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Old 01-06-2006, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My mate's asked me to build him a computer for an amzing £200 ($350). He wants to be able to play games and upgrade it in the future. So where do i start.
I suppose i should go for a good socket 939 motherboard with good onboard graphics and sound and then he could add a graphics card and sound card later. Not sure what motherboard to get

Then get a decent case as they don't cost much but shall i get one with a power supply with it or are these so bad that i should pay the extra for a proper power supply so he won't have to upgrade that in the future ? Or shall i use one of my crappy spare PSU's until more powers needed ? I'll probs get the coolermaster centuiron 5 if i get one without PSU.

Then get a cheap stick of 512MB RAM probs crosair valueselect.
Then probs a good opteron processor so that he doesn't have to upgrade that anytime soon.

He already has CD, DVD drives and a monitor and speakers and an 80GB hard drive so he can upgrade them later as well.

So that's about it. Total probs 100 for processor, 30 for case, 30 for RAM, 50-70 for motherboard. Ah already over budget without a PSU. Anyone have any ideas? And what components to get ?
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Old 01-06-2006, 08:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No. Socket 939 is nowhere near your level of afforability. Infact, I don't think anything is.

Only thing that come sto mind.

A case with cheap PSU: $40
Foxonn/Asus Geforce6100+410 Mobo: $100
Socket 939 Processor: $150

That doesn't include any harddrive or anything.
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 800MHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 754 E6 Processor $126
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103606

MSI K8NGM-V Socket 754 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130534

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145440

Spire BlueFin SP-6190U Bue/Silver Metal SECC/ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $31
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811220009

Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-400 ATX12V 400W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, TUV, CB, FCC CLASS B, CUL $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103935

Total: $352
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He's in the UK.
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Well he can find all that stuff on some uk site.
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We have to pay tax included in the US price @17.5% and we have to pay a bit more anyway. Also tell him to cough up twice as much if he wants anything decent.

Use his current cd drives and hdd and you can get this from overclockers:

CP-139-AM AMD Sempron 64 2600+ 1.6GHz (Socket 754) CPU - Retail (CP-139-AM)
£39.95 £39.95
MB-043-GI Gigabyte K8U ULI1689 (Socket 754) Motherboard (MB-043-GI)
£32.95 £32.95
MY-004-GL GeIL 512MB (2x256MB) PC3200 Value Dual Channel Kit CAS2.5 (GE5123200BHDC) (MY-004-GL)
£27.95 £27.95
CA-005-AS Asus TA-212 Series Midi Tower (Silver) - 360W PSU (CA-005-AS)
£34.50 £34.50
GX-048-XF XFX GeForce 6200 128MB DDR TV-Out/DVI (AGP) - Retail (PVT44ARAMG) (GX-048-XF)
£34.95 £34.95
Subtotal £170.30
VAT £29.81
Total £200.11
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Try www.scan.co.uk instead of overclockers I find scan is better for cheap parts, overclockers is for top end products and can be more expensive espcially its shipping.
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Old 01-07-2006, 12:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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if u buy a mb with onboard graphics u cant then add a graphics card
(i think)
i dont think u can realistically buy anothing that is any good 4 that kind of money.
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No you can add a graphics card. You just have to shut off your onboard graphics.
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Corsair (VS512MB400) 512MB, DDR400 / PC3200, non-ECC, 184 DIMM, unbuffered, CL2.5, 32Mx8 DRAMs, Lifetime Warranty
£29.30 inc VAT

Asus TA-211 Mid Tower Beige Case with 360W PSU
£31.98 inc VAT

Asus K8U-X AMD Skt754 ULI M1689 +SATA RAID +LAN SPDIF +6Ch.audio ATX
£34.01 inc VAT

AMD Sempron 2600+ (SDA2600BABOX) L2 Cache 128KB skt 754 Retail Box
£45.76 inc VAT

Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro Advantage 128MB DDR AGP x8 VGA TV-Out DVI-I Retail Box
£46.99 inc VAT

Shipping Band: £7.24
Shipping Surcharge: £0.30
SubTotal: £167.55
VAT: £29.35
Total: £196.90
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