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April 3, 2012 7:03:30 PM


I am completely new to building a computer, and would like advice. I'm starting with building a computer for my mother. She mainly uses excel, and sometime browses internet and plays window games. I have read different articles and reviews and I am working on a budget of as cheap as possible. So far this is what I have put together, let me know your opinions. She does want a large hard drive and therefore 1TB may be overkill, but she wants it to put photos and etc to it.

I am looking at everything from Ebuyer, I don't mind where I get parts from, so I can imagine I can put it together for cheaper. If someone could give me a place which does 'most' components more competitively.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7550 Bundle including AMD Athlon 64 X2 7550 AMD Processor, Asrock AM2+ N68C-S UCC mATX Motherboard and Heatsink and Fan

Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz Ballistix Sport Memory Kit CL5 (5-5-5-15) 1.8V

Extra Value Piano Black Micro ATX With 500W PSU

LiteOn iHAS124 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials

Black 3.5" Bay Internal Card Reader with SIM and IR

Western Digital WD10EARS 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 5400rpm 64MB Cache - OEM Caviar Green

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit

Many thanks


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April 3, 2012 7:07:14 PM

Pentium G630 > AMD Athlon.
April 3, 2012 7:23:19 PM

azeem40 said:
Pentium G630 > AMD Athlon.

Thanks, looking at Ebuyer as my reference, the Athlon and motherboard together is £62.99

but the only G630 available is

Intel Pentium G630 2.70GHz Socket 1155 3MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
priced at £49.41

and cheapest motherboard with 1155 socket is

MSI H61M-P25 (B3) Socket 1155 VGA DVI 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard

priced at £36.75

Difference of £23.17

Also would need to buy cooling, not sure what is good, but would this be an overkill?

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1155, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler

Not sure if it will fit in a MicroATX case.

But basically would you say for an extra £40 it would be worth it for what my mother is doing? If it is then I would look at changing everything altogether for the better processor. I only went for AMD as in threads 'people' said it is cheaper and there was a bundle, so easy to for a starter.