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    Hi, next week is payday so i want to treat myself to a new pc. I think i will build it myself as its cheaper. Hav'nt really built a full one before but im quite good at pc's in general. I have choosen all the bits and just wanted to see if you think it will be an alrite system.

    Arianet Gamer DarkStar 500w Case
    320GB Hitachi Deskstar SATA2 16MB
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200+ 2.60GHz (Retail AM2)
    OCZ 2GB PC2-6400 Platinum Rev 2.0 (2x1GB)
    XFX GeForce 8600GTS 256MB PCI-E Retail
    Asus M2N-VM HDMI nForce630a Socket AM2+ Motherboard
    LiteOn LH-20A1L-14C 20x DVDRW LightScribe SATA Retail Kit inc Nero, 3 bezels
    Pinnacle DVB-T PCI Digital TV Tuner

    Cheers

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    I'd replace the RAM with Corsair XMS2, OCZ Rev 2.0 can be a little hard to get working right, my friend had mo' trouble sent RAM back to ebuyer twice and still had troubles (maybe a voltage issue)

    you may also want to consider an intel system - processors like the E7200 start at £76, purely based on resale I believe this would be a good choice: as if AMD fold, the perception of a second hand intel system will be better, that's not to say i'm knocking AMD, I have a 4400+ 65W model and may upgrade to a Phenom when I have the money, it's just that intel have a better reputation for reliabilty and more efficient chip design in some cases

    > I think i will build it myself as its cheaper.

    I am not sure that is true any more.

    It may have been true a few years ago but companies like Dell can buy in bulk and drive the price of components down. I doubt you could build a PC cheaper than you could buy it from Dell.

    There may be other reasons for building a computer (the experience, choice of components, easier to upgrade etc) but saving money is not one of them.

    I built a PC a few months ago, buying many bargains I found here on HKUD. When I added up the price at the end it cost me more than if I had bought the whole thing from Dell.

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    guilbert53;2797477

    I think i will build it myself as its cheaper.I am not sure that is true … > I think i will build it myself as its cheaper.I am not sure that is true any more.It may have been true a few years ago but companies like Dell can buy in bulk and drive the price of components down. I doubt you could build a PC cheaper than you could buy it from Dell.There may be other reasons for building a computer (the experience, choice of components, easier to upgrade etc) but saving money is not one of them. I built a PC a few months ago, buying many bargains I found here on HKUD. When I added up the price at the end it cost me more than if I had bought the whole thing from Dell.


    have to agree here. A dell package is cheaper than the sum of its parts.

    It is not just the cost of parts, but the time expended on getting the proposed PC together. Added to this is the time spend rectifying unforseen problems if things go wrong. Personally, I think it is cheaper, in the long run, to buy rather than make.

    Predikuesi;2797536

    It is not just the cost of parts, but the time expended on getting the … It is not just the cost of parts, but the time expended on getting the proposed PC together. Added to this is the time spend rectifying unforseen problems if things go wrong. Personally, I think it is cheaper, in the long run, to buy rather than make.



    Agreed, there are so many offers around (think you're at the right place it'd just work out better and cheaper just to buy a ready made computer and strip out the bits you don't want and plug new ones in, provided the power supply can coupe.

    I agree prices are generally a lot cheaper from places like dell etc.

    However having worked with 400+ dell machines and having seen how many problems they have I still always build my own machines.

    Why?

    1) You choose exactly what you want to put in
    2) You can research each component individually to find the right price and the right product
    3) Its much more fun and you learn too..

    My 2 cents

    guilbert53;2797477

    It may have been true a few years ago but companies like Dell can buy in … It may have been true a few years ago but companies like Dell can buy in bulk and drive the price of components down. I doubt you could build a PC cheaper than you could buy it from Dell.



    That may be true in some circumstances but:

    a) Upgrade costs are going to be higher since you'll need to do things like replace the PSU that you wouldn't have to do on a self-built system.

    b) If you want a specific feature (a blu-ray drive for example) you'll often also be forced to pay for other bits that you don't need which will bring the price back up.

    As for this specific build I'd definitely spend more on the PSU, cheap power supplies are nothing but trouble and £40 for a 500W should get you a good quality one.

    Original Poster

    Agree with what you are all saying, but i aint gonna get a Dell as good spec as this for under £350 plus i've made it abit better now. Just wanted to know if all these components are right, i mean all work together.

    Xilence 480W Gaming PSU
    320GB Hitachi Deskstar SATA2 16MB
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200+ 2.60GHz (Retail AM2)
    Akasa Zen Silent-Cool - Black
    Pinnacle DVB-T PCI Digital TV Tuner
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 PRO PWM
    Corsair 2GB PC2-6400 C4 XMS2 (2x1GB)
    XFX GeForce 8600GTS 256MB PCI-E Retail
    Asus M2N-VM HDMI nForce630a Socket AM2+ Motherboard
    Sony DRU-190S 20x DVDRW Retail Kit - SATA

    If all good im gonna order these next week. (plus 3% quidco)

    Cheers

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    It should take you 1-2 hours to build and get up and running, just make sure you check everything twice, being your first build.

    If you use OCZ memory you will need to put the voltage to 2.1v (2gb for appox. £30 on ebuyer) and you can see above 3gb if you install more on a 64bit system.
    Nowt wrong wit the Corsair memory tho'

    The GFX card ain't gonna be a great performer, but should play Crysis ok at medium settings, my 8600GTS does ok with most games.

    1 thing I'd change is the "Deathstar" harddrive, perhaps to a similar Seagate model.
    Oh!, and the TV tuner for a USB model, just make sure you use a good aerial, not the metal twig that is supplied.

    I wouldn't touch a Dell system, Bleh!, Building a custom system is far better quality and value for money.

    NowIcan'tbebotheredtowriteanymore,but...
    Hope it helps & happy building

    soupy;2816842

    1 thing I'd change is the "Deathstar" harddrive, perhaps to a similar … 1 thing I'd change is the "Deathstar" harddrive, perhaps to a similar Seagate model.



    It's been a long time since they were known as Deathstars, wasn't that back when it was still owned by IBM and 80GB was considered a lot?

    Original Poster

    I've changed it to the 320GB Seagate Barracuda SATA2 16MB

    Original Poster

    Ok... so i have now updated my build, does it look ok? all compatable


    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200+ 2.60GHz (Retail AM2)

    Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 Socket AM2 Nvidia MCP55P PCI-E 8 Channel audio ATX Motherboard

    OCZ 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 CL 4-4-4-15 PLATINUM XTC with LIFETIME WARRANTY

    Samsung HD502IJ SpinPoint F1 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM

    Asus DRW-2014L1T 20x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer Lightscribe ReWriter (Black/Silver) - Retail

    OCZ Stealth Xtream 500W PSU - 1x PCI-E 6/8pin, 2x SATA 12cm Fan

    Akasa AK-ZEN-01-WH Rev.2 Zen White Case - No PSU

    XFX 9500GT 680MHz Edition 256MB DDR3 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card

    Will i need any extra cables as i dont really know a great deal about them. Thankyou for your time and help.
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