A question for a system-computer builder?.

  spuds 10:17 02 Jan 2011

In the next 2 weeks or so, we intend to build a computer, possibly based on these components. Do you have any better ideas for about the same price range,give or take a little.

Asus M4A78LT-M LE AMD 760G Socket AM3 DVI VGA Out 8 Channel Audio MATX. (181968)

AMD Athlon II x2 250 3.00GHz Socket AM3 2MB L2 Cache Processor.(237554)

Western Digital WD5000AAKS 5OOGB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache. (124228)

LiteOne IHAS124-19 24X DVD-+RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive. (176026)

Corsair 2x2GB DDR3 1333MHz Unbuffered Memory.(178942)

The computer will be based on 'general ordinary everyday use' not gaming or graphics above 'normal' level.

Would mention that the parts would come from Ebuyer, so I have added the Quickfind codes in brackets. The Western Digital hard drive (124228) is in short stock, so a substitute might be needed.Also the memory might be Ebuyer Value range (192049) which is in short supply, but appears to cover the job.

Any advice or suggestions are very welcome, as this is for a neighbours own first build.

  rickf 10:49 02 Jan 2011

FRom the specs it looks like you have opted for a 2 core. I would think a 4 core CPU and M/B would be more future proof. Also it would provide more efficient multi-tasking, even if you are not playing games.

  spuds 10:55 02 Jan 2011

Thanks for the response. We were basing the package on cost and inexperience. What would you recommend, and how would this effect the cost?.

  bremner 11:12 02 Jan 2011

What was the total cost of the eBuyer items listed?

  spuds 12:17 02 Jan 2011

With all the items, including cooling fan (126790) plus a SATA cable (151962) it came to about £160/£170 with delivery.

We have a new ATX case with 550w psu, and wanted to use that, so considered home build?.

I did have a look at barebones and other alternatives, including buying a new AMD Athlon II 630 2.8GHz Quad core desktop 500GB 2GB ram for £239.99 ready built with optional ReWriter. There was no specifications for the motherboard, except onboard graphics and sound?.

  spuds 12:55 02 Jan 2011

Probably should have mentioned that we were considering using XP or perhaps Windows 7 (which bit>?) as the operating system.

  rickf 17:31 02 Jan 2011

How about this. A bit more than the budget you specified. Add H/d, Optical drive and OS.
I'll go for a 64bit os so you'll be able to add more ram in the future should you need it.

  rickf 17:32 02 Jan 2011

Sorry, here's the link
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  spuds 18:14 03 Jan 2011

Thanks for the suggestion. We are looking into expanding the budget a little, but not to far.

By the time we have added further extras like o/s disk etc, the budget would have expanded to about £300.00 or over, were can already pick up a basic but suitable ready build for £239.99 delivered with full warranty.

  spuds 21:59 04 Jan 2011

Think I'll tick this as resolved. The neighbours still undecided about budget or already built :O(

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