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    Tight budget barebones

    A friends PSU just blew, taking a load of other bits with it. Consequently he needs PSU,CPU, MOBO, etc, to go in to a new build. The budget is dead on £130. The rig is only used for web surfing, ripping music, etc. Have had a look around and found
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...html?BB-AM361G

    We can rescue the HD and opticals from the previous rig. ANybody seen anything better for the same money?


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    For a prebuilt system, that's about as good as you'll get in terms of price, but why not take the plunge and do it yourself

    An easy start is the ASUS Vintage V2, with the motherboard and powersupply pre-installed

    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/120002 £65.56 inc VAT

    Add 1GB of OCZ value RAM

    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/105972 £23.55 inc VAT

    and finish with a nippy little AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual Core (2.0GHz) £43.86 inc VAT

    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/111288

    £133 all told, and a much nicer system. The X2 3800+ will keep you going a lot longer than the Sempron 3600 that came with the bundle. The difference will be like night and day. Just means you have to put in half an hours effort

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    Scan (www.scan.co.uk) do a good range of asus barebones systems - case, mobo and PSU. You just need to buy a processor, memory and install the other components you have.

    AMD am2 processors are extremely good value for money at the moment, so you could put together a pretty good general purpose system for around £100 or so (depending on your memory requirement, processor speed etc. One word of caustion, the expansion facilities of these units is limited, usually only a couple of slots, but since sound, graphics and LAN are all on the mobo anyway, it shouldn't be too much of a snag.

    I have built a few of these of these for general use (surfing, word processing, e mail etc) and they perform well. I also use one, built about 3 years ago as a web server - again, perfectly adequate.

    If ypou are looking for the latest/greatest/fastest top notch gaming machine, these probably won't do it, but it sounds as if your requirement is not that demanding.
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    Cheers peeps will pass it on.

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    Novatech's bundels are great for people who are a bit scared of building there own pc's as all there bundels are pre-built now (it used to be an optional extra)

    cheapest is buy bit's and put them together yourself. As long as no games are involved onboard graphics are fine

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    Tried to put together a core 2 system From Ebuyer
    Intel E2140 Pentium Dual Core Socket 775 2x1.60GHz 1MB Cache 800FSB Retail Boxed Processor =£52.88
    ABIT LG95Z Socket 775 945GZ onboard VGA 7.1channel audio mATX =£30.65
    Ebuyer 512MB DDR2 667MHz PC2-5400 240pin Extra Value Ram x2 =£10.99 each
    Seasonic S12 Series 330W ATX2.0 120mm Fan =£37.60

    total with 5 working day free delivery = £143.11


    options
    replace the seasonic with
    Coolermaster IGreen 430W PSU - 85% Efficiency ATX12V v2.2 120mm Fan =£38.99 = +£1.33

    replace the core2 with a celeron and tell him to upgrade when he can stump up the cash
    Intel Celeron D 331 (2.66Ghz) Socket 775 FSB533 256kb Cache Emt 64 Retail Boxed Processor =£20.60 = -£32.28
    Last edited by Pob255; 11-07-2007 at 05:55 PM.

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      • 250gb SATA Westerndigital + 500gb samsung +1tb Samsung
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      • Be Quiet E9 680w
      • Case:
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      • Operating System:
      • W7 Pro
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      • Dell 21" ips something
    Option 3

    Go into a local PC shop, tell them what you need and then Haggle them down too £120

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    For a couple of quid more than the VIA chipset Asus barebones, you can get the NVidia one which is even good for a few games.

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