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    uATX build

    Building a nice small PC for a mates girlfriend and thought before we go on and order the thing it would be worth checking with all you lot. We have an old 6600 and a copy of windows for it



    There will be no overclocking and it will never go through any heavy use so i no need to worry about cooling too much.

    Budget is around £500-£550

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    Re: uATX build

    speakers?
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    Re: uATX build

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    There will be no overclocking and it will never go through any heavy use....
    So why the heck do you have a quad-core in there?
    I'd also probably go with a slightly more powerful PSU for the system.

    IMO, id simply drop it to a core2duo, maybe even a single core, 4300, ect?

    edit - also what case?
    Last edited by Agent; 19-10-2007 at 05:04 PM.
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    Re: uATX build

    Quote Originally Posted by jay_oasis View Post
    speakers?
    Integrated into TFT, from the looks of things.

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    Re: uATX build

    Cheapest AM2 X2 CPU, £30 mobo, 200GB HDD max, 1GB ram, cheapest edimax wifi card. That'd save a fair bit of money and still run fine and dandy.

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    Re: uATX build

    If you already have the quad core or not, it's a complete waist for this sort of machine, get a cheaper CPU, if you don't want the CPU sell it on flea bay and you'll probobly get just short of what you pay new anyway.
    Some of the barebones systems on scan might be worth a look, better chioce on cases and might save you a few quid.

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    Re: uATX build

    I think stick with a Core2, but it might be best to ask if she wants to save some money and drop down to a budget one. Also 667mhz ram might save a bit, i dont think 800mhz is needed.

    And just a thought - will an ATX psu fit in a uATX case (not my area of expertise)?

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    Re: uATX build

    Quote Originally Posted by Lanky123 View Post
    I think stick with a Core2, but it might be best to ask if she wants to save some money and drop down to a budget one. Also 667mhz ram might save a bit, i dont think 800mhz is needed.

    And just a thought - will an ATX psu fit in a uATX case (not my area of expertise)?
    Some cases will say specificly that they will fit an ATX psu, but most do not, worth looking at.

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    Re: uATX build

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy3536 View Post
    Some cases will say specificly that they will fit an ATX psu, but most do not, worth looking at.
    Disagree with that. Every standard uATX case I've used has been able to use an ATX PSU. It's the true SFF cases which usually struggle (Shuttle's, other random cubes, Pundit's, proper HTPC cases, etc). Standard uATX cases (thinking shrunken towers like the TJ08) will fit them fine.

    Agree with everyone regarding the CPU though - if it's not going to get particularly heavy use it's a complete and utter waste of money. Mismatch of the century there - 6600 (assuming you meant the graphics card) and Q6600.

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    Re: uATX build

    Oh, and My PSU comment was only if you do decide to keep the Quad-core, which i'm against
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    Oh, and My PSU comment was only if you do decide to keep the Quad-core, which i'm against
    Are you kidding?.. even if there was another SLACR in there, a 380W Tagan would still have enough juice to power the christmas lights.
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    Re: uATX build

    Sure would. I Just think a slightly higher wattage rated unit would sit better on the efficiency curve.
    You know my opinion on people saying you need a 600watt PSU for quad core

    The entire system is just an over-kill IMO though.
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    Re: uATX build

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    Sure would. I Just think a slightly higher wattage rated unit would sit better on the efficiency curve.
    I dunno, that could be just about the right spot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    You know my opinion on people saying you need a 600watt PSU for quad core

    The entire system is just an over-kill IMO though.
    Yeah, agreed there. I have the E6320 running @ stock atm and it's more than enough for menial desktop tasks up to mid-level number crunching.
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    Re: uATX build

    Speakers are not an issue as it will be wired through a hi-fi.

    Yes it is overkill but thats kind of the idea as it wont be changed for a number of years. What i was really trying to get out of the build was a computer that will last a few years without having to upgrade.

    Not trying to save money in anyway, trying to get the most possible out of £500-550.

    Dont see the point in going down to 667 ram its only a few quid cheaper.

    As for the case... its up for debate, would prefer it to be small and fairly tidy lookin (as it is for a girl) will have a gander at the barebones but the supplied PSU's tend to be on the lame side.

    May end up dropping to a dual core when it comes to the buy but like i said... trying to get the most out of the budget was the plan.

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    Re: uATX build

    What does she do? If she's not number crunching or a gamer then frankly a Celeron will do. It's not getting the most for the money, it's getting the best value for the money. If she's sitting there asking you to spec up a system, yet she's not intending to play Crysis or something (unlikely if you're using a 6600...), then you've got your bases hopelessly wrong. There's a sweet spot, but it sounds like you're a million miles from it.

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    Re: uATX build

    I think you would be better off finding out what she wants to use the PC for and go from there. The system you have is unbalanced with the 6600 and no graphics card so I presume there is no gaming involved.

    You may want to look at this thread that compares a pre-built Dell with a diy build for the same money.

    It is surprising how long a machine will last these days. I still occasionally use a xp2800, 512mb ram, xp pro sp2 machine and it will do MS office, internets, email etc quite happily. Machine in my sig is 2 years old (new hard drive) and will be more than powerful enough to last another 2-3 years for the basics.

    Would a pre-built be better value for money and less grief for you (tech support) if her PC has some problems in the future?
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