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    Extreme Budget PC Build

    Don't let the title fool you, i dont mean an extreme pc on a budget... I mean a pc on an extreme budget
    Basically someone i know has a pc running something like 256 RAM, P4 2ghz and the pc constantly has problems. Fixing it takes hours as it takes hours for it to do anything lol. I have told them that i could bulid them a new pc for 120 quid.... ish . Basically they already have a case, hdd and cd drive. So all they would need is a psu, motherboard, cpu and some ram. The pc is only going to be used for internet browsing and typing letters therefore it just needs to be capable of this, all of which under xp. And also booting up a tad faster then 10 mins . The lower price I can make it the more chance i have of them going for it but i dont want to skimp too much on quality as i dont want to have to be fixing this one as much as the old one lol.
    I'm guessing amd would be the way to go on this budget but most of you have more expertise at this then i do. What could you recommend?
    Edit: Also if its only a bit more than the psu alone would a psu/ case combo be any good as the case it would be in is a bit naff...
    Last edited by crazyfool; 21-07-2008 at 05:34 PM.

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    Re: Extreme Budget PC Build

    Asus M2A-VM ~£35
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4450e ~£40
    2GB PC6400 DDR2 ~£30
    Corsair 450W VX/Seasonic 430W ~£43 (both made by seasonic, bother super quiet and eficient).

    I run something very similar myself and the onbard graphics has DVI, and VGA. It's capable of HD playback

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    Re: Extreme Budget PC Build

    I'd suggest getting an even smaller PSU, by the sounds of it this person won't need a discrete GPU anytime soon.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=468725

    edit: tbh I'd suggest just getting a new hard drive and some more RAM. the slow bootup is probly just down to a crap-ridden hard drive

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    Re: Extreme Budget PC Build

    just did something like this for my grandad:

    MOBO: Asus M2n vm HDMI HERE £37.22
    Proccy: Athlon 64 5000+ AM2 HERE £41.11 mebe abit OTT, but SCAN have majorly cut back on AMD proccys it seems
    PSU: Corsair vx450w HERE £44.05
    RAM: corsair value select 2*1gb HERE £28.59 (or just go for 1GB @~£14)

    all of that = £150.99

    but you can cut back on the processor, and prehaps a different motherboard (i didn't have a proper look) and can save £14 by opting for 1GB RAM, you could get a cheaper PSU, but i would tend to stick with corsair...
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    Re: Extreme Budget PC Build

    they have an enermax 270w at scan for 30 quid
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=267274
    would this be sufficient using this motherboard
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=564802
    and the amd proc u suggested?

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    Re: Extreme Budget PC Build

    Yeah it's enough it's a really low power setup but, it's an odd size PSU, won't work quite properly in an ATX case. Better to get teh FSP, it's a good PSU

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    Re: Extreme Budget PC Build

    ok thanks guys... one more question though as i've only ever built pc using sata devices. The person who its for already has 2 hdd and one cd drive all of which are sata. I have a cable which came with my current motherboard which seems to be able to connect multiple ide drives to one ide port. Would this work with a setup like this?

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    Re: Extreme Budget PC Build

    It might be worth spending £15 on a sata DVD drive and then using a standard primary and slave IDE cable..

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    Re: Extreme Budget PC Build

    yeh i think i have one of those cables lying around... thanks alot guys.. and i must say i use this forum alot but this is the fastest responses i've ever had lol... posted at 5.20 and had all the answer by 6.20

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    Re: Extreme Budget PC Build

    This is the best I came up using the free Supersaver postage from Ebuyer:

    MSI K9N6SGM-V GeForce 6100 Socket AM2 onboard VGA and 8-channel audio mATX Motherboard
    £23.82

    AMD Sempron Dual 2100 1.8GHz Socket AM2 800FSB 65W 2x256KB L2 Cache Retail Boxed £28.30

    Hiper 425W PSU - 120mm Fan, 20+4pin, 1x 6pin PCI-E, 2x SATA, 6x Molex £22.89

    Kingston 2GB KIT (2X1GB) DDR2 667MHz/PC2-5300 CL5 Non Ecc 1.8V £26.99

    Pioneer DVR-212 18X SATA DVD±RW DL Int Beige - OEM £11.99

    Total: £118.16

    The processor is also dual core so it should be more than enough for most general tasks!!

    Do you need a copy of XP?? You will need to factor in another £50 to £60 if you do not have a copy already!

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    Re: Extreme Budget PC Build

    Asus P5N-MX, NF610i
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=751111 £32.54
    400w Silverpower SP-400P2C http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=256346 £21.54
    2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=291363 £29.12
    Intel Celeron Dual Core, E1400, Socket 775, 2.0GHz, 512KB Cache, Retail
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=778010 £35.12

    Intel celeron alternative ( also duel core ) @ £118.32
    i have never used the celeron or the mobo but i have used the PSU in a 24/7 Pc ( i had the old 1b in a pc before that and it is still working )
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