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    Cheap PC

    Hi,

    I was asked by a friend to build them a cheap PC including a monitor. It will only be used for web surfing, e-mail and MS Office. I have built my own PC before but mostly for games and I don't know what is best for a cheapo system. Would it be better to get pre built systems? If so can you recommend any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob4001 View Post
    Hi,

    I was asked by a friend to build them a cheap PC including a monitor. It will only be used for web surfing, e-mail and MS Office. I have built my own PC before but mostly for games and I don't know what is best for a cheapo system. Would it be better to get pre built systems? If so can you recommend any.

    Thanks
    Cheaper to buy one, and why would you want the personal hassle from your friend if anything goes wrong.

    You could start by looking at the cheapest in Mesh or Dell........AMD or Intel doesn't matter for your friends needs, but would advise to get 1 gig of memory, if Vista is pre-installed, and of course always pay by credit card.

    BTW if you know anything about computers, then don't let your friend pay a ridiculous price for extra warranty.

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    If it were me i'd get the following:

    AMD 64 3800+ X2 (am2)

    a motherboard like this

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=548095

    This RAM (1 stick - 1GB leaving room for an upgrade to 2 -4gb later)

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=143574

    Akasa ZEN case

    something like this for the PSU

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=138557

    and you're done

    Thats about £215 best guess...too early too figure it out lol

    EDIT really was too early..

    Add £50 for a dvd writer and HD.

    Ways to save money..perhaps against my best advice is to buy a case with a psu in it..but i can't comment on the quality of psu you get.
    Last edited by staffsMike; 01-04-2007 at 11:44 AM.

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    Agreed, you can usually pick up some kind of dell for peanuts, or I think you can pay cash if they have been fed.
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    It's probably cheaper to go Dell.
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    Main thing that makes the difference I found at the very low end oif the price range is the cost of Windows. Even buying an OEM version you still can't get a machine down to the same price Dell offer them.

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    I've found http://www.wizmarkcomputers.co.uk/al...ecodedeals.htm pretty good for getting evalue codes for Dells, saved my folks around £100 on theirs. Don't foget to remove the expensive support package if you think you are up to the job. Also PC Decrappifier is handy for removing on the 30-day tie ins that they slap on PCs these days http://www.yorkspace.com/pc-de-crapifier/.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunbuster View Post
    I've found http://www.wizmarkcomputers.co.uk/al...ecodedeals.htm pretty good for getting evalue codes for Dells, saved my folks around £100 on theirs. Don't foget to remove the expensive support package if you think you are up to the job. Also PC Decrappifier is handy for removing on the 30-day tie ins that they slap on PCs these days http://www.yorkspace.com/pc-de-crapifier/.
    Wish i had know about that when i got my HP laptop. Norton makes a dual core amd64 perform like an old cyrix

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    get a second hand one, that way u got a lower spec, all you need, and it wont cost much. then just buy a case, and put all the second hand stuff in it, to make it look like a new one, and reinstall os to make it seem brand new!

    all gud!

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    It would be nice to know what their definition of cheap is. I have been asked the same in the past. If cheap=500 quid, then they get a lovely quiet Shuttle with LCD panel, DVD writer etc.

    Anything less than that and they get Dell.

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    Dell does do some excellent deals so it maybe worth waiting for one!! If you are still going to build your friend a pc the following specs should be enough for general purpose use:

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    Asrock ALiveNF6G-DVI, NF6100, AM2, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, uATX £33.99 £39.94
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    AMD AM2 Sempron 3000 Manila Core, 1.6GHz, 256KB Cache, Retail £24.49 £28.78
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    TOTAL £375.76

    Under XP a single core Sempron will have enough power to do most stuff. The 6100 series integrated graphics are also among the best of the breed(if that is saying much!!).

    The system also will not consume much power - hence th 300w PSU will be enough.If you need something more powerful the Silverpower SP-400P1B is a decent 400w PSU and costs around 25 quid from Scan.
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    i think u cud probs take the xp home out......................ahem

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