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chuck22 Avatar
8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Hi,

After searching for a desktop deal for the past week or so.. I have been unsuccessful (it seems I have missed a few on here in that period too!).

I was hoping someone could help me identify the components required to build my own PC and somewhere preferably where they will be not so expensive of course :-)

My budget is approximately £500 - £600 but I want a 22" screen too.. Is there any hope?
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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banned#1
depends on what spec u want really
I would say there is hope

whats its uses? high end gaming/multimedia centre/work/all?

22" u can get for £150 easily probs a lot cheaper if u look about but that is just a monitor, for about £200 u can get one that takes a variety of inputs
#2
Thanks, you've made my day :thumbsup:

I would use it for some multimedia and some gaming (not something high def like GTA4 but for basic gaming).

I would use it a lot for work as well, which is generally word processing kind of stuff... I thought i'd go for the big screen so the kids can enjoy a movie every so often and hopefully it'll be easier on the eyes :-D
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chuck22;2875589
Thanks, you've made my day :thumbsup:

I would use it for some multimedia and some gaming (not something high def like GTA4 but for basic gaming).

I would use it a lot for work as well, which is generally word processing kind of stuff... I thought i'd go for the big screen so the kids can enjoy a movie every so often and hopefully it'll be easier on the eyes :-D



In that case do u really need to build one? there are a lot of desktop deals put up, you could just upgrade the monitor to maybe a Samsung Pebble and then you could plug all sorts in...

I would only build my own if I wanted it as a media centre/games unit as you can get the spec you need but for what you want probs cheaper to just get a ready made imo
#4
personally i'd pick up one of the dell quad cores in tesco for £299 add an 8600gt for about £50 and the viewsonic 22" tft for about £150 and you're set for £499 all in.
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wolf359;2875605
personally i'd pick up one of the dell quad cores in tesco for £299 add an 8600gt for about £50 and the viewsonic 22" tft for about £150 and you're set for £499 all in.

not a bad idea, but I'd upgrade to an LCD TV/monitor


maybe:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139180?tb=1
http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3497022/Samsung-Pebble-SM2232BW-22-Widescreen-LCD-Monitor/Product.html
#6
WOW, I didnt even know that tesco's are doing them for £299!

Thanks for the heads up on that, yep in that case I will be happy to buy it and mess about with it till I get it running perfectly :)

Also, and heads up on a good 22" monitor? Are the Samsung's that good?

Thanks again guys
banned#7
chuck22;2876000
WOW, I didnt even know that tesco's are doing them for £299!

Thanks for the heads up on that, yep in that case I will be happy to buy it and mess about with it till I get it running perfectly :)

Also, and heads up on a good 22" monitor? Are the Samsung's that good?

Thanks again guys

yh the Sammy I posted is REALLY good and has loads of inputs...ex had a 19" one, could hook up a DVD, Freeview, 360/PS3 and PC all at the same time with more sockets left

have a look at the reviews and shop around cause I know Ebuyer used to be cheaper than that...
also maybe get something with built in freeview? or you can get Vistrons cheap too and have a HD ready LCD TV rather than a monitor, then you just plug the lead in anyway
#8
Thanks again for that, that does sound like the correct path to go down (getting a PC from tesco's and then slowly upgrading it getting the monitor seperately). With Vista, should 2MB ram be sufficient do you know, and should i look for one with a built in graphics card or get that seperate? I have heard Vista is graphic hungry if you catch my drift :roll:
#9
the tesco one has 2GB ram and is easily upgradeable from there quite cheaply.
it has onboard graphics but also a PCIEx16 slot which i'd use to put in one of the 1GB 8600GT's from play for £49.99 as the vista the dell uses is 32Bit you only be able to put in another Gig of ram before hitting the O/S's 4gig limit. but thats plenty for vista. the 2gig is perfectly fine unless you want mega gaming in which case you'd want more than the 8600gt in any case.
my local tesco has plenty of the Q6600 dells in stock so you should find one easily enough
#10
thanks for that wolf, i'll pop in tonight and see what they have to offer, might even spot a bargain monitor :)

Thanks to everyone for helping me out on this, much mch appreciated!
banned#11
no worries mate, good luck with it all...any probs just post :thumbsup:
#12
echo that. i've upgraded and setup 2 of these now so know how they go :)
#13
I used to build PCs but it's just not worth it any more. As mentioned above, the complete units come in very cheap nowadays. If you do decide to build your own you will need...

-Motherboard
-Case with PSU (make sure your motherboard will FIT)
-Processor (to fit the socket type of the motherboard)
-Processor fan
-RAM (again to fit the motherboard)
-Hard disk
-Optical drive
-Graphics card (to fit the slot type on your motherboard)
-Operating System

Pointers:
I have not included a modem, NIC (network card) or sound card as modems are pretty obsolete and the other functions are usually handled adequately by motherboards. Also no floppy drive - when was the last time you used one? :)

The motherboard choice is all important and you can see from the list how it affects most of your other choices of hardware component

By buying these items you will usually get all the screws and cables you need to assemble it, even if you buy OEM products (white box instead of retail)

It's best to buy from one or two suppliers so if you have compatibility problems they can't stall by blaming the other component as you would be returning either to them in any case.

Don't go mad on one part...ie blow your budget on an ultra-fast processor then spend the minimum on everything else...your system will not be balanced, will probably be glitchy, and even at best unable to fully use the processor due to bottlenecks elsewhere.

You may be unlucky and find some odd issues. For instance Gigabyte graphics cards don't like AOpen motherboards...but where would you find this written down?! On what basis would you return either item?

If you do build your own, good luck and PM me if you think I can help.
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chuck22
Also, and heads up on a good 22" monitor? Are the Samsung's that good?


Some of them are good mid-range screens, other get poor reviews.
#16
Hi guys,

I took the plunge and went for the £299 deal at Tesco's. (http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.204-0126.aspx)

I was wondering if someone could advise on a Graphics card that I can use (i'm not sue about the PSU so dont want to push it)... I am willing to spend about £50 and want one that can output 1920x1200 resolution... Not sure if thats right.

Still shopping for a monitor, seen a really nice 22ince LG at Currys, I might take the plunge :)
#17
All cards can display 1920x1200 resolution, although for £50 you won't be gaming on at that resolution all of the time.

The 3850 at slightly over £50 is a very good deal at the moment, if people have been fitting 8800GTs to that system than a 3850 shouldn't be a problem.
#18
Thanks EndlessWaves for your reply on this.. I've just seen it actually :roll:

OK, any chance you have a direct link to this Graphics card? And would this run on this PC (from tescos) with the supplied PSu?

Thanks again.
#19
£300 will build you a silent media PC with graphics acceleration and high quality sound:

http://blog.evolvedsoftwarestudios.com/2008/01/15/how-to-build-a-cheap-and-low-power-server-for-windows-home-server-whs-or-server-2008-also-works-for-a-home-media-center/

Use the remainder of your budget on a keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers.

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