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Building a custom PC help??

santz92 Avatar
2y, 2w agoPosted 2 years, 2 weeks ago
Hey all, hope everyone is well!

Iv got a question I'd like to ask as I have been thinking whether I should go for a MAC or stick with windows...I have more experience with windows and have more knowledge on it, but thinking of buying a MAC just because I love the look of it and the apple system is great ofcourse although it is very expensive to buy. Having said that, I'm thinking to just make a custom PC, I'm into tech and DIY stuff so I think it'd be something fun to do and will keep me a tad bit busy.

I'm calling out anyone with any knowledge on building a custom PC...

What will I need to purchase in order to build one? Ofcourse I'd need a PC case, Hard drive etc etc but that's all that I know of to be honest.

Looking to order everything off amazon.

Finally,

I'm more inclined towards building a custom PC as I have a spare 32inch LCD monitor that can be used a a PC monitor aswell as a TV.

Now...my budget is £200 I know I can't buy a MAC with that. But can I build a fairly good PC? Or do you have any suggestions of any ready made PC's that are good? I won't be using for Gaming more towards business and work

Looking forward to reading and discussing answers,

Thanks very much and happy new year!
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2y, 2w agoPosted 2 years, 2 weeks ago
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#1
Probably just a pic for browsing no gaming at all. Maybe ebay or ebuyer?
#2
Hello There,

Mac looks like not a cup of tea for you anymore. I could suggest you can go for a custom PC as per your requirement.

Before that you need to come up what you want to do with it. A gaming purpose box or builing up a lab.
#3
You'll struggle to build a pc for that. I upgraded someone's pc for them before Christmas, with a g3258k Pentium processor, 4gb of memory and an Asus motherboard. That alone came to £125. I guess you could use a cheapo case psu option and a cheaper hard drive which would squeeze in around 200 but I wouldn't call it pretty or reliable long term. And that would only be if you don't need to buy a copy of windows which is around 60 to 70 pounds on its own.

I always recommend people spend around 50 to 60 on a branded 80 plus psu and the same again on a good branded case. This makes upgrading in the future easier and building less stressful as a good case has cable management and no sharp edges to make a build tidy. Also a good case will keep components cooler and decrease the chances of a shorter life.

If you need a copy of windows I think a budget of around 300 would be more realistic for a good quality low end build. You could look for second hand cases to keep costs down, but components tend to hold value and are much cheaper second hand.

You might pic up a cheaper pre built by Zoostorm that come up on the sight fairly often around your budget but most still need a copy of windows.
#4
I did a G3258 for my auld man for Chrimbo - G3258, Asrock Z97 Anniversary motherboard, 4gb Ballistix Tactical (1.35v woohoo!), CoolerMaster case, 1tb WD Blue and AC6 coolant paste, running stock cooler at 4.4ghz and OC'ing RAM to 2133mhz. Sits around a par on my 3rd gen i7 3.4 on most every day tasks.

Most importantly.... price, all in, purchased all from Amazon except the board which was half price on eBay - new and sealed - came to around £190. These were taking advantage of the best offers available in the week or so before Christmas, so you can probably get the same a little bit cheaper now.
#5
I would suggest a more realistic price of £400 to build a good quality PC. for this you could use something like the and a10 processor which has good enough graphics built into it to run all apps and most games.

As for windows or Mac. you can install either really. just google hackintosh to see how to install Mac onto a custom build.
#6
shadow_vigor
run most games.

Although if you want to do that you usually get more performance for the same price buying the CPU and graphics card separately.

santz92
What will I need to purchase in order to build one? Ofcourse I'd need a PC case, Hard drive etc etc but that's all that I know of to be honest.

CPU (most will also come with the required cooler)
Motherboard
Memory
Drives (SSD, and a hard drive if you need more space).
Power Supply
Case

Sound & Video are built into the motherboard and CPU, the separate cards available offer higher end functionality and/or replacement for faults & older systems.

