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    Building a good PC for £250 can it be done ?

    Thinking of building a PC , could i build a good one for £250

    I havent got a clue about processors and whats good or motheroards to go with them !

    Would need at leats 500gb, 3gb ram, onboard graphics will be ok as long as it had DVI or HDMI output., DVD burner, card reader

    I already have Windows 7

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    aslong as its not for gaming then yea should easy do that

    http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/deanos.jpg

    Personally I'd get something like that and then go for another gig or two when prices slowly start coming down (Which looks to be soon). You've got VGA, DVI & HDMI on that board and the PSU should allow you to put in a fairly good card in the future should you want to. Alternatively you could get an X2 545 dual which is clocked at 3GHz out of the box.

    Other option is the 4GB Ballistix DDR3 kit and a DDR3 mobo though you'll have to make some savings elsewhere.

    Original Poster

    Thanks, still debating to build or buy it so confusing trying to get all the parts that work together

    buildyourown.org.uk/pc-…ng/ Will help you when you come to build it.

    I (And many others) will be here to help should anything go wrong or you have any questions before/after buying.

    hey saw this thread and was wondering if someone can help me...

    I am thinking of either upgrading my PC which as it stands is:
    C2D E6600 @ 2.4GHz
    4GB DDR2 800Mhz Corsair
    7900GT 256mb GDDR3
    CM Elite 340 + CM 460W PSU

    And then letting my brother have what parts i upgrade OR upgrading his PC which will basically be building a whole new system other then hard drives and dvd-rw.

    This is what i thought of to replace his:
    [IMG]i357.photobucket.com/alb…jpg?t=1259534280[/IMG]
    Along with my 7900GT and ill get a 4850 and 4gb of ram from Cex if need be @ £36.

    But looking at your AMD Athlon II X3 it looks like i could upgrade mine for similar price.

    What motherboard do you have at the moment?

    emasu;7049463

    What motherboard do you have at the moment?



    I have a ASUS P5L-VM 1394.

    Also the example youve given above surely that is a AM3 processor and a AM2 motherboard?

    AM3 CPU's are backwards compatible with AM2+ boards/sockets.

    emasu;7049522

    AM3 CPU's are backwards compatible with AM2+ boards/sockets.



    didnt know that cheers! so what is new with a AM3 board?

    awoodhall2003;7049534

    didnt know that cheers! so what is new with a AM3 board?



    Use of DDR3 for the most part. The way memory prices have gone in the past few months it didn't make the upgrade from AM2+ upto a DDR3 board as lucrative as it might have been before.

    Although it doesn't work the other way around; AM2+ isn't forwards compatible with AM3.

    emasu;7049557

    Use of DDR3 for the most part. The way memory prices have gone in the … Use of DDR3 for the most part. The way memory prices have gone in the past few months it didn't make the upgrade from AM2+ upto a DDR3 board as lucrative as it might have been before.Although it doesn't work the other way around; AM2+ isn't forwards compatible with AM3.



    ah cool cheers. :thumbsup:
    I built my last PC (above) 2 years ago and have been quite out of the loop!
    I looked at ddr3 but prices of sticks and mobos is pretty high!

    So here is what using your processor above:
    [IMG]i357.photobucket.com/alb…jpg?t=1259536115[/IMG]
    Then give my brother my spec and buy 4gb ram form cex still @ £36.

    So this option will cost outlay of £162 + my 4850 (sourcing elsewhere)
    and replacing my brothers outlay = £143

    So means i get a better processor for £21 difference!

    Would you say that mobo is ok? or what one would you recommend? I have generally used ASUS but then only normally due to price! All i need from a mobo is 4xsata and that it works!

    Looking at your motherboard I would suggest giving your CPU/Mobo/Gfx to your brother and then getting a new one of each of those for yourself. The case and RAM are OK in what you've got at the moment.

