Ebuyer's perfect Vista Media PC PC - £985.22 delivered Core2Duo, MC case, 1TB HDD, Passive Video etc - HotUKDeals
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I'm putting this system together for a tad under £1K, all inclusive and delivered. I would like to get your POV on it...

Antec Fusion MATX MediaCenter Case - Aluminium Front Bezel with 430W PSU £109.97 http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/112657
ECS 945G-M3 V3.0 motherboard £47.19 http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125831
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86ghz) retail (includes fan) £113.85 http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/112704
2 x Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA II 7200RPM 16MB Cache - OEM £187.98 http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/124228
2 x Crucial 1GB 240 Pin DIMM Unbuffered DDR2 PC4200 £90.48 http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/63618
LITEON DVD8900/DW1670 16x DVD±RW/RAM Bare Black - OEM £17.62 http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/119566
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Soundcard £29.98 http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/112512
Gigabyte GeForce 7600GS 256MB PCIE DVI Silent Pipe RoHs £69.83 http://tinyurl.com/32e6d2
Creative Digital I/O Module £22.84 http://tinyurl.com/nm8qp
Windows Vista OEM Ultimate £120.63 http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/123060
Lexar 4GB Jump Drive Lightning Readyboost Compatible £52.87 http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/122981
Black Gold Dual DVB-T PCI-express Card £115 http://www.gta-ltd.co.uk/TV_PCIe_Dual_Cards.html
PCI Card with 4xUSB Ports and 3x IEEE 1394 £6.98 http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/60608
Total £985.22
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#1
I think you could get more PC for the same money if you bought less expensive components in some places and more expensive in other places. I think a £1000 computer should provide more than an Intel E6300. A 6400 is only very slightly more and represents better value. ALso, You are paying £50 for a 4gb pendrive. These can be picked up much cheaper. The same goes for the DVB-T card. I would also suggest buying faster ram. All in all, you would be better off purchasing one of the great Dell deals that's been posted and adding the few components that they don't have that you want. Good luck.

Just thought I'd add that I have seen you are building this as a media unit and so an ugly dell wouldn't work I'm sure. However, hear me out. You could buy the dell that was posted up here for £677. To this you would need to add a 500gb hard drive (£90), a DVB-T card, and then move all this to a shiny case (£70-100). You would end up with a superior machine for less money and it would look nice!
#2
The emphasis here is on looks and silence. The MC case looks like an HiFi separate rather than a computer casing. The 7600GS card is a silent card, the Dual DVB-T card is PCI express (not PCI) while the 4GB USB drive is Readyboost ready.... I had to make-do with the restrictions of the motherboard actually. The nearest Dell could offer is the XPS 210....
#3
Nice. I've just been through the process of building a HDDVD media center on the cheap. Your components should be more than adequate. I have found a Pentium D820 oc'd to 3ghz, 1GB PC5200 and a 256mb 7300GS HDMI will run HDDVD on the xbox HDDVD drive /Bluray movie images at 1080p through PowerDVD 7.2 fine, along with any WMVHD/DivxHD content. I did have to negate the HDCP with AnyDVDHD to stop stuttering/crashing, but I think that's got more to do with PowerDVD than anything else.
#4
You might find 430w a bit low for this spec of system..
Looks like a nice spec though :)
#5
Bit off topic, but bargainhunter would you be able to list your spec as I am interested in making a media PC as well
#6
spec:
Motherboard:
Asus M2N-SLi Deluxe (Socket AM2) PCI-Express DDR2
CPU:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core FX62 2.80GHz (Socket AM2)
RAM:
Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2-6400C4 TwinX (2x1GB)
HDD:
Samsung SpinPoint P SP2504C 250GB SATA-II 8MB Cache
Graphics card:
BFG GeForce 7800 GS OC 256MB GDDR3
Case:
Asus TA-210 Series Midi Tower
Optical Drive:
Pioneer DVR-112DSV 18x18 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter
PSU:
Enermax Noisetaker 600W EG701AX-VE(W) SFMA ATX2.0 SLI Compliant


All of the above cost me something like £900 to £1000 or so not much and trust me its an AMAZING system. all the parts can be found at overclockers.com. dont bother getting vista just yet. you will deffinetly have alot of problems with vista it just came out give it a good year or so till you upgrade to vista. check out the OCUK forums and see what other people have been saying about vista. I saw that you were spending sooo much money on hard drives i think you shoul just get a 200gb hdd for now when you fill that up then upgrade to another 200. hdd prices are dropping every single day. ne ways wish good luck with your new system. make sure you check out the Overclockers.co.uk forums before you start building.
#7
quite possibly the most stupid suggestion for a 'perfect' vista pc, ever
1 Like #8
Readyboost does nothing when you have 2GB, so I'd save on that.