You'll also need an operating system, mouse and keyboard but you may have them already to reuse.

It's well worth looking at the prices on all the component shops too, Amazon aren't always the cheapest.

santz92
Now...my budget is £200 I know I can't buy a MAC with that. But can I build a fairly good PC?

Assembly costs are fairly minimal and on non-specialist PCs largely offset by large bulk discounts so £200 worth of components will give similar results to a £200 PC. Something like a Celeron G1850, 4GB of ram and 120GB SSD will run well on typical tasks but it's not going to be any way fancy or high end (or even mid-range).

That is assuming you've got a copy of Windows. Microsoft hasn't extended their low cost PC licensing (Windows 8.1 with Bing) to home builders so if you don't then you won't be able to match pre-built prices and sadly it's cheaper to buy at the moment.
#7
If you're up for it, you can buy used hardware separately from ebay auctions, some fantastic deals to be had. I built my gaming PC for around £400 from used parts, able to play most games on max settings (made it over a year ago) no problem. If you're not interested in gaming you can build one much cheaper of course. Pirate windows and it's free, it's silly not to.
#8
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Thunderbirdmagical
Hello There,

Mac looks like not a cup of tea for you anymore. I could suggest you can go for a custom PC as per your requirement.

Before that you need to come up what you want to do with it. A gaming purpose box or builing up a lab.


Thanks for your message, I won't be using it for gaming. It's more for business use aswell as just normal standard browsing. Thanks
#9
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enigmatik33
You'll struggle to build a pc for that. I upgraded someone's pc for them before Christmas, with a g3258k Pentium processor, 4gb of memory and an Asus motherboard. That alone came to £125. I guess you could use a cheapo case psu option and a cheaper hard drive which would squeeze in around 200 but I wouldn't call it pretty or reliable long term. And that would only be if you don't need to buy a copy of windows which is around 60 to 70 pounds on its own.

I always recommend people spend around 50 to 60 on a branded 80 plus psu and the same again on a good branded case. This makes upgrading in the future easier and building less stressful as a good case has cable management and no sharp edges to make a build tidy. Also a good case will keep components cooler and decrease the chances of a shorter life.

If you need a copy of windows I think a budget of around 300 would be more realistic for a good quality low end build. You could look for second hand cases to keep costs down, but components tend to hold value and are much cheaper second hand.

You might pic up a cheaper pre built by Zoostorm that come up on the sight fairly often around your budget but most still need a copy of windows.

I can stretch my budget abit more if I like to, ideally I wanted to keep it on the budget I out on the OP however if I need to spend abit more then I will. Thank you for your response I will look into this further :)
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GrantG182
I did a G3258 for my auld man for Chrimbo - G3258, Asrock Z97 Anniversary motherboard, 4gb Ballistix Tactical (1.35v woohoo!), CoolerMaster case, 1tb WD Blue and AC6 coolant paste, running stock cooler at 4.4ghz and OC'ing RAM to 2133mhz. Sits around a par on my 3rd gen i7 3.4 on most every day tasks.

Most importantly.... price, all in, purchased all from Amazon except the board which was half price on eBay - new and sealed - came to around £190. These were taking advantage of the best offers available in the week or so before Christmas, so you can probably get the same a little bit cheaper now.
I have screenshotted your response and saved it incase this thread gets removed or I lose it. Great response and will look deeper into all that you suggested. Thanks buddy!
#11
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shadow_vigor
I would suggest a more realistic price of £400 to build a good quality PC. for this you could use something like the and a10 processor which has good enough graphics built into it to run all apps and most games.

As for windows or Mac. you can install either really. just google hackintosh to see how to install Mac onto a custom build.
would I really need to spend 400 for a custom PC I'd like to build just for business and recreational purposes? I don't want to use the PC for gaming to be honest I think that's where all the money is thrown towards if I'm correct? More better and expensive equipment for a PC used for gaming, which I won't be using for gaming lol. Thanks for your comment
#12
push it to £300 and you'll get a PC that can play simple games

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