  • - 1 x 1.8 Metre UK Mains Power Cable
Intel Haswell

OK. It's time to get going. Your perfect computer is just six simple steps away.

The core components are the building blocks of your system. Mostly, they control the speed your computer operates at. Apart from the case, of course, which makes it look great and keeps your components cool.
COMPUTER CASE
There are two areas to think about here, practical and technical. The practical issues are how it looks, (colour, style, finish/shine, side windows and internal lighting) and whether it will fit under your desk. Technical issues include the size, heat and power issues. Economy cases disperse heat through the PSU which can get noisy, better cases have more but quieter fans, more internal space for better air flow and more room for future upgrades.
EXTRA CASE FANS
CASE LIGHTS
CPU
Processor or CPU manufacturers are constantly trying to beat each others products so new faster products are being announced all the time. You need to consider what you want to use the computer for and how long you want to keep it. If you want high performance for gaming and video editing go for the top of the range. For home and office use, choose a mid-range processor type and don't go for the slowest edition.
CPU HEATSINK
The heatsink is the cooler which sits on the top of your CPU and keeps it cool. The default cooler is good enough for all systems but if you want near silent noise but with faster fan spinning & better looking hardware then upgrade to one of the thermaltake orbs!
CPU COMPOUND
Thermal paste is used to create a heat conducting medium between your heatsink and processor/chip. This aids in the maximum possible heat transfer away from your chip and into the heat sink. Allowing your chip to run as cool as possible and hence allows your heat sink to do what it is meant to do.

For most people the standard compound which is provided with the heatsink is good enough.

Arctic Freezer 7, 13 and i30 heatsinks come with Arctic Cooling MX-2 High Performance Compound as standard.
MEMORY
Shortage of memory is the most common reason for a system slowing down. With Windows 7 your system will barely stagger along with 1 GB. It will work steadily with 2GB but ideally you should go for 4GB for long life. 6 to 8 GB for video editing, heavy gaming and 12 or 24 GB for ultimate performance.
GRAPHICS CARD
If your looking to play games you should buy the best card you can on your budget. If it's for general usage a basic card will be fine. For help choosing call us on 0161 660 9150 or email us.

We supply a free DVI to VGA monitor adapter with every PC.
POWER SUPPLY
The Power Supply Unit (PSU) feeds power to all the components in your system. It also helps to suck air through the case. The power output needs to be enough to drive all the components that you have chosen. 350W may be enough for a basic system, but add a big CPU and graphics card, more drives, etc. and you need a lot more power. Invest in a better PSU for smoother power output, quieter operation and a more reliable system.
GRAPHICS CARD PROMOTION - FREE GAME

PROMO #1 - 90 In-Game Credit FREE with the purchase of an NVIDIA GTX 750, GTX 750 Ti or GTX 760

PROMO #2 - Witcher 3 Game FREE with the purchase of an NVIDIA GTX 960, GTX 970 or GTX 980

MOTHERBOARD
Choosing a good motherboard is important as the motherboard links all your other components together.

You can click the information icon at the end of the motherboard models to view all the details of the motherboard.
WIRED NETWORKING
WIRELESS NETWORKING
SOUND CARD
You can get amazing quality of sound from your PC but once you go beyond simple left and right channels you need to incorporate a sound card. In specifying your speaker and sound card combination you need to make sure that you have matching specifications. 5:1 and 7:1 home cinema type speakers need 5:1 or 7:1 support and connectors.
EXPANSION CARDS