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Spec for New PC Help!

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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
Parents need a new PC, but cant make my mind up whether or not to go with a Dell deal or a project by building one.
Can anyone help with building one, well finding parts.
Dont want a super duper one. The main thing i have trouble with would be processor and Motherboard, maybe power supply. Reasonable speed probz Dual Core, then RAM i should be ok with, just need type.
Anyone help at all with some parts maybe from ebuyer, trying to get under £200?
Can Rep if helpful :P
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
homer_213,

I'd advise against a self build purely because of the low costs of new machines especially Dell units.

I built two machines a few months ago, reasonably high end (at the time), turned out more expensive than having bought complete systems.

Having said that - if you are determined to build your own, I used ebuyer for all the parts:-

Motherboard - Asus Commando,
Processor - Intel Dual Core 6420 2.13Ghz (Socket 775) (retail box includes fan, heatsink, paste etc)
4Gb OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 (400Mhz)
512 Mb Graphics card
DVD DL Rom drive
Full Tower Case
Power Supply (Separate) (750W)
Keyboard
Mouse
Wifi NIC adapter
Power cables
22" Samsung Monitor
2 x 750Gb Samsung Spinpoint SATA Hard Drives
Sound Card

Hope this helps
#2
I have just built a PC and to be honest it would have been cheaper to buy it from Dell. It did it for the experience so cost was not the only issue.

Thing is Dell can buy components FAR cheaper than you can buy them. They buy chips and motherboards etc in the thousands so can haggle for the best price.

You say under £200, but with the software (Windows?), and assuming you want a monitor as well, there is no way you will get that under £200. Vista Home Basic is going to set you back about £60 on its own.

The other advantage of getting it from Dell is that if it goes wrong you can just send it back to Dell and get it fixed or replaced. If you build it and it does not work YOU are going to have to figure out what component is failing, get it replaced and reinstall it.

As it is for your parents go for a Dell.
#3
Go for former advise, buy a branded one, just built one too realised its not worth the hassle, there could be prob with built pc and am sure ur parents wouldnt like the hassle.
#4
Once you get past the cheap PCs it's worth building so you're not subject to the whims of the companies (why can't I have a blu-ray drive on a £300 system?) and it's no more expensive unless you get a great deal. A basic £200 PC is probably going to be better value if bought though so unless your parents are interested in the building as a project I'd go that way.
#5
Hi All of this is under £242 without a monitor and is quite good, it has built in Graphics card and sound but you can get a Graphics card later on as it has the slots to add these, which a lot of companies like Dell do not give you. It has everything you need apart from a monitor, and you can even make this £182 if you have a copy of Windows to put on yourself? You can also drop off about £35 if you have a keyboard, Mouse & DVD drive already? This is from Ebuyer.com Hope this helps

MSI K9VGM-V K8M890 Socket AM2 onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard Quickfind Number: 117990 Price: £27.92

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ 2.5GHz Energy Efficient Socket AM2 L2 1MB (2x512KB) Cache Retail Boxed Processor Quickfind Number:134571 £45.40

Crucial 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL6 Lifetime Warranty Quickfind Number:139662 Price:£27.99

EzCool N630 Black/Silver Mid Tower Case with 500W 20+4pin PSU Quickfind Number:133116 Price:£23.66

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium -SP1- Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 32-bit - English Quickfind Number:123052 Price:£59.65

Extra Value Black/Silver Wireless Multimedia Keyboard and Optical Mouse - USB Quickfind Number: 132141 Price:£6.98

Extra Value Black/Teak 2.1 Speakers - 18W RMS Quickfind Number: 126824 Price:£7.99

Excelstor ESJ8160SR-2 160GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200RPM 8MB Cache - OEM Quickfind Number:124504 Price:£26.87

Pioneer DVR-212 18X SATA DVD±RW DL Int Beige - OEM Quickfind Number:132284 Price:£14.99


Total Inc VAT: £241.45
#6
Wireless keyboard and mouse for £7. I bet they wouldn't last long.

If you are building a PC that cheap then spend the money on the stuff that matters and don't waste money on luxuries like wireless or DDR800 (DDR667 will do, or even slower if it's cheaper). A cheap CPU won't cause you any problems but a cheap power supply can do. I would be looking to spend £30 on a 300W PSU. A cheap case will probably skin your knuckles while building but the only concern I can see in use is that it might be light enough to amplify fan vibration - although a £5 set of standoffs will fix that if it's a major problem.
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Chuckles1001
Hi All of this is under £242 without a monitor and is quite good, it has built in Graphics card and sound but you can get a Graphics card later on as it has the slots to add these, which a lot of companies like Dell do not give you. It has everything you need apart from a monitor, and you can even make this £182 if you have a copy of Windows to put on yourself? You can also drop off about £35 if you have a keyboard, Mouse & DVD drive already? This is from Ebuyer.com Hope this helps

MSI K9VGM-V K8M890 Socket AM2 onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard Quickfind Number: 117990 Price: £27.92

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ 2.5GHz Energy Efficient Socket AM2 L2 1MB (2x512KB) Cache Retail Boxed Processor Quickfind Number:134571 £45.40

Crucial 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL6 Lifetime Warranty Quickfind Number:139662 Price:£27.99

EzCool N630 Black/Silver Mid Tower Case with 500W 20+4pin PSU Quickfind Number:133116 Price:£23.66

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium -SP1- Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 32-bit - English Quickfind Number:123052 Price:£59.65

Extra Value Black/Silver Wireless Multimedia Keyboard and Optical Mouse - USB Quickfind Number: 132141 Price:£6.98

Extra Value Black/Teak 2.1 Speakers - 18W RMS Quickfind Number: 126824 Price:£7.99

Excelstor ESJ8160SR-2 160GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200RPM 8MB Cache - OEM Quickfind Number:124504 Price:£26.87

Pioneer DVR-212 18X SATA DVD±RW DL Int Beige - OEM Quickfind Number:132284 Price:£14.99


Total Inc VAT: £241.45



seems ilke the best deal you can get matey, plus I will say dont build the PC yourself, unless you like doing so, as it can get adernailn flowing through my body to see a finished job, as Dell, HP etc might be fairly cheap, do look into some Asus models as well

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