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Budget (but reliable) CPU, PSU and mobo for PC upgrade

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October 11, 2009 4:24:00 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Between now and Christmas

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Reading Word/Excel files and checking emails. Pretty much nothing else. BUDGET RANGE: <£300

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Case, HDD, DVD Drive, Graphics card, Mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Not bothered)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Motherboard must be ATX, have integrated graphics and have a PATA slot. Modulated PSU. Operating system will be XP unless anyone can give me a REALLY good reason why I should get Vista or 7.

OVERCLOCKING: None whatsoever. SLI/Crossfire: I don't even intend to get a GPU.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1280x1024)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've already built a gaming-quality PC so I have experience, I'm just looking to get a better motherboard, processor and PSU.
October 11, 2009 5:03:16 PM

A basic G31 chipset mobo (comes with integrated video) and and e5200 CPU, 2 gig RAMS should do the trick.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2009 5:16:26 PM

Most motherboards with on-board video are micro-ATX. Your requirement for ATX limits your options.
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October 11, 2009 5:19:10 PM

what memory do you use? you haven't mentioned it anywhere
October 11, 2009 7:59:00 PM

Ah, sorry, I will need RAM as well.

Will a micro-ATX fit in an ATX case?
a b B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2009 8:11:32 PM

Psycho Savager said:
Ah, sorry, I will need RAM as well.

Will a micro-ATX fit in an ATX case?
Yes it will. As HundredIslands said, a basic G31 motherboard meets your requirements.

ASUS P5KPL-CM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

E5200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill DDR2-800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That motherboard (as most micro-ATX) only has 2 memory slots. If you ever plan on using more than 2 GB, then I would recommend this excellent 4 GB kit: G.SKILL PI Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 9, 2009 5:28:24 PM

I like the look of the ASUS P5KPL-CM and the E5200.

Do I really need a 500W PSU though? The one on my gaming PC is 520W..... and I doubt I'll need more than 1GB RAM. I am building this PC for someone who will use it about once or twice a week, and not for gaming, downloading, watching movies or any resource-heavy software.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 9, 2009 5:49:17 PM

you could use the antec 380 or 430 watts
November 22, 2009 7:57:13 PM

The Asus mobo appears to be out of stock wherever I look. Can someone suggest another one?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 22, 2009 8:21:45 PM

It was still available when I suggested it, but it has now been retired.

ASRock G41M-GS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BIOSTAR G31E-M7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P5QPL-VM (G41 chipset)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2H (G41 chipset)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a b B Homebuilt system
November 22, 2009 10:28:17 PM

Your budget is more than enuff to hit an enrty level DDR3 platform with integrated video decent enuff in case blu ray becomes mainstream and even 1024 x 768 light gaming hehe

November 23, 2009 5:28:22 PM

The person I'm building this for is a complete technophobe and will not be doing any gaming or DVD watching at all, just checking emails and writing Word documents.

I'd like to buy all from one UK site to make it convenient. How's this:-

Kingston 1GB ValueRAM DDR2 800Mhz
£14.74
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 2.50GHz 'Wolfdale' 2Mb Cache LGA775 (800 Mhz) £40.86
Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L Intel G31 Video/Sound Socket 775 mATX Motherboard
£27.82
Corsair CX400W 400W Power Supply
£35.77

Inc. postage & VAT = £145.06
a b B Homebuilt system
November 23, 2009 5:45:11 PM

I'd go with 2 GB of memory. It helps when working with large Word documents.
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