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    Best PC for £500

    Is it possible to build anything better than the Medion Akoya P7300 D for £500? Does anyone know what brand and chipset the motherboard has ?

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    Re: Best PC for £500

    I suppose it depends what you mean by better but yes I should think you can.

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    Re: Best PC for £500

    What purpose do you want to build it? for gaming or just for normal operation?

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    Re: Best PC for £500

    Depends if you need monitor etc. as well.

    Assuming just base unit and gaming use etc., this was an ebuyer spec up I did for someone else - could be brought in under budget by looking for deals elsewhere or dropping hdd size for example:


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    Re: Best PC for £500

    Ouch, it seems the cost of Vista has gone up by that screenshot Kalniel.

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    Re: Best PC for £500

    An E5200 saves about £50 on that build.

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    Re: Best PC for £500

    is there any point in going to Quad core at the moment? I've read several threads where people have reverted to Dual core.

    I don't need an OS as have a retail version of Vista.

    What is the best 'bang for buck' processor and chipset at the moment ?

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    Re: Best PC for £500

    E5200 + anything that will run it. I would get a P45 these days. Biostars is less than £80 on scan today only

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    Re: Best PC for £500

    You can get the following off Ebuyer for under £500 using their free Supersaver postage:



    The motherboard has got good review:

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/575

    Going for a iP45 motherboard and a better CPU cooler would cost another £40 to £50 though.
    Last edited by CAT-THE-FIFTH; 17-12-2008 at 02:13 AM.

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    Re: Best PC for £500

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    You can get the following off Ebuyer for under £500 using their free Supersaver postage:
    Only if you're a linux geek

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    Re: Best PC for £500

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Only if you're a linux geek
    I don't need an OS as have a retail version of Vista.
    Keep up

    Depends on usage, if just for an every day internet/office use then a cheap pre-built system is probably the best cost option.
    eg NEC powermate VL260 (pentium dual core, 2gb ram, 160gb hd, vista/xp pro) for £300 without monitor.
    Also look at acer, dell, hp, Fujitsu, just don't bother looking at expensive brands like sony

    For a gaming PC, building it yourself is better as you can select all the components for optimal needs, the big three here being graphics card, overclocking motherboard and psu to handle graphics card+overclock.

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