Im going to build a new PC, I already have a all the periferals i need, an ok graphics card and a hardrive which i can use, but im having trouble decideing on a motherboard and processor.
Can anyone put together the components i need for £300 aproximatly $560 US, i need a motherboard, processor, RAM and a case.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can put a list of parts together preferably from a UK supplier with links to their website.
£300 is going be tough but here we go:
DFI lanparty Ultra D - £75 +VAT AMD 64 3700+ OEM £55 + VAT Artic Cooler 64 Pro £10 + VAT G.Skill 1GB ZX @ 2-3-3-6 £62 + VAT Antec Black quiet Midi Tower with 400w smartpower PSU £55 + VAT
Total = £302 From Here
To reduce the cost you could get a cheaper motherboard and I would get a cheaper motherboard if you don't want to overclock. I have the DFI with 3700 OEM & Artic Cooler and its a very fast combination and its awesome to overclock with.
G.Skill make some seriously good RAM, I have the 2gb ZX kit and its got very nice tight timings of 2-3-2-5 and overclocks nicely as well. 2GB would be prefered over 1GB but your budget does not really allow for it.
The case is by Antec who make some good cases and the PSU should be strong enough to power most setups.
In order to get all that into the budget you need to buy before next thursday as thats when the 'This Week Only' offers end.
If you can scrounge some more cash and were ready to buy within the next week you could squeeze a X2 4400+ into the budget as these are going dirt cheap at £165 but stocks are strictly limited.
Is the graphics card AGP or PCI-E? SATA drive? What graphics card specifically, as well, so we know how big of a PSU the case needs. I'm guessing you're fine with mid to full ATX tower?
[COLOR=Black]I had priced up a intel based machine but thought i would ask people who probably have done this more than me. But ill show what i had put togther.
[/COLOR][COLOR=Black]Asus P5SD2-X Socket 775 SIS 656 ATX - Sound Lan USB 2.0 800 FSB SATA 133 £30.68
Sansun Black True 500W 20/24pin PSU - 120mm Blue LED Fan £14.45
Kingston Value Ram 1GB 533MHz DDR2 Non-ECC CL4 DIMM £45.55
Casecom LG-7780 Black/Silver Gaming Case - With 350W PSU £14.45
[/COLOR]Intel Pentium D 940 £130.28
Plus £41.20 VAT
Comes to a total of £276.60
I think the system is reasonable and i will be able to add more RAM to it at a later date but i may be wrong baseing it on a pentium. As for the sugested machine above would it be possible to use more generic memory in it, so that it will be cheaper and easier to upgrade later, also is it nessesary to spend that amount on a case?
Thanks for the reply and i will have a closer look at it now.
EDIT: The Graphics card is currently PCI-E (ATI Radeon 9250) but i don't like it much so i will upgrade when i have the money. The hard drive is IDE and the case size shouldn't be a problem as long as its smaller than H46CM W34CM D50CM, Also i would prefer a single 1Gb stick of RAM over a pair of 512mb sticks.
Uhh...you can't get PCI-E 9250s, only PCI or AGP models. Either you're thinking of the wrong graphics card or you're labouring under the impression that a 9250 is considered "decent". It isn't. :p
Anyhoo, a couple of recommendations regarding your system:
- Stay away from VIA and SiS based motherboards. They may be cheap, but in the long run they're no match for an nForce4 or RD480 based chipset, which can be had for not much more cash.
- Value RAM is all well and good for everyday computing, but if you're into overclocking you'll need some beefier memory. I'd recommend Corsair XMS and OCZ Gold as decent contenders in this field. They don't come cheap, though.
I never said it was a decent graphics card, but it will run my current games so ill have to keep it for now, and its PCI i made a mistake.
I have just got my work hours for next month, so i have been able to increase my budget £450 possibly £500 with plans to buy at the very begining of september. I basicaly need what i said above but i would also like to replace my graphics card aswell.
Thanks to everybody who has already helped and anybody else who helps.
Seeing as you have a slighter higher budget. Go for what MG42 said, but add the extra gig of Ram.
You might have to put up with the 9250 until you get more money. Because the graphics card is usually the most expensive component (for a gaming machine). Instead of spending whatever money you have now just to get a grphics card, that might not even by any good. Just get the parts MG42 listed, plus teh extra gig aswell, and wait until you have more money.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4400+ £140(+VAT) DFI LanParty UT NF4 Ultra-D £75(+VAT) Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler £10(+VAT) G.Skill 2GB DDR ZX PC3200 (2x1GB) £125(+VAT) Sansun Silver/Black Full Tower ATX Gaming Case with 500W PSU £37(+VAT)
Total £455(INC VAT)
Thats what i have come up with based on the above sugestion, but some of the parts seem expensive. Is there a better solution which doesn't cost as much?
I didn't make it!
Or just get a 6600 GT AGP for the time being theire cheap and good, I used to have one and It served me except I had the PCI E version.