P4 - recommend a computer system for a given business purpose

M2 - justify choice of computer system to meet a given business purpose

The requirements for a system to run windows 7 business edition, office professional 2010 and Adobe illustrator are:

· 21 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 28 GB (64-bit)

· DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

· 1024 x 768 display

However this is the bare minimum to run the programs and you would not be able to use the full functionality and would have very low performance. I have created two systems which will run the programs at full functionality and still have plenty of power for other applications and will last for years to come.

PC number 1

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/64tsvK

Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/64tsvK/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£233.94 @ Aria PC)

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£78.88 @ CCL Computers)

Motherboard: MSI Z97-G43 GAMING ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£87.56 @ Scan.co.uk)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£129.99 @ Amazon UK)

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£289.98 @ CCL Computers)

Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 4GB DirectCU II Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) (£159.99 @ Ebuyer)

Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 4GB DirectCU II Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) (£159.99 @ Ebuyer)

Case: Fractal Design Core 2500 ATX Full Tower Case (£54.84 @ Amazon UK)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)

Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (£38.83 @ Ebuyer)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£105.59 @ CCL Computers)

Monitor: Hannspree HE225DPB 21.5" Monitor (£79.30 @ Ebuyer)

Monitor: Hannspree HE225DPB 21.5" Monitor (£79.30 @ Ebuyer)

Wired Network Adapter: TP-Link TG-3468 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter (£6.47 @ Scan.co.uk)

Case Fan: Arctic Cooling Arctic F8 31.0 CFM 80mm Fan (£2.59 @ Amazon UK)

Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-K6800 Wired Standard Keyboard (£9.47 @ Scan.co.uk)

Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M5050 Wired Optical Mouse (£3.28 @ Amazon UK)

Speakers: Genius SW-G2.1 1250 38W 2.1ch Speakers (£40.45 @ Amazon UK)

Webcam: Logitech C270 HD Webcam + mic (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)

Backup: Samsung 2TB D3 Station External Desktop Hard Drive (£59.13 @ Amazon UK)

Total: £1700.43

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-17 09:58 BST+0100

PC number 2

If you don’t like the first build then maybe you will like this one.

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/hTC9RB

Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/hTC9RB/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-9370 4.4GHz 8-Core OEM/Tray Processor (£151.12 @ Scan.co.uk)

CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£69.99 @ Amazon UK)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£96.98 @ Amazon UK)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£235.64 @ Amazon UK)

Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£64.99 @ Amazon UK)

Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card (£299.15 @ Scan.co.uk)

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£84.98 @ Novatech)

Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£65.70 @ Scan.co.uk)

Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (£38.83 @ Ebuyer)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£105.59 @ CCL Computers)

Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor (£141.00 @ Amazon UK)

Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN3800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£19.98 @ Amazon UK)

Case Fan: Corsair CO-9050017-WLED 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan (£9.38 @ Ebuyer)

Keyboard: A4Tech G800V Wired Gaming Keyboard (£18.00 @ CCL Computers)

Mouse: Cooler Master CM Storm Xornet Wired Optical Mouse (£14.84 @ Amazon UK)

Speakers: Creative Labs Inspire T10 10W 2ch Speakers (£29.98 @ Amazon UK)

Other: Samsung 2TB D3 Station External Desktop Hard Drive (£59.14)

Other: Logitech c920 webcam (£47.99)

Total: £1553.28

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-17 12:51 BST+0100

Comparison and Reasoning

I have chosen an Intel processor for the first system as they have higher performance than and in benchmark


Reason for component choice (System 1)

Reason for component choice (System 2)


The i7 4770k is one of the top CPU’s in the intel line and one of the top performing desktop processors in the world, It performs higher than the top AMD processors in benchmarking tests. I picked the K version as it can be overclocked to increase performance further.

The AMD FX-9370 has a higher clock speed and double the cores of the i7. The extra cores are useful when rendering and running multiple complex applications. It is also cheaper than the 4770k.

CPU Cooler

I chose water cooling as this is an expensive PC and you want to protect it by not letting it overheat which can damage expensive components. Water cooling keeps CPUs cooler than air coolers and they are often quitter. The 100i has to fans to cool the reservoir which would be useful if the cpu is overclocked.

Again I chose water cooling as it the best. The corsair H series don’t need any extra maintenance compared with normal fans so they are ideal for a business PC. I chose the H80i as it was cheaper and only performs slightly less than the H100i.


The MSI Z97-G43 is a reliable motherboard with a good chipset. It has plenty PCI slots for expansion cards, has PCI 3.0 slots for 2 GPUs.

There weren’t many choices for compatible motherboards so my choice was limited however I thought the GA-990FXA-UD3 was the best value for money and performance.


I picked 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 RAM as it is plenty of ram and it is quick. This system has less ram but it is slightly quicker.