    How much would you have for a new cpu/mobo/graphics card for your pc?

    emasu;7049660

    Looking at your motherboard I would suggest giving your CPU/Mobo/Gfx to … Looking at your motherboard I would suggest giving your CPU/Mobo/Gfx to your brother and then getting a new one of each of those for yourself. The case and RAM are OK in what you've got at the moment.How much would you have for a new cpu/mobo/graphics card for your pc?



    ideally not too much more! See above for an example. :thumbsup:
    Repping you right now btw! :-D

    Although he plays more games then me, i probably do more encoding and stuff then he does. But also it will be a fair jump for him anyways from a Pentium 4 D945 @ 3.4ghz, 1gb ocz ram, 6800GT (running at 4x pci-e due to mobo limits it!).

    Original Poster

    Any thoughts on this > £203 after my discount and i could sell on my Windows 7

    comet.co.uk/sho…301

    Or are there any other good ones on Comet, i have 30% discount to play with

    awoodhall2003;7049671

    ideally not too much more! See above for an example. :thumbsup:Repping … ideally not too much more! See above for an example. :thumbsup:Repping you right now btw! :-DAlthough he plays more games then me, i probably do more encoding and stuff then he does. But also it will be a fair jump for him anyways from a Pentium 4 D945 @ 3.4ghz, 1gb ocz ram, 6800GT (running at 4x pci-e due to mobo limits it!).



    If you give him the E6600/Motherboard/7900GT then buy ]this + the RAM from cex that should come to about £83 spent on him I think?

    Then you can keep your current RAM/Case (It'll be the same as your brothers but for £46 the CM deal is worth it over the value stuff), and buy a new CPU & Mobo for yourself as well as the 4850 you are sourcing?

    Would that work out cheaper or am I missing something lol?

    emasu;7049831

    If you give him the E6600/Motherboard/7900GT then buy ]this + the RAM … If you give him the E6600/Motherboard/7900GT then buy ]this + the RAM from cex that should come to about £83 spent on him I think?Then you can keep your current RAM/Case (It'll be the same as your brothers but for £46 the CM deal is worth it over the value stuff), and buy a new CPU & Mobo for yourself as well as the 4850 you are sourcing?Would that work out cheaper or am I missing something lol?



    Well if i bought the Athlon II 435 + Foxconn mobo + CM case + PSU for him + Ram from cex for him = £182.42 + cost of my 4850

    I must admit i was tempted to get the CM case/PSU for him its annoying as 2 years ago when i bought my CM 340 it cost me £35 but the CM 330 is now £47! :w00t:

    Well to be honest £200 was the absolute limit if im getting an upgrade as well. Which that then works, by time i do the same to the case as ive done to mine: 2x Xilence Red Wing + fan controller maybe some acoustic padding.

    So about £40 more then just doing his, and he get s quality case/psu and i get an upgrade in the processor department (alongside my GPU).

    Furthermore, i may as well just give him my case rather then move it all about! If the fronts can be swapped then ill do that so it looks different and newer! He wont care, as long as it runs better! (Just take my ram out and he can have the cheaper stuff.)


    Final questions and i promise to leave you alone! ...As i need to watch top gear anyways!
    Is that mobo ok? if not what would you recommend in the budget department?
    And would you say 4850 512mb OR 1gb? Im thinking 1gb for futureproofing as probably only going to set me back an extra £10/15 i hope! :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    :whistling:

    deanos;7049711

    Any thoughts on this £203 after my discount and i could sell on my … Any thoughts on this > £203 after my discount and i could sell on my Windows 7http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/599638/ACER-ASPIRE-X1301Or are there any other good ones on Comet, i have 30% discount to play with



    sorry OP, that doesnt look too bad however you do seem to get more out of your money building but that is some good 30% discount!

    deanos;7049930

    :whistling:



    For ]£10 more (pre discount) you do get more HDD space and a comparable processor in the E5200 - although the onboard graphics solution on both is pretty poor.

    Even the £430 Quad still has onboard, the value just isnt there for me.

    However for £203 I would probably pick the one you linked to.

