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UK: Need some advice for budget PC build please

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August 29, 2006 2:23:45 AM

Hi all :) 
I haven't been here for a very long time, since my last PC build just a little under 2 years ago, so I am really out of the loop with hardware and stuff, so once more I have returned to ask for the help and support of those more technology-knowledgeable than I.

Basically I start university on the 16th of September and will be moving away from home for the first time. After much consideration, and due to my limited budget I have decided to try and build a new desktop PC, rather than buying a cheap laptop.

My budget is around £500 for the system and monitor, and due to limited desk space I will definitely need an LCD screen (19" maybe?):

Primary Uses:
- Listening to music, I am planning to purchase a set of 2.1 speakers and to use my PC as my main audio device instead of taking a hifi system down to university.
- The usual sort of office stuff, word, excel, running together with IRC, MSN maybe and also the music playing together with any other background things (Makes me wonder if I need a dual core?).

Secondary Uses:
- I will likely watch movies regularly, in order to make use of the unlimited download bandwidth in campus in the first year.
- I will probably play on a few games, but I'm not a big gamer and if I do play games they tend to be strategy games and the like, rather than first person shooters and stuff, so frame rate isn't a huge problem for me, but a nice looking screen would be good.

As I will go very soon, this leaves me just a few days to decide upon what parts I want for my PC so that I can order them and get the system put together before I head off to university.

Therefore I would really, really appreciate any support and advice any of you can offer on this subject... as to be honest I just don't know what combination, within my price range will give me the best performance for the above stuff?

Thanks in advance to anybody who is willing to give me a helping hand!

Kindest Regards
John

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August 29, 2006 6:20:53 PM

Anybody? :( 
August 30, 2006 1:41:17 AM

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Anybody? :( 


Well 500 pounds is a tight budget. Lets see here.

Do you need Windows?

Motherboard: Asus M2N-E- £68.14
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Socket_AM2_Asus.html

CPU: AMD Athlon64 3500+ AM2: £60.75
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=435Q&SearchType=1&SearchTerms=3500&PageMode=3&SearchKey=All&SearchMode=All&NavigationKey=0

Hard Drive: Seagate 7200.10 320GB (one of the fastest drives on the market)- £58.69
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Seagate_SATA.html

Video Card: 7300GT 256MB- £55.21
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/7300_Series.html

RAM: Corsair 1GB XMS2 DDR2-800- £99.86
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Corsair_XMS2_Memory.html

Case: Antec Sonta II- £76.11
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=3SPW&SearchType=1&SearchTerms=sonata+ii&PageMode=3&SearchKey=All&SearchMode=All&NavigationKey=0

Monitor: BenQ 19" DVI LCD: £143.35
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=437X&CategorySelectedId=11109&PageMode=1&NavigationKey=11109,379260000

That comes to £562.11 with VAT. So ouch, I am under if you don't count VAT!
August 30, 2006 1:50:19 AM

Quote:
Anybody? :( 


Well 500 pounds is a tight budget. Lets see here.

Do you need Windows?

Motherboard: Asus M2N-E- £68.14
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Socket_AM2_Asus.html

CPU: AMD Athlon64 3500+ AM2: £60.75
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=435Q&SearchType=1&SearchTerms=3500&PageMode=3&SearchKey=All&SearchMode=All&NavigationKey=0

Hard Drive: Seagate 7200.10 320GB (one of the fastest drives on the market)- £58.69
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Seagate_SATA.html

Video Card: 7300GT 256MB- £55.21
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/7300_Series.html

RAM: Corsair 1GB XMS2 DDR2-800- £99.86
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Corsair_XMS2_Memory.html

Case: Antec Sonta II- £76.11
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=3SPW&SearchType=1&SearchTerms=sonata+ii&PageMode=3&SearchKey=All&SearchMode=All&NavigationKey=0

Monitor: BenQ 19" DVI LCD: £143.35
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=437X&CategorySelectedId=11109&PageMode=1&NavigationKey=11109,379260000

That comes to £562.11 with VAT. So ouch, I am under if you don't count VAT!

Looks good. To the OP :)  search on http://www.pricegrabber.co.uk/ for the cheapest prices on these components and you might be able to get the cost down a bit :) 
!