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New PC for friend

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by matt.slysnake, 23 Feb 2007.

  1. matt.slysnake

    matt.slysnake Banned

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    Hi guys,

    I am building a PC for a friend, his budget is £550, and that needs to include everything (speakers / keyboard / monitor ) and the PC will mainly be used for gaming.

    I'm just not sure how much to spend on the specific parts, so guys, please help!

    ps - budget can't go up :wallbash:
     
  2. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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  3. Masterchief

    Masterchief Banned

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    How many dollar is that?
     
  4. trig

    trig god's little mistake

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    well, first advice i would give is, if you are building for a friend, only buy retail parts...it never fails, you build for a buddy, you buy oem because you think "ill provide all the help he needs", then something goes wrong and you cant return the piece...suddenly, your not best buds no more...lol...so, keeping retail only in mind, and the fact that 550 of your money equals 1080 or so in mine, here is the best i could come up with...its from newegg, so prices may not scale to what you can get...plus, it doesnt include a hard drive, but here we can order a drive directly from western digital for less than newegg carries them, and its a retail version...a 250 gig caviar se16 sata II runs about $85...bringing this total to around $1080...granted it doesnt include shipping...but make him spring for that or let him buy a damn dell...try this link...but it may not work

    LITE-ON 18X DVD±R DVD Burner
    LH-18A1P-186 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16827106043 - $31.99

    COOLER MASTER Centurion
    534 RC-534-KKN2-GP - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811119106 ($10.00 Mail-in Rebate) before rebate - $49.99

    SCEPTRE X9WG-NagaV Black 19" 8ms DVI Widescreen HD Ready LCD Monitor Retail
    Item #: N82E16824112002 - $179.99

    BFG Tech BFGR7950256GTOCE GeForce 7950GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 OC HDCP Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814143090 - $219.99

    XCLIO X14S4P3 500W ATX 500W Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817189012 - $79.99

    Logitech X-230 32 Watts 2.1 Black Speakers - Retail
    Item #: N82E16836121119 - $35.99

    Logitech Media Elite 967559-0403 Black USB + PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16823126178 - $23.99

    Microsoft D66-00069 Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB + PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - Retail
    Item #: N82E16826105164 - $15.99

    CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 675 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X1024-5400C4 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820145539 - $79.00

    GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128017 - $107.99

    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale 1.8GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E4300 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115013 - $169.00
     
  5. matt.slysnake

    matt.slysnake Banned

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    Thanks Triq + mrbungle, but price is too much:( damned britain is more expensive than US
     
  6. airchie

    airchie New Member

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    I don't follow your logic there??
    Retail and OEM parts have the same warranty, only difference is OEM doesn't come with fancy boxes etc. So in this scenario, OEM would be best as its a tight budget.

    Other than that though, nice choice of parts.
    I'd probably get a single 1GB syick of memory with the view to buying another one later.

    I'd also consider lowering the spec of the gfx card slightly so you can spend more on the memory.
    That CPU is begging to be overclocked and having PC2 6400 memory is gonna help that. :)
     
  7. trig

    trig god's little mistake

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    BASTAGES!!
    thing is, you go any lower (ie oem or less expensive pieces) and you wont have much of a "gaming" system...he needs to pony up or...like i said...go store bought...trust me...i have much experience in building for friends, and it seldom ever ends well...they want uber rig product for celeron budget pc price...
     
  8. trig

    trig god's little mistake

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    i bought some cpu's and mobo's from a vendor about a year ago, and because they were oem, they had only a 90-day warranty and a shorter return policy...eh...sure enough, many were faulty, which was terrific i might add...i never realized that is not the case everywhere....my bad (edited lol)
     
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  9. rswami92

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    spending £550 isnt gonna get you much go for a dell as they can get you a better deal than making you own at that budget
     
  10. rswami92

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    have a look at this pc at dell
    i know its a bit over but if you change the unnecessary support service to 1 year it would be in budget for a good piece of kit
     
  11. airchie

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    Best I could do was just under £600 and that still doesn't include a keyboard and mouse.
    All stuff from Scan.co.uk

    Code:
    LN17354
    19" Daewoo HL920W, Widescreen LCD, 1440x900, 5ms, 1000:1, 300 cd/m2, White/Black, DVI/D-Sub 		£97.99 	£115.14 	
    LN15258
    Gigabyte GA 965P-S3 iP965, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX 		£55.29 	£64.97 	
    LN17304
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300, Socket 775, 1.80 GHz, 800MHz FSB, Allendale Core, 2MB Cache, Retail 		£88.42 	£103.89 	
    LN11283
    1GB CorsairXMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-12 			£62.64 	£73.60 	
    LN13548
    Samsung SH-S183A/BEBN Black SATA 18x18 ±R Dual Layer DVDRW Writer OEM UK inc Nero 6.x 			£18.30 	£21.50 	
    LN14095
    Coolermaster Centurion RC-534 Black Tower Case w/o PSU 							£32.89 	£38.65 	
    LN6678
    80 Gb Western Digital WD800JD Caviar SE, SATA150, 7200 rpm, 8MB Cache, 8.9 ms 				£24.44 	£28.72 	
    LN7636
    380W Enermax Coolergiant AX Series EG385AX-VHB(G)(SFMA) ATX PSU, 12V Version 1.3, aPFC 			£18.89 	£22.20 	
    LN15603
    256MB Leadtek 7900GS PCI-E (x16), Mem 1320 MHz, GPU 450 MHz, 20 Pipes, 2x Dual Link DVI-I/HDCP READY 	£90.99 	£106.91 	
    
    Net Total 	£489.85
    Carriage 	£16.77
    V.A.T. 		£88.66
    TOTAL 		£595.28
     
  12. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    Buying a Dell/Compaq/whatever often limits the possibilities of upgrades. If you buy parts and make up the rig, atleast you can be sure what's in it! There wont be nasty compability problems further on etc. What I'd do is I'd go for E4300, 1 GB of ram, a cheap (yet not the cheapest possible) decent manufacturer mobo and then look how much money is left. The monitor is IMO the most important thing because it doesn't become obsolete in two months. Shame there's just no way you could get a nice wide TFT, so I'd go 17" 4:5 one.

    Like Trig pretty clearly stated, building for a friend is always a russian roulette, make EXTREMELY clear that the money just isn't enought for a top-notch gaming rig and he wont be able to run the games even remotely at full settings.
     
  13. Bbq.of.DooM

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    Biostar 965PT
    Intel Core2duo E4300
    2x1gb kit
    Seasonic S12-430w

    etc..
     

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