pc upgrade packs

  1973scotty 10:33 06 May 2006

hi is it value for money to buy an upgrade pack with motherboard, ram,processor,fan,etc or is it cheaper to buy the parts idividual. just looking to upgrade for general home use not gaming. can any one recomend a good suplier for parts.

  Gongoozler 11:23 06 May 2006

Motherboard bundles from Novatech click here are frequently recommended on this forum. I think this is an excellent route if you're not 100% confident in specifying the parts yourself. You could possibly get cheaper by shopping around for the individual parts, but you would probably also end up paying more for postage. For general home use you might find that it isn't much more expensive to buy a ready built base unit - but it wouldn't be nearly as much fun. If your old computer has an OEM version of Windows XP installed, you might have problems with using it with a new motherboard because it will be registered with the old setup.

  clucker 12:04 06 May 2006

Also with upgrade packs you wont get compatability issues because they would have been checked out when assembled

  Totally-braindead 14:22 06 May 2006

For someone who doesn't know the ins and outs of memory etc the motherboard bundles are excellent as are the barebones one that come preinstalled in the case. As clucker has pointed out you don't get compatability issues, all the compnents supplied work well together. As to price in the vast majority of cases you will find its cheaper to buy this way. As Gongoozler has pointed out you may be able to get the components cheaper by sourcing them from a couple of other suppliers but once you pay postage you are going to be dearer.

They are good value, also look at the Komplett ones click here barebones and upgrade kits.

  Stuartli 14:47 06 May 2006

Further to Gongoozler's point, if you have a retail copy of XP, then immediately Repairing XP after you have installed the new motherboard will eliminate any problems with the mobo - XP doesn't always "take" to a new motherboard and this overcomes the problem.

  1973scotty 11:09 07 May 2006

thanx for the help

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