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September 15, 2010 11:58:18 AM

Hi,

I'm about to build a budget system for a buddy, and it's been a while since I've built a system from scratch, so just wondering if everything looks ok, or whether there is anything I need to change?

It won't be used for overclocking, or gaming, just storing music, photo's and browsing really.

I've listed the parts below;

-Intel E5400 @2.7Ghz

-Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L Intel G41 (Socket 775) DDR2 microATX Motherboard

-2GB DDR2 Corsair XMS2 800mhz memory (freebie from me)

-Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
-LG SATA DVD Rom

-650w PSU (I know that's overkill but I just got a new one, so it's a freebie also)

-Case Lian Li PC-A06 (freebie from me)

-Win7 64 just incase he ever wants to upgrade to 4gb RAM

No schoolboy errors I hope!!!

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September 15, 2010 1:03:27 PM

Cant see any possible problems.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 15, 2010 3:25:57 PM

a bit of an older system, but it will do the job just fine. If you can squeeze it in there, add a second RAM Stick (a 1 GB would do) for 3GB of RAM. should be only about $25.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 15, 2010 5:22:03 PM

Socket 775 is discontinued. Might be nice to get a more up to date AM3 system for the same price, if possible. For the uses you list it should work.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 15, 2010 5:58:41 PM

i agree with dnd hatcher, go for a socket am3 budget build an x3 445 rana or something like that with a cheap motherboard should do fine
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September 15, 2010 7:54:58 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
a bit of an older system, but it will do the job just fine. If you can squeeze it in there, add a second RAM Stick (a 1 GB would do) for 3GB of RAM. should be only about $25.


Thanks for your reply.

I have 2 spare 1gb dimms (should've stated that) so I if I can keep it as cheap as possible that would be good. They are pretty good memory sticks though, running at 4-4-4-12. They've been good to me so I think they will serve him well.

This guy really needs his pc to be as cheap as possible. I blame the kid and hungry wife :o 
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September 15, 2010 8:05:32 PM

dndhatcher said:
Socket 775 is discontinued. Might be nice to get a more up to date AM3 system for the same price, if possible. For the uses you list it should work.


I looked into that, but would then need to purchase ddr3 memory... I'm trying to get him to stretch to a budget i3 build (only £100 more than I quoted for the e5400 build)!!!

Maybe I should wait until xmas and lend him a spare laptop for the meanwhile. Prices usually drop before xmas right?
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 15, 2010 8:15:36 PM

amd is quite a generous they have am2+ boards which use ddr2 ram but also am3 cpu's

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September 15, 2010 8:41:12 PM

obsidian86 said:
amd is quite a generous they have am2+ boards which use ddr2 ram but also am3 cpu's

That would be worth looking at. The AthlonIIx3 is a better CPU for about the same price and an AM2+ motherboard would still let you use the old RAM. If the RAM dies you could carry the CPU forward onto an AM3 mobo and get DDR3 RAM, as DDR2 may become hard to get in the near future.
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September 15, 2010 9:46:34 PM

Never thought of it that way! TBH I don't know much about amd systems, but this has really helped and definitely makes sense.

I just spotted the AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core 250 3.00GHz. Surely that should be sufficient for what he will be using the pc for? £50 seems a bargain.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 15, 2010 9:54:04 PM

yes. its a good processor
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September 15, 2010 10:20:33 PM

Best answer selected by crooked vulture.
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