For system 2 I picked Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 RAM, this much ram is rarely used but may be used in the future.


I picked a solid state drive as they are the quickest drives; I thought 1tb would be enough space to have on the hard drive at once. Time is money in a business so you wouldn’t want to wait long for the PC to turn on each day and to browse files for websites.

I picked a 2tb hard disk drive which rotates 7200 per minute for fast read and write speeds. It is also a lot cheaper than a ssd.

Video Card

System one has two Asus Radeon R9 270X 4GB DirectCU II for crossfire which increases the performance of both. This will be good for adobe illustrator on both monitors and any more for connecting TV’s for the games consoles.

System two has the same graphics card (Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II) but only one. This card is good value for money which will do the job fine and will be able to cope with extra monitors but will not be as quick as system 1s. Only buying one also saves you money.


I chose this case for the system as it is a full tower and will have lots of space inside for the two graphics cards, NIC, water cooling and room for extra fans so the PC won’t overheat. The case is also fairly cheap.

This case has a business look and isn’t full of flashing lights. It will also keep the components cool. It has filters to prevent dust from going inside the PC which makes it a lot easier to clean and will save you time.

Power supply

This is a powerful (750w) power supply which will provide the components with enough power to function properly. I chose this power supply as it had good reviews and was a good price.

Again I chose a 750w power supply so there is plenty of power and the components won’t get damaged as the power supplied will be consistent. Again this PSU had good reviews and was a fair price.

Optical Drive

Both systems have the LG UH12NS30 because it can read all disks including blu-ray which may be useful for using the Playstation 3 games console.

This was one of the cheapest blu-ray drives and has the best reviews so it was chosen for both systems.


Again both systems have Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) however they are both capable of running business edition.

Being a 64 bit version means that more than 4gb of ram can be used on the PC.


Two Hannspree HE225DPB are being used as they are 1080p HD and a good price.

An Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor is being used because it had good reviews and is high definition.


TP-Link TG-3468 10/100/1000 Mbps was chosen because it is capable of very high speeds which are important for businesses. It is also wired which is quicker than wireless and would be useful when hosting or uploading websites.

The TP-Link TL-WDN3800 was chosen as it is wireless in case you didn’t want to put wires into the walls and something simple then this would be it and if you did want wired you could use the built in Ethernet in the motherboard.

Case fan

The Arctic Cooling Arctic F8 is a cheap and quiet fan which will help with the air flow.

The Corsair CO-9050017-WLED is a big and powerful fan which will bring in or blow out a lot of air however it is a bit noisier.


The Gigabyte GK-K6800 is a cheap keyboard with good reviews.

The A4Tech G800V is a little more expensive and oriented towards gaming. A good keyboard is usually a matter of opinion.


The Gigabyte GM-M5050 is a reliable mouse which is very cheap but does the job fine. It is wired for greater accuracy and won’t need charging or the battery’s changed. This mouse is ideal for a business as it doesn’t have any flashing lights.

The Cooler Master CM Storm Xornet Wired is a more expensive mouse which also doesn’t have flashing lights however it looks like it would be more comfortable than system one’s with thumb and finger support.


The Genius SW-G2.1 1250 38W 2.1ch have a subwoofer for deep bass and a good sound quality. They look good and are a reasonable price. They don’t require extra sound cards and will plug into the audio slots on the motherboard. They are also loud and would be good for the consoles as well.

Creative Labs are well known for their sound systems, their Inspire T10 10W 2ch Speakers would be ideal for a desktop. They are cheaper than system one’s.


The Logitech C270 HD Webcam with built in mic is only 15 pounds and records in 720p HD which is fine for most users if they are being shown on a smaller screen however if they were being shown on a large TV then 1080p would be a better choice.

The Logitech c920 webcam is 1080p HD which is great for any webcam use, it also has a built in mic. It depends on what the webcam is used for and how often on which one is better. This one costs around 33 pounds more than system one’s.


The Samsung 2TB D3 Station External Desktop Hard Drive was my choice of backup as It will enable the user to put things they don’t use often onto the backup if they have filled the 1tb SSD.

Again the Samsung 2TB D3 Station External Desktop Hard Drive as it is the same size as the hard drive and would be capable of taking a full backup in case any data was lost or damaged. External backups are better in the event of the whole PC being destroyed physically.

Overall I would recommend system one as the system to buy as It’s quicker than System two and will probably last longer because it won’t get outdated and still has room for upgrades and overclocking if required. I chose these specifications because you had a high budget so I made a top performing PC with some of the best components. Each retailer was chosen because it sold the component the cheapest delivered and was one of the retailers that PCPartPicker trusted. I would recommend getting insurance if you don’t have any at the moment in case you got robbed or there was a fire. I wouldn't recommend getting a warranty as these are quality parts and won’t just break or blow up.