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Build Advice Basic Build - £250 Budget Help Needed

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DanFerret, 24 Jan 2010.

  1. DanFerret

    DanFerret New Member

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    Just seen the motherboard for the Mesh computer looks quite pants.

    Think I will be going with all of Lucys components and will pick up a cheap DVD drive too.

    Thanks for all the help people :)
     
  2. M7ck

    M7ck Ⓜod Ⓜaster

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    Motherboard Asus P5KPL-AM SE £34.90
    CPU Intel Celeron Dual Core E3200 £34.64
    Memory 2x 1GB, DDR2 PC2-5300 £16.41 each
    Case Coolermaster Elite 335 £27.95
    PSU 350W Silverstone ST35F Silent PSU £30.49
    Hard Drive 320 GB Samsung Spinpoint F1£32.79
    Optical Drive Sony Sata DVDRW £16.38
    GPU 1GB XFX HD 4650 XXX£41.92

    Total = £251.90

    Get over to Scans forums and get 10 posts and you will qualify for free delivery also.

    For the budget I think I did ok, it doesnt include an o/s but maybe you could try ebay and the likes for a cheap one. (is m$ still doing specials on win7?)
     
  3. DanFerret

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    Oh well thats certainly thrown a spanner in the works lol.


    Hows that compare with what Lucy posted?
     
  4. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    I'd go with Lucy's build tbh - I've never been a fan of Celeron's and the G31 chipset on the motherboard isn't exactly something to write home about.
     
  5. M7ck

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    Some of mine is better some of hers is better. Im an intel fanboy, thats why i went down that route. I think they will both be a gigantic improvement on your current system. I guess it just depends on what you want.
     
  6. DanFerret

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    Yeh one of the reasons why the current computer downstairs that this build is aiming to replace gets so much hate, is that upstairs weve got a machine I built with an AMD Phenom II X4 940 lol.
     
  7. PureSilver

    PureSilver E-tailer Tailor

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    Go with Lucy's. Socket 775 is stone cold dead so there's no upgrade path. AM3 is still alive and kicking, so if in a couple of years you want more you'll still have that option.
     
  8. HandMadeAndroid

    HandMadeAndroid That's handy.

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    i got a cheaky i7 code from ebay for 15 squids, got the genuine advantage malarky too, mind the seller is banned now lol
     
  9. Lucy2005

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    so are you any closer to getting the system? or have you still not decided on the hardware? i know its hard to actually press the checkout button lol anyway let me know how it turns out ;)
     
  10. DanFerret

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    Everything got ordered tonight :)

    One question though, with dual core and 2gb ram do I need a 32bit or 64bit operating system?
     
  11. alpaca

    alpaca llama eats dremel

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    you don't really need a 64bit operating system for 2gb of ram.

    but if you are buying a new one (win7 Cheesecake) you should install the 64bit version (except if you're going xp) , as it does no harm, costs the same and allows you to upgrade to 4gb in the future.
     
  12. PureSilver

    PureSilver E-tailer Tailor

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    The alpaca speaks the truth, as usual. You're going to want to make another 2GB of RAM an absolute priority (it is the next logical upgrade, being the cheapest that will have a significant effect on the computer's performance), and the 64-bit OS will enable you to take maximum advantage of RAM.
     
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    Mind you a 64 bit might be slower in the short run... More overhead to look after since it has to deal with 32bit and 64bit software.
     
  15. PureSilver

    PureSilver E-tailer Tailor

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    I think he's getting the OS free from the university? If so he could go with 32-bit until a RAM upgrade (trust me on this one, you really do want and need dual channel 4GB of RAM), but that entails a future reinstall of Windows in 64-bit which is a bit of a faff and means that some things (only really some Valve games) won't be compatible. However, as DB points out, 32-bit is a bit lighter on the system and with only 2GB that could be an important difference (I don't have experience, haven't run 32 since XP in 2006).

    Personally I'd go with 64-bit from the off, and get the RAM asap.
     
  16. okenobi

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    For anyone questioning 64-bit. I'm running 7 Pro 64 on a 939 Athlon X2 3800+ @ 2.35Ghz with just 2Gb of RAM. It flys compared to XP. Don't hesitate. If I can run it, virtually anyone can.
     
  17. DanFerret

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    Just to let you know all the components came on Wednesday and then I spent that evening putting it together and it all works brilliantly. Its actually alot better than I was expecting.

    Thanks for the help everyone :)

    [​IMG]


    Sorry for the poor pic but just took it quickly on my phone.
     
  18. Moyo2k

    Moyo2k AMD Fanboy

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    My contribution - [​IMG]
     
  19. oasked

    oasked Stuck in the Mud

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    He's already bought it and built it you muppet! :p

    Any chance of any better pictures - how does it feel compared to your last computer? :)
     
  20. Moyo2k

    Moyo2k AMD Fanboy

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    LOL! bit-tech really needs a {Resolved Thread} Button :p
     
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