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    Building a multi purpose PC

    Alright folks, hoping I could get some advice, as I'm pondering so many options I need clarification from other people now. I've hovered over so many full e-baskets now, I've starting doubting my own knowledge

    I want to build a PC that is capable of Blu-Ray playback, playing games, editing graphics and videos.

    Don't want to spend more than £400-50 (ideallly less ofc), I know £65 of that is going on a LG combi Blu/HD drive. I know it's doable on that budget.

    Aside from that I need a CPU, RAM, Mobo and a new graphics card.

    I don't need links to prices or suppliers, just advice as to what'll do. Thanking you.

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    Re: Building a multi purpose PC

    Antec NSK3480 + 380W earthwatts ~£55
    4GB PC6400 ~£55
    Abit 780G ~£45
    AMD X2 ~£50
    320GB Western Digital AAKS ~£35
    Optical ~£65
    ATI HD4850 ~£110

    About £410 and more than cable of what you want it to do.

    You could go the intel route with an E7200 dual core (£30 more) and a semi decent motherboard for about the same or about £60 - £70 for a decent overclocker.

    Good on a tight budget

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    Re: Building a multi purpose PC

    Super, don't need a PSU or HDD. I'll look into this 780G.

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    Re: Building a multi purpose PC

    The PSu comes with that case so I'd maybe get a coolermaster CM-690 as the case. Or an antec 300 if you want to spend a bit less.

    With the extra money the E7200 and an ASUS P5K-C might be a better overall compromise. Can overclock to around 3.5Ghz with ease especially if you get an aftermarket HSF.

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    Re: Building a multi purpose PC

    There's actually quite a few good budget cases out there:

    Aplus CS-188AF: praised as very good build quality from a £30 case
    Coolermaster RC330: CPC's favourite budget case £30

    are 2 more recommendations.

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    Re: Building a multi purpose PC

    Cheers for that. Don't think I need to change case at the moment, as my longer term plan is to build my own one from scratch.

    Literally just need a CPU, RAM, Mobo and a new graphics card to handle games, blu ray and the insane amount of graphics work I need to start doing.

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    Re: Building a multi purpose PC

    Q6600 - £105
    P45 mobo - £85
    HD4850 - £120
    4Gb 800Mhz RAM - £60

    Total: £370

    Looks very tasty!

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    Re: Building a multi purpose PC

    I see.. sorry misread the OP lol

    The Q6600 setup looks good

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    Re: Building a multi purpose PC

    Hmmm for a HTPC that 780G looks rather good. Just been reading about it.

    Cheers Zhaoman, that does look really tasty. With so many combinations on offer nowadays, it hellish trying to make a decision

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    Re: Building a multi purpose PC

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    I see.. sorry misread the OP lol
    I thought you just hit the wrong macro

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    Re: Building a multi purpose PC

    i'm about to assemble a PC as well. Got some good ideas through this post. Thanks!

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