Found 29th Jun 2010
Needing some advice, maybe to cut down on the price of the rig or make it a better build? Not sure if ive missed out anything ( I have an optical drive already). I wanted to build a pc which could do some light gaming and last me a while for the future. I understand that the cpu has cores that can be unlocked and overclocked with the motherboard? Thanks for any help

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operating system?

sata cable

optical drive

more cooling fans

thermal paste

dvd player software


(this is why you buy not build!)

its not cheaper to build in my opinion. I built one but would never build one again.

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OS i have, as mentioned in OP i have my optical drive.
More cooling? I thought the offer on ebuyer had it bundled with it ebuyer.com/pro…208

Ahh ok, so you think i could get a better system for cheaper or same price? Any suggestions?

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h2k92;8942462

OS i have, as mentioned in OP i have my optical drive. More cooling? I … OS i have, as mentioned in OP i have my optical drive. More cooling? I thought the offer on ebuyer had it bundled with it http://www.ebuyer.com/product/219208Ahh ok, so you think i could get a better system for cheaper or same price? Any suggestions?



more case fans, sorry missed about the optical

its a lot of hassle to build, by the time you add up all the parts and you only have yourself as to diagnose system problems, and you had to buy the OS at some point, i dont have time to go system hunting, but in the end i cant see you winning the price, esp with an expensive case

but I have built in the past, it wasnt cheaper, a bit of fun, lot of hassle, at least you are buying the main bits from one place, that stops the blame game if need be

go for it, but dont be fooled its cheaper

jubbyme;8942498

more case fans, sorry missed about the opticalits a lot of hassle to … more case fans, sorry missed about the opticalits a lot of hassle to build, by the time you add up all the parts and you only have yourself as to diagnose system problems, and you had to buy the OS at some point, i dont have time to go system hunting, but in the end i cant see you winning the price, esp with an expensive casebut I have built in the past, it wasnt cheaper, a bit of fun, lot of hassle, at least you are buying the main bits from one place, that stops the blame game if need bego for it, but dont be fooled its cheaper



It may be hassle, but when you get it up and running it can be satisfying. Problems and fixing them are all part of the learning experience.

My first build I bought a handful of components and without help (except for some Internet) I was able to build it without problem. Now I have built loads over the years and if I had time I would build more

There is always the option to modify a Dell :), I took an old machine from work and upgraded the video card, PSU, CPU and put some more memory into it, was fun making an office pc into a gaming machine:-D

I built my own about 5 years ago, although its like trigger's broom, the only original thing is the case, which I have sat in my office ready to change.

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sparkyIreland;8942778

It may be hassle, but when you get it up and running it can be … It may be hassle, but when you get it up and running it can be satisfying. Problems and fixing them are all part of the learning experience.My first build I bought a handful of components and without help (except for some Internet) I was able to build it without problem. Now I have built loads over the years and if I had time I would build more :)There is always the option to modify a Dell :), I took an old machine from work and upgraded the video card, PSU, CPU and put some more memory into it, was fun making an office pc into a gaming machine:-D



I have an office pc upstairs, is it worth messing with it? Its a small form factor pc so maybe not
Do you think your custom made pcs have lasted longer while youve been able to upgrade them when needed? I might go for the parts as above really so long as i an upgrade in future i suppose and not have to build from scratch again. Im off to uni soon aswell so ill probably need a simple laptop for light tasks but the one i have currently seems to be dying HP repaired it once because it was a known fault and now its on its way out again....Reminds me of my 360 ;-). Anyway, Im looking to build a decent pc for home so i can invest in other things so is it worth building or should i be on the look out for a pre built deal you think?

Give me your budget, and tell me the peripherals and software that you currently have. Ill spec you the best system for your budget.

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Keithoms;8942939

Give me your budget, and tell me the peripherals and software that you … Give me your budget, and tell me the peripherals and software that you currently have. Ill spec you the best system for your budget.



I have about £450 to spend on the pc itself. I have a mouse, keyboard, monitor...well my lcd tv so ill need a decent graphics card right? Speakers and a wifi pci card. Have a copy of windows 7 at home and office etc. Cheers for the help in advance I have lots of IDE HDDs but i dont think its worth using them as they will slow the system down right? I dont mind handling a bit of overclocking either, just need a system that gives the best bang for buck.

I went substantially over budget as I found it hard to resist certain 'luxury' components. Other than that I would definitely do it again.
The months of research were enjoyable and the end results immensely satisfying.

Not sure what I would have done if anything had gone wrong though...

h2k92;8942996

I have about £450 to spend on the pc itself. I have a mouse, keyboard, … I have about £450 to spend on the pc itself. I have a mouse, keyboard, monitor...well my lcd tv so ill need a decent graphics card right? Speakers and a wifi pci card. Have a copy of windows 7 at home and office etc. Cheers for the help in advance I have lots of IDE HDDs but i dont think its worth using them as they will slow the system down right? I dont mind handling a bit of overclocking either, just need a system that gives the best bang for buck.



Main purpose of machine, gaming or what?

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Keithoms;8943106

Main purpose of machine, gaming or what?



Im not a hardcore pc gamer but a few games will be played on it yes other than that, watch some high def media i suppose, photoshop and maybe some engineering software in the future due to my course, so things like CAD etc...

Can i have your screen resolution please?

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Ermm my TV is 1920 x 1080 ... Thats what it says on the specs?
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