Budget PC Build: Intel 2.6GHz dual core, 2GB RAM, 1TB HD, DVD-RW, Case, 300W PSU, No OS - £153.96 delivered from Ebuyer/Scan/7dayshop
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Budget PC Build: Intel 2.6GHz dual core, 2GB RAM, 1TB HD, DVD-RW, Case, 300W PSU, No OS - £153.96 delivered from Ebuyer/Scan/7dayshop

£153.96
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Found 4th Mar 2011
All delivered free, if you have the AVforums membership for Scan free delivery.

£35.06 @ EBuyer - Intel Celeron E3400 2.6GHz 800Mhz FSB 1MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
£33.38 @ Ebuyer - MSI G41M-P28 G41 Socket 775 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard
£07.98 @ EBuyer - ATX 300W Power Supply
£15.99 @ EBuyer - Micro ATX Desktop/ Tower Black
£12.07 @ Ebuyer - Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black
£35.99 @ Scan - 1TB Hitachi Deskstar, 0F10383, 7K2000.C SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM
£12.49 @ 7DayShop - 2 GB Memory

Upgrade: 4GB Memory + £10.99

Links in first post.

20 Comments

What about parts and wires, + 80.00 for O/S, not a great deal,.

This spec with a O/S was selling in dell for 170.00 delivered.

Original Poster

Plenty of OS are free,

Motherboards and case will come with all SATA cables and wires.

Heatsink has a thermal pad...no messing around with paste. On first use, the pad melts, leaving a thermal contact. No fuss...no mess.

Armed with a screwdriver, anyone can build it, with no extra parts.

I could not build one, I have no idea. I would prefer to spend that little extra and get someone to do it for me.

TBH if someone wanted a cheap HTPC then this might be ok, appreciate your posts.

Why dont you build the smallest cheapest, most greenest HDPC, then people might take notice, maybe put a HD 5450 in it. (_;)

Original Poster

canada16

I could not build one, I have no idea. I would prefer to spend that … I could not build one, I have no idea. I would prefer to spend that little extra and get someone to do it for me.TBH if someone wanted a cheap HTPC then this might be ok, appreciate your posts.Why dont you build the smallest cheapest, most greenest HDPC, then people might take notice, maybe put a HD 5450 in it. (_;)



Basically, save yourself 25% building it yourself.

mini-ITX motherboards are a nightmare at the moment....Atoms are overpriced, 775 are overpriced and use DD2, 1156/1366 and you start bumping the price up with minimum £90 processor.

Later in the year, low-powered sub-i3 for socket 1155 will be out...much better to wait on that one, I reckon.

canada16

I could not build one, I have no idea. I would prefer to spend that … I could not build one, I have no idea. I would prefer to spend that little extra and get someone to do it for me.



I really enjoyed my first (and only) build, very satisfying.

canada16

I could not build one, I have no idea. I would prefer to spend that … I could not build one, I have no idea. I would prefer to spend that little extra and get someone to do it for me.



It's seriously so easy. I did it about 5 years ago and I've since built about 10 machines for friends and family. Its much better because I can diagnose most hardware problems myself now and that saves a lot of time and money. Plus you can personalise your PC to your exact requirements and I do find it's cheaper if your thrifty with your parts.

Try this site if your interested. They amazing and their forums are second to none for helpful friendly advice without flaming n00bs!

buildyourown.org.uk/pc-…ng/

I want a silent HTPC that can have a remote for boxxee, and running less than 200w. like a media streamer, but more powerfull, not sure if thats poss. as psu's are usually about 300w

canada16

I want a silent HTPC that can have a remote for boxxee, and running less … I want a silent HTPC that can have a remote for boxxee, and running less than 200w. like a media streamer, but more powerfull, not sure if thats poss. as psu's are usually about 300w



The only fan I can hear in my rig is the ATI 5850. The case fans and heatsink are Noctua, whilst the power supply is Seasonic.
It is for gaming and Home Theatre and I reckon it would be silent with a passive GPU.
Edited by: "MBeeching" 4th Mar 2011

Original Poster

canada16

I want a silent HTPC that can have a remote for boxxee, and running less … I want a silent HTPC that can have a remote for boxxee, and running less than 200w. like a media streamer, but more powerfull, not sure if thats poss. as psu's are usually about 300w



Doesn't matter what the max rating is. A low power CPU will draw less...this CPU will draw maximum 65w...will idle at around 20W. Need to add some for the hard drives and USB things you're running

A power supply is at it's most efficient at 60% anyway, so running it at half-power...no probs!

And as a rule...SILENCE COSTS! (power supply, cooling, case fans)
Edited by: "Lupeto" 4th Mar 2011

It's not for everyone but some people do like taking a challenge like this on.
They are also able to learn from it too.
I think this is hot

Original Poster

I don't know why this other one was so hot, yet this is cold?

The damnation of a Celeron processor! (which is identical...just lower clock and half the cache)

Are you trying to win a record for most amount of cold deals?

Building your own PC is always the best and cheapest venture for the versed but for everyday folk who struggle to use one let alone build one this will always be cold.

An the "Plenty of OS's are free" spiel does not fly. People want Windows.

Lupeto

I don't know why this other one was so hot, yet this is cold?The … I don't know why this other one was so hot, yet this is cold?The damnation of a Celeron processor! (which is identical...just lower clock and half the cache)



That one is a great deal.

With all due respect to the OP,

These kind of deals are available daily depending on what's on offer at Scan.

Do we really need these posts everyday?

Original Poster

macleodmac

With all due respect to the OP,These kind of deals are available daily … With all due respect to the OP,These kind of deals are available daily depending on what's on offer at Scan.Do we really need these posts everyday?



They won't be every day...been doing a bit of research over the last day, and here's the fruits.

Won't post another find unless I think it's an outstanding deal.

Seems to be whether a deal survives an initial barrage of negging trolls round here...just an opinion.

Original Poster

SkilledNutter

That one is a great deal.



Did the processor make it 500 degrees better, for £30 quid? I find it a bit weird.

Clearly you have had no experience of trolling if you think that is what I am doing.

Original Poster

macleodmac

Clearly you have had no experience of trolling if you think that is what … Clearly you have had no experience of trolling if you think that is what I am doing.



No mate. I was referring to others...

canada16

I want a silent HTPC that can have a remote for boxxee, and running less … I want a silent HTPC that can have a remote for boxxee, and running less than 200w. like a media streamer, but more powerfull, not sure if thats poss. as psu's are usually about 300w



Acer Revo..
mine averages around 35w in use....max is 65w

HP USB IR Dongle gives me full remote control with my Logitech Harmony remote...

Worked fine with boxee but now running XBMC as it's just better ;-)

It's very quiet...in fact my SkyHD box is louder....
Edited by: "Uridium" 4th Mar 2011
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