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    Pc build - £250 - £350

    I need to put together a system from scratch for my mum and will have to buy everything for this build.

    All she will be using is the internet and a small amount of word processing. I don't really want to go down the Dell route as I would rather build myself.

    It is possible?

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      • Memory:
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      • WD 320gb
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      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
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    Yeah very easily.

    core 2 duo Pentium
    gigabyte G33 uATX mobo (on board Grpahics)
    2gb of pc 5300 ram
    hard drive around 160gb
    dvd writer
    cheap case.

    Around £250.. i'll post back with links in a bit

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    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall
    QTY Price (ea) Ex VAT Total Inc VAT Remove
    LN12200
    2Gb (2X1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC5400 (667), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 4-4-4-12 £43.54 £51.16
    LN18818
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2140, S775, 1.6 GHz, 800MHz FSB, Allendale Core, 2x 512KB Cache, Retail £36.15 £42.48
    LN18891
    Gigabyte GA G33M-S2 iG33 Express, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 667/800, SATA II, uATX, On Board VGA £53.12 £62.42
    LN8298
    330W Tagan TG330-U01 Whisper aPFC quiet 20db 3 Years Warranty ATX/BTX £27.49 £32.30
    LN15198
    Akasa Zen Case - Black Silent Cool Midi-ATX Computing case w/2 silent 12cm fans w/o PSU £24.99 £29.36
    LN9709
    160GB Samsung HD160HJ SpinPoint T166, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 8MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ £27.67 £32.51
    LN19006
    Samsung SH-S203/BEBN 20x DVD±R, 16x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, Black, OEM inc. Nero £15.99 £18.79
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    Net Total £228.95

    Carriage £11.01

    V.A.T. £41.99

    TOTAL £281.95

    Less the carriage as it will be free for you. £270

    Also that will overclock to 2.8 - 3.0ghz without even overclocking the motherboard. These chips seem plenty capable of it. You may want to add a new HSF for that though something like an arctic freezer 7 pro for £12

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    • bigpun69's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5K Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • Intel Q6600 B3 Stepping @ 3.2GHz
      • Memory:
      • 2Gb 800MHZ Crucial Ballistix @ 1000MHz 5-5-5-15
      • Storage:
      • 500Gb Samsung SATA and 320Gb SATA Raid
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 8800GTX Factory OC @ 600/1900MHz
      • PSU:
      • Corsair 620w Modular
      • Case:
      • Thermaltake Kandalf LCS with 500L/h pump, triple 120mm radiator
      • Monitor(s):
      • 17" Benq LCD and 32" Widescreen Hitachi
      • Internet:
      • 4Mb
    Extra Value 5-in-1 MATX Case With 430W PSU (20+4pin with 1x SATA) - Wired PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse With USB Speakers
    125346
    £25.51

    AMD (Venice) Athlon 64Bit 3000+ 512k L2cache 90nm Socket 939 Retail Boxed Processor
    088105
    £20.15

    Asus A8V-VM SE Socket 939 VIA KM890 VGA AUDIO mATX
    123866
    £23.82

    CRUCIAL 1GB DDR PC2700 333MHz 184-PIN UNBUFF Memory Module 128MX64
    065723
    £32.33

    Maxtor STM3250820A 250GB Hard Drive 7200RPM 8MB Cache - OEM
    120289
    £29.74

    Samsung SH-S182M 18x DVD±RW/RAM Lightscribe Black Bare Drive - OEM
    129441
    £16.15

    Total is £173 Well within budget!

    These are all from ebuyer - the 6 digit numbers are the quick find codes for you to find the products by searching. Hope this helps

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    • bigpun69's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5K Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • Intel Q6600 B3 Stepping @ 3.2GHz
      • Memory:
      • 2Gb 800MHZ Crucial Ballistix @ 1000MHz 5-5-5-15
      • Storage:
      • 500Gb Samsung SATA and 320Gb SATA Raid
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 8800GTX Factory OC @ 600/1900MHz
      • PSU:
      • Corsair 620w Modular
      • Case:
      • Thermaltake Kandalf LCS with 500L/h pump, triple 120mm radiator
      • Monitor(s):
      • 17" Benq LCD and 32" Widescreen Hitachi
      • Internet:
      • 4Mb
    2Gb is a bit overkill, and

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick F View Post
    All she will be using is the internet and a small amount of word processing.
    Why would he need to overclock to 3GHz? My old 386 laptop (not even a 486 ) got onto the internet with its 33.3k modem and whopping 8mb of ram so the need for 3GHz and 2Gb of ram would be too much, save the money and buy her a bunch of flowers

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    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
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      • CPU:
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      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall
    Just showing him what he can get for < &#163;300

    Of course he can go lower if he chooses.

    Plus he Didn't say xp or vista so 2gb wouldn't be overkill at all if its using vista

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      • Storage:
      • 128GB Toshiba, 2.5" SSD, 1TB WD Blue WD10EZEX, 500GB Seagate Baracuda 7200.11
      • Graphics card(s):
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      • 600W Silverstone Strider SST-ST60F
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    Previously built this for a friend, re-using his HDD, monitor & peripherals. The biggest issue with your price range is that most monitors start around the £80-100 mark. If you're including that in your £350 limit things get trickier.

