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Hey guys I am building a PC and think I have decided to get an intel E5200 processor, but cannot decide which motherboard to get. I'm thinking maybe this one ---> http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148094…
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
Hey guys I am building a PC and think I have decided to get an intel E5200 processor, but cannot decide which motherboard to get. I'm thinking maybe this one --->http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148094

Is this a good choice. What do you guys think?
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Direct link--->Here
#2
basically you gotta ask yourself -
a) will you be overclocking - if yes, then go for a mid/high range board, if no, go for a low/mid range board
b) will you go sli/crossfire (i.e. two gpu cards) - if yes, go for a mid/high range (as they have some). If no, go for low/mid board
c) what will you be connecting - this varies on the board you are getting
#3
looks great, good reviews, and asus is reasonable @ ebuyer!
#4
Heres the full build. Is there anything stupid in this list I dont need or that I should change? I already have some Ram.

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/8936/39885962.png

I might do some overclocking but probably no gaming.
#5
why would you buy a fan? are you overclocking (which is great if you do)?
other than that, you may need a gpu card
#6
Would I need a GPU if I dont game (see other post)?
And do you think that I should change the PSU?
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Will Lovett
Heres the full build. Is there anything stupid in this list I dont need or that I should change? I already have some Ram.

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/8936/39885962.png

I might do some overclocking but probably no gaming.


personally i would get at least a 400W PSU to give you a little bit of power overhead, i have a casecom 500 and it is great

also depending on your storage, unless you need masses of it, you can save yourself £14 by opting for this one: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/144339

taken me agggges to half fill a 300GB HDD!

also are you adding RAM to your build? maybe not, if you are I would highly recommend Corsair XMS2, the 800MHz stuff is pretty cheap and runs solidly from my experience
1 Like #8
hmm, it depends, ive never tried without a gpu card, but i think (take with a pinch of salt) that you can only do simple office work. If you try to say watch youtube, you may get some trouble.

Also, it seems that you are aiming for a basic build, in which, im not sure if 1tb space is an overkill. Unless of course, you want to store loads of high volume stuff like movies.

imo, its worth the extra for a tb, but only if you use it
#9
Ok, so what PSU, GPU and hard drive do you recomend? Btw thanks for the help +Rep. I thought for the bit extra money it was worth getting a TB too.
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Will Lovett
Would I need a GPU if I dont game (see other post)?
And do you think that I should change the PSU?


Well it wont play HD and as your not gaming with 1tb hard disk I guess you will use it for films. A ATi 3450 will set you back £23.

Have you an old SATA drive from you current comp? If so buy an external 1TB drive (Tesco,amazon,cdiscount) and swap the drives as there about the same price.
#11
Ok so if I wont use a TB what the best value for money hard drive I could get? And I dont have any old drives.
#12
Will Lovett
Ok so if I wont use a TB what the best value for money hard drive I could get? And I dont have any old drives.


Well space per £ 1Tb is best value but unless your going to use it for multimedia then you can save half the cost as a 320gb will be plenty.
#13
Right ok. And what about the PSU?

And what about this for the harddrive? http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131300
#14
Will Lovett
Right ok. And what about the PSU?


If your running 1 optical media, 1 hard disk and a MB powered graphics card you will be fine. But think a few pound extra spent now will be well worth it if you do any upgrades in the future.

Ps if your not in a rush for one try the Dell outlet when they have offers on. I got a E7200, 2GB, 360GB vostro for £200 a few months back.
#15
GAVINLEWISHUKD
If your running 1 optical media, 1 hard disk and a MB powered graphics card you will be fine. But think a few pound extra spent now will be well worth it if you do any upgrades in the future.

Ps if your not in a rush for one try the Dell outlet when they have offers on. I got a E7200, 2GB, 360GB vostro for £200 a few months back.


I am not in a rush but I can never catch these offers..
#16
Will Lovett
Right ok. And what about the PSU?

And what about this for the harddrive? http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131300


http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131301

Cheaper and faster
#17
Will Lovett
I am not in a rush but I can never catch these offers..


Yes have to be up early at 6am like me and mikeT.:-D
#18
^ Yes that would be better... (the hard drive)
#19
Can I have a link to where you go please?
#20
Will Lovett
Can I have a link to where you go please?


For Dell outlet?

http://www.dell.co.uk/outlet

Look out for when they are doing £55 off and free delivery code. When its £100 off and free delivery they always put the prices up.
#21
Is there a good deal for a 400w PSU? And is there a better deal for a case anywhere?
#22
whats your budget? as in total budget? or budget for the psu?