For general DVB use, I'd be more tempted to go for a satellite system, since that's where HD is going to be (terrestrial has no spare bandwidth in the near future). MCE doesn't work well with that though, but Mediaportal is free and better than MCE anyway.

I'd also maybe question if you need Vista at all. For pure media centre use, XP does just as well.

Those disks are great though - nearly as quiet as laptop ones, with minimal heat output.
#9
Djmalice! name me one good thing that the vista is good for getting right now. why should anyone get the vista at its release? you give me one good reason then i will crewl back under the rock. Its like buying a ps3 at release but the games dont get released until 2008 what is the point. (That was an example by the way i know that the ps3 has games coming out on launch.) If you are going to mention directx 10. or 64bit cpu's also let us know the release date of any game or aplication that ONLY EXISTS ON THOSE STANDARDS.
#10
oh yer forgot to mention: check out this forum and see how many people have had problems with the vista. DJmalice sorry to say but u are AN IDIOT.

these are just some quick things i googled up im sure you can find thousands more bugs in vista i know that nothing is perfect its just tha Djmalice is such an idiot it hurts inside.

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=17700500

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/536910-windows-vista-problems.html

http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=276731
#11
[SIZE=2]Any need for that? I don't recall him insulting you.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]For the record, I've installed Vista on 3 systems without any problems. Obviously, older kit = more potential driver tripups. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]For features relevant to HTPCs, it's mostly small stuff, like better rendering with the EVR, and audio room correction. The latter is pretty impressive once you have it set up, with live audio rebalancing on all channels, adapting to the frequency and volume distortions the room puts on your surround setup. This used to be the preserve of multi-thousand pound receivers, so it's a nice addition for Vista. [/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]If you're not going to use audio correction though, it's probably not worth the extra cost for a HTPC.[/SIZE]
#12
Errr... guys, I was looking for a Media PC/HTPC... I know that Vista computers can start from £300..... But I'm just looking for some suggestions here.....
#13
Looking at the spec of the machines they are either way over the top or too low end in both cases.

If i bulit a vista pc today i would roughly go for the following:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 £114
Thermaltake Golden Orb II £16
A cheap case with no psu £30
Corsair Memory 620 Watt, ATX, EPS12V, PS/2 £88.38
Western Digital Caviar 250GB S300 16mb 7200rpm £44.99
motheboard with sli cablity around £100 mark
Crucial CT2KIT12864AA53E 2x1GB PC2-4200 NonECC CL4 £85.70
Leadtek Winfast PX8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI-E graphics card £226.73
LiteOn 16X DVD+/-RW/RAM DL IDE Black Bare Drive £16.83
Vista home prenuim £70.48
Creative SoundBlaster Audigy SE 7.1 OEM £16.27

It comes out around 810 or less pound mark, for that you get a pc which will run all games with the best settting for years. Easy pc upgrading with sli and powerful psu.

I would reccomend to buy off ebuyer (free postage over 50 pound) or dabs as you get 10% back on pigsback to spend on cd wow vouchers.

The ony thing i would not get off either dabs or ebuyer would be Leadtek Winfast PX8800GTS 640MB GDDR3, as it only cheap at

http://www.lowestonweb.com/products/info.asp?e=B24304F3-5851-4D00-9197-EC9B994F583E

Personally i would avoid buliding a computer at the minuite as vista is not that reliable yet plus the direct x 10 graphic card will start falling once ati bring out it own versions. IF you are desperate for a pc now just buy a cheap one off dell.
#14
Siliconbits - Remember and check what power connectors the PSU has.
Those hard drives only have Sata power connectors, so you might need adaptors if the PSU doesnt have them.
#15
I'm also looking to build a HTPC to use via my Yamaha amp and LCD television, my spec is:

