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I am interested in building a PC from scratch and does anyone here knows which is the suitable pentium motherboard for Vista? Is there a good website to get cheap components to build a PC yoursel… Read More
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1d, 3m agoPosted 1 decade, 3 months ago
I am interested in building a PC from scratch and does anyone here knows which is the suitable pentium motherboard for Vista?

Is there a good website to get cheap components to build a PC yourself?

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1d, 3m agoPosted 1 decade, 3 months ago
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#1
www.scan.co.uk and www.ebuyer.co.uk also dabs.com
most new motherboard will be fine with vista, Alot of asus motherboard are starting to get vista drivers if the os doesnt support them already.

It all depends on the processor you want though and the style of motherboard.
#2
thanks
#3
My advice is to build a Intel Core 2 CPU based system...they are by far the best CPUs...if you can state a budget you may get some advice on suitable components.
#4
my advise would be to get a readymade busy it will save you time or you can try sites that build customise pcs i cant think of the one i used but when i remeber i will put it here for you.
#5
I'd buy a ready made one these days.. 10 years ago it was worth it, but now the manufacturers are such low margins, that'll it pretty hard match unless you wanted some special gaming rocket type thing.
#6
For the ultimate pc get 2x 8800 GTX's and 2x Xeon E5160 processors. Mind the CPUs cost about £800 each
#7
When building a PC always make sure the components are compatible before making the purchase. For example a 939 pin AMD will only fit a 939 motherboard, a 775 Intel will only fit a 775 motherboard and so on.

DDR memory will onyl fit a DDR board as with DDR2 etc.

Always ask on a forum and make sure everything fits including the graphics card and hard drives as you get different connections on everything.

Guve us a price your willing to spend for the whole system, do you need a monitor too, and we will try and help you out.

ALthough as stated above if you are buying your won operating system seperate it could well be just as good value buying a ready made one. But if your wanting to learn then there is nothing wrong with building yourself.

I have found that building anything below Intel's new core 2 is normally cheaper to buy ready built, the new core 2 is cheaper to build yourself.
#8
Pc gamer did a look at Vista in latest mag feb 07 list parts for pcs to run vista on motherboard they recommended is a foxconn p9657aa-8ekr2h costing £77.67 at [url]www.scan.co.uk[/url]
#9
J.Dance
Pc gamer did a look at Vista in latest mag feb 07 list parts for pcs to run vista on motherboard they recommended is a foxconn p9657aa-8ekr2h costing £77.67 at [url]www.scan.co.uk[/url]


Lol, Foxconn. (Hence the CON in the name)!!!!

My worst ever nightmare. Customer service is none existant!! They are based in the Far East and they do not give a flying **** about us in the West. My motherbaord was dead and they would not replace it, they said I have to contact the vendor, I did this but they too were a pain in the arse (for the first time ever). Stay away from Foxconn. In fact I could say stay away from Ebuyer too but it was only this once they ever let me down!!!
#10
yeah i'm also interested in building one from scratch and have seen scan but also worried about compatibility, my budget is up to £500 but not including the monitor and other preheprials. it needs to have minimum 1Gb of RAM and a very good gfx card as i play a lot of mmrpgs and the total war series which needs to support thousands of troops on the field at any given time, my current pc can't cope so i can't download some utilities to speed it up.
#11
beerman1
Lol, Foxconn. (Hence the CON in the name)!!!!

My worst ever nightmare. Customer service is none existant!! They are based in the Far East and they do not give a flying **** about us in the West. My motherbaord was dead and they would not replace it, they said I have to contact the vendor, I did this but they too were a pain in the arse (for the first time ever). Stay away from Foxconn. In fact I could say stay away from Ebuyer too but it was only this once they ever let me down!!!


If these are not your cup of tea try a intel d975xbx2 bad axe 2 motherboard got mine off ebay brand new good motherboard well worth the money. :thumbsup:
#12
logical_zombie
yeah i'm also interested in building one from scratch and have seen scan but also worried about compatibility, my budget is up to £500 but not including the monitor and other preheprials. it needs to have minimum 1Gb of RAM and a very good gfx card as i play a lot of mmrpgs and the total war series which needs to support thousands of troops on the field at any given time, my current pc can't cope so i can't download some utilities to speed it up.


Memory tricky one this as it depends on what motherboard you will be getting but crucial ct2kit12864aa53 2gb pc2-4200 would do the trick costly but worth it £151.56 off [url]www.crucial.com[/url]. Graphics card again touchy subject but I would say stick with a DirectX9 card and wait till the end of the year or start of 2008 as there is nothing for directX10 till this time frame and Vista will run ok with a directx9 card. Hope this helps. :)
#13
There are many sites...some that I use have already been mentioned....:)

I tend to agree with the Intel Core 2 Duo approach (Pentium name has been scrapped).....:thumbsup:

The cheapest and great budget processors are the '[COLOR="Green"]Allendale[/COLOR]' lot

[COLOR="green"]Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 - ~ £115 Retail (this is a new budget processor only just released!)

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 & E6400 - ~ £128 / £152 respectively[/COLOR]

The more expensive but better perfoming [COLOR="Navy"]Conroe [/COLOR](has faster clock speed and larger L2 cache). Great for overclocking (if its your bag) and def recommended for high end gaming.

[COLOR="navy"]Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 & E6700 - ~ £205 / £350 respectively[/COLOR]

Again you will need an LGA775 motherboard (this is an important choice particularly the chipset) and at least 2GB of DDR2 533 (stock / non-overclocking) DDR2 667+ (overclocking) if you want to run Vista and play decent games. There is talk of 4GB of RAM becoming a standard for gamers once Vista 'gets out there'....

If your on a strict budget and then you could consider an AMD AM2 based system based on a sub £100 X2 core. Their lower cache and older process design however can't match even the Allendales...let alone the Conroes for gaming performance / overclocking. AM2 gives you more choice for the price tho.

I'm still on Socket 939 and plan to upgrade in a years / 18 months time to Core 2 Duo. I would ignore this 'Quad Core' stuff completely for now....:roll:
#14
Yes just wait till xmas and there will be something new upcoming like the new amd athlon 4x4 chip
#15
The E4300 and the E6300 have the same architecture. The E4300 comes with 2mb cache (locked) the E6300 (2mb cache unlockable) is just a knock down version of the higher E6600 (4mb cache), but in the E6300 it has had 2mb disabled and is clocked much lower.

All of this can be unlocked if you know what you are doing with the E6300, the E4300 does not have this option. The E6300 is only £5 more so I would go with the E6300 just incase you want to overclock it and make it on par with a £200+ CPU.

Plus resale value if you ever want to upgrade, the E6300 will hold it while the E4300 will be worth next to nothing.

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