As a guy who prefers silence over performance, if you dont want the 1tb harddrive, say, drop to the 250gb (save £35), id upgrade the psu (imo is the most important component over anything)
#23
I would spend a bit more and get this TBH. It gives you a good case and good PSU should you want to get a good graphics card in the future.
#24
Not sure really, 300-350ish but I just want best value for money. What I mean is, do I need to spend lots on a really good PSU?
#25
well you are currently on £200 ish so you got plenty of room. In fact, you could even go ahead and keep the tb harddrive
#26
Artonox
whats your budget? as in total budget? or budget for the psu?

As a guy who prefers silence over performance, if you dont want the 1tb harddrive, say, drop to the 250gb (save £35), id upgrade the psu (imo is the most important component over anything)


Ok would you say that the beforementioned case and PSU is good then? (by emasu)
#27
its not bad, though if you dont want the side window:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161317

i guess 333 is an upgrade over the 330.

Though that said, the 70% efficiency rate of the psu just asks me to do better. You could leave it like that if want though.

for the price i guess its good value for money:
i.e 50 (case+psu) - 30(case) = 20(psu)
#28
Well ok lets do better, I am just not very good at this tho. What would be a good PSU (and a case)?
#29
Have a look on Dell outlet. Not the best deals about but Insiron 530 E7400, 2GB, 500GB, 256mb 3450, DVD-RW and vista for £320. (Remember to tick the £100 of inspiron range box)
#30
Artonox;4980164
its not bad, though if you dont want the side window:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161317


Hadn't seen that ;-) Good deal.
#31
£3 for a side window? That doesnt seem too bad.

EDIT: Oh its a differant case (333 and 330)
#32
also didnt realise that your motherboard is in fact a micro ATX, meaning that we can now buy a smaller case. Well assuming you still want the mobo and processor:

Asus P5KPL-AM iG31 Socket 775 onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 2.5GHz Socket 775 800FSB 2MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive SATAII *32MB Cache* - OEM (upgrade from the other one for a few £)
Antec NSK 3480 MATX Micro Tower - With 380W EarthWatts PSU ATX12V 2.2 USB/FireWire/Audio (mainly due to combo of psu and small case)

total is £241.57

Though no fans or any other fancy stuff. Im not sure if this is a good deal though. You save some space but its strangely more expensive buying the smaller cases

I personally feel that it is best to shop around first and certainly my build is not the best, but just take it into account.
#33
I would be personally inclined to get these four from ebuyer for £209.71 - A good stable PSU and nice case, good CPU if you plan to overclock or keep at stock and nice motherboard that gets good reviews.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161317
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148094
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148715
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150256

However I've not seen any mention of an optical drive? Do you need one?
#34
i think emasus the better value for money here :D
#35
You could save £25 by going for this, which isn't bad value at all considering HDD prices have somewhat stalled recently and even slightly creeped up in some circumstances.
#36
Would it be cheaper to get a normal size motherboard because I dont mind. And btw does it come with a sata cable or will I have to by one?

I was gonna get this drive --- http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/360577/pioneer-dvr-216dbk-20x-internal-bla/. Do I need a DVD ROM drive aswell?
#37
You don't need a DVD ROM drive as well.

It's cheaper combining it with the other ebuyer stuff and getting this, or this if you want a lightscribe drive.
#38
Artonox
hmm, it depends, ive never tried without a gpu card, but i think (take with a pinch of salt) that you can only do simple office work. If you try to say watch youtube, you may get some trouble.


Graphics cards come in two bits, a simple part included in all graphics card that displays the pictures on the screen and a specialised processor that's designed to work out what should be shown on the screen. e.g. which parts of the 3d scene are hidden behind which other parts or what a translucent effect on top of this particular icon will look like. For simple things like showing recorded content (e.g. youtube) and working out where the title bar of a window is I believe the CPU actually does the work.

Basically, an integrated GPU will do everything except 3D and special effects, so if you're not gaming, modelling, etc. the only thing you may have trouble with is vista's translucent aero interface, and if you find that sluggish you can always turn it off.

Will Lovett
Not sure really, 300-350ish but I just want best value for money. What I mean is, do I need to spend lots on a really good PSU?


How many components do you feel like replacing when your PSU blows up? The power supply is connected to every other part of your computer, if it goes wrong and your hard drive gets a surge of power then that's your data gone. I wouldn't skimp on the PSU.

Will Lovett
And btw does it come with a sata cable or will I have to by one?


Unless your motherboard is marked OEM then it will come with a couple of SATA cables and other bits (although probably only the basics at the price you're looking at).

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