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Help Needed to Build a PC for Less than £150

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Found 17th Jul 2009
Could any Techie help me with building a desktop PC. My budget is about £150 and i know it is a big challange to build a PC for that price.

No monitor, software, keyboard and mice required.

I would prefer duo core processor. I will be really grateful if you could provide the links to the products.

Thanks in advance.

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Do you have any components at all or the whole thing from scratch?

You will be pushed to build a PC (even a basic one) for £150, not out of new parts anyway.

The minimum price for components will be about as follows:

Case (£25)
Motherboard (£32)
CPU (£40)
Memory (£15)
Hard Disk (£30)
DVD drive (£15)

I make that £157.

And that does not include any software, nor keyboard, mouse or speakers.

ebuyer have been offering this below for around £200 (price goes up and down) which is a good deal for the money (not much more than buying the parts yourself)

hotukdeals.com/ite…-c/

ebuyer.com/pro…667

If you wanted to buy the parts yourself and build it you could halve the memory to 2Gb, buy a smaller hard disk, and maybe a cheaper CPU so that may chop £30 or £40 off the price.

The other option is to buy a barebones system.

This usually consists of CASE, MOTHERBOARD, CPU and MEMORY all pre built.

You need to buy and add a HARD DISK and DVD drive (and of course software, keyboard, mouse, speakers)

Novatech do a number of barebones systems

novatech.co.uk/nov…tml

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hornblowerracing;5772771

Do you have any components at all or the whole thing from scratch?



Yes.I would like to build it from the scratch.

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guilbert53;5772833

Case (£25)Motherboard (£32)CPU (£40)Memory (£15)Hard Disk (£30)DVD drive ( … Case (£25)Motherboard (£32)CPU (£40)Memory (£15)Hard Disk (£30)DVD drive (£15)I make that £157.If you wanted to buy the parts yourself and build it you could halve the memory to 2Gb, buy a smaller hard disk, and maybe a cheaper CPU so that may chop £30 or £40 off the price.



Thanks for your help. Yes, I would like to buy the part bymyself and try to build it for the first time. I would like to get the links for the cheapest components that you mentioned above. I would be grateful if you could put parts in the shopping basket in Ebuyer and post it on this thread. Thanks again.

>If you wanted to buy the parts yourself and build it you could halve the memory to 2Gb, buy a >smaller hard disk, and maybe a cheaper CPU so that may chop £30 or £40 off the price.

Note this related to the ebuyer PC at £219, not the £157 I mentioned.

The £157 is an absoloute minimum and you wont get it any cheaper than that.

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guilbert53;5773131

If you wanted to buy the parts yourself and build it you could halve the … >If you wanted to buy the parts yourself and build it you could halve the memory to 2Gb, buy a >smaller hard disk, and maybe a cheaper CPU so that may chop £30 or £40 off the price.Note this related to the ebuyer PC at £219, not the £157 I mentioned.The £157 is an absoloute minimum and you wont get it any cheaper than that.



£157 seems to be ok. Could you provide any links to the products. Thanks.

HUKD007;5773036

Yes, I would like to buy the part bymyself and try to build it for the … Yes, I would like to buy the part bymyself and try to build it for the first time. I would like to get the links for the cheapest components that you mentioned above. I would be grateful if you could put parts in the shopping basket in Ebuyer and post it on this thread. Thanks again.



To be honest you will learn more by doing the research yourself than having someone just posting a list of parts.

By doing the research yourself you learn about what size motherboard go in what size cases, what features different motherboards have, what CPUs fit in which motherboards, which type of memory goes in which motherboards, the difference between IDE and SATA and so on.

This learning process is just as useful as actually building the PC.

Why not try to put together a list of parts and post it here, then we can give you suggestions for what may be a better fit.

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I agree Guilbert53. I will do a list myself and post it here. :thumbsup:

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Hi Guilbert53 please check the above list and let me know if there is any compatibility issue. I forgot to say I do not need Casing as well.

