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    £500 custom, will this work?

    I've been asked to build a custom pc for someone and I just wanted to ask if all these components are compatible and what trouble I'd come across, if any? Thanks.

    I can't seem to post URL's but they're all from SCAN.

    CPU Intel Core 2 Duo (2.2 Ghz) £77.20
    PSU 630W Hiperpower £55.21
    Motherboard Abit IP35-E £58.74
    Graphics Card 256MB MSI 8600GT 6MB MSI 8600GT Overclocked £65.20
    Memory 2x 1GB Corsair Value Select £26.30


    Monitor 17” Hyundai (with 2W speakers) £117.49

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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    its all compatible, only thing I would suggest is changing the power supply to something like this one Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK or another Corsair PSU.

    I have a Hiper PSU atm and tbh dont think they are worth the money. Corsair offer better quality for money imo which is why my upgrade is going to feature a Corsair PSU.

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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    Looks OK from what details there are. However:

    - That PSU is total overkill, a 450 Watt would still be overkill, but nearer the mark and probably at the lower end of what is around these days. I also think that Hiper don't make very good PSUs.
    - More details on the memory would be good.

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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Disturbedguy View Post
    its all compatible, only thing I would suggest is changing the power supply to something like this one Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK or another Corsair PSU.

    I have a Hiper PSU atm and tbh dont think they are worth the money. Corsair offer better quality for money imo which is why my upgrade is going to feature a Corsair PSU.
    If you're going to get a Corsair PSU (which is a good idea), it might as well be the VX450. The HX520 is also total overkill, not to mention more expensive than what he has chosen already.

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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    Also - aren't you forgetting some storage? (not to mention a case to put it in...)

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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    Fraz, the link was just a quick link that i grabbed, first one i saw.

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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    Thanks guys, I'll go with the suggested PSU (VX450)

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz View Post
    More details on the memory would be good.
    1GB Corsair Value Select, DDR2 PC2-5300 (667), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15

    aren't you forgetting some storage?
    160Gb Seagate, any £20 case... no speakers unless he wants them, Linksys wireless (is that the best brand for wireless?) and logitech cordless bundle.

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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    For wireless everyone has preferences, I prefer Linksys but I know others who swear by Netgear and D Link, to my knowledge, alot of the router making companies out there are all owned by Cisco.

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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    how custom does it need to be? get one of those good dell deals for £300 inc 19inch tft) then slap in a graphics card

    sure it isn't custom, but it is cheap

    otherwise spec that other people are throwing at you seems about on target, definitely go for 2gb or more as it is so cheap at the moment (ddr2)
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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    Check Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK in the supersavers they have the IP-35 for £63 if you would like it's extra cooling, firewire and RAID.

    You could save money with this
    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK
    or
    Intel Core 2 Duo E2200 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.20GHz (800FSB) - Retail

    And if he can afford the extra
    OcUK ATI Radeon HD 3850 Pro 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail
    this will provide a lot of extra gaming performance.

    There is a 256mb version for £93.

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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    Heck, for £350, at work we just got a perfectly reasonable system E6650, 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD and a HD2600XT. For another £120 ish you can get a good monitor with that as well.

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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    I'm using that LG now. With a bit of tinkering it's a peach!
    One of the best i've had for movies.

    For £370 I would get this. Sort of ignored the budget for my first post.

    Antec Sonata 3 + 500W earthwatts PSU -£70
    IP-35 - £63 (get it quick)
    E2180 or E2220 - £60
    2GB PC5300 - £25
    HD3850pro 512mb - £105
    250GB HDD - £40
    DVD writer - £15

    With the LG that comes to about £500 near enough to the pound
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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    You are going to struggle to beat the cheap Dell machines that people are talking about atm. If you are looking to build your own though, I might suggest the following:

    Abit IP35-E - LN18912 - £58.74
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 - LN19274 - £109.25
    2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, PC2-5400 CAS4 - LN12200 - £26.97
    512MB Gigabyte 8600GT Silent - LN19764 - £68.14
    450W Corsair VX Series PSU - LN19492 - £44.05
    250 Gb Western Digital WD2500AAJS - LN18053 - £40.43
    Sharkoon Rebel 9 Case - LN17190 - £27.01
    19" Hyundai IT B90D, Black/Silver - LN14702 - £150.15

    Total inc Vat + del: £539.16

    I know its slightly over budget, but I think the suggestions I've made will make a fairly large difference.

    Getting a 6000 series C2D gets you a load more cache and a higher between-core speed, which at the end of the day will give you extra performance for the same clock speed.

    I've selected the CAS4 RAM kit - it is literally pennies more expensive, there is no good reason to get the slower stuff - you will gain some performance for basically no extra cost.

    Spending a little more on the graphics card gets you 512MB of memory in an attempt to futureproof it a little against future games and a nice big passive heatsink. Worth it for the noise drop in my opinion.

    The PSU, as already mentioned, is better and cheaper than the one you selected. Can't go wrong with Corsair - excellent brand of PSUs atm.

    For an extra £10 you can get yourself nearly 100GB more storage space - entirely worth it in my books. In fact, if the PC is being build with media storage (tv, films, mp3s etc) or lots of games it might even be worth making another step up to 400GB for an additional £15.

    I selected a cheap case, as per your posts eariler.

    Finally, for a little more money you get yourself a nice big 19" screen. Even though the resolutions are the same between 17" and 19", the bigger screen is definitely worth it imo. For games, watching media, and even just surfing, it is a wholly more engrossing size.
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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    Just had a look to see what can be done for £500

    From Scan:

    Abit IP35-E - £58.74 (get the one StaffsMike suggested if you can get it at the special offer price)
    160GB Samsung HDD - £31.96
    Samsung DVD-RW - £17.33

    Total = £108.03 + P&P (make 20 posts here, or at AVforums.com and you get free postage on orders over £20)

    From Ebuyer:

    Pentium Dual-Core E2160 - £43.91
    Powercolor HD3870 512MB - £129.50
    2GB Corsair DDR2 675MHz (4-4-4-12) - £28.92 (Scan is £2 cheaper, but out of stock)
    Antec Sonata III Case - £72.10 (includes the PSU)
    ASUS VW193S Monitor - £116.32

    Total = £390.75 (free super saver delivery)

    Grand Total = £498.78

    First person to beat that for £500 gets a virtual cookie

    This is where you tell me you need an OS, Keyboard, Mouse and Speakers...
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    Re: £500 custom, will this work?

    Quote Originally Posted by satchef1 View Post

    From Ebuyer:

    Pentium Dual-Core E2160 - £43.91
    Powercolor HD3870 512MB - £129.50
    2GB Corsair DDR2 675MHz (4-4-4-12) - £28.92
    Antec Sonata III Case - £72.10 (includes the PSU)
    ASUS VW193S Monitor - £116.32

    Total = £390.75 (free super saver delivery)

    Grand Total = £498.78

    First person to beat that for £500 gets a virtual cookie
    You won't really beat that spec wise for the money. You might save a few quid here and there.

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