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    what new CPU for a cheap baseunit

    hi, going to be building myself a new baseunit in the next few weeks(after the 21st when i get paid)

    i don't play games so any old £30 graphics card will do, i'm only going to be spending £300-£400 i download a lot of TV shows so i need something that is good for extracting files(use winrar and quick par loads) other than that internet/msn a little photoshop maybe.

    so i've always gone with AMD before, but would a intel cpu be better for my use?

    been looking at a AMD 3700+ 64bit cpu so would any intel of around that price range be better?

    for the money i need-

    Case-PSU(would like a quiet one so don't mind spending the bit extra to get something nice on a case)
    Mobo
    CPu
    graphics card(anything with VGA/DVI)
    RAM-2gig if i can't get 2gig in budget i'll add an extra gig next pay day)
    DVDRW
    HDD(looking for a small SATA HDD to just install windows and programs on as i've got a IDE HDD thats got all my files on)

    thats it i think.

    thanks

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    Hi,

    Not sure of your current system specs, so maybe suggesting a downgrade here! However, what with the impending Conroe release, the next few weeks are going to be a good time to buy into slightly older technology if you don't mind haveing a limited upgrade path - or not if you go the AM2 route with AMD.

    Anyway, hows about:

    Pentium D 805 £82.25 (2x2.6GHz) for a dual core bargain, http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=348286

    OR:

    Any AM2 CPU - they start for as little as £32 for a Sempron 2800 and go all the way through to £700 for a FX 62 dual core, so has a great upgrade path as and when you see fit.

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    An Intel 805 (£80) with a good HSF (say £20-30) will give you a dual-core for around the same price as an AMD single-core, and it can be overclocked with ease. If you to be able to leave your download app working in the background while you do other stuff, you'll find a dual-core useful.

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    hi, thanks. well i sold my old PC a couple of weeks ago atm i'm on a old 650mhz laptop with 256mb ram and a massive 12gb HDD

    was going to get a new laptop but decided i won't use it anywhere other than at the desk so no point.

    so looking at a nice little desktop £400max is all i ever pay for a desktop as i don't play games.

    just looking for something that will last me a couple of years don't really care about upgrades tbh as i normal just start over after 2years.

    here is a couple i put together very quickly at ebuyer-

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/j.cliff2/pc.JPG
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/j.cliff2/pc1.JPG


    just need to know if a P4 would be better than a 64bit AMD(would be a 3500+/3700+)

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    • mt50's system
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    also wouldn't a 64bit single core be better than a 32bit dual core(p4's are 32bit right)for windows vista when thats out


    never had a P4 like a say so no nothing about them

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    Quote Originally Posted by mt50
    hi, going to be building myself a new baseunit in the next few weeks(after the 21st when i get paid)

    i don't play games so any old £30 graphics card will do, i'm only going to be spending £300-£400 i download a lot of TV shows so i need something that is good for extracting files(use winrar and quick par loads) other than that internet/msn a little photoshop maybe.

    so i've always gone with AMD before, but would a intel cpu be better for my use?

    been looking at a AMD 3700+ 64bit cpu so would any intel of around that price range be better?

    for the money i need-

    Case-PSU(would like a quiet one so don't mind spending the bit extra to get something nice on a case)
    Mobo
    CPu
    graphics card(anything with VGA/DVI)
    RAM-2gig if i can't get 2gig in budget i'll add an extra gig next pay day)
    DVDRW
    HDD(looking for a small SATA HDD to just install windows and programs on as i've got a IDE HDD thats got all my files on)

    thats it i think.

    thanks

    Forget about AMD and get the new Intel conroe in launch 24/07, it is fast than a FX-60 and if you want to extract things like winrar or br it is far the best choice the 6300 conroe will be around 140£ and the mobo 40£ there is no better deal in the web in 2 weeks time.

    HDD you can get a seagate 320 GB for just 66£, it is cheaper and works flawless.

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    • mt50's system
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      • Graphics card(s):
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    you sure you could get a cheap mobo for one best i've seen is £100?

    also HDD just a 80gig will do me. seen them for £35 thats enough for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by mt50
    you sure you could get a cheap mobo for one best i've seen is £100?

    also HDD just a 80gig will do me. seen them for £35 thats enough for me

    Asus rock link 38£

    HDD looks good for 35

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    I'd be inclined to agree with metro - get a cheap dual core Conroe and a large tasty hard drive for all the legal downloading you do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cptwhite_uk
    I'd be inclined to agree with metro - get a cheap dual core Conroe and a large tasty hard drive for all the legal downloading you do...
    cool i'll take a look then they do look very nice 80gig HDD is fine as i've got a IDE HDD with my files one(only 120gb but i delete the shows after watching them) so no need for a big HDD.

    thanks

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    slightly over budget, but should be a kick-ass system

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    • mt50's system
      • Motherboard:
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      • Storage:
      • 120gig IDE(storage) 80GIG sata(os)
      • Graphics card(s):
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      • PSU:
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    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...tml?ASU-P5P8SE

    would that work with the core 2 duo?

    thanks

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    whoops, that mobo has integrated graphics, so take off the gfx card

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    Quote Originally Posted by mt50
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...tml?ASU-P5P8SE

    would that work with the core 2 duo?

    thanks
    Not acording to Asus, if the power circutry is compatable, they might release a BIOS update.. but I wouldn't hold my breath, the Asrock board mentioned above is conroe compatable though.
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    • mt50's system
      • Motherboard:
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      • Memory:
      • 2gig ram
      • Storage:
      • 120gig IDE(storage) 80GIG sata(os)
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 8600GT 256mb
      • PSU:
      • 380w antec
      • Case:
      • antec nsk4400
      • Monitor(s):
      • 15inc tft/19inch widescreen tft
      • Internet:
      • 20mm virgin
    Quote Originally Posted by chazt
    whoops, that mobo has integrated graphics, so take off the gfx card

    thanks for that. so £400 about.

    seems i'm better off spending another £50-£100 for a core 2 duo cpu.

    will see what stock is like when i get paid

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    • mt50's system
      • Motherboard:
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      • Memory:
      • 2gig ram
      • Storage:
      • 120gig IDE(storage) 80GIG sata(os)
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 8600GT 256mb
      • PSU:
      • 380w antec
      • Case:
      • antec nsk4400
      • Monitor(s):
      • 15inc tft/19inch widescreen tft
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      • 20mm virgin
    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt
    Not acording to Asus, if the power circutry is compatable, they might release a BIOS update.. but I wouldn't hold my breath, the Asrock board mentioned above is conroe compatable though.

    thanks, was just looking at a mobo to see how much a full system comes to.

    got it to £498 now.

    thats looking like the best option now.

    the core 2 duo 6300, 2gig ram, mobo, case+psu(thats over £100 there) HDD. just need to get a cheap graphics card then.

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