It is a little bit over my budget, is there anyway I can bring it down to £150 -£160 mark.

download windows 7 beta free valid until june 2010

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motherboard and processor bundle onboard video graphics and LAN £69.99

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pc icute black case £24.99

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your struggling with that to be honest mate.

youd be building a system thats only good for browsing the internet.

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Thanks for your advise Generaloneill :thumbsup:

I have to ask since it's gone unmentioned and is a key factor, what about a PSU.. . .?

I'll be honest - for that price why not go second hand? You would be looking at a P35 mobo with a 6600GT rather than something rubbish like an ASRock.

theres not even any point in building a computer for that price. you might as well save up more if you seriously want to build a computer, that system is gonna be as slow as woteva ur on now (or worse !)
at least save up and build youself a decent £400-500 rig that will last a good 5 years unlike this which u will want to build another because tis too slow.

ive built computers before, i jus dont see the point at this budget, my advice is save up more and build it another time, u get so much more value for money.

£500 nowadays will get you a solid dual core/basic quad core system.
£150 (will that even get you anywhere near a solid dual core? no way)

You could knock up an AMD X2 4000 or Intel E1400 for the money

An extra £15-20 would get you an X2 7850 or Intel E5200

The cheapest motherboard for Intel or AMD with graphics would set you back £33, but for browsing or office it would be fine - a 160GB, 2GB, dual core with a DVD writer from Ebuyer.

For second hand, I've used msccom.co.uk - again, an extra £20 would make a big difference on one of their cheap Optiplexes.

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Sootie;5774716

You could knock up an AMD X2 4000 or Intel E1400 for the moneyAn extra … You could knock up an AMD X2 4000 or Intel E1400 for the moneyAn extra £15-20 would get you an X2 7850 or Intel E5200The cheapest motherboard for Intel or AMD with graphics would set you back £33, but for browsing or office it would be fine - a 160GB, 2GB, dual core with a DVD writer from Ebuyer.For second hand, I've used msccom.co.uk - again, an extra £20 would make a big difference on one of their cheap Optiplexes.



Very useful info. Thanks. I will have a look at mcscom.co.uk/

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easypeel;5774056

I have to ask since it's gone unmentioned and is a key factor, what about … I have to ask since it's gone unmentioned and is a key factor, what about a PSU.. . .?



I have got a Case with PSU builtin.

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munaaf;5774641

theres not even any point in building a computer for that price. you … theres not even any point in building a computer for that price. you might as well save up more if you seriously want to build a computer, that system is gonna be as slow as woteva ur on now (or worse !)at least save up and build youself a decent £400-500 rig that will last a good 5 years unlike this which u will want to build another because tis too slow.ive built computers before, i jus dont see the point at this budget, my advice is save up more and build it another time, u get so much more value for money.£500 nowadays will get you a solid dual core/basic quad core system.£150 (will that even get you anywhere near a solid dual core? no way)



Thanks for advise.:thumbsup:

Here's some Ebuyer options:
AMD option
Processor AMD X2 7850 164048 48.85
Mobo Foxconn A6VMX 141239 36.18

Intel option
Processor Intel E5200 148715 49.01
Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H 139780 47.93

Memory Crucial 2GB 106133 17.58
HDD Maxtor 160GB 159613 28.51
DVDRW 101321 12.99

Total Intel price: £156.02
Total AMD price: £144.11

I can't be the only one, who buys £9.99 PC cases. :oops:

munaaf;5774641

£150...theres not even any point in building a computer for that price. … £150...theres not even any point in building a computer for that price. At least save up and build youself a decent £400-500 rig that will last a good 5 years unlike this which u will want to build another because tis too slow.



But that is like saying to someone who has £1,500 to buy a car......

There is no point buying a car at that price, save up and get yourself a car for £4,000 or £5,000.

The point is he only has £150, its his first build, he CAN buy the parts for £150 (just) so lets encourage him to do it.

When he has done that and it works he can then go on and add new parts to it later, or maybe build another PC in a year or two.

We all have to start somewhere.
.

