Best Price for Self build Quadcore PC (or other options?)

    Hi all,

    Looking to build my own PC or buy if its cheap enough!

    Went to a computer fair and quoted circa £290 for :
    Quadcore 600 Intel CPU
    Generic mobo
    2GB RAM
    Foxcon case with 400w PSU
    I already have the other bits HD, DVD, VGA etc.

    Noticed the following on Ebuyer :…950 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping (2.4GHz 1066MHz) Socket 775 L2 8MB Cache (2x4MB (4MB per core pair) Retail Boxed Processor…100 Gigabyte GA-P35-S3 iP35 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard…439 Corsair 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL4(4-4-4-12) E.P.P. Heat Spreader Lifetime Warranty…492 Foxcon Black/Silver Mid Tower Case with 355W PSU (20pin PSU)…570 Extra Value 20 to 24pin Power Supply Converter

    Which works out to £313 (inc vat and deliv) ...and seem more "recognised" parts..

    I use PC for Outlook - Hotmail, POP, Usenetfeeds, RAR, Burning,DVD editing, browsing. using a P4 3ghz at the mo with 1.8gb RAM and when running multiple apps in XP it creaks and sometimes reboots for the heck of it!

    What would you recommend? any deals anyone knows of? Are these the components to go for?


    Dont think you need a quad core pc for what you use it for. Why not look at the core2duo processors and save a bit of cash. Look at the E6550 which is a nice processor for the price.

    you will need to buy a graphics card to go with that motherboard as it doesnt have onboard vga


    Get the E6850 instead. It's £2 cheaper, and is a much better buy for what … Get the E6850 instead. It's £2 cheaper, and is a much better buy for what you use it for. Here's the link:Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3GHz Socket 775 4MB Cache 1333MHz FSB Retail Boxed Processor - £161.99It's very fast, and in normal use faster than the Q6600.

    but he could just get the E6550 for 60 quid cheaper and overclock it to the same speed…485

    also some ram here cheaper than the one u posted…813

    this motherboard has onboard graphics and will work fine with the E6550 cpu…271

    if you dont want onboard graphics this motherboard will be fine…269

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys, have managed to get a system sorted now!

    Gigabyte mobo - GA P31-53L - £48
    Case 400w PSU - £25
    RAM 2gb - £47
    Quadcore £164.

    I didnt fancy the thought of getting a Dual core for only £60 less... So got the quadcore! :))

    Also got a ATI X1550 and a 500gb SATA to go into this so im all set!

    Thanks for all the advice! apart frmo the memory looks like I got a good deal?

    Well, its all relative really, a good deal for the components you've listed, yes, but not a particularly good deal for what you do on your computer. IMO burning a DVD should always be done whilst either not doing anything on the computer, or using minimal system resources, even if you have a quad core.

    A dual core is just as flexible as the quad core, as the quad core architecture is not widespread and old enough yet to have decent programming support, and is only evident in the most testing of environments (usually gaming). When you're only spending £300, £60 is a 20% saving, which is a lot.

    You will likely need a better PSU the ones that come with cases tend to be cheap and nasty and can kill components with them if they break.
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