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    New budget build

    Looking to replace the home PC with something a little more up to date as dell are wanting silly money for parts.

    I have a £300 budget and have come up with this so far:

    Coolermaster Elite 335 Black Mini Tower Case with Rear 120mm Fan w/o PSU £24.14
    400W Corsair CMPSU-400CXUK Power Series PSU, ATX, PS/2, UK Version 3 year warranty £36.78
    Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H, AMD 785G, AM3, DDR3 1066/1333/1800, SATA 3Gb/s RAID, Micro ATX, VGA £63.24
    AMD Athlon II X2 250, Regor Core, S AM3, 3.0GHz, 512KB x 2 Cache, FSB/HT 2000MHz, 65W, Retail £48.29
    500GB Samsung HD502HJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM + 45cm Akasa A £34.49
    2GB Corsair DDR3 PC3-10600 (1333) 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24 £34.62
    Sony AD-5240S-0B 24x DVDR 12xDVDDL DVDRW x8/-RWx6 SATA Black £16.03
    Microsoft Wired Keyboard 500, Internet/Multimedia Keys, PS2, Black, Spill Resisant £6.77
    Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical, 400dpi, PS2/USB 1.1/2.0, 3 Buttons, Black £6.77

    Total £271.78

    I already have windows 7, so in total it just comes over budget.
    Are there any better components I could substitute, even if a little more over budget?
    Will the system be ok with a single 2GB stick of ram? Once/if the price of ram comes down then I'll add another 2GB stick.

    Thanks

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    Re: New budget build

    that looks fine to me ,i wouldn't have gone for a gigabyte mobo but that's just my personal preference (ive had a lot of faulty boards of them so will not buy them)

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    Re: New budget build

    Quote Originally Posted by nikohmr View Post
    that looks fine to me ,i wouldn't have gone for a gigabyte mobo but that's just my personal preference (ive had a lot of faulty boards of them so will not buy them)
    Thanks for the reply. I have three PCs with gigabyte boards which are used everyday and all have been fine. Like you, my choice was down to personal preference. Touch wood, I haven't had many misfortunes with PC components! (Only a duff power supply so far).

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    Re: New budget build

    no problem mate ,it amazes me how much pc you can get for your money now ,im sure there a lot better value than 5 or so years ago
    Last edited by nikohmr; 07-12-2009 at 01:02 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Re: New budget build

    I would be looking to get the RAM in dual channel especially with the fact that the AMD processors have the memory controller in the CPU itself.

    I would look to get this kit:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166996

    It is also low latency which has more effect on performance with current AMD CPUs than for the Core2.

    Also I would look at getting this motherboard too:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/MSI-7...Board-Graphics


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    Re: New budget build

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    I would be looking to get the RAM in dual channel especially with the fact that the AMD processors have the memory controller in the CPU itself.

    I would look to get this kit:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166996

    It is also low latency which has more effect on performance with current AMD CPUs than for the Core2.

    Also I would look at getting this motherboard too:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/MSI-7...Board-Graphics
    Thanks for the recommendations.

    Any reason to go for the MSI over the Gigabyte?

    The only problem with the memory is that the 4GB is pushing my budget, hence only going for a single stick at the moment. Ah what the heck! 4GB it is.


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    Re: New budget build

    The MSI is cheaper!! It is a fairly basic motherboard but it will still do the job and has 4 RAM slots,VGA,DVI,HDMI and Firewire too.

    OTH,if you can afford the Gigabyte it is a better motherboard. You may also want to consider this Asus motherboard which also has sideport memory:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-M4A785TD-M-EVO
    Last edited by CAT-THE-FIFTH; 07-12-2009 at 02:20 PM.


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    Re: New budget build

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The MSI is cheaper!! It is a fairly basic motherboard but it will still do the job and has 4 RAM slots,VGA,DVI,HDMI and Firewire too.

    OTH,if you can afford the Gigabyte it is a better motherboard.
    Thanks again. Think I'll stick with the gigabyte and see how it goes. Shall go ahead and order!

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    Re: New budget build

    Quote Originally Posted by tonye View Post
    Thanks again. Think I'll stick with the gigabyte and see how it goes. Shall go ahead and order!
    I have also added a link to an Asus motherboard you may want to have a look at.


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    Re: New budget build

    Could you stretch the budget and have a 1TB drive instead, since its a media centre the HDDs could fill up fast.
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    Re: New budget build

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    I have also added a link to an Asus motherboard you may want to have a look at.
    Stuck with the Gigabyte board in the end. All ordered

    Quote Originally Posted by Maccer101 View Post
    Could you stretch the budget and have a 1TB drive instead, since its a media centre the HDDs could fill up fast.
    It's just an office/home PC so no media centre functions required. I've a few NAS devices so have plenty of capacity in the meantime

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