I posted before regarding this, but MadAdmiral made me see light to get a SandyBridge instead of Clarkdale.
So now again I need some advice and verification on my budget build which is just meant for everyday home computer but I want it to be fast, snappy and upgradable.
I know 250 is really dirt, but I am willing to extend the budget slightly over.
Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks
Budget Range: £250
System Usage from Most to Least Important: multitasking, web, office, eclipse, visual studio
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: please recommend (ebuyer.co.uk/scan.co.uk)
What is the lowest price I can get these components for?
Also, you might note that there is no removable media. So I need to install my previous Win XP or Ubuntu from a USB harddisk. Will my BIOS support booting from a USB device? and also how do I get the OS on it? Links appreciated!
USB boot should be doable in the BIOs. If you aren't going to use a GPU, you might save a bit with a 300 or 350W PSU.
go for an MSI or ASRock version of the H67 mobo
check to see if G.Skill or Mushkin ram is any cheaper than the Kingston.
the Motherboard and less-expensive case/psu combo might save enough for 4 GB of RAM.
I looked on the site and checked out the prices of how I recently upgraded my machine.
£46.96 - ASROCK M3A770DE 770 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
£56.14 - AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95w 1.5MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
£36.45 - Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit Unbuffered CL9
Which would come to = £139.55
I found the suggestion for that motherboard and chip in one of Tomshardware's $500 computer setups. Its also possible for you to turn on the processor's 4th chip by doing one change in the BIOS on the motherboard settings. The one I bought runs fine as a X4 processor now.
Or you could always buy this processor instead:
£88.50 - AMD Phenom II X4 840 Socket AM3 3.2GHz 2MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
That would bring the price to - £171.91
Still lower than your original: £186.21 total
... ALSO the memory is 4GB (2x2GB) instead of a single 2GB memory chip. Which means you will get Dual Channel memory too.
One last thing is the ASROCK motherboard does allow boot from USB flash drives.
Thanks for the replies guys. I will definitely get more RAM and run it in dual once I have more money!
If I dont manage to boot off a USB flash drive then I will get a DVD RW but apart from that I never use it. (Although I like complicating things, saving 10 bucks could cost me for being anal!)
Nice setup Geef, the only reason I didnt go for AMD was because of higher power/heat. My house is very small and crampy and running cool is very important and there might not be enough ventilation. Besides for the extra 15 pounds it is probably worth going Intel...and ofcourse I know nothing about AMD Processors and their socket/upgradability!!!
simon, that is really cheap! didnt know u could go that cheap...
but really im leaning towards Intel now because it seems to have a better upgrade path and performance...
I definately dont want to sacrifice performance as much as I can...if I can afford it later on I can upgrade to a Core i7 8GB and an SSD