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    building a new systerm for the wife

    i am looking to send about £250 - 300. any ideas?

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    (you mean system) I assume its just for web browsing and word precessing etc? Any dvd reuirements, cd writing or anything like that?

    A setup based around around this kind of spec would probably be ok
    2500+ sempron (~£46)
    Any motherboard with onboard sound and graphics (~25-30)
    512mb ddr400 ram (run at 333) (~25)
    Cheapish case and 400w PSU (~20-25)
    80gb 8mb cache hard drive (~35-40)
    17" monitor (~60)
    Basic mouse and keyboard (~10-15)
    CD-RW (~16)

    With postage and other bits and pieces that will be about £250 i think, could be a bit less if you get everything form one place. Of course most things can be upgraded for a little extra or downgraded to save a little. But these are fairly good value in terms of a basic pc.

    Lets see if someone else disagrees.
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    Is this inclusive of peripherals?
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    she wants to play a few games (sims 2) she does not need a dvd writer. i have a graphics card and a monitor.

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    well then you dont need to choose a motherbaord with onboard graphics. You could always swap to dual channel, 2 x 256mb or 2x 512mb. Do you plan to run it at stock speeds?

    Taking off the price of a monitor will save a lot obviously. Allowing a better spec overall. For example a 2800+ sempron or a good old barton of some sort will be about £10 more, not sure of the performance benefits though.

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    i dont plan to do any overclocking. is there a big performance difference between amd 64 and a sempron?

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    Yes, thers a big difference, especially with games. But the price increase is significant, especially when it comes to a 64 bit motherboard. The sempron i was referring to was for socket A. I think its about
    £80 for a s754 3000+ and £40+ for a motherboard
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    £100 for the futureproof s939 version of the 3000+ and abot £50+ for the motherboard

    These are probably best case prices, i havent looked into it. After all, i own a pentium 4 and dont game. This might help, it only has the sempron 2800+ and 3000+ but the athlon XPs are of similar speeds to the various semprons now (not with the same rated names ie 2600+ xp barton beats a 2600+ sempron).

    http://www23.tomshardware.com/index....el2=64&chart=1

    Hope i havent just confused you.

    oh yes, what graphics card will you use?
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    the graphics card will be ati 9600 pro

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    For £320 I have managed to piece together a A64 system

    • BioStar 210P SFF (nForce3 250GB)
    • Athlon 64 2800+
    • 512MB DDR400
    • Combi CDRW/DVD
    • 80GB SATA HDD


    Have built quite a few systems like this for clients and they really like them. I built exactly the same (with a 160GB and 256MB Radeon 9600 Pro) overclocked to 2GHz nicely (9*223) with the elxir RAM at 3-3-3-8 and scored 14k 3D'01
    .: Predator :.


    - Shuttle SN25P - A64 3700+ San Diego @ 2.7GHz - 1GB PQI Ultra DDR - X850XT - Asus DVD-ROM - 200GB Maxtor + 2*80GB SATAII -

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    • Zak33's system
      • Storage:
      • Kingston HyperX SSD, Hitachi 1Tb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia 1060
      • PSU:
      • Coolermaster 800w
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT01
      • Operating System:
      • Win10
      • Internet:
      • Zen FTC uber speedy
    while its nice to go 64bit...for the Simms and some surfing, it may be a tad overkill

    Put it this way...a 2600 Sempron, on an Nofrce2 board, with 2 sticks of 256ram, a good 80 gig hdd, a nice case with PSU, a £15 Liteon CD burner, and your own 9600 Pro and you are FLYING

    Quote Originally Posted by Advice Trinity by Knoxville
    "The second you aren't paying attention to the tool you're using, it will take your fingers from you. It does not know sympathy." |
    "If you don't gaffer it, it will gaffer you" | "Belt and braces"

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    • Zak33's system
      • Storage:
      • Kingston HyperX SSD, Hitachi 1Tb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia 1060
      • PSU:
      • Coolermaster 800w
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT01
      • Operating System:
      • Win10
      • Internet:
      • Zen FTC uber speedy
    If you want ready made....
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=86864

    £235 inc XP Home...has an AGP slot for your card.

    Just need another 256mb stick of ram to get it fast enough for gaming

    Quote Originally Posted by Advice Trinity by Knoxville
    "The second you aren't paying attention to the tool you're using, it will take your fingers from you. It does not know sympathy." |
    "If you don't gaffer it, it will gaffer you" | "Belt and braces"

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    Whats the point in going SoA when its being phased out? Least with s754 it will give an upgrade route. I would personally go for s754 system with either a sempron or A64 because it will be quicker even without the dual channel.

    The BioStars are very quick and very well put together/
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    - Shuttle SN25P - A64 3700+ San Diego @ 2.7GHz - 1GB PQI Ultra DDR - X850XT - Asus DVD-ROM - 200GB Maxtor + 2*80GB SATAII -

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