    EZ Pack Cube Case - 34870 - £46.88
    aBit Fatal1ty F-I90HD - 52050 - £71.22
    E2160 1.8GHz Processor - 74678 - £54.82
    2 GB OCZ Value RAM PC6400 - 14588 - £53.72
    Seagate 160GB IDE Hard Disk Drive - £34.90
    Windows XP Home OEM Inc Service Pack 2 - 498 - £59.93

    Keyboard & Mouse - ??? - Roughly £20
    Speakers - ??? - Roughly £20

    That lot comes to £361.41 but doesn't include a monitor, which is usually the point by which self builds become more expensive that buying from Dell or similar. Either that or when you add in the OS costs (and I really, really recomend that you buy the OS)

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    • bigpun69's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5K Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • Intel Q6600 B3 Stepping @ 3.2GHz
      • Memory:
      • 2Gb 800MHZ Crucial Ballistix @ 1000MHz 5-5-5-15
      • Storage:
      • 500Gb Samsung SATA and 320Gb SATA Raid
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 8800GTX Factory OC @ 600/1900MHz
      • PSU:
      • Corsair 620w Modular
      • Case:
      • Thermaltake Kandalf LCS with 500L/h pump, triple 120mm radiator
      • Monitor(s):
      • 17" Benq LCD and 32" Widescreen Hitachi
      • Internet:
      • 4Mb
    You considered Ubuntu? That means you wouldn't have to spend on an operating system and it's meant to be very n00b friendly

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    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
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      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall
    Didn't notice the EVERYTHING part.

    You could use Lucios build but but use the Motherboard and cpu from mine. Saves &#163;20.

    1gb of ram saves &#163;25

    vista basic OEM is &#163;50 saving another &#163;10 which gets you down to the &#163;300 mark

    bigpuns build is obviously a lot cheaper leaving room for a monitor

    BUT: with the components hes suggesting you may as well buy the dell anyway
    Last edited by staffsMike; 31-07-2007 at 02:42 PM.

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      • CPU:
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      • Memory:
      • 4GB
      • Storage:
      • 320Gb internal / 750Gb external
      • Case:
      • Apple iMac
      • Operating System:
      • Mac OSx
      • Monitor(s):
      • 24inch
      • Internet:
      • 8mb BE connection
    hmm I have come up with this

    LN18818
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2140, S775, 1.6 GHz, 800MHz FSB, Allendale Core, 2x 512KB Cache, Retail £36.15 £42.48
    LN18891
    Gigabyte GA G33M-S2 iG33 Express, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 667/800, SATA II, uATX, On Board VGA £53.12 £62.42
    LN8298
    330W Tagan TG330-U01 Whisper aPFC quiet 20db 3 Years Warranty ATX/BTX £27.49 £32.30
    LN15198
    Akasa Zen Case - Black Silent Cool Midi-ATX Computing case w/2 silent 12cm fans w/o PSU £24.99 £29.36
    LN19006
    Samsung SH-S203/BEBN 20x DVD±R, 16x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, Black, OEM inc. Nero £15.99 £18.79
    LN7769
    512MB Corsair XMS2, DDR2 PC5400 (667), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 4-4-4-12 £14.69 £17.26
    250 Gb Samsung SP2504C SpinPoint P120, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 8MB Cache, 9.0 ms, NCQ £30.50 £35.84
    1 LN11461 250 Gb Samsung SP2504C SpinPoint P120, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 8MB Cache, 9.0 ms, NCQ
    LN14701
    17" Hyundai IT B70D LCD, 1280x1024, 700:1, 300 cd/m2, 8 ms, Speakers, VESA £99.99 £117.49
    LN8041
    Scan UN-6100 3 in 1 Office Desk Manager 2 + Speakers Wired Keyboard, PS2, 400dpi Optical Mouse, Blk £6.95 £8.17


    Net Total £309.87

    Carriage £0

    V.A.T. £56.71

    TOTAL £360.78

    Not bad, what do you think?

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      • Storage:
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      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
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      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
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    looks good but i would get 1gb of RAM. It should only be &#163;5 more and its a huge difference in performance.

    Theres cheaper cases if need be. Or you could do a Case + PSU combo but i don't like those.

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    Echo what Mike says regarding the RAM and although I don't follow LCD's that much I know you can get a decent 19" for that price.

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    I personally wouldnt bother with dual core, just get an AM2 or 939 and a cheap uATX board.

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      • Memory:
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      • Storage:
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      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
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    fact of the matter is...for &#163;42 why wouldnt you get dual core..whether it be intel or amd

    These chips are capable of doubling their speed when overclocking so provide a better platform for future applications..especially when coupled to a motherboard with a 1333mhz FSB.. its almost criminal not to OC them lol

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    &#163;59 for both mobo and CPU for AM2, as opposed to &#163;105 above for c2d.

    Also, does she need 250Gb HDD space Nick? Wouldn't an 80Gb be more than enough for word processing and internet.

    Play.com sell 1gb DDR2 for &#163;17.99 delivered.

    For the work being done on it, a Sempron will more than suffice. No point in spending the money for the sake of it imo


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    Asus M2V-MX, VIA K8M890, Socket AM2, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800MHz, SATA II, SATA RAID, uATX, VGA &#163;27.99 &#163;32.89

    LN14242
    AMD AM2 Sempron 3600 Manila Core, 2.0GHz, 256KB Cache, Retail &#163;22.64 &#163;26.60
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      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
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      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
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      • akasa eclipse
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      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
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    True enough but it also makes sense to spend the extra &#163;40 on a better system that will last longer.

    That said a good compomise may be AMD X2's which are also quite cheap and then use a cheap AM2 motherboard.

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