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    An old ringbinder or draw works great for a case and both free. Used a draw myself, used to have to open when I played a game

    Maybe we can get one of those corsair flash drives that nick was breaking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clunk View Post
    Cheapest hard drive?
    1 or 2GB flash drive. A standard Hd is going to take most of the £36 in one big bite.

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    I found (before i saw that it was the one the americans used) a cpu for £10 at pcbuyit ..old socket though

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    Did you look at the price for the screen? $230 for a little touch screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    I found (before i saw that it was the one the americans used) a cpu for £10 at pcbuyit ..old socket though
    - INTEL CELERON 1.7GHz S478 ~ £11.75

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    I was going with mechano..lego...cardboard..errr..a draw..for the case lol
    If we ask the store/sender to pack it in a cardboard box, bingo one free case
    But we might need to use collection to advoid delivery charges

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    ok so far its looking like:

    case:
    Sweex Beige Mid Tower Case - With 300W PSU £13.16

    CPU:
    INTEL CELERON 1.7GHz s478 £16.52 on straw cooling

    PSU:
    *in case*

    RAM:
    128MB PC2100 DDR RAM £8.27

    thats:
    £37.95


    still need :

    Mobo (s478, onboard gfx? Ethernet port)
    some king of harddrive
    gfx card if not onboard
    cd drive
    Last edited by tigerboyce; 29-06-2007 at 09:38 PM.

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    Real problem looks like it's going to be a motherboard.
    Celeron s775 £17.36 http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...tml?PR-CD26331

    cheapest 775 motherboard I could find £25.85 http://www.advancetec.co.uk/acatalog...5f21261%2ehtml don't think that's got onboard vga though

    ASRock s478 £29.24 cheapest I could find http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...119412&_LOC=UK (has onboard vga)

    Something tells me we are not going to beet the us prices

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    The object isn't necesserily to beat the yanks, I mean, this IS rip-off britain after all. The exercise is merely 'as cheap as possible' & with some good ol HeXus ingenuity
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen
    When I say go, both walk in the opposite direction for 10 paces, draw handbags, then bitch-slap each other!

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    mobo: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=375239 - £26.66

    ram: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...roductID=16183 - £9.39

    Cpu: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=284218 - £20.73

    psu: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=136446 £10.52

    Case...motherboard box

    £67.30 up to there

    the only way to make it cost effective is to avoid the delivery charges or ordering all from one place

    just the hard drive and cd to do

    **im asuming that cpu works in the mobo

    EDIT: Ebuyer with shipping gives the same setup pretty much but with a 1gb flash drive and cd drive for £81.08
    Last edited by staffsMike; 29-06-2007 at 11:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0iD View Post
    The object isn't necesserily to beat the yanks, I mean, this IS rip-off britain after all. The exercise is merely 'as cheap as possible' & with some good ol HeXus ingenuity
    After actually reading that artical I'd like to call Foul!

    # ntel SU810 motherboard ($5; centrix-intl.com)
    # Two 64MB PC100 SDRAM modules ($4 each; pcprogress.com)
    # Intel Celeron 500MHz processor socket 370 ($11; pcprogress.com)
    # Intel Socket 370-compatible heatsink and fan (~$5; newegg.com)
    # Gateway 4000437 NLX riser card ($25; alancomputech.com)
    # 512MB USB flash drive (free; salvaged)
    # Momentary, normally open SPST switch ($3.29; radioshack.com)
    # Insulated wire for switch (free; salvaged)
    # . ATX power supply ($14.50; amazon.com)
    On following the actualy links:
    mother board = $10
    memory = $17 each = $34
    cpu = $17.99
    hs&f = $5.99
    riser card = $25
    usb mempory stick = Foul, reused not new!
    switch = $3.29
    PSU = $31.28
    Total = $127.55 (postage not included on any bits)

    So the actual target to aim for is £63.58 + a couple of quid for a memory stick

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    I'm pretty close at £80 then taking into consideration how cheap their stuff is and how much better my build would be

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    I'm pritty sure I've got a great one at under £70 although I might have to add on a network card.

    Just checking on if its 2nd hand or surplus stock.

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    Best so far for me:

    CPU: (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=284218) - £20.73 Cel D 2.66GHz
    MB: (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=396316) - £26.90 ECS inc RAID
    RAM: (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=202603) - £12.38 512Mb PC5300
    Case: (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=410271) - £20.53 Scan with 400W PSU
    F Drv: (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=353407) - £5.36 512Mb

    Total: £85.90

    Or with HD: (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=172207) - £25.85 80Gb
    Total: £106.39

    Sticking with Scan and being a forum member = free P&P!

    Still some work to be done here though methinks!
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      • 48GB DDR3 1600 (6 * 8GB)
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    Not a great way to spend money but it is a complete base unit:

    Intel Celeron D 331 Socket 775, 2.66GHz, 256KB Cache, Retail:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=284218

    MSI PM8M3-V VIA P4M800CE, S775, AGP 4x/8x, DDR 400, SATA I, SATA RAID, uATX, On Board VGA
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=375239

    256MB Elixir Major DDR PC2700 (333), 184 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 3-3-3-8
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...roductID=16183

    80 Gb Maxtor STM3802110A DiamondMax 20, IDE (PATA), 7200 rpm, 2MB Cache, 11 ms
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=491999

    Samsung Black, 48x CD-ROM 16x DVD-ROM, SATA, OEM
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...roductID=55346

    Scan 8027-C43 Black/Silver Case with 400w ATX
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=410271

    Total £112.34 inc VAT exc delivery (scan / hexus offer)

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    • malfunction's system
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      • CPU:
      • Xeon X5670 (6 core LGA 1366) @ 4.4GHz
      • Memory:
      • 48GB DDR3 1600 (6 * 8GB)
      • Storage:
      • 1TB 840 Evo + 1TB 850 Evo
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 290X
      • PSU:
      • Antec True Power New 750W
      • Case:
      • Cooltek W2
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2715H
    I'd probably advise something like this instead for anyone on a budget. Went AMD because of the cheaper mobos and slightly cheaper dual core chip. Considered a cheap (conroe based) Celeron setup but that's assuming someone's going to overclock it. Also thought about getting 1 x 1GB RAM stick to allow future upgrading (is > 1 GB really needed for a non-gaming non-vista system?)

    Samsung SH-S182DB/BEBN 18x DVD±R, 8x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, DVD-RAM x12, IDE, Black, OEM
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=432787

    250 Gb Samsung SP2504C SpinPoint P120, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 8MB Cache, 9.0 ms, NCQ
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=247245

    1Gb (2X512Mb) Corsair Value Select, DDR2 PC5400 (667), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=202604

    Abit AN-M2, NF630a, S AM2, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 800, SATA II, SATA RAID, uATX On Board VGA - DVI/D-Sub
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=622461

    AMD AM2 Athlon 64 3800+ Windsor Core, Dual Core 2GHz, 2x 512KB Cache, Energy Efficient Retail
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=494952

    Asus TM982 Black MicroATX Case with 400w PSU
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=624743

    Total £203.38 inc VAT exc delivery (scan / hexus offer)

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