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guilbert53;5778353

But that is like saying to someone who has £1,500 to buy a car......There … But that is like saying to someone who has £1,500 to buy a car......There is no point buying a car at that price, save up and get yourself a car for £4,000 or £5,000.The point is he only has £150, its his first build, he CAN buy the parts for £150 (just) so lets encourage him to do it.When he has done that and it works he can then go on and add new parts to it later, or maybe build another PC in a year or two.We all have to start somewhere..



Couldn't agree more. If I want I can buy a new PC off the shelve but I would like to build one by myself. Thanks for supporting me Guilbert. I m sticking to my plan.

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Dell quoted this above spec PC for £199 inc VAT without shipping cost and monitor. Plus they only give 1 year warranty where I can get 5 years warranty etc on some parts if I build one by myself.

stick to your plan and learn. I have just bult my first pc, it was interesting but nowadays buying one ready made is not a lot of difference.

ebuyer or buy a cheap refurb from bigpockets

ur problems lie with the operating system. if you can blag one from ur friends ur sorted.

I have installed my vista ultimate on like 5+ pcs. never bee an isue for me.

That would be better. That dell quote stinks. U can make a better pc for that!

im not saying dont build a pc, i just dont see how you can justify a build like that, its just not going to be much.

i see what you mean, but theres no reason why you cant wait a bit anyway, in either case, car and computer lol

i guess the ends up to you, but i thought id give you some insight of my personal experience, at least with the better build it will be 'future proof' as people say for at least 6 years (a basic quad would future proof you around 6 years for £500).

Again its probably based on what you want to do with the computer, i guess if you aint encoding, multi-tasking or gaming then this is a suitable basic browsing/web chat computer.
sure go for it

and i wudnt go for vista on that, stick to xp (why not its classic and wont eat up the resources) might be worth trying windows 7, but eek might b a bit too demanding.

hell go for ubuntu or something :P

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Finally, I have bought the parts for my budget PC for £190 including VAT and shipping.

The Specification is:
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 2.5GHz
4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 Memory
250GB 7200RPM SATAII
ASROCK G31M-S Motherboard with 6.1 sound
PNY GeForce 8400GS 256MB Graphic card
Dual Layer DVD±RW /CD drive
400W PSU


I will be using it with existing 19" TFT monitor, Logitech Wireless Keyboard & Mice and Windows 7. I think this should be ok for web surfing and a few multimedia tasks.

You forgot the flux capacitor.

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generaloneill;5861151

You forgot the flux capacitor.



what is flux capacitor?

I think the motherboard should have been a bit better :s

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Yes, I agree. But I already stretched my budget limit of £150

well considering all the other parts, its not a bad set, if you ever get a chance though, get a really nice motherboard and it'll be a generally great pc

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Thanks Teshnit

Personally, I wouldnt have bought a graphics card. The one on the mobo would have been enough. When you get more money, then upgrade the graphics.

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HUKD007;5870449

Thanks Teshnit



deathtrap3000;5870520

Personally, I wouldnt have bought a graphics card. The one on the mobo … Personally, I wouldnt have bought a graphics card. The one on the mobo would have been enough. When you get more money, then upgrade the graphics.




C'mon matey. Geforce 8400GS 256MB dedicated is not powerful enough to play game at highest setting but definitely better than Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100.

HUKD007;5870630

C'mon matey. Geforce 8400GS 256MB dedicated is not powerful enough to … C'mon matey. Geforce 8400GS 256MB dedicated is not powerful enough to play game at highest setting but definitely better than Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100.



Yeh, but its a waste of money if you already have something that does the same job. You could have got a bigger hdd or a better cpu for the money you spent on the graphics, or saved the money and added £20 to it later and got a much better card.

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deathtrap3000;5870710

Yeh, but its a waste of money if you already have something that does the … Yeh, but its a waste of money if you already have something that does the same job. You could have got a bigger hdd or a better cpu for the money you spent on the graphics, or saved the money and added £20 to it later and got a much better card.



Actually, the reason for buying cheap and cheerful Graphic card is for my brother, He usually play Counter Strike (nothing like FarCry or anything like that). But the game he plays require a dedicated graphic card though. So I couldn't miss it out.

But I do agree with you. I was even thinking of buying something like GF 9GT series for £50. But I will leave it for now.
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