430w Seasonic S12-430 aPFC PSU Silent ATX2.0 *New Version RoHS
SilverStone LC20S Desktop chassis in silver w/o PSU
Abit NF-M2 nView WiFi, NF430, S AM2, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 800, SATA II, SATA RAID, uATX, VGA
80mm Sharkoon 2000 "Golf Ball" Quiet 17.8 dB(A) Case Fan - 22.7 CFM
120mm Sharkoon 2000 "Golf Ball" Quiet Case Fan
Samsung S182M-RSMN 18x18 Lightscribe Multi-Bezel + Nero software/media UK Retail
AMD AM2 Athlon 64 3800+ Windsor Core, Dual Core 2GHz, 2x 512KB Cache, Energy Efficient Retail
Hauppauge! WinTV-NOVA-T-500, Dual-DVB-T, PCI, EPG, Radio, Retail
OCZ Gold DDR2 PC6400 2048MB KIT, w/two 1024MB PC6400 XTC,CL4-5-5-15, Rev2
Samsung SpinPoint T133 400GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM
AKASA AK-FC-06-SL Silver 3.5" Fan Controller

All for £550
#16
captjaneway
I'm also looking to build a HTPC to use via my Yamaha amp and LCD television, my spec is:

430w Seasonic S12-430 aPFC PSU Silent ATX2.0 *New Version RoHS
SilverStone LC20S Desktop chassis in silver w/o PSU
Abit NF-M2 nView WiFi, NF430, S AM2, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 800, SATA II, SATA RAID, uATX, VGA
80mm Sharkoon 2000 "Golf Ball" Quiet 17.8 dB(A) Case Fan - 22.7 CFM
120mm Sharkoon 2000 "Golf Ball" Quiet Case Fan
Samsung S182M-RSMN 18x18 Lightscribe Multi-Bezel + Nero software/media UK Retail
AMD AM2 Athlon 64 3800+ Windsor Core, Dual Core 2GHz, 2x 512KB Cache, Energy Efficient Retail
Hauppauge! WinTV-NOVA-T-500, Dual-DVB-T, PCI, EPG, Radio, Retail
OCZ Gold DDR2 PC6400 2048MB KIT, w/two 1024MB PC6400 XTC,CL4-5-5-15, Rev2
Samsung SpinPoint T133 400GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM
AKASA AK-FC-06-SL Silver 3.5" Fan Controller

All for £550


Nice. I have quite a few of those components myself in my PCs.

One minor thing: the Sharkoons are pretty noisy unless you tone down the voltage a bit. Reviews say they're quiet though, so maybe I got duff samples, or maybe I'm just too picky.

Also, you might want to look at the Western Digital 500GB. It's £90 or so, and the quietest HD on the market.
#17
thedynasty you moron if you learnt how to read you wouldnt see me anywhere endorsing Vista but rather slating the stupid suggestion of parts for a perfect vista pc.

learn to read home boy!
#18
Ordered this last week which was £1068 from ebuyer, dabs, lowestonweb & Microdirect

xFx GeForce 8800GTX 768MB DDR3 PCIE Dual DVI TVO £348 after CB
Zalman Flower Cooler CNPS9700 £34
Corsair 620W PSU ATX £83
Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case £67
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Socket 775 2.4GHz £190
EVGA S775 nForce 680i SLI ATX 7.1 Channel Audio Lan £162
Corsair Memory 6400 2x1GB XMS2 6400 CL5 £128
WD3200KD Hard Drive x 2 (already own 1) £56
Wireless Dlink PCI DSM-520 (already own)
#19
djmalice
thedynasty you moron if you learnt how to read you wouldnt see me anywhere endorsing Vista but rather slating the stupid suggestion of parts for a perfect vista pc.

learn to read home boy!


children, calm down and leave your baby name-calling for the playground:p
#20
captjaneway
I'm also looking to build a HTPC to use via my Yamaha amp and LCD television, my spec is:

430w Seasonic S12-430 aPFC PSU Silent ATX2.0 *New Version RoHS
SilverStone LC20S Desktop chassis in silver w/o PSU
Abit NF-M2 nView WiFi, NF430, S AM2, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 800, SATA II, SATA RAID, uATX, VGA
80mm Sharkoon 2000 "Golf Ball" Quiet 17.8 dB(A) Case Fan - 22.7 CFM
120mm Sharkoon 2000 "Golf Ball" Quiet Case Fan
Samsung S182M-RSMN 18x18 Lightscribe Multi-Bezel + Nero software/media UK Retail
AMD AM2 Athlon 64 3800+ Windsor Core, Dual Core 2GHz, 2x 512KB Cache, Energy Efficient Retail
Hauppauge! WinTV-NOVA-T-500, Dual-DVB-T, PCI, EPG, Radio, Retail
OCZ Gold DDR2 PC6400 2048MB KIT, w/two 1024MB PC6400 XTC,CL4-5-5-15, Rev2
Samsung SpinPoint T133 400GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM
AKASA AK-FC-06-SL Silver 3.5" Fan Controller

All for £550


Nice one!!!

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