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    £300-350 base unit spec

    Hi,

    My grandads computer has got too slow recently. I want to put together a system for him. He only uses it for internet and viewing/printing photos.

    For £349 I can get a Dell studio base unit.

    http://configure.euro.dell.com/dells...=D045401&s=dhs

    Vista Home premium
    Dual core E5200
    2GB RAM
    320GB HDD
    Int Graphics
    Keyboard and mouse.

    He already has a 19" TFT, mouse and keyboard which can be used.

    Can I build something myself for the same budget or less with a better spec and get more value for money?

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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    You'd be looking at

    (mostly on today only at scan, shop around and save more...)

    Intel

    E5300
    2x1GB Corsair DDR 2 800
    Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L
    Coolermaster Elite 335
    Samsung SH-S223F/BEBE
    Samsung Spinpont F1 320GB
    400W Silverstone Strider PSU
    and vista home premium

    ~330

    AMD

    6000+
    2x1GB Corsair DDR 2 800
    Gigabyte GA-M61PME-S2
    Coolermaster Elite 335
    Samsung SH-S223F/BEBE
    Samsung Spinpont F1 320GB
    400W Silverstone Strider PSU
    and vista home premium

    Should leave you £20 for some random bits, new keyboard and mouse perhaps, or a bigger hard drive? Maybe a 790GX mobo for the AMD for some onboard HD if he wants to?
    Last edited by PeterStoba; 28-03-2009 at 10:56 PM.

    It's 4.98*

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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    Thanks. I will go and add some parts together. Obviously that is a better spec for less, but is it enough difference to bother putting it together myself I will have to decide.

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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    Roughly £330, added links to my first post. Some AMD specs too...

    It's 4.98*

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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    This is what I would go for:

    AMD X2 7750+ ~ £55

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-A...B-Cache-Retail

    It is faster at stock speeds than an E5200 and also an X2 6000+ !

    Asus 780G motherboard ~£60

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150278

    It has very fast integrated graphics(basically an HD3450 without its own RAM) and every monitor output you can think off and solid capacitors

    OCZ 2gb RAM ~ £18

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/114728

    FSP Blue Storm ~ £28

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    or

    Silverstorm Strider 350w ~£23

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    Samsung 320gb F1 drive ~£38

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    Akasa Zen ~ £29

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    Vista Home Premium ~ £83

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/123067

    DVD writer ~ £16

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/154810

    A lot of items are on Scan Today Only this weekend!! Remember there is free postage for Hexus members on Scan and free postage for orders over £49.99 at Ebuyer!

    The total comes to £327 with the 400w PSU or £322 with the 350W PSU.

    You can save a bit more money by going for an Asus barebones for around £101 instead:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151171

    This has Nvidia 8200 graphics(basically an integrated 8500gt without the RAM). It also has a 300w PSU and a card reader included!! This will drop the price closer to £300.


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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    Have a look at BBBB it's cheap, powerful and you could down grade the GPU and save more money.

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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    http://configure.euro.dell.com/dells...=D045002&s=dhs

    This is like exactly the same but in a different case and a crapper intergrated graphics for £279. Should do the job if your grandad doesnt game.

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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    Another good website is this

    http://www.dmxdimension.com/

    Plenty of Dell systems

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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    For part of the system, what about using this:
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s....html?BB-E842P
    £249, for a E8400 included with a case, 2gb ram, mobo and 400W PSU.
    All you need is a 250Gb HD and a very cheap gpu.

    That is a very strong CPU, and will be useful if he uses photoshop or anything.
    Will also be alot more future proof than a E5200, being a top of the range 2 core cpu.

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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    Quote Originally Posted by Badbonji View Post
    For part of the system, what about using this:
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s....html?BB-E842P
    £249, for a E8400 included with a case, 2gb ram, mobo and 400W PSU.
    All you need is a 250Gb HD and a very cheap gpu.

    That is a very strong CPU, and will be useful if he uses photoshop or anything.
    Will also be alot more future proof than a E5200, being a top of the range 2 core cpu.
    What's the PSU on that like. will it go pop!!

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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    Quote Originally Posted by Will404 View Post
    What's the PSU on that like. will it go pop!!
    Also the cost of an OS needs to be added on top too.


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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite View Post
    http://configure.euro.dell.com/dells...=D045002&s=dhs

    This is like exactly the same but in a different case and a crapper intergrated graphics for £279. Should do the job if your grandad doesnt game.
    Looks like a good option TBH.Excellent value for £279!!


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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    That dell is surprisingly well balanced - definitely a good buy. I have a couple of laptops that use the mobile version of GMA3100 and it's more than good enough for general use.

    Anyone else noiced that the upgrade price to a BD-RW + DVD ROM is less than just to a BD-RW? And if so, do you think it's a misprint (i.e. should be BD-ROM + DVD-RW)!?!

    Personally, I'd probably go with the XP Pro / Vista Business option for an extra £40, but that's down to a personal hatred of Vista - I think £40 is a small price to pay to avoid it

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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    just a question about the RAM you have advised him to get, im upgrading my RAM aswell, in games in mind, what improvements am i expecting by replacing my 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 with OCZ 2gb RAM ~ £18

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/114728
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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    If you'd rather cut back the cost, and this machine is *really* only for interwebs and ceaning up the red-eye on digital photos, then this build may do the job:

    Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2 Motherboard £43.47
    AMD Athlon 64 LE-1640 Processor £30.48
    OCZ 2GB DDR2 800MHz Gold XTC Memory £17.99
    Casecom Shiny Piano Black Mini Tower Case £20.66
    Antec Basiq Power 350W ATX 12V PSU £27.92
    Western Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB SATAII £40.06
    LiteOn LH-20A1S 20X SATA DVD±RW £15.39

    Grand total (pricing today on ebuyer) £195.97. For preference, I would add Windows XP Home 32bit for £69.99, but you could also choose Vista Home Premium 32bit for £10 more. Even with Vista + a decent keyboard and mouse you're going to be spending less than £300.

    That said, the Dell @ £280 has more oomph in the processor, and given that all the other component are basically equivalent it's probably the better buy: the problem with building yourself is the cost of the OS...

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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Also the cost of an OS needs to be added on top too.
    It is tested before sent, and should handle the system fine being in the build. A very good price for the cpu in it imo... Given that he had a mouse+keyboard I would have though he would have an OS install disk from the last pc...

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