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#1 11 years ago

Many years ago I used to spend many an hour within this forum speccing up PC's and know all there was to know about CPU's, Motherboards etc. Now I have no idea what goes with what, who makes the best Ram for which motherboard.

A friends asked me to build him a PC, the build I have no problem with, Im an IT field engineer. The speccing up of the kit itself is a problem, so hopefully you guys could give me a few pointers.

Budget is ?320

Needs:

Core 2 Duo CPU 2GB Ram 200GB or bigger HDD then the usual ; Case, DVDRW, Graphics, Motherboard.

This unit will NOT be overclocked, needs to be 100% stable.

My effort:

Intel Core 2 Duo E2160 "LGA775 Conroe" 1.80GHz ?63.44 Intel DP965LT 965 ?70.50 Corsair 2GB DDR2 Value Select PC5300C5 ?51.69 Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 NCQ 250GB ?38.76 Graphics card PCIe ?40 Case ?45

?309

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#2 11 years ago

I don't know the first thing about making a computer, but I'm pretty sure you wont be able to fit that budget.




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#3 11 years ago

320? Dollars, euro, yen?!?

If dollars, that wont get you a great PC but it will do if he just wants internet. For games though, a good machine could be 500$ or more.




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#4 11 years ago

From the values I'd say it's pounds.




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#5 11 years ago

All I can see is question marks. Or am I missing something?




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#6 11 years ago

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Intel Core 2 Duo E2160 "LGA775 Conroe" 1.80GHz ?63.44 Intel DP965LT 965 ?70.50 Corsair 2GB DDR2 Value Select PC5300C5 ?51.69 Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 NCQ 250GB ?38.76 Graphics card PCIe ?40 Case ?45

?309

I can't speak for your budget, but as for compatibility your build list looks good. That motherboard will support that processor as well as the ram you chose (though the ram/board relationship can be finicky, so you never know). The board has a pci-e slot, so that's the type of video card you'll want to get (something like a 7600GT might fit your budget nicely).

I don't see a power supply in your list, so I presume you'll be getting a case with one. Be weary of this though, oftentimes psu's that came with cases are total sh!t and you're better off buying the two items separately. A decent 400w psu should do for this build.

On the HDD, you may be able to save some money and get a 300-320gb drive instead as those seem to have the best price/gb ratio these days. Western Digital and Seagate are my personal preferences for HD makers, though I've heard nothing bad about Hitachi.

I just recently bought the E2140 processor (one step down from your choice) and it's really amazing for the price. Too bad you don't want to overclock as that processor does it with ease on the stock cooler.

Good luck with it and feel free to ask any questions. The tech gurus around here live to help. :smokin:




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#7 11 years ago
DarthJebus05;3854222All I can see is question marks. Or am I missing something?

I said values, not symbols. Those numbers are (depending on who you buy from) what those components cost in the UK.