    Original Poster

    Thanks, i can sell my W7 for about £50 so in reality i guess its only costing £153 if you see what i mean

    You get a feee W7 upgrade with the one you linked to (pretty sure you do?) , would that processor be alot better than the AMD one ?

    Cant remember the latst time i played a game, currently got a XPS420 Q6600 quad PC, but i dont use it to its full potential, seems a waster, also want something that uses alot less electric.

    Thanks for the help so far, appreciate it

    awoodhall2003;7049927

    Final questions and i promise to leave you alone! ...As i need to watch … Final questions and i promise to leave you alone! ...As i need to watch top gear anyways!Is that mobo ok? if not what would you recommend in the budget department?And would you say 4850 512mb OR 1gb? Im thinking 1gb for futureproofing as probably only going to set me back an extra £10/15 i hope! :thumbsup:



    Give him your whole setup minus the RAM/HDD/DVD Drive and get him the RAM from CEX. That's simpler then :-D.

    I don't think the 330/340 fronts can be swapped, the 340 was slightly smaller (Although it doesn't look it for a matx case).

    You could get something like ]this, ]this and ]this for yourself. Never had an issue with ASUS boards and the 780g is a great chipset on it's own. Plus if the 4850 ever goes bad you have a good temporary setup already on the board. The 425 should easily overclock the 200mhz to that of it's bigger brother. £150.25 + whatever extra.

    What resolution do you play at? The 1GB may not be worth it dependent on that.

    deanos;7050038

    Thanks, i can sell my W7 for about £50 so in reality i guess its only … Thanks, i can sell my W7 for about £50 so in reality i guess its only costing £153 if you see what i meanYou get a feee W7 upgrade with the one you linked to (pretty sure you do?) , would that processor be alot better than the AMD one ?Cant remember the latst time i played a game, currently got a XPS420 Q6600 quad PC, but i dont use it to its full potential, seems a waster, also want something that uses alot less electric.Thanks for the help so far, appreciate it



    Not sure if you do get an upgrade, can't see anywhere mentioning it - might have to have a look at the Acer site. Not sure if Acer were charging an amount to upgrade to 7 or not. The AMD will be just fine and an overall cost of ~£150 is very good.

    Neither will have very good overclock potential so at stock the AMD will win out, although just by a bit I guess.

    emasu;7050088

    Give him your whole setup minus the RAM/HDD/DVD Drive and get him the RAM … Give him your whole setup minus the RAM/HDD/DVD Drive and get him the RAM from CEX. That's simpler then :-D.I don't think the 330/340 fronts can be swapped, the 340 was slightly smaller (Although it doesn't look it for a matx case).You could get something like ]this, ]this and ]this for yourself. Never had an issue with ASUS boards and the 780g is a great chipset on it's own. Plus if the 4850 ever goes bad you have a good temporary setup already on the board. The 425 should easily overclock the 200mhz to that of it's bigger brother. £150.25 + whatever extra.What resolution do you play at? The 1GB may not be worth it dependent on that.



    well for £8 more i may as well just buy the 435 anyways as im not a fan of OCing.
    Also my monitor is 1680x1050 and have no need to upgrade my 22" samsung monitor either, and my hdtv is only 720p as well alongside my projector is only 1024x768.

    awoodhall2003;7050332

    well for £8 more i may as well just buy the 435 anyways as im not a fan … well for £8 more i may as well just buy the 435 anyways as im not a fan of OCing.Also my monitor is 1680x1050 and have no need to upgrade my 22" samsung monitor either, and my hdtv is only 720p as well alongside my projector is only 1024x768.



    If there's a small price difference between the two, get the 1GB. Otherwise the 512MB should be sufficient :thumbsup:

    emasu;7055302

    If there's a small price difference between the two, get the 1GB. … If there's a small price difference between the two, get the 1GB. Otherwise the 512MB should be sufficient :thumbsup:



    cheers for the advice but i just got a xfx 4870 1gb off the FS board here for £80 brand new in box! :-D
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