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    Basic budget pc spec ?

    Its been a few months since i built a pc (last one being a gaming rig) so not entirely sure about the products on the market atm. Anybody spec something up for me ?

    Tasks :

    Web browsing
    Word processing

    Coming from a P3 with 256mb of ram (i know, dont ask).

    No need for keyboard/monitor/mouse, just need a base unit.

    Cheap..and from scan as its close to me, nothing prebuilt.

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    Re: Basic budget pc spec ?

    AMD Athlon II X2 235e Energy Efficient Dual Core, S AM3, 2.7GHz, 2MB Cache, 45W, Retail 50.51
    AMD Athlon II X2 240, Regor Core, Socket AM3, 2.8GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 65W, Retail £42.29
    AMD Sempron 140, Sargas Core, Socket AM3, 2.7GHz, 512KB L2 Cache, HT 4000MHz, 45W, Retail £24.09

    ASRock ASR-A780GM-LE/128M, AMD 780G, S AM2+, PCI-E 2.0(x16), DDR2 1066, SATA 3Gb/s, SATA RAID, mATX £42.97
    Sapphire 52023-00-40R, AMD 780G, AM2+, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR2 1066, SATA 3Gb/s, SATA RAID, uATX, VGA £44.64 on today only

    Corsair Value Select, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-18 £32.89 today only
    Cheapest (2x1gb) sticks. could just get one 2gb stick.

    500GB Samsung HD502HJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM
    Get 28 day installation damage insurance with Scansure £39.57

    350W Antec Basiq Power PSU £23.49 today only (these are not meant to be great) Today only

    LG GH22NS50 22x DVD±R, 16xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6 ,12xRAM SATA, Black, OEM £15.26 today only

    TMB11NOPSU - Asus TM-B11 Black Micro ATX Tower Case No PSU £22.36

    You can trim the HDD. I would get the energy efficient dual or try and unlock the sempron. The asrock is meant to be ok

    Or just get a all in one, there is an atom system for 130 from ebuyer in the bargains section.

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    Re: Basic budget pc spec ?

    This is what I would look at getting:

    Asus M3A78-T ~ £49

    This was around £100 when it was first released and is based on the 790GX chipset and has 128MB of dedicated DDR3 RAM for the HD3300 IGP.


    ASRock ASR-A780GM-LE/128M ~ £43

    This uses the 780G chipset and has 128MB of dedicated DDR RAM for the HD3200 IGP.

    320GB Samsung F1 ~ £31

    AMD Athlon II X3 425 ~ £55

    This processor can be potentially unlocked to an Athlon II X4 or even a Phenom II X3 or X4. Some Phenom II X3 processors were based on the Deneb core found in the Phenom II X4 and the others are based on the Propus core found in the Athlon II X4.


    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 45M ~ £35

    This is based on the AM2+ Phenom II X4 920 and 940 and hence can be potentially unlocked to a Phenom II X3 or X4.

    2GB 800MHZ DDR2 ~ £43

    Coolermaster Elite 330 ~ £22


    Coolermaster Elite 331 ~ £23


    Coolermaster Elite 335 ~ £23


    Silverstone PS02B ~ £26

    400W Silverpower SP-400P2C ~ £26

    Silverpower is part of the same company as Tagan.


    400W Silverstone SST-ST40F-ES ~ £34

    This PSU is 80+ certified.

    Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE SATA DVD rewriter ~ £15

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