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Build a small Media/Office PC on a tight budget

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September 1, 2013 7:31:39 AM

Hi guys,

I'm from UK and new here, so please go easy on me. I had a Mini-ATX PC which I've been using as a media pc as well as office work. Unfortunately, the kids have damaged it by spilling water, so the motherboard and psu are dead.

Rather than spend money on that, I want to build a new budget mini pc, preferably smaller in size, that can handle at least the same stuff as before:-

1080p Movies
Microsoft Office
Basic Web Games/Browsing

FYI, the old PC specs were:-

AMD Athlon II X2 240e 2.8GHz Socket AM3 2MB Cache Energy Efficient Retail Box Processor
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H 785G Socket AM3 DVI VGA HDMI Out 8 Channel Audio MATX Motherboard
Kingston 2gb Ddr3 1333mhz Hyperx Memory Cl7(7-7-7-20)
Shiny Piano Black/Red Super Slim Micro ATX Mini Tower Case - With 200W PSU
Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black


I have a budget of £200 but maybe able to stretch to £250...If I could get a MINI-ITX pc, then that would be brilliant.

Thank you

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September 1, 2013 7:59:09 AM
September 1, 2013 8:32:32 AM

Thank you very much for your help. First of all let me apologise as I forgot to say that I don't need a hard drive as I've already got a 2.5in 1tb hdd, although I would like to add an ssd drive for quick boot up and for windows.

Before I saw your reply I made my own config on pc part picker and it comes to over £300, whereas yours comes to only £210. I'm willing to stretch to £270, so whatever you can do best for me, please do that :) 

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£83.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler (£5.17 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-I Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard (£80.03 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£25.00 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Crucial V4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£35.97 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case (£26.40 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£35.49 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £307.04

Thank you
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September 2, 2013 12:53:02 PM

ANYONE???
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September 2, 2013 1:46:34 PM

Comments - you don't need a 3rd party cpu cooler, the stock cooler is more than sufficient. Also bear in mind you will have to pay carriage for each supplier you get parts from.
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September 2, 2013 1:55:14 PM

pauls3743 said:
Comments - you don't need a 3rd party cpu cooler, the stock cooler is more than sufficient. Also bear in mind you will have to pay carriage for each supplier you get parts from.

Fair enough mate...but could you give me a little better spec than the one you suggested? A spec a bit better than my old htpc, would be brilliant
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